The breathtaking buildings we see today that reach for the clouds, truly demonstrate the unrelenting need we have to push our creations further.
The great minds behind the following six buildings don’t accept limitations; they aim higher than those before them.
In doing so, they give us incredible structures to marvel at and with which to witness the world from a completely different perspective.
This list contains the six tallest buildings in the world, from the USA’s One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) to the record-breaking Burj Khalifa.
There a many buildings scattered over the world that make us gaze up in awe at their beautiful architecture, unique colours, frightening sculptures or strangeness, yet none are as tall as the ones included here.
These buildings would tire King Kong out before he ever reached the top.
Along with height, they also have other unique qualities that make them marvels of modern architecture.
A visit to any of these buildings would show you the vast capabilities of humans and inspire you to never stop until your desired height is reached.
Read on to find out more about the six tallest buildings in the world.
6. Taipei 101
Clocking in at number six on this list is Taipei 101, located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.
It is the world’s tallest and largest environmentally friendly building, after receiving the highest honour in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.
When it was first built, back in 2004, it broke the record for the world’s tallest building, standing at 101 stories above ground, with an additional 5 stories underground.
What exactly could a building use 106 stories for?
Well, Taipei 101 houses numerous corporate offices including stock exchanges and banks, two observation decks (one outside and one inside) and an entire level for amenities.
There’s even a multilevel shopping mall on the lower floors that contains more shops than the building does floors.
If you feel like wining and dining high in the sky, Taipei 101 has a restaurant all the way up on the 85th floor.
This building isn’t just good for photos; there’s plenty to see and do inside.
5. One World Trade Center
The One World Trade Center, colloquially known as the Freedom Tower, is located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA.
It was designed to replace and commemorate the original World Trade Center that was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
At the symbolic height of 1,776 feet (the year of America’s independence) or just over 541 metres, the One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
One of the building’s functions is to serve as a symbol of America’s unity against the terrorism that devastated the country in September, 2001.
For this reason, the One Wold Trade Center has additional protection in the form of a reinforced concrete base and 91centimetre (3 foot) thick reinforced concrete walls that weren’t present in the Twin Towers.
Although construction on the building has finished, it won’t be open to the public until sometime during 2014.
4. Abraj Al-Bait
The Abraj Al-Bait is a cluster of seven towers located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The tallest tower, the Hotel Tower, stands at 601 metres (1,972 feet) and contains 120 floors.
All seven towers completely dwarf the rest of the city, making the Abraj Al-Bait very difficult to miss when surveying the city skyline.
When it opened in 2012, the Abraj Al-Bait became the tallest structure in Saudi Arabia.
This building’s most prominent feature is its enormous four-faced clock that looks over the city from the highest point and can be seen even if you’re standing 25 kilometres (16 miles) away.
On the inside, the Abraj Al-Bait accommodates all walks of life with a large prayer room, five-star hotel, a 20-storey shopping mall, an Islamic Museum, a Lunar Observation Center, and apartments for residents to live.
Out of all the buildings on this list, this is the one that offers the most to see and do.
Visitors truly experience something special when they witness the amount of culture that exists both inside and outside.
3. Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower stands at 632 metres (2,073 feet) high, comprising of 121 stories.
The building is currently China’s tallest structure of any kind after surpassing the Canton Tower in Guangzhou.
Like Taipei 101, the Shanghai Tower’s designers have implemented methods to make it more environmentally sustainable and is hoping to win awards and certifications from renowned Green Building Councils upon completion.
The tower has been designed in the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other.
There is space for about 16,000 people, and each of the nine areas will contain an atrium with gardens, cafes, restaurants and retail spaces.
Thanks to the glass facade, guests will be able to enjoy 360 degree views of the city in almost all areas of the tower.
2. Tokyo Sky Tree
Land area is limited in the small country of Japan and when you can’t build out you must build up, so it’s not surprising that Japan currently has the second tallest building in the world.
Rising high above the densely populated skyline of Tokyo, Japan, the Tokyo Sky Tree truly embodies its name with its incredible height of 634 metres (2,080 feet).
Unlike the other towers on this list, the Sky Tree is predominantly used for television and radio broadcasting, because the previous station became too short to send out clear signals over all the taller high-rises around it.
The Tokyo Sky Tree is also the cheapest building on this list, only costing around US$806 million.
When constructing this building, the intention was to combine futuristic design and Japan’s traditional beauty, and to stimulate the revitalization of the city.
1. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, is the undoubted champion of the world’s tallest buildings.
Standing at 829.8 metres (2,722 feet), it is almost 200 metres taller than the next tallest building in the world! Construction began back in 2004 and surprisingly took just over 5 years to complete.
When the building was finished in October 2009, it broke a total of fifteen world records, including tallest existing structure, highest occupied floor, highest nightclub and building with most floors.
On the outside, the Burj Khalifa employs a lot of designs from Islamic architecture and culture, which have been given a more modern appeal.
With 163 floors, the building has plenty of space for residential housing, corporate suites, the Armani Hotel, and an observatory.