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5 Tallest Buildings in the World (Photos)

Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. And also to make the world and inhabitable place for human being. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat CTBUH has developed its own system for classifying tall buildings in the world, here are 6 tallest building in the world.

1. BURJ KHALIFA

the tallest building in Dubai, Burj Khalifa is officially the world tallest building, since 2010. The tender for its construction was given to a Chicago based architecture firm. Standing at a height of 828 metres, it has 163 floors, and houses approximately 30,000 people. The Burj Khalifa houses hotels and shopping malls, and an artificial lake as well, The tower has received many awards and recognition from all quarters of the world of architecture.


2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Center is a 128 story, 632meter 2,073 ft tall megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is the world second tallest building by height to architectural top and it shares the record along with the Ping An Finance Center of having the world highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m. It had the world second fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 meters per second 74 km/h; 46 mph until 2017, when it was surpassed by the Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, with its top speed of 21 meters per second 76 km/h; 47 mph Designed by international design firm Gensler and owned by the Shanghai Municipal Government, it is the tallest of the world first triple adjacent supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Its tiered construction, designed for high energy efficiency, provides nine separate zones divided between office, retail and leisure use Construction work on the tower began in November 2008 and topped out on 3 August 2013. The exterior was completed in summer 2015, and work was considered complete in September 2014. Although the building was originally scheduled to open to the public in November 2014, the actual public use date slipped considerably. The observation deck was opened to visitors in July 2016.


3. Abraj Al Bait

This is a government owned complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that aims to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, has the world largest clock face and is the third tallest building and fifth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The clock tower contains the Clock Tower Museum that occupies the top four floors of the tower. The building complex is metres away from the world largest mosque and Islam most sacred site the Great Mosque of Mecca. The developer and contractor of the complex is the Saudi Binladin Group, the Kingdom largest construction company. It is the world second most expensive building, with the total cost of construction totalling US$15 billion, The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th century Ottoman citadel on top of a hill overlooking the Grand Mosque. The destruction of the historically significant site in 2002 by the Saudi government sparked international outcry and a strong response from Turkey.


4. Ping An International Finance Center

The building is located within the Central Business District of Shenzhen in Futian . Its 18,931 square meter lot was purchased by Ping An Group via auction at a price of 1.6568 billion RMB on 6 November 2007. Design of the building began in 2008 with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates providing the architectural design and Thornton Tomasetti providing structural design. Its foundation stone was laid on 29 August 2009, and construction started in November the same year. China Construction First Building Group was hired as the general contractor to construct the building. On 15 March 2013, the construction process was temporarily halted, due to the suspected use of concrete made with unprocessed sea sand, which could corrode the steel structure. Construction resumed after the building sample tested. The building topped out on 30 April 2015, and became the second tallest skyscraper in China at a height of 599 meters. The original plan was to add a 60 meter long antenna on top the building to surpass the Shanghai Tower and become the tallest building in China. However, in February 2015, it was decided that the antenna would not top the tower due to the possibility that it might obstruct flight paths.


5. KINGDOM TOWER JEDDAH

The building is 1,000+ meters, Jeddah Beginning construction in 2013, the project has experienced numerous construction delays and has not yet been completed. News reports peg a “topping out” by the end of 2020, but it is unclear when completion may finally happen. Nevertheless, if it were completed in 2021 or at any time in the foreseeable future, it would still stand to earn the title among the World Tallest Building by a considerable margin.

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