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Want to know which is the tallest building in the world? Here’s a list of the tallest buildings in the world in 2019, ranked by total height.

There are different ways of measuring, so the list can look different depending on if you also include structures such as radio towers and measure their total length with or without the radio antenna, etc.

In this list, I’ve included the 15 Tallest buildings in the world, ranked from low to high. 

What is the Tallest Building in the World?

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building with a height of 828 meters.

15. Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is easily one of the most recognized buildings in the world, and it has been an icon of New York since 1931 when it was completed. 

It was the tallest building in the world for 39 years before the World Trade Center reached its max height in 1970. It’s one of the oldest buildings on this list, and in my opinion also one of the most impressive when it comes to architecture. 

Height: 443 meters
Location: New York, USA

empire state building

14. Zifeng Tower och Suzhou IFS

These two buildings have the same height of 450 meters above the ground and gets a shared 14th place among the tallest buildings in the world. 

Height: Both towers are 450 meters tall
Location: Nanjing and Suzhou, China

Zifeng Tower

Photo of Zifeng Tower

13. Petronas Twin Towers

The Twin Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur are impressive, and also one of the city’s big attractions. 

Height: 452 meters
Location: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

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12. Changsha IFS Tower T1

Yet another Chinese skyscraper that has been completed in recent years. Changsha IFS Tower T1 was completed in 2017.  

Height: 452 meters
Location: Changsha, China

11. International Commerce Centre

The ICC Tower in Hong Kong is located on Western Kowloon and is an iconic part of the Hong Kong skyline. It was opened in 2010 and is home to office spaces, hotel rooms, shopping, and an observation deck. 

Height: 484 meters
Location: Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre hong kong

10. Shanghai World Financial Center

This is easily one of the coolest and most intriguing skyscrapers on this list, architecture wise. It has gotten itself the nickname “bottle-opener” thanks to its appearance at the top that resembles a bottle-opener. 

This is also where you’ll find the highest located hotel in the world – Park Hyatt Shanghai. 

Height: 492 meters
Location: Shanghai, China

Shanghai World Financial Center

9. Taipei 101

This skyscraper was completed in 2004 and is still the tallest building in Taiwan. It has a height of 508 meters above the ground and is an iconic part of the skyline of Taipei. 

Height: 508 meters
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101

8. Willis Tower

This building was known as Sears Tower until 2009, when it changed name to Willis Tower. It’s situated in Chicago and was for a long time the tallest building in the U.S if the mast is included when measuring the height. 

Between 1973 and 1999 it was the world’s tallest building. 

Height: 527 meters
Location: Chicago, USA

Willis Tower

8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

This skyscraper was completed in 2016 and has 111 floors above the ground. Something that characterizes this particular building is that the highest points of the tower have some mullions in Terracotta. 

Height: 530 meters
Location: Guangzhou, China

7. One World Trade Center

The twin towers stood on this location before the terror attacks on 11th September 2001. One World Trade Center was completed in 2014 and is nowadays the tallest building in the U.S. 

Height: 541 meters
Location: New York, USA

One World Trade Center

6. Lotte World Tower

This is the tallest skyscraper in South Korea, and it’s situated in the capital Seoul. Lotte World Tower is a mix of hotel, observation deck, offices, and apartments.

It was open to the public in 2017 on the 3rd of April. 

Height: 554,5 meters
Location: Seoul, South Korea

5. Ping An Finance Center

Yet another Chinese skyscraper that rises high above the ground. The Shenzen Finance center, also known as Ping An has a height of 599 meters and is thereby the second tallest structure in China. 

It was completed in 2017. 

Height: 599 meters
Location: Shenzen, China

4. Abraj Al-Bait Tower

If you ask me, this is definitely the most impressive and beautiful of all the buildings on this list along with the Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers. 

Height: 601 meters
Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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3. Shanghai Tower

This tower was built in 2014 but was inaugurated first in 2015. Despite that fact, the tower wasn’t made taller than the tallest building in Japan, which was constructed in 2012.

Shanghai Tower is still one of the tallest buildings in the world, and currently the highest structure in China. 

Height: 632 meters
Location: Shanghai, China

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2. Tokyo Skytree

Height: 634 meters
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo might be the largest city in the world by population, but when it comes to tallest buildings in the world, they’ll have to satisfy with having the second tallest building in the world. 

Tokyo Skytree is rising 634 meters up in the sky, and I can assure you that you’ll feel your neck hurting a bit when looking up from the ground.

Note: Some lists will not include Tokyo Skytree as one of the tallest buildings in the world, simply because it’s primarily a radio- and Tv-Tower, but visitors can also go up and enjoy the view from above. 

tokyo skytree

1. Burj Khalifa

Height: 828 meters
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world since 2010 when it was finished. The skyscraper has 164 floors, and the Khalifa tower can boast itself as the highest building on Earth.

It was named after the Emir of Abu Dhabi – Emir, which helped finance the tower during the economic crisis that occurred in the last phase of construction. 

It’s a true masterpiece when it comes to engineering, and it stands majestically in central Dubai. It is one of the world’s most visited attractions, and visitors can enjoy a spectacular view from the different viewpoints of Burj Khalifa. 

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More about the Tallest Buildings in the World

When Burj Khalifa was completed it was announced worldwide, and many taught that humans really had exceeded themselves in engineering and construction.

And of course, it is very impressive but soon there might be a new tower named Jeddah Tower, previously called “The Kingdom Tower”, which will be inaugurated and crowned as the tallest building in the world. It was planned to open in 2019, but construction was put on hold in 2018 due to labor issues. 

There are also plans of a second skyscraper in Dubai, which is said to become taller than Burj Khalifa. Only in 2017, there were 3 new skyscrapers who made this list of the tallest buildings in the world, so I think it’s safe to say that there will be some newcomers in the next decades as well, and we shall see how long time Burj Khalifa will hold the title as the tallest building in the world.

What’s also interesting is the fact that there are none buildings from Europe, Africa, Oceania or South America on the list. All of the tallest buildings in the world are located in either Asia or North America, primarily in Asia. 

Tallest building in the world

Photo: Sophie James / Shutterstock.com

The tallest buildings in other continents

Here are the tallest buildings in Europe, Africa, Oceania, and South America. As you can see, these are quite tall, but very far away from the tallest buildings in the world. 

  • OKO, Moscow – 353 meters (Europe)
  • Carlton Centre, South Africa – 223 meters (Africa)
  • Q1, Australia – 323 meters (Oceania)
  • Gran Torre Santiago, Chile, 300 meters (South America)

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