The Five Tallest Skyscrapers In The World
September 03 marks the Skyscrapers Day every year. We bring to you the five tallest Buildings in the World in 2021
The buildings are ranked by standard height (architectural height). As on August 30, 2021, the five tallest skyscrapers in the world are –
- Burj Khalifa, built in 2010, Dubai
Standard height: 828 meters with Floor count: 163
Burj Khalifa has been the tallest building in the world by any measurement since its completion in 2009, it is estimated that it still can keep holding this title for the next 3 to 4 years, then it will be surpassed by Dubai Creek Tower which is located at a site only miles away from it. The Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia could also surpass it if the construction works continue. The observation deck on Burj Khalifa is one of most visited destinations in Dubai, the observatory named At The Top SKY is still the tallest observation deck in the world.
- Shanghai Tower, built in 2015, Shanghai
Standard height: 632 meters with Floor count: 128
Shanghai Tower was completed in the beginning of 2015, since then it has been the tallest building in China. Shanghai Tower has a multi-floor observation deck opened to public at its 118th and 119th floors, as of 2021 it’s the second tallest observation deck in the world, only after Burj Khalifa’s At The Top SKY. For more details check out the guide to visiting Shanghai Tower observation deck.
Since the spire of Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen was cancelled, which resulted in the building ends up being 599 meters tall (33 meters shorter than Shanghai Tower), and in April 2020, a new decree was issued to forbid skyscrapers in the country to be built over 500 meters, the planned heights of Wuhan Greenland Center, Suzhou Zhongnan Center, and Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center are all reduced to be under 500 meters, it can be sure that Shanghai Tower’s title of China’s Tallest Building will not be taken by other towers in the foreseeable future.
- PNB 118, built in 2021, Kuala Lumpur
Standard height 630 meters with Floor count: 118
PNB 118 is a megatall skyscraper under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The skyscraper is planned to be built to a height of 656 meters or higher, with a spire mounted on the rooftop, and will become the tallest building in Southeast Asia and the 2nd tallest building in the world. Without the spire, the building would be 518 m tall. It has structurally topped out, the construction of the spire on the top is still in progress.
- Abraj Al Bait, built in 2012, Mecca
Standard height: 601 meters with Floor count: 120
This buildings complex is located in close proximity to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Abraj Al Bait consists of several high-rise buildings of different sizes, the highest one of them stands 601 meters tall and is called Makkah Royal Clock Tower, it is one of the only three buildings in the world that are categorized as megatall skyscrapers. Each of the 4 sides of the clock tower has a large clock, the clocks are currently the largest in the world. A museum occupies the clock tower’s uppermost floors, containing an outdoor observation deck, which is right below the clocks.
- Ping An International Finance Center, built in 2016, Shenzhen
Standard height: 599 meters with Floor count: 115
Ping An Finance Center was once designed to be built to 660 meters with a spire on the top, set to become the tallest building of China, however there suddenly came out a flight issue, forcing the height restricted to be under 600 meters, so no spire ever built atop its peak. Same thing had previously happened on Canton Tower, which has a similar height with it, the difference is that Canton Tower’s spire was cut shorter after the completion. The building has an observation deck on the 116th floor, it’s currently the 3rd highest observation deck in the world.