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Tallest buildings in the world

As of 2019, this list includes all 64 buildings (completed and architecturally topped out) which reach a height of 350 metres (1,150 ft) or more, as assessed by their highest architectural feature. Of these, 32 (50%) are in China. Six of the last seven buildings to have held the record as 'tallest building' are still found in the list, with the exception being the North Tower of the original World Trade Center at 417 metres (1,368 ft) after its destruction in the September 11 attacks of 2001. If the twin towers were not destroyed and One World Trade Center never built, the WTC towers would rank 28 and 29 on the list today.

bold Denotes building that is or was once the tallest in the world
Rank Building City Country Height Floors Built
1 Burj Khalifa Dubai  United Arab Emirates 828 m 2,717 ft 163 2010
2 Shanghai Tower Shanghai  China 632 m 2,073 ft 128 2015
3 Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower Mecca  Saudi Arabia 601 m 1,971 ft 120 2012
4 Ping An Finance Centre Shenzhen  China 599 m 1,965 ft 115 2017
5 Lotte World Tower Seoul  South Korea 554.5 m 1,819 ft 123 2016
6 One World Trade Center New York City  United States 541.3 m 1,776 ft 104 2014
7 Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Guangzhou  China 530 m 1,739 ft 111 2016
7 Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Tianjin  China 530 m 1,739 ft 98 2018
9 China Zun Beijing  China 528 m 1,732 ft 108 2018
10 Taipei 101 Taipei  Taiwan 508 m 1,667 ft 101 2004
11 Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai  China 492 m 1,614 ft 101 2008
12 International Commerce Centre Hong Kong  China 484 m 1,588 ft 118 2010
13 Lakhta Center St. Petersburg  Russia 462 m 1,516 ft 86 2018
14 Landmark 81 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 461.2 m 1,513 ft 81 2018
15 Changsha IFS Tower T1 Changsha  China 452.1 m 1,483 ft 88 2017
16 Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
16 Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
16 The Exchange 106 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 97 2018
19 Zifeng Tower Nanjing  China 450 m 1,476 ft 89 2010
19 Suzhou IFS Suzhou  China 450 m 1,476 ft 92 2017
21 Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) Chicago  United States 442.1 m 1,450 ft  108 1974
22 KK100 Shenzhen  China 442 m 1,449 ft 100 2011
23 Guangzhou International Finance Center Guangzhou  China 440 m 1,440 ft 103 2010
24 Wuhan Center Wuhan  China 438 m 1,437 ft 88 2016
25 432 Park Avenue New York City  United States 425.5 m 1,396 ft 88 2015
26 Marina 101 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 425 m 1,394 ft 101 2015
27 Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago  United States 423.2 m 1,388 ft 98 2009
28 Jin Mao Tower Shanghai  China 421 m 1,380 ft 88 1999
29 Princess Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 414 m 1,358 ft 101 2012
30 Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City  Kuwait 413 m 1,354 ft 80 2011
31 Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong  China 412 m 1,352 ft 88 2003
32 Haeundae LCT The Sharp Landmark Tower Busan  South Korea 411.6 m 1,352 ft 101 2019
33 Guangxi China Resources Tower Nanning  China 402.7 m 1,321 ft 85 2018
34 China Resources Headquarters Shenzhen  China 392.5 m 1,288 ft 67 2017
35 23 Marina Dubai  United Arab Emirates 392.4 m 1,287 ft 89 2012
36 CITIC Plaza Guangzhou  China 390.2 m 1,280 ft 80 1996
37 Shum Yip Upperhills Tower 1 Shenzhen  China 388.1 m 1,273 ft 80 2017
38 30 Hudson Yards New York City  United States 386.6 m 1,268 ft 73 2018
39 Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 385 m 1,263 ft 77 2016
40 Shun Hing Square Shenzhen  China 384 m 1,260 ft 69 1996
41 Eton Place Dalian Tower 1 Dalian  China 383 m 1,257 ft 81 2015
42 Logan Century Center 1 Nanning  China 381.3 m 1,251 ft 82 2017
43 Burj Mohammed bin Rashid Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 381 m 1,251 ft 88 2014
44 Empire State Building New York City  United States 381 m 1,250 ft 102 1931
45 Elite Residence Dubai  United Arab Emirates 381 m 1,248 ft 87 2012
46 Central Plaza Hong Kong  China 373.9 m 1,226 ft 78 1992
47 Federation Tower (East Tower) Moscow  Russia 373.7 m 1,226 ft 95 2016
48 Dalian International Trade Center Dalian  China 370.2 m 1,214 ft 86 2018
49 Address Boulevard Dubai  United Arab Emirates 370 m 1,214 ft 72 2017
50 Golden Eagle Tiandi Tower A Nanjing  China 368.1 m 1,208 ft 76 2018
51 Bank of China Tower Hong Kong  China 367 m 1,205 ft 70 1990
52 Bank of America Tower New York City  United States 365.8 m 1,200 ft 54 2009
53 Almas Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 363 m 1,191 ft 68 2009
54 Hanking Center Shenzhen  China 358.9 m 1,177 ft 65 2017
55 Gevora Hotel Dubai  United Arab Emirates 356.3 m 1,169 ft 75 2017
56 JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 1 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 355 m 1,166 ft 82 2012
56 JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Tower 2 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 355 m 1,166 ft 82 2012
58 Emirates Office Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 355 m 1,163 ft 54 2000
59 Raffles City Chongqing T3N Chongqing  China 354.5 m 1,163 ft 79 2018
59 Raffles City Chongqing T4N Chongqing  China 354.5 m 1,163 ft 79 2019
61 OKO Tower - South Tower Moscow  Russia 354 m 1,160 ft 85 2015
62 The Marina Torch Dubai  United Arab Emirates 352 m 1,155 ft 86 2011
63 Forum 66 Tower 1 Shenyang  China 350.6 m 1,150 ft 68 2015
64 The Pinnacle Guangzhou  China 350.3 m 1,149 ft 60 2012
65 Xi An Glory International Financial Center Xi'an  China 350 m 1,148 ft 75 2017

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Alternative measurements

Height to pinnacle (highest point)

Tallest Buildings in the World by pinnacle height
Tallest buildings by pinnacle height, including all masts, poles, antennae, etc. in 2014

This measurement disregards distinctions between architectural and non-architectural extensions, and simply measures to the highest point. This measurement is useful for air traffic obstacle determinations, and is also a wholly objective measure. However, this measurement includes extensions that are easily added, removed, and modified from a building and are independent of the overall structure.

This measurement only recently came into use, when the Petronas Towers passed the Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower) in height. The former was considered taller because its spires were considered architectural, while the latter's antennae were not. This led to the split of definitions, with the Sears Tower claiming the lead in this and the height-to-roof (now highest occupied floor) categories, and with the Petronas claiming the lead in the architectural height category.

If the World Trade Center towers were still standing today they would occupy numbers 11 (North Tower at 526.7 m (1,728 ft)) and 31 on the list (or 10 and 30 since it can be assumed the rebuilt One World Trade Center would have never been built).

bold †Denotes building with pinnacle height higher than architectural


Rank Building City Country Height Floors Built
1 Burj Khalifa Dubai  United Arab Emirates 829.8 m 2,722 ft 163 2010
2 Shanghai Tower Shanghai  China 632 m 2,073 ft 128 2015
3 Abraj Al-Bait Towers Mecca  Saudi Arabia 601 m 1,971 ft 120 2012
4 Ping An Finance Center Shenzhen  China 599 m 1,965 ft 115 2016
5 Lotte World Tower† Seoul  South Korea 555.7 m 1,823 ft 123 2016
6 One World Trade Center New York City  United States 546.2 m 1,792 ft 104 2014
7 Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Guangzhou  China 530 m 1,739 ft 111 2016
7 Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Tianjin  China 530 m 1,739 ft 98 2018
9 China Zun Beijing  China 528 m 1,732 ft 108 2018
10 Willis Tower Chicago  United States 527 m 1,729 ft 108 1974
11 Taipei 101 Taipei  Taiwan 508 m 1,667 ft 101 2004
12 Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai  China 494.3 m 1,622 ft 101 2008
13 International Commerce Centre Hong Kong  China 484 m 1,588 ft 118 2010
14 Landmark 81† Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 469.5 m 1,513 ft 81 2018
15 Lakhta Center St. Petersburg  Russia 462 m 1,516 ft 86 2018
16 John Hancock Center Chicago  United States 456.9 m 1,499 ft 100 1969
17 Changsha IFS Tower T1 Changsha  China 452 m 1,483 ft 94 2017
18 Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
18 Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
18 The Exchange 106 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 451.9 m 1,483 ft 97 2018
21 Zifeng Tower Nanjing  China 450 m 1,476 ft 89 2009
22 Suzhou IFS Suzhou  China 450 m 1,476 ft 98 2017
23 Empire State Building New York City  United States 443.2 m 1,454 ft 102 1931
24 Kingkey 100 Shenzhen  China 442 m 1,449 ft 100 2011
25 Guangzhou International Finance Center Guangzhou  China 438.6 m 1,445 ft 103 2009
26 Wuhan Center Wuhan  China 438 m 1,437 ft 88 2017
27 432 Park Avenue New York City  United States 425.5 m 1,396 ft 85 2015
28 Marina 101 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 425 m 1,394 ft 101 2017
29 Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago  United States 423.2 m 1,388 ft 96 2009
30 Jin Mao Tower Shanghai  China 421 m 1,381 ft 88 1998
31 Princess Tower† Dubai  United Arab Emirates 414 m 1,358 ft 101 2012
32 Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City  Kuwait 412.6 m 1,354 ft 80 2010
33 Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong  China 412 m 1,352 ft 88 2003
34 Haeundae LCT The Sharp Landmark Tower Busan  South Korea 411.6 m 1,352 ft 101 2019
35 Guangxi China Resources Tower Nanning  China 402.7 m 1,321 ft 85 2018

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