5 of the World’s Most Amazing Skyscrapers

People from all demographics take an interest in skyscrapers. You will never feel truly small until you stand at the ground level and look upward. The five most amazing skyscrapers in the world have height and incredible designs that leave people in awe.

5) Lotte World Tower, South Korea

The Lotte World Tower is a breathtaking structure in Shinchon-Dong, Songpa-Ku, Seoul, South Korea. The towering building gets its name from a neighboring recreational complete known as Lotte World, with the Lotte Group behind both designs.

The Lotte World Tower stands at 555 meters—1820 feet for those who refuse to use the metric system—which comprises 123 floors above ground and six floors below it. Like many skyscrapers, the Lotte World Tower serves multiple purposes.

Offices occupy the 14th to the 37th floor, while the 42nd through 71st floors are “officetels,” a mix of an office and hotel for those working long hours that need a place to sleep. Fortunately for travelers, the building added standard hotel rooms from the 76th to the 101st floors to get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful city.

4) Shanghai Tower, China

We know in the States that “everything’s bigger in Texas,” but worldwide, China is where they truly live up to that motto. Three majestic skyscrapers stand tall in Shanghai. Along with the Jin Mao Tower and Shangai World Financial Center is the Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest structure.

Shanghai Tower has 128 stories and stands at 632 meters, making it the third tallest building in the world. However, its structural height is 587 meters long, as the additional 45 meters consists of a parapet and doesn’t contain any floors.

3) Taipei 101, Taiwan

The odds are you have seen Taipei 101 on television during New Year’s Eve since the tower is a focal point of one of the most spectacular fireworks displays on the planet.

In 2004, the impressive skyscraper was the world’s tallest building at 508 meters. Nearly two decades later, it’s not even in the top ten. Nevertheless, it is still today’s largest energy-efficient “green” structure.

2) Burj Khalifa, UAE

Inspired by Chicago’s Willis tower, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai became the world’s tallest skyscraper in 2009. At a staggering 828 meters, you can go as high as the 163rd floor. Unless you’re Tom Cruise and want to do a stunt for a Mission Impossible movie, you can sit atop its highest point.

Within the 828 meters is a record for the highest glass façade and aluminum installation. Choosing aluminum over steel when building massive structures is more ideal because it’s lightweight and strong. Thus, the folks who worked on Burj Khalifa relied on Emirates Global Aluminum.

1) Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia

It may not be the tallest structure in the world, but the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia is the most picturesque building imaginable. With London’s Big Ben in mind, the 601-meter tower is on the podium of the world’s largest buildings. It took six years to complete the $15 billion project, but achieving the world’s largest floor area at 1,500,000 square meters was well worth the price.

With how fast modern architecture moves, there’s no knowing if something will supplant one of the five world’s most amazing skyscrapers. If building designers continue at this rate, Tom Cruise might be able to high-five a plane in the 67th installment of Mission Impossible.

Dianne Pajo
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Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.