Reach for the Sky: 8 Tallest Buildings in the World

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Reach for the Sky: 8 Tallest Buildings in the World

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Since 2010, the Burj Khalifa has stood its ground as the tallest building in the world. soaring at a height of 2,716 feet. The world has since seen the rise of more and more skyscrapers each year, mostly in Asia and the Middle East. In fact, China is home to six of the 10 tallest buildings in the world.

Here are the eight buildings towering over the world’s structures right now.


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8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

Found in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the CTF Finance Center stands tall at a height of 1,739 feet. The mixed-use skyscraper has 111 floors and was completed in October 2016. Some of the facilities found inside the building are a shopping mall, offices, and a hotel. Sometime this year, the CTF Finance Center will have another building in Tianjin, which will also have the same height as the one in Guangzhou.


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7. One World Trade Center

At 1,775 feet and 104 stories high, One World Trade Center is the tallest building not only in the United States but also in the entire Western Hemisphere. According to the World Atlas, the construction of the building was finished in 2014. The building has been praised for the use of renewable energy and is a functional structure built in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.


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6. Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower is another pride of South Korea aside from its booming entertainment industry, beauty products, and technology. The tower is located in the capital of Seoul and reaches a height of 1,818 feet. It was completed in March 2016 after 13 years of planning and 5 years of construction.

Lotte World Tower has 123 floors, six of which are underground, and its roof has great strength that it can withstand earthquakes of up to magnitude 9 on the Richter scale.


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5. Goldin Finance 117

China’s second entry in the top eight is the Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin. Although it is still under construction, which began in 2008, the building is set to reach a height of 1,955 feet. Completion for the building is scheduled in 2020.


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4. Ping An International Finance Center

Located in the metropolis of Shenzhen, the Ping An International Finance Center is the fourth tallest building in the world at 1,965 feet. The center has a conference center, hotel, and high-end retail spaces and is also the home of Ping An Insurance. It was supposed to have an antenna but was called off due to concerns of flight interference.


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3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower

The state-owned complex is also known as the Abraj Al-Bait of Mecca and has a total height of 1,972 feet. Saudi Arabia’s second-tallest building has a hotel with 120 floors, a conference center, an Islamic museum, and a prayer room that can hold 10,000 people at a time. The clock of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower is the largest clock face in the world. 


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2. Shanghai Tower

China’s tallest tower and the world’s second-tallest stands at 2,073 feet and has 121 floors. It took eight years for the building to be completed under the design of American architectural company Gensler. The original purpose of the building was to be a hotel and office space. It now has 320 hotel rooms, 1,100 parking spaces, and an observation deck at the top of the building—the highest in the world that offers a magnificent view of the Pudong area.


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1. Burj Khalifa

The Burj has the same architects as the One World Trade Center and is mainly made up of steel and concrete. Construction of the building was part of the UAE government’s initiative of shifting the country’s economy from oil-based to tourism and service-based economy. It has a total of 30,000 residences spreading out over 19 residential towers, an artificial lake, nine hotels, and a shopping mall.




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