Contending for the tallest building crown

May 16, 2007

Oh boy. When I heard about the Chicago Spire being planned and how it’d be the tallest building in the U.S., I then looked up the tallest buildings in the world. I had to wade through a whole slew of different types of “tallest” buildings and structures. And even for inhabitable buildings, there are different rankings depending on whether they have antennas, spires, or other architectural details on top. But, in summary …

Top Three Tallest Buildings in the World (by architectural detail):

Taipei 101 buildingThese rankings include aesthetically-pleasing spires and other detail on top of these buildings, but not TV / radio / telephone antennas.

1. Taipei 101 – Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan) – 1,671 ft, 101 floors
2. Petronas Tower #1 (tie) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1,483 ft, 88 floors
2. Petronas Tower #2 (tie) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1,483 ft, 88 floors
4. Sears Tower – Chicago, USA – 1,451 ft, 108 floors

Within the United States, the Empire State Building is #9, at 1,250 ft and 102 floors. World Trade Center #1 and #2, if still standing today, would have been #6 and #7 (1,368 ft and 110 floors).

 

Top Three Tallest Buildings in the World (including antenna / pinnacle):

Skyscraper comparisonWhen including antennas and pinnacles, these rankings change:

1. Sears Tower – Chicago, USA – 1,729 ft
2. Taipei 101 – Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan) – 1,671 ft
3. John Hancock Center – Chicago, USA – 1,500 ft

The Petronas Towers fall to #4 (tie, 1,483 ft), and the Empire State Building is next at #6 (1,472 ft). Interestingly enough, World Trade Center #1, if still standing today, would have been #2 (1,724 ft).

 

Top Three Tallest Buildings under construction:

Burj Dubai buildingTwo of buildings currently under construction would be significantly higher than the tallest buildings standing today.

1. Burj Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – over 2,651 ft (final height is “secret”, might be over 3084 ft)
2. Freedom Tower – New York City, USA – 1,776 ft
3. Shanghai World Financial Center – Shanghai, China – 1,614 ft (note: this would not be as high as some of the highest buildings standing today)

The Chicago Spire building is still in the planning / approval stages. It would be 2,000 feet and 150 stories — or #2 in the world and #1 in the USA. Various other buildings and towers in the planning / design stage will be much higher, even higher than the Burj Dubai building.

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7 Responses to “Contending for the tallest building crown”

  1. Andy Says:

    Frank Lloyd Wright had plans for a mile high skyscraper. Somebody should resurrect those plans. see http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/atkinson/948/milehigh.html

    But glad to see my home town (well almost, I grew up in a suburb, Berwyn), which already is the most architecturally interesting city in the country continues in that tradition.

  2. T Says:

    ah tut tut tut. you forget about the CN tower in Toronto my friend.

  3. T Says:

    its 1815ft. tall, BTW.

    Canada FTW, as per usual

  4. Sean Says:

    hahaha damn, someone beat me to the cn tower. Go Canada!

  5. anman Says:

    The Sears tower lost when their highest floor was compared to the highest point of Taipei and Petronas. Sears has been the tallest all along.

    As for the CN tower, I could put a chair on top of the tallest radio antenna and technically beat it (if you throw out the free standing part).

  6. Jefferoni Says:

    I don’t see the CN Tower on this list! Standing at 1,820.9 ft


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