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Man has always desired to reach the top, be it by building a gigantic ship like the Titanic, the huge airship or the tallest building in the world. Even in the Bible, we read about people in the city of Babylon, who decided to build a tower so high that it'd have its top in the heavens. They called it the ‘Tower of Babel’. It's been and still is man’s innermost desire to be above the others. This desire has resulted in the construction of skyscrapers rising hundreds of meters into the air, overlooking the thousands of ordinary brick-and-mortar buildings of the concrete jungle in the urban landscape.

Tallest Building in the World

During the first 90 years of this century, the title of the tallest building in the world(Worlds) The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC). Held annually during the winter.cus.org/members/debating/debating-terms was enjoyed by USA, who constructed several famous tall buildings. Chicago’s Sears Tower, completed in 1974, held this prestigious title for more than 20 years. However, in 1996, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur snatched away the title. But there were a lot of contentions with regards to which is the tallest, Sears or Petronas.

To put an end to the debate, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which is the official body who's the authority to determine which building deserves the title of the ‘tallest building in the world’, came up with four basic categories for measuring tall buildings. They make their decision based on four factors such as height to the architectural top of the building, height of highest occupied floor in the building, height to the top of the roof, height to the top of the antenna. Then give their verdict.

Which is the Tallest Building in the World Today?

The tallest building today is ‘Burj Khalifa’. Of Dubai, UAE. Standing at a fantastic height of 2716 feet or 828m, this building breaks the record of the previous record holder, Taiwan 101. Officially opened on Jan. 4, 2010, this record breaker was welcomed with a fabulous celebration of laser show and fireworks that seemed to be shooting from the building itself. The tower itself cost $150 billion to build.

This needle-shaped skyscrapers’. Construction began in 2004 and was known as Burj Dubai during its construction. However, with the economic downturn, Dubai found itself crumbling under the weight of its debts. Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s oil rich neighbor then helped bail the nation out by lending $10 billion (£6.13bn) to pay-off the debts. Thus, in gratitude for the warm, salvaging gesture, Dubai renamed the building Burj Khalifa, after Abu Dhabi’s leader, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan.

Besides being the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa also has the most stories and the highest occupied floor of any building in the world. It's been builtin a ‘Y’. Shape with three wings to keep the weight balanced. The building boasts of housing the world’s first Armani hotel on the bottom floors. It also comprises 900 Dubai residences, 37 floors of office space. A superb dining restaurant and observation deck on the 124th floor. People can ascend to the deck via the longest lift in the world, which takes only two minutes to travel 504 meters. Let’s now find out some more about the other tall buildings on this planet.

Which are Some of the Tallest Buildings in the World?

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Construction prices in Christchurch have risen 5 per cent this year but are still competitive for commercial building, according to a new report. Global construction analyst Rider Levett Bucknall's fourth quarter report for the Oceania region noted the momentum in plans for commercial building in the city. "Christchurch's non- residential market conditions remain relatively competitive with main contractors still looking to secure projects for the next 12 months and beyond," the report said. "Profitability in the construction sector is beginning to recover, but margins remain low. As the economy recovers, construction firms' profitability will improve on higher turnover, fattening margins and increased leverage.". Director Neil O'Donnell said a number of commercial projects in the medium (NZ$ 10 million to $50m) bracket were under way and expected to be finished in late 2014 or early 2015. Larger projects in the $50m plus bracket, plus major government work including Burwood Hospital, the Justice Precinct and government department offices, were also gearing up to start in the first quarter of 2014. The report also pointed to the upcoming Christchurch City Council early 2014 construction contract for the repair of the Christchurch Town Hall, to be closely followed by the Metro Sports, Bus Interchange and the Convention Centre anchor projects. "Combined with large private developments, we estimate that there could be in excess of $3 billion worth of non-residential construction work over the next four to five years," it said. O'Donnell said the volume or work would create "challenges" in the local market, especially supply of materials, staff and sub- contractors. The report said that nationally, the Canterbury rebuild, the heated Auckland housing market, and rising business and household spending were also boosted the economy. Led by the rebuild, non- residential construction across the country was "coming out of hibernation". Auckland had few major commercial projects under way but some in the design stage, while Wellington had major roading projects in progress and planned, including the Basin Reserve tunnel, Transmission Gully, and the Kapiti Expressway. Rider Levett Bucknall forecast annual growth in construction costs, by the end of this year, of 1 per cent in Auckland, 5.1 per cent in Christchurch and 2 per cent...

Building Name City and Country Year of Completion Height (feet) Floors
Burj Khalifa Dubai, The United Arab Emirates 2010 2,716 160
Taipei 101 Taipei, Taiwan 2004 1,667 101
World Financial Center Shanghai, China 2008 1,614 101
Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998 1,483 88
Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998 1,483 88
Greenland Financial Center Nanjing, China 2009 1,476 66
Sears Tower Chicago, United States 1974 1451 108
Guangzhou West Tower Guangzhou, China 2009 1,435 103
Jin Mao Building Shanghai, China 1999 1,381 88
Two International Finance Center Hong Kong2003 1,362 88

Potential Ten Tallest Buildings in the World by 2015

Building Name City and Country Year of Completion Height (meters) Floors
Burj Khalifa Dubai, The United Arab Emirates 2010 828 160
Pingan International Finance Center Shenzhen, China 2015 (Under Construction) 646 115
Light Tower Seoul, South Korea 2015 (Under Construction) 640.1 133
Shanghai Tower Shanghai, China 2015 (Under Construction) 632 128
Abraj Al Bait Towers Mecca, Saudi Arabia2011 (Under Construction) 591 85
Lotte World Premium Tower Seoul, South Korea 2014 (Under Construction) 554.7 123
One World Trade Center New York City, United States 2013 (Under Construction) 541.3 108
Hyundai Global Business Center Seoul, South Korea 2014 (Under Construction) 539.8 110
Pentominium Dubai, The United Arab Emirates 2014 (Under Construction) 516 122
Burj Al Alam Dubai, The United Arab Emirates 2015 (On Hold) 510 108

After having a look at the prospective tallest buildings coming up by the year 2015, we find that Burj Khalifa of Dubai will continue to reign as the tallest building in the world!

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December 17th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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