10 Tallest Buildings in the World 2018

Here is a list of tallest skyscrapers in the world.

The buildings are ranked by standard height (architectural height), with other heights like roof height or total height for reference.
Buildings that are under construction but have already topped out or have surpassed certain heights are also included. Sightseeing towers and buildings which are being built that have yet reach to certain heights are not counted.
For sightseeing towers, see tallest telecom towers. For buildings under construction that are not topped out, see Tallest ongoing skyscraper projects.

NOTE: Because of the rapid development of skyscrapers, things are subject to change, the content below will get updated time to time, updates occur on an irregular basis, usually when some new skyscrapers reach a height over one of the skyscrapers listed below.
The last updating was done by August 10, 2018, please note the content below is all based on that time.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Standard height: 828 meters (2717 feet)

Total height: 829.8 meters

Floor count: 163

Observation deck: 448 m & 555 m

Year built: 2010

Uses: Residences, Hotel, Office, Observation, Communication

Location: Dubai

Burj Khalifa has been the tallest building of the world by any measurement since its completion in 2009, it is estimated that it can still hold this title for the next 4 years, until then it will be surpassed by either Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia or Dubai Creek Tower which located at a site only miles away from Burj Khalifa.

The observation deck on Burj Khalifa is one of most visited destinations in Dubai, the observatory named At The Top SKY is still the tallest observation deck in the world.

2. Shanghai Tower

Standard height: 632 meters (2073 feet)

Parapet-removed height: 583 meters   Floor count: 128

Observation Deck: 552 m

Uses: Office, Observation, Hotel, Book store, Museum

Year built: 2016   Location: Shanghai

Shanghai Tower
Aerial view of Shanghai Tower (the one in the middle)

Shanghai Tower was completed in the beginning of 2016, since then it became the tallest building in China.

Shanghai Tower has a multi-floor observation deck opened to public at its 118th and 119th floor, as of 2017 it's the second tallest observation deck in the world, only after Burj Khalifa's At The Top SKY. For more details check out the guide to visiting Shanghai Tower observation deck.

As the spire of Ping An Financial Center in Shenzhen got cancelled, resulting in the tower ends up being 599 meters tall, so Shanghai Tower can hold that title for a while, until the completion of Wuhan Greenland Center, which is only 4 meters taller.

3. Abraj Al Bait

Standard height: 601 meters (1971 feet)   Floor count: 120

Year built: 2012   Location: Mecca

Uses: Hotel, Residences, Retail, Religious use, Telling time

Abraj Al Bait
Abraj Al Bait

The location of Abraj Al Bait is in close proximity to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam.

Standing at 601 meters, Abraj Al Bait is one of only three buildings in the world that categorized as megatall skyscraper.

4. Ping An International Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center
Ping An Finance Center

Standard height: 599 meters (1965 feet)

Roof height: 589 meters

Floor count: 115

Year built: 2016

Location: Shenzhen

Uses: Office, Retail

Ping An Finance Center was once designed to be built to 660 meters with a spire and then set to becomes the tallest building of the country, however there suddenly came out a flight issue, forcing the height limited to be under 600 meters, so no spire ever built atop its peak. Same thing has happened on Canton Tower, which has a similar height with it, the difference is that Canton Tower's spire was cut shorter after its completion.

5. Goldin Finance 117

Standard height & Roof height: 597 meters (1959 feet)

Floor count: 117

Estimated year top out: 2018

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residences, Observation, Retail

Location: Tianjin

This tower has structurally topped out, a diamond shape structure is awaiting for installing atop the building, its current height is around 590 meters, though it's still several meters left to be topped out, the current height can still make it the fifth tallest building of the world.

Tianjin Goldin Finance 117
Goldin Finance 117 Tower

6. Lotte World Tower

Standard height: 555 meters (1819 feet)   Floor count: 123

Year built: 2016   Location: Seoul

Uses: Office, Hotel, Observation, Residence, Retail

Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea. The tower opened to the public on April 3rd, 2017, it has a total of 123 floors above ground, a multiple-floor observatory occupies the uppermost 7 floors of the tower, by contrast, in most cases the observation decks on skyscrapers only occupy one or two floors.

7. One World Trade Center

New York One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center

Standard height: 541 meters (1776 feet)

Roof height: 417 meters

Floor count: 104

Built year: 2014

Uses: Office, Observation, Communication

Location: New York City

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York City and west hemisphere. Its roof height is 417 meters which just same as the North Tower of original World Trade Center, but spire is longer, making its total height to be 546 meters and 541 meters (1776 ft) by architectural height. This height is originated from the year of 1776 when United States Declaration of Independence was signed, many New York lovers complain that 1776 ft should be the roof height, 417 m is too short among today's tallest buildings.

8. Chow Tai Fook Finance Center

Chow Tai Fook Finance Center
Chow Tai Fook Finance Center

Standard height: 530 meters (1739 feet)

Roof height: 530 meters

Floors count: 111

Built year: 2016

Uses: Office,Hotel,Residences

Location: Guangzhou

This tower is owned and named after Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and was developed by New World Development, it's the first near-megatall building named after Chow Tai Fook, currently another same size tower also named after Chow Tai Fook is being built in Tianjin, a 644m megatall tower is planned by Chow Tai Fook to be built in Wuhan.

9. Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center

Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center
Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center in early 2017

Standard height: 530 meters (1739 feet)

Roof height: 480 meters

Floors count: 97

Top out year: 2017

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residences

Location: Tianjin

Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center is the second supertall project named after Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

The tower had fully topped out by the end of September 2017.

 

10. China Zun Tower

Standard height: 528 metersChina Zun Tower, picture taken on April 11.

Roof height: 524 meters

Floor count: 118

Observation Deck: 524 m

Top out year: 2017

Uses: Office, Retail, Hotel, Observation

Location: Beijing

China Zun Tower is also known as its formal name CITIC Plaza, as it will largely serve as the headquarters of CITIC, a state-owned corporation. In fact the nickname China Zun Tower is more widely used, China Zun was a sort of vessel used in ancient China, the shape of China Zun Tower is inspired by China Zun. Once built the tower will become the tallest building in the capital city of China. The tower structurally topped out in July 2017 and fully topped out at 528 meters one month later becoming the 10th tallest building in the world.

The buildings listed above are top 10 tallest buildings of the world, you might be surprised that many notable buildings you familiar with are not listed, the rapid development of skyscrapers worldwide has made those buildings dropped out from the top 10, below are the buildings succeed the top 10 tallest buildings with the heights a bit shorter than the top 10. Since some of these buildings are still under construction and growing fast, the rank could change frequently, for convenience we don't provide the serial numbers for buildings listed below.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101
Taipei 101 in the dusk

Standard height: 509 meters

Roof height: 448 meters

Floor count: 101

Observation Deck: 392 m

Year built: 2004

Uses: Office, Observation, Retail,

          Communication, Library

Location: Taipei

Taipei 101 was the tallest building of the world by architectural height from 2004 to 2009, today the tower is still the tallest building built on an earthquake zone. The appearance of the tower was inspired by the pagodas of ancient China, the main portion of the tower is comprised of 8 stacked large segments, each has 8 floors, for the number 8 is a sign of prosperity in Chinese culture.

Taipei 101 has world's 3rd tallest outdoor observation deck, and 2 indoor observation floors right below it, a world's largest tuned mass damper can be seen from within the observatory.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center
Aerial closeup of SWFC Tower

Standard height: 492 meters

Roof height: 492 meters

Floor count: 101

Observation Deck: 423 m, 439 m, 474 m

Year built: 2008

Uses: Office, Hotel, Observation, Retail, Restaurant

Location: Shanghai

Shanghai World Financial Center was once the tallest building by roof height during 2008 to 2009, however in fact it has never been taller than Burj Khalifa, it gets that title just because of the fact that Burj Khalifa was still under construction by that time. It's hard to believe that the tower is now out of top 10 tallest buildings in the world in less than 10 years.

The building has a series of observation decks on the uppermost floors, for more details check out the guide to visiting Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory.

International Commercial Center

Standard height: 484 meters   Roof height: 484 meters

Floor count:118   Observation Deck: 393 m

Year built: 2010   Location: Hong Kong

Uses: Office, Hotel, Observation, Retail

Hong Kong International Commercial Center
International Commercial Center

International Commercial Center is the tallest building in Hong Kong, unlike other skyscrapers in Hong Kong it situated in Kowloon island not Hong Kong island, maybe due to the scarcity of land in Hong Kong Island, this can be seen that the newly-built New World Trade Center is also built in Kowloon.

Wuhan Greenland Center

Standard height & Roof height: 636 meters (2087 feet)

Current height: August 2018, about 470 meters

Observation deck: 610 meters

Floor count: 126

Estimated year top out: 2018

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residences, Observation

Location: Wuhan

Wuhan Greenland Center is a megatall skyscraper being built on the waterfront of Yangtz River in Wuhan, China. It will become china's tallest building, surpassing Shanghai Tower by 4 meters, not only so, the tower will have world's highest accessible floor at 610 meters off the ground and is planned to be an observation deck, which will become highest observation deck in the world. The tower was estimated to complete in 2019, but the construction has suspended starting in early 2018, and it is said the planned height is likely scaled down to 472 meters.

Lakhta Center

Standard height: 462 meters

Floor count: 86

Year top out: 2018

Uses: Office, Sports Center

Location: St. Petersburg

Lakhta Center is a skyscraper being built in St. Petersburg, Russia, it's the first supertall skyscraper in the city, the building has structurally topped out, and has already become the tallest building in Russia and Europe.

 

 

 

Vincom Landmark 81

Standard height & Roof height: 461.5 meters

Floor count: 81

Year top out: 2018

Uses: Residential, Hotel, Observation

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Vincom Lankmark 81 is currently the tallest building in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, it is built as the centerpiece of a high-end mixed-use urban area called Vinhomes Central Park. The tower will have a multi-story observation deck at its uppermost floors. The building is still under construction but had fully topped out in April 2018.

 

 

Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur Twins Towers
Petronas Towers

Standard height: 452 meters

Roof height: 407 meters

Floor count: 88

Observation Deck: 370 m, 170 m

Year built: 1998

Uses: Office, Observation, Retail

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world by architectural height from 1998 to 2004.

 

Changsha International Finance Square

Standard height: 452 meters   Floor count: 88

Year top out: 2016   Location: Changsha

Uses: Office

Changsha International Finance Square
Changsha International Finance Square

Topped out in 2016, Changsha International Finance Square has become the tallest building in Changsha, a title was once believed to be given to Sky City, a project that touted to be the next tallest building in the world.

Suzhou International Finance Square

Suzhou IFS Tower
Suzhou IFS Tower seen under construction

Standard height: 450 meters

Floor count: 92

Year top out: 2016

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residences, Retail

Location: Suzhou

As its name suggests, the tower is being developed by the same developer which behind the Changsha International Finance Square, in the same time they are also developing other skyscrapers with same name in other cities in China, but not as tall as these two towers.

 

 

Below are towers that rank 21st to 30th in height in the world.

Zifeng Tower

Standard height: 450 meters   Roof height: 381 meters

Floor count: 89   Uses: Office, Hotel, Restaurant, Retail

Year built: 2010   Location: Nanjing

Nanjing Zi Feng Tower
Zi Feng Tower

Touted as 450 meters tall, it doesn't appear like that at all, even unlike a 381m tower since that upper part is so skinny, however it does have the habitable floor right below the spire and is being used as a restaurant.

The Exchange 106

Standard height & Roof height: 446 meters

Floor count: 106

Year top out: 2018

Uses: Office

Location: Kuala Lumpur

The Exchange 106 is a supertall skyscraper being built in Kuala Lumpur, the building is not far from the Petronas Towers, it had been built to an altitude that higher than Petronas Towers' roof in December 2017, and will remain the tallest building in the city and the whole Southeast Asia by roof height for a few years.

Willis Tower

Chicago Willis Tower
Willis Tower

Standard height: 442 meters

Roof height: 442 meters

Total height: 527 meters

Floor count: 108

Observation Deck: 412 m

Year built: 1974

Uses: Office, Retail, Observation

Location: Chicago

Also known as it‘s former name Sears Tower. Willis Tower was world's tallest building from 1974 to 1998, it had holding that title for 24 years, such a long time is only second to Empire State Building, which had been the tallest building of the world for 40 years. Willis Tower lost that title in 1998 when Petronas Towers surpassed it by their spires while the roof of Willis Tower is still higher. Willis Tower had been the tallest building in America since its completion in 1974, until One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2014, however, its roof is still the highest in America.

KK100

Standard height & Roof height: 442 meters   Floor count: 100

Year built: 2011   Location: Shenzhen

Uses: Office, Hotel, Restaurant, Retail

Kingkey 100 Tower
KK 100 Tower

KK 100 had been the tallest building in Shenzhen since 2010 when it surpassed Shun Hing Plaza, now it had been surpassed by Ping An International Financial Center. A restaurant is opened to public on the top floor, offering great views of the cityscape.

Guangzhou International Finance Center

Guangzhou International Finance Center
Guangzhou International Finance Center

Standard height: 438 meters

Total height: 442 meters

Floor count: 103

Year built: 2010

Uses: Office, Hotel, Restaurant, Retail

Location: Guangzhou

Guangzhou International Finance Center briefly known as Guangzhou IFC, it was the tallest building in Guangzhou from 2010 to 2016, now the tower is the second tallest building in the city, only after Chow Tai Fook Center. If broadcasting tower is counted, Guangzhou IFC is the 3rd tallest building in the city and the 20th tallest building in the world.

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Wuhan Center

Standard height: 438 meters   Floor count: 88

Year top out: 2016   Location: Wuhan

Uses: Office, Observation, Hotel

Wuhan Center Tower
Wuhan Center

Wuhan Center is currently the tallest building in Wuhan, it's the first tower built for a development of a new twin towers project in Wuhan, the twin towers will stand 438 meters tall, once completed they will become the second tallest twin towers in the world, and tallest measured to roof.

Marina 101

Standard height: 427 meters   Floor count: 101

Year top out: 2016   Location: Dubai

Uses: Residences, Hotel

Dubai Marina 101
Marina 101 seen under construction

Once completed this tower will overtake New York's 432 Park Ave to become the tallest residential building in the world, but this title will also be replaced by World One in Mumbai several months later.

432 Park Ave

432 Park Ave
432 Park Ave

Standard height: 426 meters

Floor count: 96

Year built: 2016

Uses: Residences

Location: New York City

The tower became the world's tallest residential building after its completion in the beginning of 2016, and it's also taller than One World Trade Center by roof height.

Chicago Trump World Hotel & Tower

Trump Tower
Chicago Trump Tower

Standard height: 423 meters

Roof height: 356 meters

Floor count: 98

Year built: 2009

Uses: Hotel, Residences, Retail

Location: Chicago

This tower was developed by Donald Trump, who is now the president of America, the tower was first intended to be built as the tallest building of the world by that time with a height of 457 meters, 5 meters taller than the Petronas Towers. The height was decreased due to the safety concerns since the destruction of World Trade Center Twin Towers.

Although being touted as a 423-meter-tower, its roof height is only 356 meters, plus unlike One World Trade Center, its spire is extremely slender to be picked out, thus it's not fair to rank it as 24th tallest.

Jin Mao Tower

Shanghai Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower

Standard height: 420 meters

Roof height: 370 meters

Floor count: 88

Observation Deck: 340 m

Year built: 1998

Uses: Office, Observation, Hotel, Restaurant

Location: Shanghai

The tallest building of China before 2008, now it's the 3rd tallest building in Shanghai. In July 2016, a new fenceless outdoor platform on 88th floor opened to tourists as an addition to the indoor observation deck.

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