20 Photos of the Tallest Buildings in the World

These are 20 photos of the tallest buildings in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in September 2021.

Giant skyscrapers are classified officially in two distinct categories: "supertall" 300 meters (984 feet) or taller, and a "megatall," which stand at least 600-meters tall (1,968 feet). As of today, there are 173 supertalls and only three megatalls right now.

Take a look at those three and the 17 other tallest buildings in the world.

1. Burj Khalifa (Completed 2010)

Height: 828 m/ 2,717 ft

Floors: 163

Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower.
The launch of a rocket into space is projected on Dubai's Burj Khalifa on February 9, 2021 as the UAE's "Al-Amal" ( Arabic for "Hope") probe begins its journey to Mars. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images

The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building, stretching half a mile into the Dubai sky.

Construction began in September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed in October 2009. The building officially opened in January 2010 and is part of a development called "Downtown Dubai" near the city's main business district.

Chicago-based engineering company Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill played a major part in its design and construction.

2. Shanghai Tower (2015)

Height: 632 m / 2,073 ft

Floors: 128

The Shanghai Tower.
Chinese tourists, wearing protective masks, stand on the deck of a tourist boat on the Huangpu River as they pass the Shanghai Tower, the world's second tallest building, on September 1, 2020. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Shanghai tower looms over the Lujiazui finance area of Shanghai, China.

It boasts the world's joint highest observation deck and the second fastest elevators (top speed 46mph).

The 128-storey building is large enough to accommodate 16,000 people, meaning the entire population of the Micronesian nation of Nauru could fit one and a half times over.

It was designed by San Francisco-founded architecture firm Gensler and is owned by the Shanghai Municipal Government.

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower (2012)

Height: 601 m / 1,972 ft

Floors: 120

 Makkah Royal Clock Tower
This picture taken on August 12, 2019 shows an aerial view the Abraj al-Bait Mecca Royal Clock Tower with its world-record-holding 45 meter diameter, in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca during the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Photo FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

The colossal Makkah Royal Clock Tower features the world's largest clock face, with a diameter measuring 43 meters—that's 35 times larger than London's Big Ben.

The tower, which has an observation deck 558 meters above ground, looms over Saudi Arabia's holy city.

No building on the planet rivals its 1.5 million square meters of floor space.

4. Ping An International Finance Center (2017)

Height: 599.1 m / 1,965 ft

Floors: 115

The Ping An International Finance Center, located in Shenzhen, China, is the world's tallest office building and the fourth tallest building in the world. It shares the current record for the highest observation deck in the world with the Shanghai Tower.

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Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen, China. 1,965 feet (599.1m). 115 floors. Completed 2017,it became the tallest building in Shenzhen, the 2nd tallest building in China and the 4th tallest building in the world. Creative Commons, Wishva de Silva

5. Lotte World Tower (2017)

Height: 554.5 m/1,819 ft

Floors: 123

Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea and the fifth-tallest in the world.

According to the company behind its construction, the Seoul tower "took its motifs from the elegantly curved forms of traditional Korean pottery and calligraphy brushes.

"The stunning curvature of the whole building was inspired by characteristics often found in traditional artisanal objects in Korea, such as their polished and aesthetic simplicity."

LOTTE World Tower
The general view of LOTTE World Tower on July 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Rising 123 stories and 555 meters in height, the gigantic vertical city, LOTTE World Tower is an iconic landmark that South Korea’s status as a major hub of global business and as provide one-stop lifestyle that put together arts and culture. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images/Getty Images

6. One World Trade Center (2014)

Height: 541.3 m m / 1,776 ft

Floors: 94

Its impressive 1,776ft height is a direct reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The building, formerly known as Freedom Tower, vies with Chicago's Willis Tower for the title of U.S.'s tallest building (it all depends how you measure).

Its observation deck was constructed with the memory of the fallen Twin Towers in mind. The deck begins at 1,362 feet, with a glass parapet extending to 1,368 feet—the exact height of the south and north towers.

One World Trade Center
The setting sun reflects off the windows of One World Trade Center in New York City on September 7, 2021, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, and the sixth-tallest in the world. Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images/getty images

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre (2016)

Height: 530 m/1,739 ft

Floors: 111

The Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre is a 530-meter tall, mixed-use skyscraper in the Chinese port city located northwest of Hong Kong.

It is the third-tallest building in China, and the seventh-tallest in the world.

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Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, Guangzhou, China. 1,739 feet (530m). 111 floors. Guangzhou, is a megalopolis of southern China and a leading economic power for the country. Completed in 2016, the 530-meter-tall CTF Finance Centre is an example of the region's recent prosperity and urban growth. Creative Commons, PQ77wd

8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre (2019)

Height: 530 m / 1,739 ft

Floors: 97

The Tianjin CFT Finance Center is a landmark building covering office buildings, hotels, apartments and commercial retail.

The design uses undulating curves, hence its nickname: "The drill of the north'

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Tianjin CTF Finance Center located in the outer district of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, is known as "the drill of the north" because of the natural undulating external wall system. BD2412 / Wikimedia

9. CITIC Tower (2018)

Height: 5277 m / 1,731 ft

Floors: 109

The official name of China Zun Tower is "CITIC Tower," after the China International Trust Investment Corporation. The informal name of China Zun is given for the tower appearing like a "Zun," a ritual container used to hold wine in ancient China.

The highest occupied floor in the tower is at 515 meters off the ground.

China Zun
Light reflects off buildings in Beijing's central business district, including the city's tallest building, known as China Zun, at dawn on July 6, 2019. China Zun Tower stands at 528 meters, the tower is the tallest building in Beijing. Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

10. TAIPEI 101 (2004)

Height: 508 m / 1,667 ft

Floors: 101

Located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, Taiwan, it was designed to resemble an huge bamboo stalk.

Taipei 101
This building was officially the world's tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2009 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.The tower's design and specifications are all based on the 8, a lucky number in traditional Chinese culture and most aspects of the design, layout and planning were consulted by a Feng Shui master. Photo by plus49/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images/Getty Images

11. Shanghai World Financial Center (2008)

Height: 492 m / 1,614 ft

Floors: 101

Located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, it is the highest building in Shanghai and part of a new Shanghai landmark together with Oriental Pearl TV Towerand Jinmao Tower.

 Shanghai World Financial Center
A general view shows the Jin Mao Tower (L), the Shanghai World Financial Center (C) and the then under construction Shanghai Center (R) in the Pudong financial district in Shanghai on November 1, 2011 Height: 492 meters (1,614 feet) Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

12. International Commerce Centre (2010)

Height: 484 m / 1,588 ft


The giant Hong Kong building was the fourth tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2010. Since then it has slid eight places, but is nonetheless incredible.

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International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, China. 1,558 feet (484m). 108 floors. This is the tallest building in Hong Kong and it’s located on the Kowloon Peninsula. The building was completed in 2010. Creative Commons, WiNG

13. Central Park Tower (2020)

Height: 472.4 m/1,550 ft

Floors: 98

This residential skyscraper located on Manhattan's Billionaires' Row is one of New York City's many architectural landmarks.

The building has luxury apartments, offices, and public spaces for its users. Rising 1,550 feet into the sky, it is the tallest residential building in the world.

Central Park Tower
A view of the Central Park Tower also known as the Nordstrom Tower as seen from the top of the Empire State Building on September 08, 2021 in New York City. The building is 1550 feet tall. Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images/Getty Images

14. Lakhta Center (2019)

Height: 462 m/1,516 ft


A multifunctional complex in St. Petersburg, the Lakhta Centre is the tallest building in Russia after the Federation Towers in Moscow.

 Lakhta Centre
A view of the Lakhta Centre skyscraper, on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg near the Gulf of Finland on June 26, 2018. Standing 462 meters (1,516 ft) tall, it is the tallest building in Russia. Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

15. Vincom Landmark 81 (2018)

Height: 461.2 m/1,513 ft

Floors: 81

This mixed-use building has a multi-story observation deck at the uppermost floors, offering 360 degree aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Its design is inspired by bamboo, a Vietnamese symbol of solidarity and prosperity.

Vincom Landmark 81
Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, is the tallest sky-scrapper in Southeast Asia.This 81 storey building has the height of 461 meters. Joefrance1995/Wikipedia

16.Changsha IFS Tower T1 (2018)

Height: 452.1 m/1,483 ft

Floors: 94

Changsha IFS Tower T1 is a skyscraper in Changsha, Hunan, China. It is the 9th tallest building in China and the 11th tallest in Asia.

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Changsha IFS Tower T1, Changsha, Hunan, China. 1,483 feet (452.1m). 94 floors. Construction started in 2013 and completed in 2017. IFS stands for "International Finance Square". Wong Tung Partners

17. Petronas Tower 1 and Tower 2 (1998)

Height: 451.9 m / 1,483 ft

Floors: 88

Kuala Lumpur's crown jewel. The double-deck Sky Bridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

Petronas Twin Towers
Pedestrians cross a road in front of Malaysias landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur on January 12, 2021 . The Petronas Towers remain the tallest twin towers in the world. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101 Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images

18. Suzhou IFS (2019)

Height: 450 m / 1,476 ft

Floors: 95

Suzhou International Financial Square is the tallest building in Suzhou,and it is located to the east of Jinji Lake.

Suzhou International Financial Square
Suzhou International Financial Square, the tallest building in Suzhou is a multi-purpose building which includes apartments, hotels and offices. Milkomède / Wikimedia

19. Zifeng Tower (2010)

Height: 450 m/1,476 ft

Floors: 66

Situated in Nanjing, China, the building is a mixed-use complex that comprises retail and office space up to floor 41, a hotel and restaurants between floors 49–71, and a public observatory on the 72-floor.

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Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China. 1,476 feet (450m). 66 floors. Completed 2010. Creative Commons, Haha169

20. The Exchange 106 (2019)

Height: 445.5 m/1,462 ft

Floors: 95

The Exchange 106 is located in Kuala Lumpur's new financial district Tun Razak Exchange TRX. It has been described as a 'truly holistic urban landscape'.

The Exchange 106
A general view shows The Exchange 106 when it was under construction in the new International Financial District in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur on May 15, 2018. - The Exchange 106 is Malaysia's tallest building. Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images