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What is the Tallest Building in the World

Every since man discovered how to build safe, structurally sound and solid skyscrapers the race has been on to build the tallest building in the world. Many countries have achieved this feat only to be outdone by an even taller building somewhere else. The height of a building is measured from the base to the highest architectural or integral structural element of the building.

Current Record
The world’s tallest building currently, as of 4th January 2010, is the Buji Khalifa at 828 m (2,717 ft) High. It is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This building is the tallest man-made structure on the earth as present. It has been declared the tallest building in the world based on all three criteria by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The three criteria being:

  • height of structural or architectural top
  • height of highest floor
  • height to top of any part of the building.

Historically Tall Buildings
1931- 1972- The Empire State Building in New York City, U.S.A
1973- 1998 – Willis Tower in Chicago, U.S.A
1998- 2004 – The Patronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004-2010 – Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan

Top Ten Tallest Building (architectural detail) as of January 2011
Buji Khalifa at 828m (2,717ft) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Taipei 101 at 508m (1667 ft) in Taipei, Taiwan
Shanghai World Financial Centre at 492m (1,614 ft) in Shanghai, China
International Commerce Center at 484m (1, 588ft) in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Petronas Tower at 452m (1,483ft) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nanjing Greenland Financial Center at 450 m (1,476ft) in Nanjing, China
Willis Tower at 442m (1,451 ft) in Chicago, U.S.A
Guangzhou West Tower at 438m (1,435 ft) in Guangzhou, China
Trump International Hotel and Tower at 423 m (1,389 ft) in Chicago, U.S.A

Top Ten Tallest Building (highest point) as of January 2011
Buji Khalifa at 828m (2,717ft) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Willis Tower at 527.3m (1,730 ft) in Chicago, U.S.A
Taipei 101 at 508m (1667 ft) in Taipei, Taiwan
Shanghai World Financial Centre at 494.4m (1,614 ft) in Shanghai, China
International Commerce Center at 484m (1, 588ft) in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
John Hancock Center at 457.2m (1,500ft) in Chicago, U.S.A
(equal 7th) Petronas Tower at 452m (1,483ft) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(equal 7th) Petronas Tower 2 at 452m (1,483ft) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nanjing Greenland Financial Center at 450 m (1,476ft) in Nanjing, China
Empire State Building at 448m (1474ft) in New York City, U.S.A
Guangzhou West Tower at 440m (1,445 ft) in Guangzhou, China

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