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The Tallest Buildings In The World

The Tallest Buildings In The World

I seem to have accidentally fallen into the pattern of having “the most something in the world!” articles on Sundays. So in an attempt not to disappoint, this week we’ll be tackling the tallest buildings in the world; perhaps the most architecturally driven of our achievements.

There’s a touch of ambiguity on what defines the tallest building, but I’m going to take the most honest definition- these are the structures that have the largest distance from ground level to top of structure. Sometimes this is contested, as it means that buildings that peter-out into light-weight artistic masts are discounted; however it’s still structure, so I’m counting it.

Willis Tower


More famously the Sears Tower, this 527m tower in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago, was the tallest building in the world from 1973 to 1998. Still a national landmark, these days it’s more common to see it in the news for its daredevil cantilevered glass floor that periodically cracks!

One World Trade Center


One World Trade Center, or Freedom Tower, is a 546m tall statement. Sat on the site of the old twin towers it’s by far the tallest building in New York. And at $3.8 billion, it’s one of the most expensive buildings of all time.

Abraj Al Bait


This might well be my favourite on this list, just for how incredibly different it is from the rest! Unsurprisingly also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, this 601m complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia might not be the tallest, but it does boast the world’s biggest clock face!

Shanghai Tower


At 632m, the Shanghai Tower (in Shanghai, no less), is an impressive structure in its own right. However, perhaps it is most famous for sporting the world’s fastest elevators in a commercial building- travelling at nearly 75km/hr!

Burj Khalifa


It’s probably no surprise that this 830m tall structure is the tallests in the world. It’s had a long stint, since it’s completion in 2009, and doesn’t look like it’ll be stripped of its prestigious title until the Kingdom Tower (at 1000m) arrives in 2019.

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