List of tallest buildings and structures in the world
The world's tallest artificial structure is the 829.8 m (2,722 ft) tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building gained the official title of "Tallest Building in the World" at its opening on January 4, 2010. It is followed by the Tokyo Skytree, as the tallest tower, and the KVLY-TV mast.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an organization that certifies buildings as the "World's Tallest", recognizes a building only if at least fifty percent of its height is made up of floor plates containing habitable floor area. Structures that do not meet this criterion, such as the CN Tower, are defined as "towers".
There are dozens of radio and television broadcasting towers which measure over 600 metres (about 2,000 ft) in height, and only the tallest are recorded in publicly available information sources.
- 1 Debate over definitions
- 2 Tallest structures
- 3 Tallest buildings
- 4 Tallest freestanding structures on land
- 5 Tallest Towers
- 6 Tallest structures, freestanding structures, and buildings
- 7 Under construction
- 8 On hold
- 9 Proposed
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Debate over definitions
The assessment of the height of artificial structures has been controversial. Various standards have been used by different organisations which has meant that the title of world's tallest structure or building has changed depending on which standards have been accepted. The aforementioned Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have changed their definitions over time. Some of the controversy regarding the definitions and assessment of tall structures and buildings has included the following:
- the definition of a structure, a building and a tower
- whether a structure, building or tower under construction should be included in any assessment
- whether a structure, building or tower has to be officially opened before it is assessed
- whether structures built in and rising above water should have their below-water height included in any assessment.
- whether a structure, building or tower that is guyed is assessed in the same category as self-supporting structures.
Within an accepted definition of a building further controversy has included the following factors:
- whether only habitable height of the building is considered
- whether communication towers with observation galleries should be considered "habitable" in this sense
- whether rooftop antennas, viewing platforms or any other architecture that does not form a habitable floor should be included in the assessment
- whether a floor built at a high level of a telecommunications or viewing tower should change the tower's definition to that of a "building"
This category does not require the structure to be "officially" open.
The tallest artificial structure is Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai that reached 829.8 m (2,722 ft) in height on January 17, 2009. By April 7, 2008 it had been built higher than the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA. That September it officially surpassed Poland's 646.38 m (2,120.7 ft) Warsaw radio mast, which stood from 1974 to 1991, to become the tallest structure ever built. Guyed lattice towers such as these masts had held the world height record since 1954.
The Petronius Platform stands 610 m (2,000 ft) off the sea floor leading some, including Guinness World Records 2007, to claim it as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. However, it is debated whether underwater height should be counted, in the same manner as height below ground is ignored on buildings. The Troll A platform is 472 m (1,549 ft), without any part of that height being supported by wires. The tension-leg type of oil platform has even greater below-water heights with several examples more than 1,000 m (3,300 ft) deep. However, these platforms are not considered constant structures as the vast majority of their height is made up of the length of the tendons attaching the floating platforms to the sea floor. Despite this, Guinness World Records 2009 listed the Ursa tension leg platform as the tallest structure in the world with a total height of 1,306 m (4,285 ft). The Magnolia Tension-leg Platform in the Gulf of Mexico is even taller with a total height of 1,432 m (4,698 ft).
Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, set records in three of the four skyscraper categories at the time it opened in 2004; at the time the Burj Khalifa opened in 2010 it remained the world's tallest inhabited building 509.2 m (1,671 ft) as measured to its architectural height (spire). The height of its roof 449.2 m (1,474 ft) and highest occupied floor 439.2 m (1,441 ft) had been surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center with corresponding heights of 487 and 474 m (1,598 and 1,555 ft). Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) was the highest in the final category: the greatest height to top of antenna of any building in the world at 527.3 m (1,730 ft).
Burj Khalifa broke the height record in all four categories for completed buildings.
Tallest structure by category
Due to the disagreements over how to measure height and classify structures, engineers have created various definitions for categories of buildings and other structures. One measure includes the absolute height of a building, another includes only spires and other permanent architectural features, but not antennas. The tradition of including the spire on top of a building and not including the antenna dates back to the rivalry between the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street. A modern-day example is that the antenna on top of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is not considered part of its architectural height, while the spires on top of the Petronas Twin Towers are counted.
Note: The following table is a list of the tallest completed structure in each of the categories below. There can only be one structure in each category, unless the title for the tallest is a draw.
|Category||Structure||Country||City||Height (metres)||Height (feet)||Year built||Coordinates|
|Mixed use||Burj Khalifa||United Arab Emirates||Dubai||829.8||2,722||2010||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Self-supporting tower||Tokyo Skytree||Japan||Tokyo||634||2,080||2011||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Clock building||Abraj Al Bait Towers||Saudi Arabia||Mecca||601||1,972||2011||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Military structure||Large masts of INS Kattabomman||India||Tirunelveli||471||1,545||2014||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. ; Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Mast radiator||Lualualei VLF transmitter||United States||Lualualei, Hawaii||458||1,503||1972||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. ; Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Twin towers||Petronas Twin Towers||Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||452||1,482||1998||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.; Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Chimney||Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station||Kazakhstan||Ekibastuz||419.7||1,377||1987|
|Radar||Dimona Radar Facility||Israel||Dimona||400||1,312||2008||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. ; Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Lattice tower||Kiev TV Tower||Ukraine||Kiev||385||1,263||1973|
|Electricity pylon||Zhoushan Island Overhead Powerline Tie||China||Zhoushan||370||1,214||2009|
|Partially guyed tower||Gerbrandy Tower||Netherlands||IJsselstein||366.8||1,203||1961|
|Guyed tubular steel mast||TV Tower Vinnytsia||Ukraine||Vinnytsia||354||1,161||1961|
|Bridge pillar||Millau Viaduct||France||Millau||342||1,122||2004|
|Scientific research tower||Amazon Tall Tower Observatory||Brazil||160 km NE of Manaus||325||1,066||2015|
|Blaw-Knox Tower||Lakihegy Tower||Hungary||Szigetszentmiklós||314||1,031||1968|
|Observation Tower||Sydney Tower||Australia||Sydney||309||1,013||1981|
|University||Moscow State University||Russia||Moscow||240||787.4||1953|
|Minaret||Hassan II Mosque||Morocco||Casablanca||210||689||1993|
|Wind turbine||Vestas V164-8.0||Denmark||Thisted-Østerild||222||728||2014|
|Cooling tower||Kalisindh Thermal Power Station||India||Jhalawar||202||663||2012|
|Monument||Gateway Arch||United States||St. Louis, Missouri||192||630||1965|
|Water tower||Main tower of Kuwait Towers||Kuwait||Kuwait City||187||614||1979|
|Wooden structure||ATLAS-I at Kirtland Air Force Base||United States||Albuquerque||180||600||1980|
|Masonry tower||Anaconda Smelter Stack||United States||Anaconda, Montana||178.3||585||1919|
|Obelisk||San Jacinto Monument||United States||La Porte, Texas||173.7||570||1939|
|Church building||Chicago Temple Building||United States||Chicago||173||568||1924|
|Ministry of foreign affairs||Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia||Russia||Moscow||172||564||1953|
|Ferris wheel||High Roller||United States||Las Vegas||167.6||550||2014|
|Masonry building||Mole Antonelliana||Italy||Torino||167||548||1889|
|Masonry building||Philadelphia City Hall||United States||Philadelphia||167||548||1901|
|Flagpole||Jeddah Flagpole||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||171||561||2014|
|Church tower||Ulmer Münster||Germany||Ulm||162||530||1890|
|Industrial hall||Vehicle Assembly Building||United States||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||160||525||1966|
|Dome||Dome of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro||Ivory Coast||Yamoussoukro||158||518||1990|
|Memorial cross||Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos||Spain||El Escorial||152.4||500||1957|
|Telescope||Arecibo Telescope||United States||Arecibo, Puerto Rico||150||492||1963|
|Roller coaster||Kingda Ka||United States||Jackson, New Jersey||138.98||456||2005|
|Tomb||Great Pyramid of Giza||Egypt||Giza||138.8||455.2||2560 BC|
|Lighthouse||Jeddah Light||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||133||436||1990|
|Air traffic control tower||Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 Control Tower||Malaysia||Sepang||141.3||463.6||2013||
|Statue (incl. pedestal)||Spring Temple Buddha||China||Lushan||128||420||2002|
|Stupa||Phra Pathom Chedi||Thailand||Nakhon Pathom||127||417||1870|
|Sculpture||Spire of Dublin||Ireland||Dublin||121.2||393||2003|
|Wooden lattice tower||Gliwice Radio Tower||Poland||Gliwice||118||387||1935|
|Storage silo||Schapfen Mill Tower||Germany||Ulm||115||377||2005|
|Aerial tramway support tower||Pillar of third section of Gletscherbahn Kaprun||Austria||Kaprun||113.6||373||1966|
|Brick lighthouse||Lighthouse of Genoa||Italy||Genoa||77||253||1543|
|Wooden church||Church of the Holy Archangels||Romania||Șurdești||72||236||1766|
Tallest destroyed structures by category, not surpassed by existing structures
There are some destroyed architectural structures which were taller than the tallest existing structure of their type. There are also destroyed structures omitted from this list that had been surpassed in height prior to being destroyed.
|Category||Structure||Country||City||Height (metres)||Height (feet)||Coordinates||Remarks|
|Guyed mast||Warsaw Radio Mast||Poland||Gąbin||646.38||2,121||completed in 1974, collapsed on August 8, 1991|
|Scientific research tower||BREN Tower||United States||Nevada Test Site||462||1,516||completed in 1962, destroyed on May 23, 2012|
|Guyed tubular steel mast||Shushi-Wan Omega Transmitter||Japan||Tsushima||389||1,276||completed in 1973, dismantled in 1998|
|Structure for scientific experiment||Smoky Shot Tower||United States||Nevada Test Site||213||700||???||Guyed mast, which carried 44 kt yield nuclear bomb "Smoky" (part of operation Plumbbob) on top until its explosion on August 31, 1957|
|Wooden structure||Mühlacker Wood Radio Tower||Germany||Mühlacker||190||623||completed in 1934, destroyed on April 6, 1945, by the Germans to prevent usage by the Allies, replaced by mast radiator|
|Masonry building||Mole Antonelliana Nome Spain||Italy||Torino||167.5||549.5||spire destroyed by a tornado in 1953 (Rebuilt since then).|
|Pre-Industrial Era building||Lincoln Cathedral||United Kingdom||Lincoln||160||524||completed in 1311, spire blown off in 1549|
|Storage silo||Henninger Turm||Germany||Frankfurt||120||394||constructed in 1961, demolished in 2013|
|Lighthouse||Lighthouse of Alexandria||Egypt||Alexandria||115-135||377-443||completed in 279 BC, destroyed by an earthquake in 1323|
|Twin Towers||One & Two World Trade Center||United States||New York City||417/415||1368/1362||completed in 1970 and 1971,destroyed by the September 11 attacks|
Tallest building by function
|Category||Structure||Country||City||Architectural top (metres)||Architectural top (feet)|
|Mixed-Use*||Burj Khalifa||United Arab Emirates||Dubai||830||2,722|
|Office, Observation||One World Trade Center||United States||New York City||541||1,776|
|Residential||Princess Tower||United Arab Emirates||Dubai||414||1,358|
|Hotel||JW Marriott Marquis Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Dubai||355||1,166|
|Educational||Moscow State University||Russia||Moscow||240||787|
|Mosque||Hassan II Mosque||Morocco||Casablanca||210||690|
|Hospital||Guy's Hospital||United Kingdom||London||149||488|
* Mixed-Use is defined as having three or more real estate uses (such as retail, office, hotel, etc.) that are physically and functionally integrated in a single property and are mutually supporting.
Prior to 1998, the tallest building status was determined by the height of the building to the top of its architectural elements including spires, but not including "temporary" structures (such as antennas or flagpoles), which could be added or changed relatively easily without requiring major changes to the building's design. Other criteria for height measurement were not used. For this reason, the originally 1,451-foot (442-meter) to rooftop or 1518 feet with original antennas Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) was generally accepted as being the tallest building continuously after its completion in 1973, and being taller than both World Trade Center towers, in spite of the fact the 1 World Trade Center Tower (North Tower) possessed a higher pinnacle absolute height after it added its 360-foot (110 m) radio antenna (total height of 1730 feet or 527.3 meters) in 1978. The 1 World Trade Center building maintained a higher absolute height to antenna top until the Sears Tower enlarged its own radio antenna in 2000 to a total height of 1730 feet. However, the Willis Tower was always considered the taller building because it still possessed a greater height to its architectural top (1451 feet vs. 1362 feet), and thus its status as the world's tallest was generally not contested.
Other historic cases in which a building with a taller absolute pinnacle height was not considered the tallest building include, in 1905 when the former New York Times building or The Times Square Building (at 229 West 43rd Street in New York) was completed at 111 m (364 ft) to the roof with 128 m (420 ft) including a flagpole. That building was never considered to be taller than the 119 m (390 ft) high then-current record-holder Park Row Building of New York because a flagpole is not an integral architectural part of a building.
Prior to 1998 the tallest building status had been contested on occasion, but the disputes did not result in a change of the criteria used to determine the world's tallest building. A famous historical case of this discrepancy was the rivalry between The Trump Building (then known as the Bank of Manhattan Building) and the Chrysler Building. The Bank of Manhattan Building employed only a short spire and was 927 ft (283 m) 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 125-foot (38 m) spire secretly assembled inside the building to claim the title of world's tallest building with a total height of 1,048 feet (319 m), despite having a lower top occupied floor and a shorter height when both buildings' spires are not counted in their heights. Upset by Chrysler’s victory, Shreve & Lamb, the consulting architects of 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. They pointed out that the observation deck in the Bank of Manhattan Building was nearly 100 feet (30 m) above the top floor in the Chrysler Building, whose surpassing spire was strictly ornamental and essentially inaccessible. However, the Chrysler Building was generally accepted as the tallest building in the world despite their protests.
However, none of the previous discrepancies or disputes in criteria to measure height (spires vs antennas, absolute pinnacle height vs. architectural height, height of highest occupied floor, etc.) resulted in the controversy that occurred upon the completion of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. The Petronas Towers possessed a higher architectural height (spires, but not antennas), but a lower absolute pinnacle height and lower top occupied floor than the previous record-holder Willis Tower in Chicago, United States. Counting buildings as structures with floors throughout, and with antenna masts excluded, Willis Tower was still considered the tallest at that time. When the Petronas Twin Towers were built, controversy arose because their spires extended nine metres higher than the roof of Willis Tower. Excluding their spires, the Petronas Towers are not taller than Willis Tower. At their convention in Chicago, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) found the Willis Tower to be the third-tallest building, and the Petronas Towers to be the world's tallest buildings. This decision caused a considerable amount of controversy in the news media because this was the first time a country outside the United States had held the world’s tallest building record. Therefore, the CTBUH revised their criteria and defined four categories in which the world's tallest building can be measured, by retaining the old criterion of height to architectural top and added three new categories
- Height to Architectural Top (including spires and pinnacles, but not antennas, masts or flagpoles). This measurement is the most widely used and is used to define the rankings of the 100 Tallest Buildings in the World.
- Highest Occupied Floor
- Height to Top of Roof (omitted from criteria from November 2009 onwards)
- Height to Tip
The height-to-roof criterion was discontinued because relatively few modern tall buildings possess flat rooftops, making this criterion difficult to determine and measure. The CTBUH has further clarified their definitions of building height, including specific criteria concerning subbasements and ground level entrances (height measured from lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance rather than from a previously undefined "main entrance"), building completion (must be topped out both structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and able to be occupied), condition of the highest occupied floor (must be continuously used by people living or working and be conditioned, thus including observation decks, but not mechanical floors) and other aspects of tall buildings.
The height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance. At the time, the Willis Tower held first place in the second and third categories, the Petronas Towers held the first category, and the 1 World Trade Center building held the fourth with its antenna height to top of pinnacle. In 2000, however, a new antenna mast was placed on the Willis Tower, giving it hold of the fourth category. On April 20, 2004, Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, was completed. Its completion gave it the world record for the first three categories. On July 21, 2007 it was announced that Burj Khalifa had surpassed Taipei 101 in height, reaching 512 m (1,680 ft).
Since being completed in early 2010, Burj Khalifa leads in all categories (the first building to do so). With a spire height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft), Burj Khalifa surpassed Taipei 101 as the tallest building to architectural detail and the Willis Tower as the tallest building to tip. It also leads in the category of highest occupied floor.
Before Burj Khalifa was completed, Willis Tower led in the fourth category with 527 m (1,729 ft), previously held by the World Trade Center until the extension of the Chicago tower's western broadcast antenna in 2000, over a year prior to the World Trade Center's destruction in 2001. Its antenna mast included, One World Trade Center measured 527.3 m (1,730 ft). The World Trade Center became the world's tallest buildings to be destroyed or demolished; indeed, its site entered the record books twice on September 11, 2001, in that category, replacing the Singer Building, which once stood a block from the World Trade Center site. A different superlative for skyscrapers is their number of floors. The World Trade Center set that at 110, and this was not surpassed for nearly four decades until the Burj Khalifa, which opened in 2010.
Structures such as the CN Tower, the Ostankino Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower are excluded from these categories because they are not "habitable buildings", which are defined as frame structures made with floors and walls throughout.
History of record holders in each CTBUH category
|Date (Event)||Architectural top||Highest occupied floor||Roof||Tip|
|2010: Burj Khalifa completed||Burj Khalifa||Burj Khalifa||Burj Khalifa|
|2009: CTBUH omits Height to Roof category||Taipei 101||Shanghai World Financial Center||Willis Tower|
|2008: Shanghai World Financial Center completed||Taipei 101||Shanghai World Financial Center||Shanghai World Financial Center||Willis Tower|
|2003: Taipei 101 completed||Taipei 101||Taipei 101||Taipei 101||Willis Tower|
|2000: Willis Tower antenna extension||Petronas Towers||Willis Tower||Willis Tower||Willis Tower|
|1998: Petronas Towers completed||Petronas Towers||Willis Tower||Willis Tower||World Trade Center|
|1996: CTBUH defines categories||Willis Tower||Willis Tower||Willis Tower||World Trade Center|
Tallest freestanding structures on land
Freestanding structures must not be supported by guy wires, the sea or other types of support. It therefore does not include guyed masts, partially guyed towers and drilling platforms but does include towers, skyscrapers (pinnacle height) and chimneys. (See also history of tallest skyscrapers.)
The world's tallest freestanding structure on land is defined as the tallest self-supporting artificial structure that stands above ground. This definition is different from that of world's tallest building or world's tallest structure based on the percentage of the structure that is occupied and whether or not it is self-supporting or supported by exterior cables. Likewise, this definition does not count structures that are built underground or on the seabed, such as the Petronius Platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Visit world's tallest structure by category for a list of various other definitions.
As of May 12, 2008, the tallest freestanding structure on land is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building, which now stands at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), surpassed the height of the previous record holder, the 553.3 m (1,815 ft) CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, on September 12, 2007. It was completed in 2010, and was topped out at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) in January 2009.
The following is a list of structures that have held the title as the tallest freestanding structure on land. (See also Timeline of three tallest structures in the world until Empire State Building).
|Record from||Record held (years)||Name and location||Constructed||Height (metres)||Height (feet)||Coordinates||Notes|
|c. 11,500 BC||9,000||Göbekli Tepe, Turkey||c. 11,500 BC||15||49|
|c. 2650 BC||40||Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt||c. 2650 BC||62||203|
|c. 2610 BC||5||Meidum Pyramid in Egypt||c. 2610 BC||93.5||307||Shortly after completion Meidum Pyramid collapsed due to bad design/instability and is now 65 m (213 ft).|
|c. 2605 BC||5||Bent Pyramid in Egypt||c. 2605 BC||101.1||332||Angle of slope decreased during construction to avoid collapse.|
|c. 2600 BC||40||Red Pyramid of Sneferu, Egypt||c. 2600 BC||105||345|
|c. 2560 BC||3871||Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt||c. 2560 BC||146||481||By 1647, the Great Pyramid had eroded to a height of approximately 139 m (456 ft).|
|1311||238||Lincoln Cathedral in the United Kingdom.||1092–1311||160||525||The central spire was destroyed in a storm in 1549. While the reputed height of 525 ft (160 m) is accepted by most sources, others consider it doubtful|
|1549||98||St. Mary's Church in Stralsund, Germany||1384–1478||151||495||The spire burnt down after a lightning strike in 1647. The height is 104 m (341 ft) .|
|1647||227||Strasbourg Cathedral in France||1439||142||469||By 1647, the Great Pyramid had eroded to a height of approximately 139 m (456 ft) hence Strasbourg Cathedral was higher. During this period an attempt was made to construct a taller tower at Beauvais Cathedral, but this collapsed in 1573 before completion.|
|1874||2||St. Nikolai in Hamburg, Germany||1846–1874||147||483|
|1876||4||Cathédrale Notre Dame in Rouen, France||1202–1876||151||495|
|1880||4||Cologne Cathedral in Germany||1248–1880||157||515||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. ;Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|1884||5||Washington Monument in Washington D.C., United States||1884||169||555||The world's tallest all-stone structure, as well as the tallest obelisk-form structure.|
|1889||41||Eiffel Tower in Paris, France||1889||300||986||First structure to exceed 300 metres in height. The addition of a telecommunications tower in the 1950s brought the overall height to 324 m (1,063 ft).|
|1930||1||Chrysler Building in New York, United States||1928–1930||319||1,046|
|1931||36||Empire State Building in New York, United States||1930–1931||381||1,250||First building with 100+ stories. The addition of a pinnacle and antennas later increased its overall height to 448.7 m (1,472 ft). This was subsequently lowered to 443.1 m (1,454 ft).|
|1967||8||Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Soviet Union||1963–1967||537||1,762||Remains the tallest in Europe. Fire in 2000 led to extensive renovation.|
|1975||32||CN Tower in Toronto, Canada||1973–1976||553||1,815||Remains the tallest in the Western Hemisphere|
|2007||7||Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2004–2009||829.8||2,722||Holder of world's tallest freestanding structure. Topped out at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) in 2009.|
Notable mentions include the Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria, built in the third century BC and estimated between 115–135 m (377–443 ft). It was the world's tallest non-pyramidal building for many centuries. Another notable mention includes the Jetavanaramaya stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, which was built in the third century, and was similarly tall at 122 m (400 ft). These were both the world's tallest or second tallest non-pyramidal buildings for over a thousand years.
The tallest secular building between the collapse of the Pharos and the erection of the Washington Monument may have been the Torre del Mangia in Siena, which is 102 m (335 ft) tall, and was constructed in the first half of the fourteenth century, and the 97 m (318 ft) tall Torre degli Asinelli in Bologna, also Italy, built between 1109 and 1119.
World's highest observation deck
Timeline of development of world's highest observation deck since inauguration of Eiffel Tower.
|Record from||Record held (years)||Name and location||Constructed||Height above ground||Notes|
|1889||42||Eiffel Tower, Paris||1889||275||902||Two lower observation decks at 57 and 115 m (187 and 377 ft).|
|1931||42||Empire State Building, New York City||1931||369||1,250||On the 102nd floor - a second observation deck is located on the 86th floor at 320 m (1,050 ft).|
|1973||1||World Trade Center, New York City||1973||399.4||1,310||Indoor observatory on the 107th floor of South Tower opened on April 4, 1973. Destroyed on September 11, 2001|
|1974||1||Willis Tower, Chicago||1974||412.4||1,353||103rd floor Skydeck opened on June 22, 1974|
|1975||1||World Trade Center, New York City||1973||419.7||1,377||Outdoor observatory on the South Tower rooftop opened on December 15, 1975. Destroyed on September 11, 2001|
|1976||32||CN Tower, Toronto||1976||446.5||1,464.9||Two further observation decks at 342 and 346 m (1,122 and 1,135 ft).|
|2008||3||Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai||2008||474||1,555||Two further observation decks at 423 and 439 m (1,388 and 1,440 ft).|
|2011||3||Canton Tower, Guangzhou||2011||488||1,601||The rooftop outdoor observation deck opened in December 2011. There are also several other indoor observation decks in the tower, the highest at 433.2 m (1,421 ft).|
|2014||present||Burj Khalifa, Dubai||2010||555||1,821||Opened on October 15, 2014 on the 148th floor. There is another observation deck at 452.1 m (1,483 ft) on the 124th floor, which has been open since the building was opened to the public.|
Higher observation decks have existed on mountain tops or cliffs, rather than on tall structures. For example, the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado, USA, was constructed in 1929 spanning the Royal Gorge at a height of 321 m (1,053 ft) above the Arkansas River. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, constructed in 2007, protrudes 21 m (70 ft) over the west rim of the Grand Canyon and is approximately 1,100 m (3,600 ft) above the Colorado River, making it the highest of these types of structures.
Timeline of guyed structures on land
As most of the tallest structures are guyed masts, here is a timeline of world's tallest guyed masts, since the beginning of radio technology.
As many large guyed masts were destroyed at the end of World War II, the dates for the years between 1945 and 1950 may be incorrect. If Wusung Radio Tower survived World War II, it was the tallest guyed structure shortly after World War II.
|Record from||Record held (years)||Name and location||Constructed||Height||Coordinates||Notes|
|1913||7||Central mast of Eilvese transmitter, Eilvese, Germany||1913||250||820||Mast was divided in 145 m by an insulator, demolished in 1931|
|1920||3||Central masts of Nauen Transmitter Station, Nauen, Germany||1920||260||853||2 masts, demolished in 1946|
|1923||10||Masts of Ruiselede transmitter, Ruiselede, Belgium||1923||287||942||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.?||8 masts, destroyed in 1940|
|1933||6||Lakihegy Tower, Lakihegy, Hungary||1933||314||1,031||Blaw-Knox Tower, insulated against ground, destroyed in 1945, afterwards rebuilt|
|1939||7||Deutschlandsender Herzberg/Elster, Herzberg (Elster), Germany||1939||335||1,099||Insulated against ground, dismantled 1946/1947|
|1946||2||Lakihegy Tower, Lakihegy, Hungary||1946||314||1,031||Blaw-Knox Tower, Insulated against ground, rebuilt after destruction in 1945|
|1948||1||WIVB-TV Tower, Colden, New York, USA||1948||321.9||1,056|
|1949||1||Longwave transmitter Raszyn, Raszyn, Poland||1949||335||1,099||Insulated against ground|
|1950||4||Forestport Tower, Forestport, New York, USA||1950||371.25||1,218||Insulated against ground, demolished|
|1954||2||Griffin Television Tower Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA||1954||480.5||1,576|
|1956||3||KOBR-TV Tower, Caprock, New Mexico, USA||1956||490.7||1,610||Collapsed in 1960, afterwards rebuilt|
|1959||1||WGME TV Tower, Raymond, Maine, USA||1959||495||1,624|
|1960||2||KFVS TV Mast, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA||1960||511.1||1,677|
|1962||1||WTVM/WRBL-TV & WVRK-FM Tower, Cusseta, Georgia, USA||1962||533||1,749|
|1963||0||WIMZ-FM-Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA||1963||534.01||1,752|
|1963||11||KVLY-TV mast, Blanchard, North Dakota, USA||1963||628.8||2,063|
|1974||17||Warsaw Radio Mast, Gąbin, Poland||1974||646.4||2,121||Mast radiator insulated against ground, collapsed in 1991|
|1991||23||KVLY-TV mast, Blanchard, North Dakota, USA||1963||628.8||2,063|
Towers include observation towers, monuments and other structures not generally considered to be "habitable buildings", they are meant for "regular access by humans, but not for living in or office work, and are self-supporting or free-standing, which means no guy-wires for support", meaning it excludes from this list of continuously habitable buildings and skyscrapers as well as radio and TV masts.
Bridge towers or pylons, chimneys, transmission towers, and most large statues allow human access for maintenance, but not as part of their normal operation, and are therefore not considered to be towers.
The Tokyo Skytree, completed in February 2012, reaches a height of 634 m (2,080 ft), making it the tallest tower, and second tallest free standing structure in the world.
History of tallest tower
The following is a list of structures that have historically held the title as the tallest towers in the world.
|280 BC||1180 AD||Pharos Lighthouse||Egypt||Alexandria||122 m|
|1180||1240||Malmesbury Abbey Tower||United Kingdom||Malmesbury||131.3 m|
|1240||1311||Tower of Old St Paul's Cathedral||United Kingdom||London||150 m|
|1311||1549||Tower of Lincoln Cathedral||United Kingdom||Lincoln||159.7 m|
|1549||1647||Tower of St Mary's church||Germany||Stralsund||151 m|
|1647||1874||Tower of Strasbourg Cathedral||France||Strasbourg||142 m|
|1874||1876||Tower of St. Nikolai||Germany||Hamburg||147 m|
|1876||1880||Tower of Rouen Cathedral||France||Rouen||151 m|
|1880||1889||Tower of Cologne Cathedral||Germany||Cologne||157.38 m|
|1889||1958||Eiffel Tower||France||Paris||312.3 m|
|1958||1967||Tokyo Tower||Japan||Tokyo||332.6 m|
|1967||1976||Ostankino Tower||Russia||Moscow||540.1 m|
|1976||2010||CN Tower||Canada||Toronto||553.33 m|
|2010||2011||Canton Tower||China||Guangzhou||600 m|
|2011||2013||Tokyo Skytree||Japan||Tokyo||634 m|
Tallest structures, freestanding structures, and buildings
The list categories are:
- The structures (supported) list uses pinnacle height and includes architectural structures of any type that might use some external support constructions like cables and are fully built in air. Only the three tallest are listed, as more than fifty US TV masts have stated heights of 600–610 metres (1,970–2,000 ft).
- The structures (media supported) list uses pinnacle height and includes architectural structures of any type that are not totally built in the air but are using support from other, denser media like salt water. All structures greater than 500 metres (1,640 ft) are listed.
- The freestanding structures list uses pinnacle height and includes structures over 400 metres (1,312 ft) that do not use guy-wires or other external supports. This means truly free standing on its own or, in similar sense, non-supported structures.
- The building list uses architectural height (excluding antennas) and includes only buildings, defined as consisting of habitable floors. Both of these follow CTBUH guidelines. All supertall buildings (300 m and higher) are listed.
- Eight buildings appear on the freestanding structures category list with heights different from another category. This is due to the different measurement specifications of those lists.
- Only current heights and, where reasonable, target heights are listed. Historical heights of structures that no longer exist, for example, for having collapsed, are excluded.
|Rank||Name and location||Year
|1||KVLY-TV mast, Blanchard, North Dakota, United States||1963||629||2,064||–|
|2||KXJB-TV mast, Galesburg, North Dakota, United States||1998||628||2,060||–|
|3||KXTV/KOVR Tower, Walnut Grove, California, United States||2000||625||2,051||–|
|Structures (media supported)|
|1||Petronius Platform, Gulf of Mexico||2000||610||2,000||–|
|2||Baldpate Platform, Gulf of Mexico||1998||580||1,900||–|
|3||Bullwinkle Platform, Gulf of Mexico||1989||529||1,736||–|
|1||Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2010||829.8||2,722||163|
|2||Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan||2011||634||2,080||–|
|3||Abraj Al Bait, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||2011||601||1,972||120|
|4||Canton Tower, Guangzhou, China||2010||600||1,969||–|
|5||CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||1976||553||1,814||–|
|6||One World Trade Center, New York City, USA||2013||546.2||1,792||104|
|7||Ostankino Tower, Moscow, Russia||1967||540||1,770||–|
|8||Willis Tower, Chicago, United States||1974||527||1,729||108|
|9||Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan||2004||509||1,670||101|
|10||Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China||2008||492||1,614||101|
|11||International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong||2010||484||1,588||118|
|12||Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China||1994||468||1,535||–|
|13||John Hancock Center, Chicago, United States||1969||457||1,499||100|
|14||Petronas Tower I, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1998||452||1,483||88|
|Petronas Tower II, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1998||452||1,483||88|
|15||Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China||2009||450||1,480||89|
|16||Empire State Building, New York City, United States||1931||443||1,453||102|
|17||Milad Tower, Tehran, Iran||2007||435||1,427||–|
|18||Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1995||421||1,381||–|
|19||Jin Mao Building, Shanghai, China||1998||421||1,381||88|
|20||Chimney of GRES-2 Power Station, Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan||1987||420||1,380||–|
|21||Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong||2003||415||1,362||88|
|22||Tianjin Radio and Television Tower, Tianjin, China||1991||415||1,362||–|
|23||Central TV Tower, Beijing, China||1992||405||1,329||–|
|1||Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2010||828||2,717||163|
|2||Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia||2011||601||1,972||120|
|3||One World Trade Center, New York City, USA||2013||541.3||1,776||104|
|4||Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan||2004||509||1,670||101|
|5||Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China||2008||492||1,614||101|
|6||International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong||2010||484||1,588||118|
|7||Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1998||452||1,483||88|
|8||Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China||2009||450||1,480||89|
|9||Willis Tower, Chicago, United States||1974||442||1,450||108|
|10||Jin Mao Building, Shanghai, China||1998||421||1,381||88|
|11||Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong||2003||415||1,362||88|
|12||CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou, China||1997||391||1,283||80|
|13||Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China||1996||384||1,260||69|
|14||Empire State Building, New York City, United States||1931||381||1,250||102|
|15||Central Plaza, Hong Kong||1992||374||1,227||78|
|16||Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong||1990||367||1,204||70|
|17||Bank of America Tower, New York City, United States||2008||366||1,201||54|
|18||Almas Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2008||360||1,180||74|
|19||Emirates Office Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2000||355||1,165||54|
|20||Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung, Taiwan||1997||348||1,142||85|
|21||Aon Center, Chicago, United States||1973||346||1,135||83|
|22||The Center, Hong Kong||1998||346||1,135||73|
|23||John Hancock Center, Chicago, United States||1969||344||1,129||100|
|24||Rose Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2007||333||1,093||72|
|Shimao International Plaza, Shanghai, China||2006||333||1,093||60|
|25||Minsheng Bank Building, Wuhan, China||2007||331||1,086||68|
|25||Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea (topped out)||1992||330||1,080||105|
|China World Trade Center Tower 3, Beijing, China||2008||330||1,080||74|
|27||Q1, Gold Coast, Australia||2005||323||1,060||78|
|28||Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||1999||321||1,053||60|
|29||Chrysler Building, New York City, United States||1930||319||1,047||77|
|Nina Tower I, Hong Kong||2007||319||1,047||80|
|New York Times Building, New York City, United States||2007||319||1,047||52|
|32||Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta, United States||1992||312||1,024||55|
|33||U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles, United States||1989||310||1,020||73|
|34||Menara Telekom, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||2001||310||1,020||55|
|35||Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2000||309||1,014||56|
|36||One Island East, Hong Kong||2008||308||1,010||70|
|37||AT&T Corporate Center, Chicago, United States||1989||307||1,007||60|
|38||The Address Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||2008||306||1,004||63|
|39||JPMorgan Chase Tower, Houston, United States||1982||305||1,001||75|
Numerous supertall skyscrapers are in various stages of proposal, planning, or construction. Each of the following are under construction and, depending on the order of completion, could become the world's tallest building or structure in at least one category:
- Jeddah Tower is currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, scheduled to be completed in 2019. It will be the first building to exceed 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) with a planned height of 1,007 metres (3,304 ft). Once completed it will become the tallest building and tallest freestanding structure in the world.
- Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. It is planned to be 565 metres (1,854 ft) tall. Construction started in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2018.
- Gezhouba International Plaza Is a supertall skyscraper under-construction in Wuhan, China. The mixed-use tower is set to rise 350 metres (1,150 ft) and contain 69 floors.
- Ping An Finance Centre is a 115-story megatall skyscraper which is under construction in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China.
- KL118 is a 610 metres (2,000 ft) tall skyscraper with 118 storeys, which is currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The construction has a budget of RM5 billion. When completed in 2020, it will be the tallest building in Malaysia, succeeding the Petronas Twin Towers, which has 88 stories and consists of 400,000 square metres (4,300,000 sq ft) of residential, hotel and commercial space.
- China Zun is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Central Business District of Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China.
- Suzhou IFS is a 92-floor, 452-meter skyscraper under construction in SIP, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
- Goldin Finance 117 is a skyscraper under construction in Tianjin, China. The tower is expected to be 597 metres (1,959 ft) with 117 stories.
- Suzhou Zhongnan Center is a megatall skyscraper under construction in SIP, Suzhou, Jiangsu.
- Wuhan Greenland Center is a 636-metre (2,087 ft) 125-storey skyscraper currently under construction in Wuhan, China.
- 53W53 also known as the MoMA Expansion Tower and 53 West 53rd Street, and formerly known as Tower Verre is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction by the real estate company Hines to rise in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
- 111 West 57th Street is a supertall residential project by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in midtown Manhattan in New York City.
- 30 Park Place is a new tower currently under construction in Tribeca, Manhattan, New York City.
- Federation Tower is a complex of skyscrapers being built on the 13th lot of the Moscow International Business Center in Moscow, Russia.
- Lakhta Center is a large mixed-use non-residential construction project in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
- Dalian Greenland Center is a skyscraper under construction in Dalian, Liaoning, China. It is expected to have 88 floors and be 518 metres (1,699 ft) tall. The anticipated completion date is 2018.
- Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center is a skyscraper under construction in Tianjin, China. It is expected to be completed in 2018.
- 225 West 57th Street is a supertall residential project being developed by the Extell Development Company in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building will rise 1,479 feet (451 m) to its roof, and 1,775 feet (541 m) to the tip. The height of the spire is 1 foot (0.30 m) less than that of the United States' tallest building, the 1,776-foot (541 m), One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan; upon completion, 225 West 57th Street will become not only the second tallest building in the city, but also in the country. The building will also be the tallest by roof height in the United States, surpassing the Willis Tower, and the tallest residential building in the world both by roof height and architectural height, and will surpass 432 Park Avenue for world's tallest residential building.
- Jinan Center Financial City is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Jinan, Shandong, China. It will be 333 metres (1,093 ft) tall. Construction started in 2014.
- Nanjing Olympic Suning Tower is a skyscraper under construction in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. It is expected to be completed in 2017.
- Huaguoyuan Tower 1 is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Guiyang, Guizhou, China. It will be 406 metres (1,332.0 ft) tall. Construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2017.
- Huaguoyuan Tower 2 is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Guiyang, Guizhou, China. It will be 406 metres (1,332.0 ft) tall. Construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2017.
- Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower is a 91-story, 468 m (1,535 ft) supertall skyscraper that began construction in the city of Mumbai, India, in 2010. The tower was originally planned for completion in 2016, but construction work was put on hold in 2011 due to a dispute between the tower's developers and Mumbai's civic authorities.
- Construction of the Pentominium, in Dubai, is currently on hold. If construction resumes, the building is expected to be 516 m (1,693 ft) tall with 120 floors, making it the tallest all-residential building in the world. Construction began in 2007, but was halted in August 2011.
- Qatar National Bank Tower is a supertall skyscraper to be built in Doha, Qatar. The tower is planned to be 510 m (1,673 ft) tall and will have 101 floors. When completed, it will be become the tallest building in Qatar, and one of the tallest buildings in the world. The tower will also become the second tallest all-office building in the world after One World Trade Center in New York City, and surpassing the Taipei 101.It is designed by Peddle Thorp Architects. Construction is on-hold since May 2010.
- Al Quds Endowment Tower is a multipurpose skyscraper on hold in Doha, Qatar. The foundations were laid down in 2009 but construction was halted in Spring 2010.
Many proposed structures may never be built
- Seoul Lite
- Rama IX Super Tower is a proposed skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand. It is to be the tallest man-made structure in South East Asia, due for completion in 2021, standing at 615 m (2,018 ft).
- Burj Mubarak Al-kabir
- Buenos Aires Forum
- 80 South Street (New design)
- Hyundai Global Business Center
- Dream Tower
- Tower Infinity
- Pagcor tower
- Lanco Hills Signature tower
- Signature Tower Jakarta
- Tower Triple One
- Murjan Tower
- 50 Hudson Yards
- Two World Trade Center
- Wanda Vista
- Al Noor Tower
- Hope City
- One Vanderbilt
- Nanping Twin Towers
- Dubai One Tower
- List of tallest buildings in the world
- List of tallest structures in the world
- List of tallest freestanding structures in the world
- List of tallest structures in the world by country
- List of tallest towers in the world
- List of architects of supertall buildings
- List of cities with most skyscrapers
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