Top 30 Tallest Buildings in the World (2020): New construction projects are launched every day in every part of the planet, each with goals loftier than another. People are obsessed with the concept of breaking records. Every year new records are made, so sometimes it becomes difficult to define and rank the tallest buildings in the world.
These skyscrapers are a testimony to the architectural and engineering marvel that human beings have achieved over the years. Another interesting fact is that out of these 30 tallest buildings in the world, 15 (50%) are in China alone. In fact, among the top 10 tallest buildings in the world, five of them are in China only.
- Here we have listed only those skyscrapers that are completed as of 2020. We will update the list of tallest buildings in the world regularly. Also, the data for the height of the buildings is taken from https://www.skyscrapercenter.com
- Another important point to note is that ranking of the buildings in our list and other lists you will found on the internet may vary because we have combined Petronas Twin Towers as one building while most of the lists on the internet have listed them separately.
Before getting into the list of 30 tallest buildings in the world, here are some interesting facts about buildings:
- Tallest carved concrete high rise building in the world – Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Tallest residential building in the world – 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA
- Fastest elevator/lift in the world – Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangdong, China (75.6 km/hr)
- Tallest steel building in the world – Willis Tower, Chicago, USA
- Tallest twin towers in the entire world – Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- The tallest skyscraper in Southeast Asia – Vincom Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Tallest skyscraper/building in Europe – Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Tallest green building in the world – Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
- The tallest building in the United States of America – One World Trade Center, New York City, USA
- World’s highest observation deck – Ping An International Finance Center, Shenzhen, China
- World’s most expensive building – Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- World’s tallest clock tower – Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- The tallest building in China – Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
- The tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
- Building with the highest number of floors in the world – Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
- Tallest/highest restaurant in the world – At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
Top 30 Tallest Buildings in the World (2020):
This list of tallest buildings in the world is prepared considering the height of the skyscrapers to structural/architectural top.
#30. International Finance Centre (IFC), Hong Kong, China – 412 m (1,352 ft)
Situated on the Hong Kong Island, International Financial Center comprise of two high rise buildings, the IFC Mall and 55 stories Four Seasons Hotel. With a height of 412 meters (1,352 ft), it is the tallest skyscraper on Hong Kong Island and the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
#29. Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait – 412.6 m (1,354 ft)
Al Hamra Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the capital city of Kuwait i.e. Kuwait City. It is also the tallest carved concrete high rise building in the whole world with a height of 412.6 meters (1,354 ft).
#28. Princess Tower, Dubai, UAE – 413.4 m (1,356 ft)
With a height of 413.4 meters (1,356 ft), Princess Tower is the third tallest building in all of Dubai and the 28th tallest building in the world. It is a 101-story, residential only high rise building located in the Marina region of Dubai.
#27. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China – 420.5 m (1,380 ft)
Located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower is a 420.5 meters (1,380 ft) tall skyscraper and one of the tallest buildings in the world. The literal meaning of the Jin Mao Tower is the “Golden Prosperity Building.”
It has shopping malls, workplaces, and a 5-star hotel, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. Grand Hyatt Shanghai is also the tallest/highest hotel in the world at the time of its completion. It was later replaced by JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai which is currently the tallest/highest hotel in the world.
Jin Mao Tower is also a part of the world’s first trio of adjacent high rise buildings, the other two being Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower.
#26. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, USA – 423.2 m (1,389 ft)
Named after the U.S. President Donald Trump, Trump International Hotel & Tower, with a height of 423.2 meters (1,389 ft) including its spire, is a high rise condo-hotel located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It contains a hotel, condominiums, a 23,000-square-foot spa named ‘The Spa at Trump’, restaurants, retail space, and parking garage. As of 2020, it the 7th tallest building in the USA.
A condo-hotel is basically a condominium but operated as a hotel. In North America (USA & Canada), a condominium is a large apartment building in which each apartment is individually owned by the people living in it.
One interesting fact is that the final fight scene between Batman and Joker in the movie, The Dark Knight, was shot at the construction site of Trump International Hotel & Tower when it was partially completed.
#25. Marina 101, Dubai, UAE – 425 m (1,394 ft)
Located in the Dubai Marina district of Dubai, Marina 101 is 101 storey skyscraper with a height of 425 meters (1,394 ft). It is the 2nd tallest residential building in the world and the second tallest building in Dubai.
It consists of a 281 rooms 5-star hotel (First 33 floors) and residential apartments (34 to 100 floors). Apart from this, there are five restaurants, a club lounge, and a merchandise shop in the building.
#24. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA – 425.7 m (1,397 ft)
With a height of 425.7 meters (1,397 ft), 432 Park Avenue is located in Manhattan, New York City, USA. It is the tallest residential building in the world and the 6th tallest building in the USA.
432 Park Avenue has 96 floors and contains 125 condominium apartments. It is also the second tallest building in New York City after One World Trade Center. Its design is inspired by the design of a trash can which was designed by Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann in 1905.
#23. Wuhan Center Tower, Wuhan, China – 438 m (1,437 ft)
With 88 floors and a height of 438 meters (1,437 ft), Wuhan Center Tower is the 12th tallest building in China. It is situated beside Mengze Lake in the Jianghan District of Wuhan. It is a mixed-use skyscraper consisting of office spaces, residential spaces, and a hotel.
#22. Guangzhou International Finance Center / Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou, China – 438.6 m (1,439 ft)
Guangzhou International Finance Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Tianhe District of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. With a height of 438.6 meters (1,439 ft), it is a 103 storey skyscraper which consists of a hotel named Four Seasons Hotel and a conference center. It is also used as an office building with floors 1 to 66 that are used as offices.
#21. KK100, Shenzhen, China – 441.8 m (1,449 ft)
– Located in the Luohu District of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, it is a mixed-use supernal skyscraper with a height of 441.8 meters (1,449 ft). As the name suggests, it has 100 floors with 74 floors are used as office space and the remaining 26 floors as a 6-star hotel.
– Formerly it was known as Kingkey 100 / Kingkey Finance Tower as the owner of the skyscraper is Shenzhen Kingkey Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.
– It is the second tallest building in Shenzhen, the 10th tallest building in China and 21st tallest building in the world.
– It also has a height-width ratio of 9.5:1, making it one of the slimmest buildings in China.