You are out camping with your friends and family over the weekend, or just enjoying some cold beer or whiskey in your backyard as you play trivia games.
As you play, you come across the question, “What are the tallest buildings in the world?”
The answer to this is not so outright because you have to name them in descending order. The clock is ticking, and you need to prove that you’re the master of the game! What are the answers?
We have done comprehensive research on the tallest buildings in the world. We have included their height, the materials used, the number of floors they have, their function, and their location.
You will definitely bring your A-game on the next game night!
Tallest Buildings in the World in 2023
If you are a movie lover, you probably know the best-selling movies, and the highest-earning actors and producers, and you tend to keep up with the latest films on Netflix.
The beauty of life, in general, is that there is always so much to learn about different things. How about we help you add more knowledge to your geography with our list of the tallest buildings in the world?
Some of the buildings are apartments, some are offices, some are hotels, and some are a hybrid mix of offices, apartments, and hotels.
You might want to grab your map and tickets. It’s going to be a surprising yet beautiful journey.
1. Burj Khalifa
Coming in at number 1 is Burj Khalifa.
It is the world’s tallest building and is located at the heart of Dubai. Its construction began in 2004 and was inaugurated in 2010. The material used to construct this “magic” was steel/concrete.
With a total height of 828m/ 2,717ft and 163 floors, Burj Khalifa seems to rise above the clouds and go on forever. It functions as a hotel, office, and residential place.
Besides being the tallest building in the world, it also stands as the highest occupied building, world’s longest distance travel elevators, world’s highest restaurant, world’s highest nightclub and so much more.
If you didn’t have Dubai among your “Must visit places,” we bet these interesting facts have changed your mind. Can you imagine how breathtaking it would be to be in the world’s longest-distance travel elevator?
2. Shanghai Tower
Located in China, Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building.
This beautiful masterpiece has a height of 632m/2,073 ft, with a total of 128 floors. Among all the tall buildings in China, Shanghai Tower takes the trophy home.
The unique feature of this building is that it always looks a bit different depending on the angle you look at it from since its exterior is made up of over 20,000 pieces of glass, each in a different shape.
Shanghai Tower wears many caps as it functions as a residential place, hotel, and office for approximately 16,000 people at a time.
This tower has the world’s fastest elevators that go at 73.8km an hour. Your journey from the 1st floor to the 128th floor will be swift, and you will certainly enjoy the beautiful views on your way to the top.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower
Mecca, a city located at the heart of Saudi Arabia, is known to be the holiest city in the Islamic world where every year, millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage.
Well, folks, here is another amazing fact that will prompt you to visit the city.
It is home to the world’s 3rd tallest building, Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel.
Standing tall with a height of 601m/1972ft, Makkah Royal Clock Tower is believed to have cost around $15billion to construct.
It has a giant clock at its pinnacle, weighing about 21 tons, 23meters in length, and 43 meters in size. The clock illuminates at night with one million LED lights that give its green and white beams.
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower has offices, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and residential places that are suitable for family vacations not to forget, capturing those memories!
4. Ping An Finance Center
Located in Shenzhen, China, Ping An Finance Center secured its seat as the 4th tallest building in the world.
The building is named after Ping An Insurance Company of China, which is one of the world’s biggest investment companies.
Rising to 599.1m/1,965ft, with 115 floors, this skyscraper is one of China’s greatest tourist attractions, attracting more than 9,000 visitors in a day. It functions as a shopping center and commercial office.
The tower can be seen from some places in Hong Kong like Lantau Island, Shatin, New Territories West Constituency.
5. Lotte World Tower
The 5th tallest building in the world can best be described as outstanding!
Standing at a height of 554m/1,819ft, with 123 floors, Lotte World Tower is located in Seoul, South Korea. It brought to life heights that have never been seen before and is currently the tallest building in Korea.
The interior of Lotte World Tower was designed to perfection and with a lot of attention to detail. It curves inwards as it rises, and the glass used in construction was meant to serve as a reminder of Korean ceramic history.
Among other beautiful and interesting facts, Lotte World Tower has an indoor theme park, its own island, and an ice skating rink for any season; if you miss the ice during summer then this tower is here for your cravings.
Is there anything that is not fascinating about this tower? Your answer is as good as ours, no!
6. One World Trade Center
Breathtaking, modern, welcoming, captivating, and impressive are some of the words that can best describe the 6th tallest building in the world, One World Trade Center.
It is located in New York City, United States, with a total of 94 floors. Its 1,776 feet of architectural height is a direct reference to the date the Declaration of Independence was signed. Such coincidence, huh?
One World Trade Center was built using composite material, in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. It is a constant reminder of the lives that were lost and hope for the future.
It has bars & restaurants, places to shop, offices and hotel rooms. You will not have to cross the street after your meeting to enjoy some cold beer, it’ll be served to you under the same roof. If that isn’t convenient, we sure don’t know what it is.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center
The 530m/1,739ft skyscraper is located in Guangzhou City, in China.
Guangzhou has a total of 111 above-ground floors and 5 below ground
This beautifully designed building also has shopping malls, offices, apartments, and a direct connection to the underground public transportation center in the building.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Center
Here comes China again, hosting the 7th tallest building in the world, Tianjin CTF Finance Center.
This skyscraper is 1,739ft/530m high. Its construction, using composite material, began in 2013 and was completed in 2019, with 97 floors.
The tower makes a bold impression and serves as an office space, hotel and luxury serviced apartments.
9. Citic Tower
Popularly known as the China Zun, Citic Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Beijing.
It’s named after the company CITIC (China International Trust Investment Corporation), a state-owned investment company of China.
Citic Tower was constructed using composite material and has a height of 527.7m/1,731ft with 109 floors.
China Zun Tower is an office building, offering office spaces for its owner CITIC and a few of other tenants.
10. Taipei 101
Taipei 101 made it to the top 10 tallest buildings in the world!
Did you know that this structure was the world’s tallest building until 2010 when Burj Khalifa was opened?
Construction of Taipei 101 began in 1999 using composite material and ended in 2004. The end product was a 508m/ 1,667ft with 101 floors.
So, what are the unique features of this tower? It has double-deck elevators that can move from the 5th floor to the 89th floor in literally 37seconds! How amazing is that?
Taipei 101 has offices and a private VIP club on the 101st floor. It also has an observatory, which is spread over four floors. Here, you get to enjoy the fantastic scenery and learn about the engineering and construction of Taipei 101 via a free audio tour in 11 languages.
Oh! Did we mention that this structure has no 44th floor? Yeah, that’s weird, but here’s why.
The number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture, therefore, the 44th floor was replaced by Level 43, with 42A replacing the actual 43 to compensate for the skipped floor number.
So, how was our trip? We heard you say, “fun, breathtaking, and highly educative!”
You just took your geographical knowledge a notch higher. We bet you’ll soon make plans to physically visit these beautiful spaces with your loved ones.