Monday, December 31, 2012

10 Tallest Buildings In The World

On a cloudy day, we feel like flying up to the sky and touching the clouds. Well that might not be so impossible to do anymore! You can just go and stand on the top floor of one of these skyscrapers. From Burj Khalifa to Kingkey 100, here is the latest list of the Tallest Skyscapers in the World! 

10) Kingkey 100 (442m)
Formerly known as the Kingkey Finance Center Plaza, this skyscraper is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China.  It contains 100 floors which are used for office space and a hotel.  The building’s lower floors also contain a mall which houses all the luxury brands, restaurants and a supermarket.

9) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) (442m)
The Sears Tower, a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, has been the tallest building in North America since 1973. This 108 storey building is also the 7th tallest freestanding structure in the world. It surpassed the World Trade Center, which itself had surpassed the Empire State Building only a year earlier. Commissioned by Sears, Roebuck and Company, it was designed by chief architect Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

8) Zifeng Tower (450m)
The Zifeng tower is also known as Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower or Greenland Square Zifeng Tower.  It measures 450 meter in height and was completed in 2009 in Nanjing, China.  This 89-storey building is divided into two sections - the lower section which consists of retail and office space and the upper section which has restaurants, hotel and a public observatory.  Zifeng tower was designed by the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

6) & 7)  Petronas Tower 1 & 2 (452m)
The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings. Tower 1 was built by Hazama Corporation and Tower 2 by Samsung Engineering & Construction and Kukdong Engineering & Construction (both of South Korea). They were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top, the original height reference used by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from 1969.

5) International Commerce Center (484m)
This 108 floor skyscraper is located in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. The tower itself opened in 2011. It is a part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon station.  The International commerce center is the World’s second tallest building by floors and is jointly developed and owned by MTR corporation limited who is Hong Kong’s metro operator and Sun Hung Properties,  the largest property developer. 

4) Shanghai World Financial Center (492m)
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Mori Building Company, this super tall structure is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It is the tallest tower in Eastern China, changing the view of the horizon.  It has 101 floors and is the second tallest hotel in the World, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai.  This skyscraper is used for many purposes. It consists of offices, malls, hotels, observation decks and conference rooms.

3) Taipei 101 (509m)
Taipei 101 is a 101-floor landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It has 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors underground.The building, designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and Samsung Engineering & Construction, Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. It was the tallest building in the world from 2004-2010.  Formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, this building is also the tallest and largest green building in the World.

2) Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel (601m)
Also known as Abraj Al-Bait Towers, this 2nd tallest building in the world is situated in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With a height of 601 meters, it also holds several world records. It is also the tallest hotel in the world, the tallest clock tower in the world, the world’s largest clock face and the world’s largest building floor area. It was developed by the Saudi Binladin Group, the Kingdom’s largest construction company.

1) Burj Khalifa (828m)
With a height of 828 m, Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai is the tallest building in the world.  Located in Dubai, UAE, this magnificent landmark has 163 floors.  It is also the tallest manmade structure in the world. The building officially opened on 4th January 2010.  The total cost of the project was around $ 1.5 billion dollars and it is part of the new development known as Downtown Dubai.  There are 900 apartments in the tower.

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