Published On: Mar 22 2012 11:13:22 AM CDTUpdated On: Sep 03 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
In honor of National Skyscraper Day on Thursday, take a look at which buildings are the tallest in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower in the United Arab Emirates, is the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet tall.
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the world's second tallest building at a height of 1,972 feet. Part of a complex known as Abraj Al-Bait Towers, the central hotel building can also lay claim to the world's largest clock face.
The 104-story One World Trade Center stretches 1,776 feet into the Manhattan skyline, including its spire, making it the third tallest building in the world.
A massive 60-foot spire makes Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan the fourth tallest building in the world at 1,667 feet.
A trapezoid-shaped opening near the top reduces wind pressure on the world's fifth tallest tower, the 101-story (1,614 feet tall) Shanghai World Financial Center in China.
The International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, Hong Kong, comes in at No. 6, at a height of 1,588 feet and 108 stories.
Tall spires atop the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, make each of the towers tied with its twin as the seventh tallest in the world at 1,483 feet. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.
China's Zifeng Tower, which opened in 2010, comes in as the ninth tallest in the world, rising to a height of 1,476 feet.
The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, was the tallest building in the world when it opened in 1974 and retained that title until the Petronas Towers opened in 1998. Today, it's the 10th tallest in the world and the second tallest in North America at 108 stories and 1,451 feet.
The KK100 in Shenzhen, China, comes in as the 11th tallest building in the world at 1,449 feet and 100 stories.
The Guangzhou International Finance Center, located in Guangzhou, China, is the world's 12th tallest building, coming in at 1,439 feet and 103 stories.
America's current third tallest building is located just blocks away from its second tallest. The Trump International Hotel and Tower, which opened in Chicago in 2009, rises to a height of 1,389 feet and 98 stories, making it the world's 13th tallest building.
The Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China, reflects traditional Chinese architecture and reaches 1,380 feet, good for 14th tallest in the world. It stands near the Shanghai World Financial Center, the fifth tallest building in the world, and the Shanghai Tower, a 121-story building set to become the world's second tallest at 2,073 feet when it's completed.
The Princess Tower (third from left) in Dubai's Marina district, reaches a height of 1,356 feet, good for 15th tallest in the world.
As already listed, the three tallest buildings in America are One World Trade Center, Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Coming in at fourth tallest in the U.S. is the Empire State Building, which despite its high standing at home, ranks only 22nd tallest worldwide at 1,250 feet tall and and 102 floors. When it was constructed in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world, a distinction it held until the topping out of the original World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970.
The Empire State Building will eventually drop a spot to fifth tallest in the U.S. when 432 Park Avenue, a supertall residential building in Manhattan, opens in the fall of 2015. The building tops out at 1,397 feet, which will make it the third tallest in the U.S.
But 432 Park Avenue isn't the only under construction building slated to join the ranks of the world's tallest. As previously mentioned, Shanghai Tower in China will claim the title of world's second tallest building behind only the Burj Khalifa when it opens at 2,073 feet later this year.
The CTF Finance Centre will also eventually edge its way into the top five tallest buildings when it opens in 2016 alongside the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China. The building's final height will be 1,740 feet with 111 floors.
For more information, including the full list of 100 tallest buildings in the world, visit the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's database at Skyscrapercenter.com.