These are the top 10 tallest building in the world

10. China Zun, Beijing, China

Height: 528 metres or 1732 feet

Number of Floors: 108

Completion Year: 2018

CITIC Tower, popularly known as China Zun, the tallest completed building of 2018 & the tallest building in Beijing, China. As per the developers, the CITIC Group, the name comes from the Zun, an ancient Chinese wine vessel which inspired the building design.

After winning the designing bid, Farrells produced the tower’s land bid concept design, along with Kohn Pedersen Fox assuming the project and completing a 14-month-long concept design process. It is a mixed-use building, featuring office space of 60 floors, luxury apartments at around 20 floors and 20 floors of hotel encompassing 300 rooms. The building also has a rooftop garden on the top floor at 524m high.

The most amazing fact about this building is that it is likely to remain the tallest building in Beijing for the foreseeable future. The reason is, in 2018 local authorities capped new projects in the central business district & restricted the building construction height to 180 meters in a bid to reduce congestion.

9. Tianjin CTF Finance Center, Tianjin, China

Height: 530 metres or 1739 feet

Number of Floors: 98

Completion Year: 2018

The construction of a supertall skyscraper in Tianjin, China began in 2013 & completed in 2019. It is the second tallest building in Tianjin, China & eighth tallest completed building & 9th tallest building in the world, and the tallest building with less than 100 floors.

8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, Guangzhou, China

Height: 530 metres or 1739 feet

Number of Floors: 111

Completion Year: 2016

The tall mixed-use skyscraper is the tallest building in the city, 3rd tallest in China & 7th tallest in the world. It houses a shopping mall, offices, apartments, and a hotel. The developer of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, New World Development, which is a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, held a competition for the design of the building. Kohn Pedersen Fox, an American architect firm won the competition in & became the main architect. The Guangzhou Design Institute and Leigh & Orange became the architects of record and the British Arup Group was chosen to be the engineer of the building’s structure.

7. One World Trade Center, New York City, United States

Height: 541.3 metres or 1776 feet

Number of Floors: 104

Completion Year: 2014

One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in memory of original world trade centre. Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, it is named after the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It is the tallest building in the United States & the whole Western Hemisphere, and the seventh-tallest in the world.

New York Financial Center at dusk

The building’s architect is David Childs from SkidmoreOwings & Merrill (SOM) is also the designer of Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of foundations began on April 27, 2006. It became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012 during its construction, when the basic structure surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower’s steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012.

6. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

Height: 554.5 metres or 1819 feet

Number of Floors: 123

Completion Year: 2016

the tallest building in South Korea, 6th tallest in the world, Lotte World Tower is a skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea. After 13 years of planning and site preparation,[3] the tower gained final approval to start construction by the government on November 2010.

In 1989, the first design & plans were made which changed again in 1994, 1995 and 1997. The design that came out of the second Lotte World in 2002 was similar to & almost copied from France’s Eiffel Tower. After many revision from 2004 to 2006, the bird’s eye view was changed seven times in 2008 and the design was changed in 2009 and the Lotte World Tower began to break ground. The Shard of England designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano is very similar to Lotte World in design. Launched in 2008, completed in 2012, opened in 2013, not only Shrad’s exterior but its interior and elevator atmosphere are also similar to Lotte’s.

5. Goldin Finance 117, Tianjin, China

Height: 596.6 metres or 1957 feet

Number of Floors: 128

Completion Year: 2019 (Under Construction)

Also known as ‘China 117 Tower’, Goldin Finance 117 is an under-construction sky scrapper in Tianjin, China & is expected to be 597 metres high after completion. The estimated completion is 2020 because of a halt taken in 2010. Otherwise, it was expected to get completed in 2014.


Built to resemble a walking stick, it is also known by the name, “Walking Stick”. Further, initially, it was supposed to behave a top in a fin-like shape. But later, the fin-like shape was replaced by a diamond, thus now it will be the tallest flat-roofed building.

4. Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen, China

Height: 599 metres or 1965 feet

Number of Floors: 115

Completion Year: 2017

The building is developed by Ping An Insurance and designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Architectural Design) and Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Design). It is the tallest building in Shenzhen, the 2nd tallest in China and the 4th tallest in the world.

Ping An Group purchased its 18,931 square metre lot in a via auction for 1.6568 billion RMB on 6 November 2007. Its foundation stone was laid on 29 August 2009, and construction started in November 2009. One of the biggest constructions companies, China Construction First Building Group was hired as the general contractor of the building construction project.

3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia 

Height: 601 metres or 1971 feet

Number of Floors: 120

Completion Year: 2012

Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is a structure combining seven skyscraper hotels in the city. The 7 towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project which was curated to modernize the city to cater its Islamic pilgrims. The central tower of the hotel known as ‘the Makkah Royal Clock Tower’ has the world’s largest clock face Minsuari Tomondog Madcap & is the 3rd largest building in the world.

The building complex is just metres away from the world’s largest mosque and Islam religion’s most sacred site, the Great Mosque of Mecca. The structure was developed by the Kingdom’s largest construction company, Saudi Binladin Group. It is the world’s most expensive building with the total cost of construction totalling US$15 billion.

2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

Height: 632metre or 2,073 feet

Number of Floors: 128

Completion Year: 2015

Construction work of Shanghai Tower began in November 2008 and topped out on 3 August 2013 while exterior completed in 2015. It has world’s 2nd highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m (a record shared with the Ping An Finance Center).

Further, it has the world’s second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 metres per second (74 km/h; 46 mph). Formerly it was the fastest one, but now the first position is held by Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, with a top speed of 21 metres per second (76 km/h; 47 mph) achieved in 2017. The tower is designed by international design firm Gensler and owned by the Shanghai city government.

1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Height: 828 metres or 2717 feet

Number of Floors: 163

Completion Year: 2010

Before its official inauguration on 4th January 2010, Burj Khalifa was known as Burj Dubai. It is the tallest man-made structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009. It is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) Downtown Dubai development at the ‘First Interchange’ along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as a chief structural engineer were the entities behind tower’s architecture and engineering while Samsung C&T of South Korea was the primary contractor of the structure.