1. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Built in 2010 with 162 stories and reaching 2,717 feet, this is the tallest building in the world, at least until the new Kingdom Tower rises in Saudi Arabia. Burj Khalifa sits in downtown Dubai and boasts an observation deck, offices, apartments, and the Armani Hotel. This building also holds the records for tallest free-standing structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and tallest service elevator in the world.
2. Taipei 101 Tower in Taipei, Taiwan
It was built in 2004 and stands at 1,670 feet with 101 stories. This tower is the largest engineering project in the history of Taiwan. It’s an office building that’s home to many multinational businesses as well as the Taipei 101 Mall. The elevators in this building broke the Guinness Record for high-speed pressurized elevators in 2004. They travel at a speed of 1,010 meters per minute. and it only takes 37 seconds to make it from the floor one to floor 89.
3. Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China
This 1,614 foot tall building was built in 2008 and has 101 floors. Like many other record-holding buildings, the SWFC is home to many attractions. There are shops and restaurants in its lower levels, forums, offices, a media center, sky lobby, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, the Sky Arena and an observatory.
4. International Commerce Center in Hong Kong
Built in 2010, this monolith stands 1,5888 feet high. It has 108 floors and houses a Ritz-Carlton, an observation deck and several five-star restaurants. Key tenants include investment banks Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.
5. Petronas Towers 1 + 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Built in 1998, the towers have 88 floors and stand at 1,483 feet. Located in the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), the Petronas Towers are joined by a Skybridge that can be visited by buying a ticket (of course). The towers are owned by Petroliam Nasional Bhd, a Fortune 500 international oil and gas company.
6. Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, it was built in 1974, stands 1,450 feet tall, and boasts 110 stories. Willis Tower is the tallest building in North America and sits in the midst of Chicago’s famed West Loop. It’s a business building for the most part, with a conference center, fitness facility, skydeck, and world-famous broadcasting platform.