Since the Ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids, building taller and more grand buildings has become common all around the world. Building these skyscrapers have many positives as they save space and serve as tourist destinations. With each of the buildings on this list being over 500 meters, construction of buildings is surely improving.
The fifth tallest building in the world is Lotte World Tower. Located in Seoul, South Korea, this skyscraper reaches a height of 555 meters and has 123 floors above ground and 6 floors underground. Just like many other skyscrapers, Lotte World Tower is used for a variety of different purposes. Office space, a luxurious hotel, civilian retail space, and an observation deck are some ways the Lotte World Tower is used. The 14th to 37th floors are used as offices, while the 42nd to 71st floors are used as “officetels”, which are a combination of offices and hotels. A luxury hotel operated by Signiel Seoul takes up the 76th to 101st floors. Ten floors on the uppermost levels are open to the public and used for entertainment and observation.
Located in Shenzhen, China, Ping An Finance Center is the fourth tallest building in the world. With a height of an amazing 599 meters and enough space for 118 floors, Ping An Finance Center is used as offices, hotels, and an observatory. Most of the Ping An Finance Center is occupied by the Ping An Insurance group. The hotel occupies 20 floors and it is operated by Hyatt Hotels. There is an observatory desk called Free Sky which is located on the 116th floor. Another observatory deck is being made on the 118th floor and when built, it will be the tallest observation deck in the world.
Abraj Al Bait, also known as Mekkah Royal Clock Hotel Tower, is the third tallest building in the world. The Mekkah Royal Clock Hotel Tower is located in the center of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and it is only 50 meters away from the Kaaba, which is a place of pilgrimage for Islamic believers. Considered a megatall skyscraper, the Central Tower stands at an astounding 601 meters and it has 120 floors. The Mekkah Royal Clock Tower is comprised of a shopping mall, an Islamic museum, civilian residences, prayer rooms, meeting rooms, and a four level garage capable of carrying 1000 vehicles.
The tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world is Shanghai Tower. Boasting a height of 632 meters and housing 133 floors, 5 of which are underground, the Shanghai Tower is truly an astonishing sight. Although the floors are used mostly for office space and hotels, there are also stores and observation decks. There is also a bookstore and it is the world’s tallest bookstore, located on the 52nd and 53rd floors. The parking lot is underground and it can hold 1800 vehicles. Shanghai Tower cost a total of 2.4 billion dollars and it was finished over seven years.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is located in Dubai. A total of 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa has held the title of Tallest Building in the World for 8 years and it is expected to keep its title for about three more years. Although it has 209 floors and it is 828 meters tall,Burj Khalifa is only occupied up to 584 meters or the 154 floor. There are three public observation decks, and the tallest one is the tallest in the world and is on the 148th level . Just like other skyscrapers, the Burj Khalifa is used for a variety of different purposes, like office space, an extravagant hotel, residential floors, restaurants, and observation decks. The design of the Burj Khalifa was inspired by the Hymenocallis, which is a local plant that lives in the desert.
From Lotte World Tower to Burj Khalifa, the construction of buildings is being pushed to its limits. Useful and practical for nations, these skyscrapers allow for more space, tourism, and national landmarks. It is very likely that these tall skyscrapers will become more common in the future.