Posted on 01 April 2009.
This is the updated list of top 10 skyscrapers in the world but does not include those that are still undergoing construction.
1. Taipei 101
This engineering wonder was officially opened to the public on the 31st of December 2004. This building is officially the world’s tallest building with its pinnacle reaching the height of 508 meters. The building contains 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its postmodern style combines Asian and international modern and traditional elements.
2. Shanghai World Financial Center
This superstructure was designed to be the tallest building expecting to surpass the spires of Petronas Towers once construction is completed. Because of suspension of construction, the Taiwan Taipei 101 surpassed its height and construction was already underway when it resumed construction in 2003. With the foundations already done, the building could not be built more than its present height of 492 meters.
3. Petronas Towers
This 452-meter Malaysian edifice has been the tallest building for seven years until 2003 when TAIPEI 101 was finally inaugurated. It is one of the most recognized and popular building worldwide due to its unique spires. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion.
4. Sears Tower
This engineering masterpiece, with its soaring 442.30 meters height and 108-story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois held the title of world’s tallest building from 1973 to 1996 when the Petronas Towers finally surpassed it. The Sears Tower remains the tallest building in the Americas and retains the world record when measuring from sidewalk level of the main entrance to the top of the antenna.
5. Jin Mao Tower
This is an 88-storey landmark supertall skyscraper in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. This is currently the PRC’s tallest building and a strong proof of the preeminent position of the country as one of the major economic giant of today. It occupies the 5th spot with a height of 420.50 meters. It was built at an estimated cost of 530 million US dollars.