5 tallest skyscrapers in the world (photo)

April 2, 2024  20:32

The first skyscraper in the modern sense of the word was built in 1885 in Chicago, USA: the building of the Home Insurance Society was 42 meters high and consisted of 10 floors. Today, many average buildings have this height, but real skyscrapers have become ten times higher.

NEWS.am Tech editors bring to your attention the five tallest completed skyscrapers in the world:

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (828 meters)

This building was completed back in 2010, but still remains a champion in height. The building is a complex mixed-use project with residential apartments, hotels, office space and observation decks offering breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai.

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Merdeka 118, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (678.9 meters)

Merdeka 118, the second tallest building in the world, was completed as recently as 2023. The word "merdeka" means "independence" - the building was named in honor of the independence of Malaysia. It is distinguished by a characteristic curved design that minimizes wind load. It consists of office space, a luxury hotel, observation decks and luxury retail stores.

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Shanghai Tower, China (632 meters)

The iconic Shanghai landmark has a unique spiral design that resembles a giant corkscrew. Completed in 2015, Shanghai Tower includes innovative features such as wind turbines built into the façade, which generate renewable energy for the building. There are office premises, hotels, observation decks and museums here.

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Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601 meters)

This mixed-use complex is part of the Abraj al-Bayt clock tower complex and includes a luxury hotel, Islamic pilgrimage sites and the world's largest clock face. Built in 2012, Makkah Royal Clock Tower is considered a prominent landmark of the holy city of Mecca.

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Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China (599 meters)

Rounding out our list is the Ping An Financial Center, a glitzy skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. Built in 2017, it has a distinctive curved design that optimizes wind resistance. The building houses office space for the Ping An Insurance Group and offers stunning views of the city skyline.

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