Top 5 Tallest Buildings and Structures in the World

Architectural structures make the World more beautiful place. Mother Nature isn't the only one contributing to that beauty. Talented architects can amaze us as much as nature sometimes. These building are thousands of feet above ground and often loom and way above the clouds. This shouldn't affect those with a fear of heights, but just in case, proceed with caution. As the world is getting crowded day by day, buildings are getting taller in the same parallel. These skyscrapers are spectacles that can be viewed at a distance for many miles, and from any direction. Check out 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world below...

Burj Khalifa
Location : Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Height : 2,723 feet
Floors : 163
Built : January, 2010
Usage : Residential, Hotel, Office & Restaurant
Escalators : 8
Elevators : 57
Structural Material : Steel Concrete

          The Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world, standing at an incredible 828 metres tall it towers above Dubai, UAE. The tower is situated on a manmade lake which is designed to wrap around the tower and to provide dramatic views of it. Over 330,000 cubic meters of concrete and 31,400 metric tonnes of steel rebar was used at the completion of the tower. It took 5 years to build, and was completed in 2010 in Dubai's main business district.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower
Location : Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Height : 1,972 feet
Floors : 120
Built : 2012
Usage : Hotel, Shopping Center & Residential
Escalators : 16
Elevators : 94
Structural Material : Steel Concrete

          An attempt to modernize this holy city, it is the tallest hotel in the world, along with the tallest clock tower and containing the world's largest clock-face. The tower front is decorated with a glass mosaic. The main usage of this tower is as a clock tower, observatory, shopping mall as well as a hotel. It stands at 601 metres tall and has a whopping 120 floors.

One World Trade Center
Location : New York City, USA
Height : 1,776 feet
Floors : 104
Construction End : March 2014
Usage : Commercial Office, Mercantile & Restaurant
Structural Material : Composite Structure
          It is called both the Freedom Tower and One World Trade Center, this skyscraper will rise 104 stores tall after its completion in 2014. It will then be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Its spire will stretch its height to 541 metres, referencing 1776, the year of American Independence.

Taipei 101
Location : Taipei, Taiwan
Height : 1,670 feet
Floors : 101
Built : 2004
Usage : Office, Restaurant, Parking, Shopping & Club House
Escalators : 50
Elevators : 61
Structural Material : Composite Structure
          Taipei 101, or the Taipei Financial Center as it is also known, was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. It reaches an impressive height of 509 metres with 5 floors underground. It contained within is a circular 660-tonne mass damper to counter seismic and wind-induced movement. It is constructed from 41 steel plates, is suspended from 8 steel cables, rests on eight viscous dampers and can move 5 feet laterally in any direction. The enormous tower is seen as an icon of modern. It is the largest and heaviest of its type in the world.

Shanghai World Financial Center
Location : Shanghai, China
Height : 1,614 feet
Floors : 101
Built : 2008
Usage : Office, Hotel, Museum, Shops, Mercantile, Restaurant
Escalators : 33
Elevators : 31
Structural Material : Composite Structure
          The skyscraper is used for a number of uses, from shopping malls, to hotels, offices and conference rooms. It reached its full height at 492 metres in 2008. It was not implemented within 2 years, the project should have been cancelled according to relevant regulations. However, because it is a project of huge investment and there have been no other suitable investors, the building remained, and in 4 years would finally rise up in Shanghai. It has 101 floors and the world's highest observation deck at 1,555 feet above ground. Glass and metal were covered on simple geometric bodies to create mysterious sight effects.

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