The list comprises the tallest (completed or finished) structures in every country on the planet. Height is measured from architectural top to bottom, excluding antennas. From 2004 until 2010, it was the highest skyscraper in the world. Since then, it has been surpassed by another building in Shanghai.
The tallest building in the United States is The Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2140 m (6912 ft). The second-highest autonomous building in the world is the CN Tower in Toronto at 1368 m (4440 ft). The third-highest autonomous building is the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 1228 m (3941 ft).
Other notable buildings that are not as tall as the Burj Khalifa but still exceed 900 m (3000 ft) include China's Jinmao Center in Changchun and Dalian Wanda Group Central Park in Dalian.
In addition, there are currently five other buildings over 1000 m (3300 ft) in height, three of which are in China: the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Guangzhou International Finance Center, and the Yiwu Steel Structure.
The remaining two countries with such buildings are Russia with the Moscow State University Campus and Saudi Arabia with the King Abdullah Economic City.
The World's Top 20 Tallest Buildings by 2021
|Burj Khalifa||2009||828 metres|
|Shanghai Tower||2014||632 meters|
|Makkah Royal Clock Tower||2011||601 metres|
|Ping An Finance Tower||2017||599 metres|
Since 2010, the 828-metre (2,717-foot) tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai has held the title of tallest building. The Burj Khalifa has been designated as a "megatall," or the world's tallest structure.
|City||Ho Chi Minh City|
The world's current tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, reaches 2,716 meters into the sky, and new skyscrapers are being built in Asia and the Middle East every year. China has eight of the top fifteen tallest skyscrapers. South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan also have several tall buildings.
The original height of the Chrysler Building was 1,046 feet, but it was reduced to 984 feet by a remodeling in 1959 that removed 11 floors. The previous record holder was the Sears Tower in Chicago at 443 m (1,418 ft), which was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center in 2008. It is now being replaced by the already-taller One Peking Square.
The Burj Khalifa is not just the world's tallest structure, but it also breaks numerous other records. Here are 10 fun facts about the Burj Khalifa that we discovered during our tour and hope will motivate you to visit the world's tallest structure. Just don't forget to reserve your Burj Khalifa accommodation. Before you go, get skip the line tickets. 1. It takes 40,000 gallons of paint to paint the walls of the Burj Khalifa. The original color was chosen by the owner, Sheikh Khaled bin Al-Waleed, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family. He wanted it to be a surprise when the building was completed.
Sheikh Khaled also requested that the painting not reveal the true height of the building. So the creators of the painting assumed they were working on a building with equal heights until they reached the 20th floor.
After it was completed in 2010, experts determined that the building was actually 193 meters (610 feet) tall, which makes it taller than originally thought.
You can see the painting in the lobby of the Burj Khalifa. It's matted and framed and measures 4 meters by 5 meters (13 by 16 feet).
2. There are more than 5,000 lights inside the Burj Khalifa. Each light takes 15 minutes to change colors. This is done twice per second so the effect is like lightning against a dark background.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest man-made skyscraper, at 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). When it opened on January 9, 2010, the skyscraper was officially designated as the "tallest building in the world" and the tallest self-supported structure. The previous titleholder, the Sears Tower in Chicago, had been ranked number one by both the Guinness Book of World Records and the U.S. magazine Architectural Digest.
The Empire State Building in New York City is the second-highest building in the world. Constructed between 1931 and 1937, the 102m (335ft) tall skyscraper is also a National Historic Landmark. It is known for its Art Deco design and has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World." The Chrysler Building in New York City is the third-highest building in the world. Completed in 1929, the 76m (249ft) tall skyscraper is an American art deco landmark. It was the first major commission for Walter R. Van Der Kamp, who went on to become one of the leading architects of the art deco style.
The LG Twins Center in Seoul, South Korea, is the fourth-highest building in the world. At 233m (761ft), it is only one meter (3ft 3in) shorter than China's highest building, the Shanghai World Financial Center Tower.