List of tallest buildings

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The tallest buildings in 2020

This list of tallest buildings includes skyscrapers with continuously occupiable floors and a height of at least 350 m. Non-building structures, such as towers, are not included in this list (see list of tallest buildings and structures).

Historically, the world's tallest man-made structure was the ancient tomb - the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, which held the position for over 3,800 years[1] until the construction of Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1311. Until the completion of the Washington Monument in 1884 the world's tallest buildings were Christian churches and cathedrals in Europe. The early skyscraper was pioneered in Chicago with the 138 ft (42.1 m) Home Insurance Building in 1885, forming the basis for which the United States would hold the position of the world's tallest building throughout the 20th century until 1998, when the Petronas Towers were completed. Since then only two buildings have held the title: Taipei 101 in 2004 and Burj Khalifa in 2010.[2]

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Middle East, China, and Southeast Asia have experienced booms in skyscraper construction.

Ranking criteria and alternatives[change | change source]

The international non-profit organization Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was formed in 1969 and announces the title of "The World's Tallest Building" and sets the standards by which buildings are measured. It maintains a list of the 100 tallest completed buildings in the world.[3] The organization currently ranks Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the tallest at 828 m (2,717 ft).[3] However, the CTBUH only recognizes buildings that are complete, and some buildings included within the lists in this article are not considered finished by the CTBUH.

In 1996, as a response to the dispute as to whether the Petronas Towers or the Sears Tower was taller,[4] the council listed and ranked buildings in four categories:

  • height to structural or architectural top;
  • height to floor of highest occupied floor;
  • height to top of roof (removed as category in November 2009);[5] and
  • height to top of any part of the building.

Spires are considered integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, changes to which would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. The Petronas Towers, with their spires, are thus ranked higher than the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) with its antennas, despite the Petronas Towers' lower roofs and lower highest point.

Until 1996, the world's tallest building was defined by the height to the top of the tallest architectural element, including spires but not antennae. This led to a rivalry between the Bank of Manhattan Building and the Chrysler Building. The Bank of Manhattan Building (i.e. 40 Wall Street) employed only a short spire and was 282.5 m (927 ft) tall and had a much higher top occupied floor (the second category in the 1996 criteria for tallest building). In contrast, the Chrysler Building employed a very large 38.1 m (125 ft) spire secretly assembled inside the building to claim the title of world's tallest building with a total height of 318.9 m (1,046 ft), although it had a lower top occupied floor and a shorter height when both buildings' spires were excluded.

Upset by Chrysler's victory, Shreve & Lamb, the consulting architects of the Bank of Manhattan Building, wrote a newspaper article claiming that their building was actually the tallest, since it contained the world's highest usable floor, at 255 m (837 ft). They pointed out that the observation deck in the Bank of Manhattan Building was nearly 30 m (98 ft) above the top floor in the Chrysler Building, whose surpassing spire was strictly ornamental and inaccessible.[6]

At present, the Burj Khalifa tops the list by some margin, regardless of which criterion is applied.[7][8]

Tallest buildings in the world[change | change source]

As of 2020, this list includes all 75 buildings (completed and architecturally topped out) which reach a height of 350 metres (1,150 ft) or more, as assessed by their highest architectural feature. Of these, 37 are in China. Six of the last seven buildings to have held the record as 'tallest building' are still found in the list, with the exception being the North Tower of the original World Trade Center at 417 metres (1,368 ft) after its destruction in the September 11 attacks of 2001. If the twin towers had not been destroyed and One World Trade Center never built, the WTC towers would rank 34 and 35 on the list today.

bold Denotes building that is or was once the tallest in the world
Rank Name Image City Country Height[9] Floors Year Notes
m ft
1 Burj Khalifa Dubai  United Arab Emirates 828 2,717 163 2010
2 Shanghai Tower Shanghai tower dec 26, 2014.jpg Shanghai  China 632 2,073 128 2015 The tallest twisted building.
3 Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower Mecca  Saudi Arabia 601 1,971 120 2012 Tallest building with a clock face.
4 Ping An Finance Center 平安金融中心 2019-12-23.jpg Shenzhen  China 599 1,965 115 2017 Shares the record of the highest observation deck with Shanghai Tower (#2) at 562 m.
5 Lotte World Tower Seoul  South Korea 554.5 1,819 123 2016
6 One World Trade Center One World Trade Center cropped2.jpg New York City  United States 541.3 1,776 104 2014
7 Guangzhou CTF Finance Center Canton CTF Finance Center (2017-08-30, Final).jpg Guangzhou  China 530 1,739 111 2016
8 Tianjin CTF Finance Center Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, 23 of 24 cropped.jpg Tianjin 530 1,739 98 2018
9 China Zun China Zun 05-11-2018.jpg Beijing 528 1,732 108
10 Taipei 101 Taipei101.portrait.altonthompson.jpg Taipei  Taiwan 508 1,667 101 2004 The world's tallest building from 2004 to 2010.
11 Shanghai World Financial Center 上海国际金融中心.jpg Shanghai  China 492 1,614 101 2008 Was the tallest building in China until the completion of the adjacent Shanghai Tower.
12 International Commerce Centre International Commerce Centre 201008.jpg Hong Kong 484 1,588 118 2010
13 Central Park Tower CentralParkTowerSep20.jpg New York City  United States 472 1,550 98 2020 Tallest residential building in the world. Topped out in September 2019.[10]
14 Lakhta Center Gazprom tower (Lakhta Center) St Petersburg. Russia.jpg Saint Petersburg  Russia 462 1,516 86 2018 Tallest building in Europe since 2018.[11]
15 Landmark 81 LM81 NhonHuynh 5-8-2018.jpg Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 461.2 1,513 81 2018
16 Changsha IFS Tower T1 长沙九龙仓国金中心.jpg Changsha  China 452.1 1,483 88 2017
17 Petronas Tower 1 Petronas Panorama II.jpg Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 1,483 88 1998 Tallest twin towers in the world; were the world's tallest buildings upon completion in 1998, and the first tallest building since 1908 outside of the United States.
Petronas Tower 2
19 Zifeng Tower Zifeng Tower 2017.jpg Nanjing  China 450 1,476 89 2010
Suzhou IFS Suzhou IFS 27-10-2018.jpg Suzhou 92 2017
21 The Exchange 106 Exchange 106 (5-6-2018).jpg Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 445.1 1,460 97 2018
22 Willis Tower Willis Tower From Lake.jpg Chicago  United States 442.1 1,450 108 1974 Formerly known, and still commonly referred to, as the Sears Tower. It was the tallest building in the world from 1974 until 1998.
23 KK100 深圳“京基100”摩天大楼.jpg Shenzhen  China 442 1,449 100 2011
24 Guangzhou International Finance Center GZIFC.jpg Guangzhou 440 1,440 103 2010
25 Wuhan Center Wuhan Center Tower 201901 (view from the Central Square of Wuhan CBD).jpg Wuhan 438 1,437 88 2016
26 111 West 57th Street SteinwayOct25.jpg New York City  United States 435.3 1,428 82 2019
27 One Vanderbilt OneVanderbiltSep7.jpg 427 1,401 67 2020
28 Dongguan International Trade Center 1 東莞國際貿易中心.jpg Dongguan  China 426.9 1,401 88 2019
29 432 Park Avenue 432 Park Avenue, NY (cropped).jpg New York City  United States 425.5 1,396 88 2015 Third-tallest residential building in the world.[10]
30 Marina 101 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 425 1,394 101
31 Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago September 2016-2.jpg Chicago  United States 423.2 1,388 98 2009
32 Jin Mao Tower Jin Mao Tower.jpg Shanghai  China 421 1,380 88 1999
33 Princess Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 414 1,358 101 2012
34 Al Hamra Tower Alhamra Tower.jpg Kuwait City  Kuwait 412.6 1,354 80 2011
35 International Finance Centre IFC, Hong Kong Island (2796343561).jpg Hong Kong  China 412 1,352 88 2003
36 Haeundae LCT The Sharp Landmark Tower LCT From Dongbaek Island 2020.01.04 (2).jpg Busan  South Korea 411.6 1,352 101 2019
37 Nanning China Resources Tower Nanning  China 402.7 1,321 85 2018
39 Guiyang Financial Center Tower 1[12] Guiyang  China 401 1,316 79 2021
39 China Resources Headquarters China Resources Headquarters 03-10-2018.jpg Shenzhen  China 392.5 1,288 67 2017
40 23 Marina Dubai  United Arab Emirates 392.4 1,287 89 2012
41 CITIC Plaza Guangzhou CITIC Plaza DSC02461.jpg Guangzhou  China 390.2 1,280 80 1996
42 Shum Yip Upperhills Tower 1 Shenzhen 388.1 1,273 80 2017
43 30 Hudson Yards 30 Hudson Yards.jpg New York City  United States 386.6 1,268 73 2018
44 Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 385 1,263 77 2016
45 Shun Hing Square Diwang Dasha 25.JPG Shenzhen  China 384 1,260 69 1996
46 Eton Place Dalian Tower 1 Dalian Eton Center.jpg Dalian 383 1,257 81 2015
47 Logan Century Center 1 Nanning 381.3 1,251 82 2017
48 Burj Mohammed bin Rashid Burj Mohammed bin Rahid, Abu Dhabi, UAE (from car).jpg Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 381.2 1,251 88 2014
49 Empire State Building Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock.jpg New York City  United States 381 1,250 102 1931 Tallest building in the world from 1931 until 1972; tallest man-made structure in the world from 1931 to 1967; first building in the world to contain over 100 floors[17][18]
50 Elite Residence Dubai  United Arab Emirates 380.5 1,248 87 2012
51 Shenzhen Center Shenzhen  China 375.6 1,232 80 2019
52 Central Plaza Central-plaza2.jpg Hong Kong 373.9 1,226 78 1992
53 Federation Tower (East Tower) Federation-Tower in July, Moscow.jpg Moscow  Russia 373.7 1,226 95 2016
54 Dalian International Trade Center Dalian  China 370.2 1,214 86 2018
55 Address Boulevard View from Burj Khalifah, Dubai (4).jpg Dubai  United Arab Emirates 370 1,214 72 2017
56 Haitian Center Tower 2 [13] Qingdao  China 369 1,211 72 2020
57 Golden Eagle Tiandi Tower A Nanjing 368.1 1,208 76 2018
58 Bank of China Tower HK Bank of China Tower View.jpg Hong Kong 367 1,205 70 1990
59 Bank of America Tower OBP - Ext - 42nd East.jpg New York City  United States 365.8 1,200 56 2009
60 Vista Tower Chicago  United States 362.9 1,191 101 2019
61 Almas Tower Aerial View of Jumeirah Lakes Towers.jpg Dubai  United Arab Emirates 360 1,181 68 2009
62 Hanking Center Shenzhen  China 358.9 1,177 65 2017
63 Gevora Hotel Gevora Hotel.jpg Dubai  United Arab Emirates 356.3 1,169 75 2012
64 JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 1 1,166 82
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 2 355
66 Emirates Office Tower Emirates Towers in Dubai at dawn.jpg 354.6 1,163 54 2000
67 Raffles City Chongqing T3N Raffles City Chongqing 2019-9.jpg Chongqing  China 354.5 79 2018
Raffles City Chongqing T4N 2019
69 OKO Tower - South Tower Oko towers in 2016, Moscow.jpg Moscow  Russia 354 1,160 85 2015
70 The Marina Torch Marina Torch, Dubai.jpg Dubai  United Arab Emirates 352 1,155 86 2011
71 Forum 66 Tower 1 Forum 66, Shenyang, Oct2014.png Shenyang  China 350.6 1,150 68 2015
72 The Pinnacle The Pinnacle (Guangzhou, China) indexxrus.JPG Guangzhou 350.3 1,149 60 2012
73 Xi An Glory International Financial Center Xi'an 350 1,148 75 2017

Alternative measurements[change | change source]

Height to pinnacle (highest point)[change | change source]

Tallest buildings by pinnacle height, including all masts, poles, antennae, etc. in 2014

This measurement disregards distinctions between architectural and non-architectural extensions, and simply measures to the highest point. This measurement is useful for air traffic obstacle determinations, and is also a wholly objective measure. However, this measurement includes extensions that are easily added, removed, and modified from a building and are independent of the overall structure.

This measurement only recently came into use, when the Petronas Towers passed the Sears Tower (now named Willis Tower) in height. The former was considered taller because its spires were considered architectural, while the latter's antennae were not. This led to the split of definitions, with the Sears Tower claiming the lead in this and the height-to-roof (now highest occupied floor) categories, and with the Petronas claiming the lead in the architectural height category.

If the World Trade Center towers were still standing today they would occupy numbers 12 (North Tower at 526.7 m (1,728 ft))[14] and 37 on the list (or 11 and 36, for it can be assumed the rebuilt One World Trade Center would have never been built).

Denotes building with pinnacle height higher than architectural

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Height to occupied floor[change | change source]

This height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building. Template:Row indexer

Buildings under construction[change | change source]

This is a list of buildings taller than 350 m that are currently under construction.[15] On-hold buildings whose construction was interrupted after it had reached a significantly advanced state are also listed.

Building Planned architectural height Floors Planned completion Country City Ref.
Jeddah Tower[note 1] 1,000 m (3,300 ft) 167+ ?  Saudi Arabia Jeddah [18]
Merdeka PNB118 644 m (2,113 ft) 118 2021  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur [19]
Wuhan Greenland Center[note 2] 636 m (2,087 ft) 125 2022  China Wuhan
Goldin Finance 117[note 2] 597 m (1,959 ft) 117 2022  China Tianjin
Evergrande International Financial Center T1 518 m (1,699 ft) 112 2023  China Hefei [20]
Suzhou Zhongnan Center 499.2 m (1,638 ft) 103 ?  China Suzhou [21]
Greenland Centre 498 m (1,634 ft) 101 2024  China Xi'an [22]
Greenland Jinmao International Financial Center 498 m (1,634 ft) 104 2025  China Nanjing [23]
Wuhan CTF Centre 475 m (1,558 ft) 84 2026  China Wuhan
Chengdu Greenland Tower 468 m (1,535 ft) 116 2021  China Chengdu
Corporate Avenue 1 468 m (1,535 ft) 99 2022  China Chongqing [24]
Tianshan Gate of the World 450 m (1,480 ft) 106 2025  China Shijiazhuang [25]
Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower 468 m (1,535 ft) 384 m (1,260 ft) 91 2016 China Tianjin
Riverview Plaza 436 m (1,430 ft) 73 2021  China Wuhan
Chongqing Tall Tower 431 m (1,414 ft) 101 2022 Chongqing [26]
Shandong IFC 428 m (1,404 ft) 86 Jinan [27]
Nanjing Financial City Tower 1 411 m (1,348 ft) 87 ? Nanjing [28]
Ningbo Center Tower 1 409 m (1,342 ft) 80 2023 Ningbo [29]
Dongfeng Plaza Landmark Tower 407 m (1,335 ft) 100 2022 Kunming [30]
One Tower 405 m (1,329 ft) 101 2024  Russia Moscow [31]
Evergrande Center 393.9 m (1,292 ft) 71 2024  China Shenzhen [32]
Chengmai Center 388 m (1,273 ft) 70 2022  China Shenzhen [33]
Iconic Tower 385 m (1,263 ft) 90 2023  Egypt Cairo [34]
Guiyang World Trade Center Landmark Tower 380 m (1,250 ft) ? 2021  China Guiyang [35]
Guangdong Business Center 375.5 m (1,232 ft) 60 2022 Guangzhou [36]
Fairmont Kuala Lumpur Tower 1 370 m (1,210 ft) 78 2022  Malaysia Kuala Lumpur [37]
Coronation Square Tower 1 370 m (1,210 ft) 78 ? Johor Bahru [38]
Xujiahui Center Tower 1 370 m (1,210 ft) 70 2023  China Shanghai [39]
Uptown Tower 370 m (1,210 ft) 78 2022  UAE Dubai [40]
Galaxy 1 369 m (1,211 ft) 84  China Shenzhen [41]
Galaxy 2 369 m (1,211 ft) Shenzhen [42]
Ciel Tower 365 m (1,198 ft) 77 2023  UAE Dubai [43]
Three Sixty West Tower B 361.2 m (1,185 ft) 90 ?  India Mumbai [44]
Ping An Finance Center Tower 1 360 m (1,180 ft) 74 2023  China Jinan [45]
Huiyun Center[note 2] 359.2 m (1,178 ft) 80 2022  China Shenzhen [46]
Greenland Group Suzhou Center[note 2] 358 m (1,175 ft) 75 2020  China Suzhou [47]
Il Primo Tower 1 356 m (1,168 ft) 88 2021  UAE Dubai [48]
Agricultural Development Center Tower 1 350 m (1,150 ft) ? ?  China Harbin [49]

List by continent[change | change source]

The following list shows the tallest completed buildings located in each continent listed by greatest to least height (click on name of continent for continent-specific list):

Continent Building Height Floor count Completed Country City
Asia Burj Khalifa 828 m (2,717 ft) 163 2010  United Arab Emirates Dubai
North America One World Trade Center 541.3 m (1,776 ft) 104 2014  United States New York City
Europe Lakhta Center 462 m (1,516 ft) 86 2018  Russia St. Petersburg
Australia Q1 323 m (1,060 ft) 78 2005  Australia Gold Coast
South America Gran Torre Santiago[50] 300 m (980 ft) 64 2012  Chile Santiago
Africa The Leonardo 227 m (745 ft) 55 2019  South Africa Johannesburg[51][52]
Antarctica Long Duration Balloon (LDB) Payload Preparation Buildings[53] 15 m (49 ft) 2005[54] N/A McMurdo Station

Related pages[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Marked as under Construction by CTBUH, on-hold according to other sources[16][17]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Structurally Topped Out

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