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20 Tallest Building In the World | Present + Future Skyscrapers

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How tall can humans built? Does this question ever intrigue you?. Most of you may know that Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building, but it’s destined to change soon. Yes, that’s right in case you don’t know. But what about before Burj Khalifa, were there any huge buildings in the past?

For the record, the oldest standing tallest building is actually Ulm Minster, a Gothic era Ulm cathedral located in Germany. In this list, we will show you how high (vertical) humans have gone so far. Here, we put together 20 current and upcoming tallest buildings in the world and you can find all the related and updated information about these skyscrapers. Enjoy.

Present Skyscrapers

16. Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao TowerImage Courtesy: Mätes II

Location: Shanghai, China
Height: 420 Meters
Floors: 88+3 Basement floors

The Jin Mao Tower accommodate offices, shopping mall and the Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel. The building was built at an estimated cost of $535 million and it remained China’s tallest building from 1999 (its completion date) until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center located in its vicinity. It is also a home to some popular bars and restaurants.

15. Trump International Tower

Trump International TowerImage Courtesy: Victor Grigas

Location: Illinois, USA
Height: 423 Meters
Floors: 98

The Trump International Tower is a skyscraper hotel. It is named after a famous real estate developer, Donald Trump. This is ranked as a four star hotel and hosts several popular restaurants. The building is designed by Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

14. 432 Park Avenue

432 Park AvenueImage Courtesy: Alexander Caravitis

Location: New York City, USA
Height: 426 Meters
Floors: 89

432 Park Avenue is a residential skyscraper, developed by CIM Group and Macklowe Properties. The design is architect by Rafael Vinoly and SLCE Architects. The total construction cost of the project is $1.25 billion.

13. Guangzhou International Finance Center

Guangzhou International Finance CenterImage Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Location: Guangdong, China
Height: 440 Meters
Floors: 103

The Guangzhou International Finance Center is a hotel and also used as commercial offices. It has around 374 rooms. The design of the building is given by Wilkinson Eyre and the cost of the construction is $450 million.

12. KK100

KK100Image Courtesy: Alison Cassidy

Location: Shenzhen, China
Height: 442 Meters
Floors: 100

The KK100 is the tallest building in Shenzhen which is described as a financial district. The design of the building is architect by Terry Farrell. Out of 100 floors, first 68 floors are used as offices, next 22 floors for hotels and rest are used for garden and restaurants.

11. Willis Tower

Willis TowerImage Courtesy: Daniel Schwen

Location: Illinois, USA
Height: 442 Meters
Floors: 108

This is one of the oldest Skyscraper and still in the top list. Willis Tower is an office and place of formal communication. It covers around 416,000 meter square area with 88 lifts and 16 double Decker elevators. It is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

10. Zifeng Tower

Zifeng TowerImage Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Location: Nanjing, China
Height: 450 Meters
Floors: 89

Zifeng Tower is a skyscraper for mixed use such as corporate meetings, hotels and restaurants. It has 66 plus 5 basement floors with 54 elevators. The Structural engineering done by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and architect by Adrian Smith.

9. Petronas Towers

the petronas towerImage Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height: 452 Meters
Floors: 88

Petronas Towers also known as the Petronas twin towers, is a commercial office and structure of tourist attraction. The construction costs around $1.6 billion. This skyscraper has 395,000 square meters of area with 92 floors and 78 elevators. The design of the building is given by Cesar Pelli.

8. International Commerce Center

International Commerce CenterImage Courtesy: WiNG

Location: West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Height: 484 Meters
Floors: 118

International Commerce Center is a hotel and corporate office. It has 108 floors and 44+ VIP elevators. The architecture is done by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and the project is developed by Sun Hung Kai properties.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center

Location: Shanghai, China
Height: 492 Meters
Floors: 101

The Shanghai World Financial Center is an office, hotel, museum, retailers and parking garage.  It has 101 floors with 91 elevators. The architectural design is given by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Mori Building Co. The cost of the construction of the project is $1.2 billion.

6. Taipei 101

Taipei 101Image Courtesy: peellden

Location: Taipei,, Taiwan
Height: 509 Meters
Floors: 101

Taipei 101 hosts several commercial offices. The overall construction cost was $1.9 Billion. It covers an area of around 193,400 meter square and has 65 elevators. An architectural firm, C.Y. Lee & Partners designed the building. It has two observatory locations at 89th and 91st floors.

5. One World Trade Center

One World TradeImage Courtesy: Joe Mabel

Location: New York City, USA
Height: 541.3 Meters
Floors: 104+5 Basement floors

One World Trade Center is used as offices and for formal communication. It costs around $4 billion to complete the project. It has 73 elevators and all kinds of modern safety features. The design of the building is given by David Childs and developed by the Port Authority of New York.

4. Ping An International Finance Center

Ping An International Finance CenterImage Courtesy: Wishva de Silva

Location: Shenzhen, China
Height: 555.1 Meters
Floors: 115

Completed recently in 2017, Ping An IFC became the 4th tallest buildings in the world. It is designed by the American architectural company Kohn Peterson Fox Associates.

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel Image Courtesy: King Eliot

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height: 601 Meters
Floors: 120

Makkah Royal Clock Tower or Abraj Al Bait is a government owned building and used for miscellaneous purposes. It is the tallest clock tower in the world and covers an area of 310,638 meter square. Dar Al-Handasah designed the structure of the building.

2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

Location: Shanghai, China
Height: 632 Meters
Floors: 121

The Shanghai Tower is the tallest skyscraper in China that will be completed by early 2015. This design is architect by Gensler and the head of engineers was Thornton Tomasetti. This building features restaurants, offices, gardens and retail space.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Location: Dubai, UAE
Height: 828 Meters
Floors: 163

Burj Khalifa is currently the Tallest Skyscraper in the world. It covers 309,473 meter square of area. Around $1.5 billion has been spent to complete this project. The design of the building is given by Adrian Smith. This skyscraper holds many records in mega-structures such as longest elevator distance and world’s highest nightclub.

Future Skyscrapers

4. Goldin Finance 117

Goldin Finance 117Wikimedia Commons

Location:  Tianjin, China
Estimated Height: 597 Meters
Floors: 117

If things goes just as per plan then Golden Finance 17 will become China’s second tallest building,  by 2018, overshadowed only by taller Shanghai Tower. The initial construction of the building began in 2008, but was soon halted for two years due to some unknown reasons. The work again started in 2011 and it’s estimated to be finished in 2018.

3. Suzhou Zhongnan Center

Suzhou Zhongnan CenterImage Courtesy: Genslar ECADI

Location: Suzhou, China
Estimated Height: 729 Meters
Floors: 137

Suzhou Zhongnan Center is a skyscraper under construction and is a part of an urban development project. The construction cost is estimated at $29 billion. It will be used as offices, hotels and residential place.

2. Sky City One

Sky City OnePhoto credit: Wikimedia

Location: Hunan, China
Estimated Height: 838 Meters
Floors: 202

In 2013, China claims that they can build the largest skyscraper within 90 days. Some pre-construction activities were halted due to non-government approvals. This proposal is still under consideration and since the proposal day $1.5 billion has been collected for the construction budget.

1. Jeddah Tower

Jeddah TowerJeddah Tower

Location: Saudi Arabia
Estimated Height: 1000 Meters
Floors: 167

Kingdom Tower is currently under construction skyscraper along the Red Sea. It was planned to be 1600 meters high but later cancelled due to geological problems. It is going to be the world’s tallest man made structure, if completed.

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