In the ancient times, huge monuments and massive structures used to be the symbols of greatness. The kings and rulers used massive labor power to construct big and eternal tombs. The pyramids of Giza and the mausoleums are the best examples of the ancient buildings. With the passage of time, the scenario changed and the humans started investing their efforts in the construction of high buildings and now in this time of prototype technologies and tools, the countries are focusing towards the factor of height.
The leading countries of the world still are of the view that tall buildings symbolize greatness. There are many buildings in the world whose heights go beyond several hundred meters, but symbolizing greatness is not only their primary motive. There are also a number of economic motives pertinent in the construction of such buildings. The Chinese, Arabs and the Americans are the leading nations in this regard. Below is the list of the top 10 tallest buildings of the world 2012.
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10. International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong)
This centre is located in Hong Kong and is yet another panorama wonder of the world. The height of this building is 484 meters which when converted to feet is about 1588 feet. The construction process of the structure was completed 2010. This building is like a financial hub in the world wide trade and commerce. The building has 118 well designed floors.
9. Shanghai World Financial Centre (China)
This building is the tallest building of the People’s Republic of China and the fifth tallest building of the world. The height of this building is 492 meters (1614 feet). The building has 101 floors and the construction of this building was completed in 2008. This building is the greatest symbol of Chinese pride. There is no doubt in saying that China is the only country in the world with 4 of the tallest buildings. In terms of design and style, these buildings have also left behind many of the world’s stylish buildings.
8. Taipei 101 (Taiwan)
This building is located in Taiwan in the city of Taipei. The construction of this building was completed in the year 2004 after many years of hard work done by engineers from all around the world. The height of this building is 508 meters. The building has 101 well designed and engineered floors. This building used to be the tallest building of the world when it was opened in 2004, but in 2010 it was replaced by another building.
7. Willis Tower (USA)
This tower is located in the United States of America in the city of Chicago. The building has 108 floors and has a height of about 443 meters. It was built in the year 1973 and since then is standing firm and strong.
6. Ostankino Tower (Russia)
This tower was built in the year 1967 and is currently the sixth tallest free standing structure of the world. The height of this tower is about 540.1 meters (1772 feet). This tower is used for transmission and as an observatory. It is located in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. It used to be the tallest free standing structure from 1967-1975.
5. CN Tower (Canada)
This tower is located in Toronto, Canada. The height of this tower is about 553 meters (1815 feet). It is used as a restaurant, transmission tower and as an observatory. It used to be the tallest free standing structure of the world when it was constructed in 1976.
4. Canton Tower (China)
This tower is located in the China in the city of Guangzhou. The height of this tower is about 600 meters (1968 feet). Currently it is the 4th tallest free standing structure of the world. The functional usage of this tower is the same as the Tokyo Sky Tree which is the 2nd tallest free standing structure in the world. the construction process of this tower was completed in 2010.
3. Tower of Abraj Al Bait (Saudi Arabia)
Height of this skyscraper like structure is 601 meters (2080 feet). The main usage of this tower is as a clock tower, observatory, shopping mall as well as a hotel. It is present in Saudi Arab in the city of Mecca. This tower is regarded as the tallest hotel in the world.
2. Tokyo Sky Tree
The Tokyo sky tree is the second largest structure in the world. It is a broadcasting centre as well as a restaurant. The entire structure has a number of observatories as well. In 2010, it was declared as the tallest structure in the land of the rising sun, Japan. Its height is about 634 m which when converted to feet is about 2080 feet.
1.Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
The building which proudly holds the number one spot from more than 2 years is Burj Khalifa. It is located in Dubai on the soil of UAE. The height of this building is 828 meters (2717 feet). This building has 163 luxurious floors primarily because of the fact that this building is a hotel too. The construction work of this building was completed in the year 2010 and in that year it dethroned the Taipei 101 as the tallest building of the world.