You must have heard the idiom- “the sky is the limit” but have you ever seen it? It seems like engineers believe in this saying the most as they have built such sky-high buildings that look like as if they’re touching the sky. Let’s take a look at some of these marvellous skyscrapers and engineering wonders that make up the list of tallest buildings in the world –
#5 Taipei 101
This 509.2m engineering marvel is situated in Taiwan. Its blue-green pagoda-like facade is aesthetic to look at. It’s also the largest green building in the world. The skyline of Taipei is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper, with upscale shops at the bottom and a rapid elevator to an observatory near the top. It is in the top 5 tallest buildings in the world.
#4 World Trade Centre
It’s 541m high and is also called ‘Freedom Tower’. Situated in New York City, it is on number 4 of the 5 tallest buildings in world. The main building of rebuilt World Trade Centre was destroyed in 9/11 attacks. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center.
#3 Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
Standing 601m tall, it’s one of the tallest buildings in the world and the tallest Saudi Arabia. Its clock face is the biggest clock face in the world and this beautiful structure can be seen from 16 kilometres away. This luxe hotel is a striking, 76-story building with a clock tower is less than an 11-minute walk from Diamond Tower, a 93-story skyscraper.
#2 Shanghai Tower
This 632m edifice in China is the second tallest building in the world. This high-rise has a unique transparent façade which looks like many buildings stacked on one another. The building has 128 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m (4,090,000 sq ft). Its tiered construction, designed for high energy efficiency, provides multiple separate zones for office, retail and leisure use.
#1 Burj Khalifa
This 829.8m high building in Dubai is the tallest building in the world. This building has many records up its sleeve, including world’s highest nightclub and restaurant. The decision to build the building was reportedly based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts.