The CTBUH, International organization is an official body which announces the Title of ” World’s Tallest Building” and was formed in 1969. It set the standards by which buildings are measured. The organization only considers the complete buildings and it has maintained a list of 100 tallest skyscraper in the world.
Top 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world are:
10. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
The Jin Mao Tower is the tenth tallest skyscraper in the world situated in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. The Jin Mao means ” golden prosperity building” contains offices and luxurious Shanghai Grang Hyatt Hotel. It was constructed in 1999. It is a centerpiece of Pudong skyline along with the Oriental Pearl Tower. Its height is 421 m(1,380 ft) with 88 floors. The cost of project was $530 Million.
9. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago
The Trump International Hotel and Tower also known as Trump Tower is in Chicago, Illinois. It is the world’s 9th tallest skyscraper condo-hotel. It was designed by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and the building was named after the real estate developer Donald Trump. It was built by Bovis Lend Lease, adjacent to the Chicago river with a view of the entry of Lake Michigan. It received publicity when the winner, Bill Rancic of first season of Apprentice Television Show chose to manage the construction of this building. Its height is 423 m(1,389 ft) with 98 floors. The cost of the project was $847 Million.
8. Guangzhou International Finance center, Guangzhou
The Guangzhou West Tower is also known as Guangzhou International Finance Center is at Zhujiang Avenue West in Tianhe District at Guangzhou, China. It was constructed and designed by Wilkinson Eyre and was completed in 2010. The building is used for many purposes like conference centre, hotel and office building. Its height is 438 m(1,435 ft) with 103 floors, where 1 to 66 floors are used for office, floors 67 to 68 are used for mechanical equipment, floors 69 to 98 are used for hotels and rest for observation deck. The cost of project was $1.2 Billion.
7. Willis Tower, Chicago
The Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower is in Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in 1973 and was announced as the tallest building in the world. Now it is the world’s seventh tallest skyscraper. Its Sears naming rights was expired in 2003, than in March 2009, London based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings obtained the naming rights after leasing a portion of the building. It was officially renamed as Willis Tower on 16 July, 2009. Its height is 442 m(1,451 ft) with 108 floors. The cost of project was $950 Million.
6. Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex, Nanjing
The Nanjing Greenland Financial Center is in Nanjing, China. It got completed in April,2010. It comprises of retail and office space in lower floors and restaurants, hotels and observations on top floors. It was designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and builded by Adrian Smith. Its height is 450 m(1,476 ft) with 89 floors. On the 72nd floor, an observation floor, provides a panoramic view of Nanjing, and the nearby river Yangtze, two lakes and mountains. It is world’s sixth tallest skyscraper. The cost of project was $375 Million.
5. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers are twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower and a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. It was the tallest building in the world fron 1998 to 2004, until Taipei 101 was developed. But the twin towers are still the tallest skyscrapers in the world. It is the world’s fifth tallest skyscraper. Its height is 452 m(1, 483 ft) which including only spires, not antennas. It contains 88 floors. The cost of project was $1.6 Billion.
4. International Commerce Center, Hong Kong
The International Commerce Center is in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was completed from 2007 to 2010. It got inaugurated in 2011. It is a part of Union Square Project built on top of Kowloon Station. The International Commerce Center is owned and developed by MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties. They are the Hong Kong’s largest property developer and metro operator. It is the world’s fourth tallest skyscraper. Its height is 484 m(1,588 ft) with 108 floors. The cost of project was $3.85 Billion.
3. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai
The Shanghai World Financial Center is a skyscraper in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It was developed by Mori Building and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.This skyscraper consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, decks and shopping mall at the ground floor. Park Hyatt Hotel is the best hotel in Shanghai with 174 rooms and suits and the tallest hotel which occupies 79th to the 93rd floors of Shanghai World Financial Center. Its height is 492 m(1,614 ft) with 101 floors. The cost of project was $1.2 Billion.
2. Taipei 101, Taiwan
Taipei 101, popularly known as Taipei World Financial Center, is in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is World’s second tallest skyscraper. It is awarded as World’s the tallest LEED building in July, 2011. It was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and construction is done by KTRT Joint Venture. The tower is designed to stand by earthquakes and typhoons. A multi-shopping mall is adjoining the tower having hundreds of restaurants, clubs and stores. The height of the tower is 509 m(1,670 ft) with 101 floors. The cost of project was $1.8 Billion.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa is also known by Burj Dubai, is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the World’s tallest skyscraper till now. Its construction began on 21 September 2004, its exterior structure got completed on 1 oct, 2009. Burj Khalifa got inaugurated on 4 jan, 2010. The architecture and engineering of Burj Khalifa were done by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The contractor of the building was Samsung C&T of South Korea. The height of the Burj Dubai is 828 m(2, 717 ft) with 163 floors. The cost of project was $1.5 Billion.