The humongous, sky-piercing tall buildings built by the man of the modern era are the most iconic testimonials of the growth & the prowess of the technology as well as the imagination & for such jaw dropping constructions, literally, ‘The sky is the only limit’!

Here we present a list of  ‘Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World’ which are either completely built or have topped out (i.e. attained the maximum height) by today, i.e. by August 2014.

The buildings in this article are ranked by considering the following criteria:

Structural height (vertical elevation from the base to the highest structural part of the construction)

Highest position on the construction.

Height till the highest occupied floor.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World- Burj Khalifa

  • Height: – 828 meters; 2,717 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 163.
  • Elevators: – 57
  • Construction Duration: – 2004 – 2010.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Communication, Hotel, Residential, Office, Observation, Retail]
  • Architects: – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Developer: – Emaar Properties
  • Cost: – US $ 1.5 billion.

Dubai based ‘Burj Khalifa’ has been the world’s tallest building since its completion in 2010. This splendid, sky-tapering tower is Dubai’s one of the most famous buildings which dominates the skyline of the city. The 163 floors together with 2 basement floors occupy mammoth 517,240 m2 of floor area & it is built using the materials like glass, steel, aluminum & concrete.


Renowned as the world’s tallest man-made structure.

Hosts the highest installation of elevators in the world.

Has World’s second highest outdoor observation deck: – 124th Floor at 452m (1483 ft).


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – Shanghia Tower

  • Height: – 632 meters; 2,073 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 121.
  • Elevators: – 106
  • Construction Duration: – 2008 – 2015 (Estimated).
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Hotel, Commercial office, Retail]
  • Architects: – Gensler.
  • Cost: – US $ 4.2 billion.

Although it is yet to be completed, Shanghai Tower has already made it to the list of the tallest skyscrapers as it has already topped out (reached its final height) at a staggering height of 632 meters. The Shanghai City based ‘Shanghai Tower’ has already surpassed China’s tallest building ‘Shanghai World Financial Center’ as well as 600 meters tall Canton Tower, garnering the honor of being China’s tallest structure of any type. However, Changsha’s planned ‘Sky Tower’ is expected to surpass both ‘Shanghai Tower’ as well as ‘Burj Khalifa’ to become the tallest man-made structure on the globe reaching to a height of 838 meters!


Expected to feature the fastest elevators in the world: – 1.080 m/min (64.8 kmph or 40.3 mph).

Expected to hold the record for the world’s furthest-travelling single elevator at 578.5 m

Expected to house the tallest hotel in the world. (Four Seasons Hotel between 84th & 110th floor).


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – Makkah Clock Royal Tower

  • Height: – 601 meters; 1,972 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 120.
  • Elevators: – 94
  • Construction Duration: – 2004 – 2012.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Hotel, Conference, Retail, Residential, Transit Station, Religious]
  • Architects: – Dar Al-Handasah
  • Main Contractor: – Saudi Binladen Group
  • Cost: – US $1.6 billion.

The third tallest building in the world, ‘Makkah Clock Royal Tower’, which is situated in the holy city of Mecca, is also known as ‘Abraj Al-Bait’. This is the part of the ‘King Abulaziz Endowment Project’ which is a government–owned building complex in Mecca undertaken to focus on the Muslim pilgrimage. The complex is just few meters away from the Islam’s holiest place & the world’s largest mosque- ‘Masjid-al-Haram’.

The iconic clock is the most striking feature of this building as it is so large that it can be viewed from the distance of 25 km!


Hosts the world’s tallest clock & the largest clock face.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – One World Trade Center

  • Height: – 541.3 meters; 1,776 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 104.
  • Elevators: – 73.
  • Construction Duration: – 2006 – 2014.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Commercial Office, Restaurant]
  • Architects: – David Childs (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP).
  • Main Contractor: – Tishman Construction.
  • Cost: – US $3.9 billion.

‘One World Trade Center’ is the world’s fourth tallest building which is another skyscraper under construction, although its main construction & antenna installment is already done. This building is also identified as the ‘Freedom Tower’ & is standing at the same place where the twin towers of ‘World trade Center’ were standing few years back before getting destroyed in the notorious terror strike of 9/11.

The building is expected to be opened around the end of the year 2014.


It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere as well as in the American Continents.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World- Burj Khalifa

  • Height: – 530 meters; 1,740 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 116.
  • Elevators: – 86.
  • Construction Duration: – 2010 – 2016 (Estimated).
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Commercial Office, Residential, Commercial Offices]
  • Architects: – Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.
  • Owner: – Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

The ‘CTF Finance Center’ is the world’s fifth tallest skyscrapers which has topped out recently in July 2014. The building is expected to be completed by 2016 & it will be the second tower in ‘Guangzhou Twin Towers’ skyscrapers.


Upon its completion, the tower will have the fastest elevators in the world which will attain the maximum speed of 72 kph.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – TAIPEI 101

  • Height: – 509.20 meters; 1669.9 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 101.
  • Elevators: – 61
  • Construction Duration: – 1999 – 2004.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Communication, Offices, Restaurants, Observation, Retail]
  • Architects: – C. Y. Lee & Partners.
  • Main Contractor: – KTRT Joint Venture
  • Cost: – US $ 1.934 billion.

Before ‘Burj Khalifa’ could take over, ‘Taipei 101’ was the tallest skyscraper in the world for the duration 2004-2010 which earlier had forced down the ‘Petronas Tower’ in Malaysia to become the tallest tower in the world. Level 1-4 of this multi-use construction is used for providing retail facilities, Level 5-6 for fitness center, commercial offices from Level 7-84, restaurants from Level 86-88 & observation decks on Level 89, 91 & 100.

A 900-ton spherical mass damper installed on the 87th floor is the most stunning feature of this skyscraper. This damper was installed to provide the additional counterweight in order to survive against the fierce winds of typhoon which are very eminent in this part of the world.


It currently hosts the fastest ascending elevators in the world moving at 1,010 m/min or 60.6 km/hr (37.7 mph).

It has received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification & became the tallest & the largest ‘Green-Building’ in the world.

It hosts the largest countdown clock & the tallest sundial in the world.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – Shanghai World Trade center

  • Height: – 494.33 meters; 1621.7 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 101.
  • Elevators: – 91
  • Construction Duration: – 1997 – 2008.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Offices, Restaurants, Observation, Retail, Museum]
  • Architects: – Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.
  • Owner: – Shanghai World Financial Center Co. Ltd.
  • Cost: – US $ 1.20 billion.

The ‘Shanghai World Financial center’ is the member of the elite class skyscrapers in the financial hub of the China. This 494 meter tall skyscraper was the tallest building of the China before the construction of the ‘Shanghai Tower’ which is now standing adjacent to this splendid tower. This tower is also identified as the ’Bottle opener’ due to its iconic architecture & in 2008, this building was named by the architects as the year’s best completed skyscraper.

This tower, in unison with ‘Jin Mao Tower’ & ‘Shanghai Tower’ forms the world’s first close grouping of three ‘Supertall’ skyscrapers that make out to be China’s proud possession.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – International Commerce Center

  • Height: – 484 meters; 1587.9 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 108.
  • Elevators: – 83
  • Construction Duration: – 2002 – 2010.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Offices, Restaurants, Retail, Hotel]
  • Architects: – Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.
  • Owner: – Sun Hung Kai Properties 
  • Cost: – US $ 1.20 billion

International Commerce Center’ illuminates the skyline of Hong Kong as it stands directly across Victoria Harbor in central Hong Kong Island. This majestic tower is the part of the ‘Union Square’ project which is established on top of ‘Kowloon Station’. The tower faces the ‘2 IFC’ Tower, which is the 2nd tallest building in the Hong Kong.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – Petronas-Towers

  • Height: – 451.9 meters; 1483 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 88.
  • Elevators: – 78
  • Construction Duration: – 1992 – 1998.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Offices, Observation]
  • Architects: – Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects.
  • Developer: – KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. 
  • Cost: – US $ 1.60 billion.

The sky-tapering ‘Petronas Towers’ although, now occupies the ninth spot in the list of the tallest skyscrapers, was crowned as the tallest buildings in the world for the duration from 1998-2004. The Taiwanese tower ‘Taipei 101’ took the baton from the ‘Petronas Towers’ in 2004 to prevail in the race to become the tallest skyscraper. In the past, the ’Petronas Towers’ had surpassed the ‘Willis Tower’ to grab the Numero Uno spot in the race of attaining the maximum height. The double-decker sky-bridge that connects these two massive towers on 41st & 42nd floors is the most iconic feature of these towers that attracts myriad tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur.

These two towers still hold the honor of being the tallest twin towers in the world & are often regarded as the pride of Malaysia. These two towers together with the iconic ‘Kuala Lumpur Tower’ dominate the skyline of the city.


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Top 10 Tallest Skyscrapers In The World – ZIFENG TOWER

  • Height: – 450 meters; 1480 ft.
  • No. of Floors: – 66.
  • Elevators: – 54
  • Construction Duration: – 2005 – 2010.
  • Building Uses: – Mixed. [Offices, Observation, Retail, Restaurants]
  • Architects: – Skidmore, Owings &Merrill.
  • Owner: – Nanjing State Owned Assets. 

 ‘Zifeng Tower’ is the last in the list of the top 10 tallest buildings. This building was formerly known as ‘Nanjing Greenland Financial Centre’. The architecture of the building is done by keeping the rich Chinese culture in mind as the interlocking of the structures around the central core symbolizes China’s ‘Dancing Dragons’. The unique shape of this tower functionally separates the building as per its usage. The building is designed to get the maximum view of Nanjing’s serene beauty & majestic drum & bell towers.