Some cities have dreams of greatness. Endless skyscrapers that defy the laws of gravity to reach the stars…
mankind has always sought to get a little closer to the sky. In the field of high-rise construction, records are often short-lived, while new projects dethrone old ones.
If you too wish to have your head in the clouds, we invite you to discover the 10 tallest towers in the world (at least, for the moment)!
10. Pearl of the North (Chine)
565 m / 111 floors
Under construction since 2014 (with completion scheduled for 2020), this complex combines two towers of different heights and five luxury residential buildings, rising above a vast shopping centre. The architecture is both simple and emblematic, featuring a giant “pearl” 50 m in diameter at the top of the building.
9. Goldin Finance 117 (Chine)
597 m / 128 floors
The official opening of this building, which has been under construction for ten years – the project having accumulated many delays – is scheduled for this year. The skyscraper stands out for its distinctive top, reminiscent of a huge diamond.
8. Makkah Royal Clock Tower (Arabie saoudite)
601 m / 120 floors
This complex of seven skyscrapers has a 601-metre high tower, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, which also houses a hotel. The complex can accommodate approximately 100,000 people.
A five-star hotel under the Fairmont banner, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is part of a megacomplex of seven high-rise buildings located a stone’s throw from the world’s largest mosque.
7. Tour Shanghai (Chine)
632 m / 128 floors
Located in Shanghai’s Pudong financial district, this skyscraper is 632 metres high and has 128 floors housing offices and a hotel. Its elevator is also one of the fastest in the world with a speed of 20.6 meters per second.
6. Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japon
634 m / 130 floors
Built in 2012, this broadcasting tower in the Sumida district in the northeast of the Japanese capital is 634 metres high. It is open to the public and has a 360-degree observatory with a breathtaking view of the city.
5. Wuhan Greenland Center (Chine)
636 m / 125 floors
Work on this building has been suspended since August 2017, after reaching the 96th floor. The project must be modified to comply with aeronautical regulations limiting its height. This energy-efficient tower is the result of an architectural competition organized by Greenland Group, a listed Chinese real estate developer.
4. Ping An Finance Center (Chine)
660 m/ 115 floors
Located in the business district of Shenzhen City, the headquarters of Ping An Insurance includes offices, a hotel, shops, a conference centre and a luxury shopping centre. The tower features the world’s tallest open observation deck, which is tied with the Shanghai Tower.
3. Suzhou Zhongnan Center (Chine)
729 m / 137 floors
On the shores of Lake Jinji, this spectacular skyscraper completely dominates the skyline of the fast-growing city of Suzhou. In addition to a hotel, residential units and offices, the centre will offer compact spaces suitable for micro-businesses of one to four people.
2. Burj Khalifa (Émirats arabes unis)
828 m / 163 floors
Designed in 2010 by architect J. Eduardo Segundo Hernandez, this impressive tower is 828 meters high and has 163 floors of apartments, offices and a luxury hotel. Its Y-shaped base optimizes the number of condominiums and hotel rooms.
1. Jeddah Tower (Arabie saoudite)
1001 m / 167 floors
Formerly known as the Kingdom Tower, this tower was entirely financed by Prince Al-Walid ben Talal ben Abdelaziz Al Saud – the 20th richest man in the world – at a cost of US$1.2 billion. If delivered as scheduled in January 2020, this building will become the first in history to surpass one kilometer in height and dethrone the Burj Khalifa as the tallest tower in the world.