Skyscraper with the highest peak in the world. The Burj Khalifa: here is the top 15!

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One of the things that travel lovers are passionate about are the particularities that make a particular destination unique rather than another. Precisely for this reason today we want to arouse your curiosity by proposing a new unprecedented ranking: the top 15 of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
Attention, we warn you in advance, these huge buildings are really impressive but we do not recommend visiting them if you suffer from vertigo!

15 - Trump International Hotel and Tower, 423 m

Il Trump International Hotel and Tower it was added to the Chicago skyline in 2009 and appears to reflect the style of the Willis Tower.
To date it stands out for being one of the tallest buildings in the world consisting of reinforced concrete as the primary structural material.

  • Location: Chicago, USA
  • Number of floors: 98
  • Year built: 2009

14 - 432 Park Avenue, 426 m

432 Park Avenue is the tallest skyscraper in New York excluding spiers and antennas, and with 426 meters of height it is also the 14th tallest in the world. It is a structure for residential use that has apartments inside and when the interiors are fully completed it will have a gym and a golf course.

  • Location: New York, USA
  • Number of floors: 96
  • Year built: 2014

13 - Guangzhou International Finance Center, 440 m

In 13th position we find the Guangzhou International Finance Center. The practicality of such a structure is steel skeleton formed by diagonal support beams, which form rhombuses consisting of two triangular sections. This particular exoskeleton made it possible to save on the amount of steel used, which is much less than that generally required for this type of structures.

  • Where is it: Canton, China
  • Number of floors: 103
  • Year built: 2010

12 - KK100, 442 m

Il Kingkey or KK100, is the jewel par excellence of Shenzhen, a large metropolis recently born just north of Hong Kong. It has a distinctive design, with large transparent windows in the upper part of the building, and houses a restaurant and a shopping center.

  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Number of floors: 98
  • Year built: 2011

11 - Willis Tower, 443 m

Also known as Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is an impressive building with a rather unusual block design. Today it houses several offices spread over 108 floors, for a height of 443 meters.

  • Location: Chicago, USA
  • Number of floors: 108
  • Year built: 1973

10 - Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, 450 m

Zifeng Tower was born from the collaboration of two well-known architects, Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, the same ones who also worked at the Burj Khalifa. It is no coincidence that it is easy to find in this tower some evident similarities with the well-known construction of Dubai.

  • Where is it located: Nanjing, China
  • Number of floors: 89
  • Year built: 2010

8/9 - Petronas Tower 1 and 2, 452 m

The two Petronas towers, both 452 meters high, occupy the eighth and ninth position of the ranking. They are famous for the iconic skybridge that connects the two buildings at the 41st and 42nd floors.

  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Number of floors: 88
  • Year built: 1998

7 - International Commerce Center, 484 m

This large building was a big bet for its developers, given its relatively isolated location from the rest of Hong Kong's skyscrapers. However, to date the International Commerce Center is proving to be quite efficient. Inside there are several mixed-use offices as well as a hotel.

  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Number of floors: 118
  • Year built: 2010

6 - Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 m

The Shanghai World Financial Center is famous not only for its gigantic size, but also for the characteristic "hole" located at the top. It is no coincidence that the tourist souvenir is very widespread, offering a scale reproduction of the skyscraper with the function of bottle opener.

  • Where is it located: Shanghai, China
  • Number of floors: 101
  • Year built: 2008

5 - Taipei 101, 509 m

In fifth place is the Taipei 101 building, with a height of 509 meters. This huge structure is made up of well 101 floors of which 5 underground and in the past held the distinction of tallest skyscraper, before the current winner was completed.

  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Number of floors: 101
  • Year built: 2004

4 - One World Trade Center, 541 m

Also known as the Freedom Tower, it ranks fourth in our ranking thanks to its 541 meters. It was built in the area previously occupied by the Twin Towers, destroyed during the / attack.

  • Location: New York, USA
  • Number of floors: 104
  • Year built: 2012

3 - Abraj Al Bait, 601 m

With 601 meters (including antenna / spire) we find on the third step of the podium the Abraj Al Bait, built in the Middle Eastern city of Mecca. This complex of structures holds several firsts: it is the tallest hotel and tallest clock tower in the worldIt also has the largest façade clock in existence.

  • Where is it located: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Number of floors: 95
  • Year built: 2011

2 - Shanghai Tower, 632 m

In second place with 632 meters is the Shanghai Tower which wins the silver medal. Built in the financial center of the city, the structure contains 121 floors.

  • Where is it located: Shanghai, China
  • Number of floors: 121
  • Year built: 2013

1 - Burj Khalifa, 828 m

In first place the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, still today the tallest skyscraper in the world with 828 meters of height. Since 2010, the Burj Khalifa has ousted Taipei 101. It it houses over 1.000 apartments and 49 office floors as well as the Armani luxury hotel.
Dubai therefore confirms its reputation as a city of excesses by deservedly conquering the "top" of this ranking.

  • Where is it located: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Number of floors: 163
  • Year built: 2010

Jeddah Tower: the tallest skyscraper under construction

A special mention goes to another construction not yet completed. Jeddah Tower is one facility under development, designed by the same studio that completed the construction of the Burj Khalifa.
According to the approved project, the tower will have 170 floors and 59 elevators, will reach a height of 1000 meters, and will house shops, offices, schools and hotels. The estimated cost for the construction of this historic monumental work is close to 2 billion dollars, and its completion is scheduled for 2020.

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