These immense, towering structures are feats of engineering, and stand as testament to our abilities for ever-more complex architectural endeavours.
10: Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong)
Designed by I. M. Pei and L. C. Pei and completed in 1990, the Bank of China Tower is a 72-storey, 315 metre high building – or 367.4 metres if you include the two masts at its peak. It was the first building outside the United States to break the 305 metre mark. Its shape is intended to resemble four growing bamboo shoots, making it one of the most distinguishable landmarks in Hong Kong. Its design was not without controversy though – it was the first building of this magnitude to be built in Hong Kong without first consulting feng shui masters, who consequently criticized it for its sharp corners and perceived negative symbolism.
9: Central Plaza (Hong Kong)
Also in Hong Kong, the Central Plaza boasts 78 storeys and reaches a height of 374 metres. It was completed in 1995. It features an unconventional, triangular floor plan, designed to give 20% more of the office tenants a view of Hong Kong’s harbour. Central Plaza isn’t the tallest building in the world, but it does contain the highest church, known as the “Sky City Church”.
8: Empire State Building (New York)
New York’s famous Empire State Building is 381 metres tall and includes 103 storeys. It was built in Manhattan’s Midtown in 1931. It was the world’s tallest building right until 1973, when Willis Tower was constructed.
7: Shun Hing Square (Shenzhen)
Sometimes also called the Diwang Building, the Shun Hink Square skyscraper in China is 384 metres tall and has 69 floors. The main tower contains offices, and a separate 35-storey annex contains a shopping arcade, apartments and a parking facility.
6: CITIC Plaza (Guangzhou)
Completed in 1997, the CITIC Plaza in Guangzhou, China is the tallest concrete structure in the world, at 391 metres. Its full name is the China International Trust and Investment Plaza.
5: Two International Finance Centre (Hong Kong)
Sometimes abbreviated simply as “IFC”, this 88-floor, 415 metre building is in the West Kowloon district of Hong Kong and is one of two towers branded with the IFC moniker. Tower 1, or “One IFC” is smaller, with 55 floors.
4: Willis Tower (Chicago)
This 108-floor, 442 metre high behemoth was completed in 1973. It was originally known, and is sometimes still referred to, as the Sears Tower. It was the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion, surpassing the record of the Word Trade Centre towers in New York. It is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations, hosting as many as one million visitors on its viewing deck each year.
3: Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
With 88 floors and at a staggering height of 451 metres, these distinctively post-modern towers are sometimes also referred to as the Petronas Twin Towers. From 1998 until 2004, they were the largest buildings in the world. They were then surpassed by Taipei 101. However, the Petronas Towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world.
2: Taipei 101 (Taipei)
At 508 metres, this enormous structure is named after its 101 floors. It was the world’s tallest building until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in 2004. It still contains the world’s fastest elevators.
1: Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the largest office building and the tallest man-made structure of any kind in the world. It’s an engineering wonder, at a full 829 meters – more than the height of the Taipei 101 and the Bank of China Tower combined.
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