Saturday, 14 July 2012

Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World 2012

Top 10 worlds tallest buildings in 2012. Skyscrapers are becoming a toy game in the ever growing world. With the advancement in technology and equipment, the man kind in trying to reach the sky with the help of mere bricks.

In this post, you will see the list of top 10 world's tallest skyscrapers as of now.

10. Guangzhou International Finance Center


General information
TypeMixed use
LocationGuangzhou, China
Construction startedDecember 2005
Completed2010
Opening2010
CostGBP £ 280 million (project total)
Height
Architectural438.6 m (1,439 ft)
Roof437.5 m (1,435 ft)
Top floor415.1 m (1,362 ft)
Observatory415.1 m (1,362 ft)
Technical details
Floor count103 (4 basement floors)
Floor area250,095 m2 (2,692,000 sq ft)
Elevators71
Design and construction
ArchitectWilkinson Eyre
References

9. Kingkey 100




General information
StatusComplete
TypeHotel / Office
LocationShenzhen
China

Construction started2007
CompletedSeptember 2011
Opening2011
Height
Architectural441.8 metres (1,449 ft)
Top floor427.1 metres (1,401 ft)
Observatory427.1 metres (1,401 ft)
Technical details
Floor count100
Floor area220,000 square metres (2,368,060 sq ft)
Elevators66
Design and construction
OwnerKingkey Group
ArchitectTerry Farrell and Partners
Structural engineerArup

8. Willis Tower (Sears Tower )



Former namesSears Tower
Record height
Tallest in the world from 1973 to 1998
Preceded byOne World Trade Center(1971)
Surpassed byPetronas Twin Towers
General information
TypeOffice, observation, communication
Location233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States
Construction started1970
Completed1973
Height
Architectural442.1 m (1,450 ft)
Tip527 m (1,729 ft)
Top floor412.7 m (1,354 ft)
Technical details
Floor count108 (+3 basement floors)
Floor area416,000 m2 (4,477,800 sq ft)
Elevators104, with 16 double-decker elevators, made by Westinghouse, modernized by Schindler Group
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merrill (Fazlur Khan & Bruce Graham)

7. Zifeng Tower



General information
StatusComplete
TypeMixed use
LocationNanjing, China
Construction started2005
Completed2009
Opening18 December 2010
Height
Architectural450 m (1,480 ft)
Roof381 m (1,250 ft)
Top floor316.6 m (1,039 ft)
Observatory271.8 m (892 ft)
Technical details
Floor count66 (+5 basement floors)
Elevators54
Design and construction
ArchitectAdrian Smith at SOM
Structural engineerSkidmore, Owings and 

6. Petronas Tower



General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationJalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Groundbreaking1 January 1992
Construction started1 March 1993
Completed1 April 1994
Inaugurated1 August 1999
Renovated1 January 1997
CostUS$1.6 billion
Height
Architectural451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Roof378.6 m (1,242 ft)
Top floor375 m (1,230 ft)
Technical details
Floor count88 (+5 basement floors)
Floor area395,000 m2 (4,252,000 sq ft)
Elevators78
Design and construction
OwnerKLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd
ArchitectC├ęsar Pelli
DeveloperKLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Main contractorTower1: Hazama Corporation
Tower2: Samsung Engineering & Constructionand Kukdong Engineering & Construction
City Center: B.L. Harbert International

5. International Commerce Center



General information
StatusComplete
TypeHotel, observation, office, parking garage, retail
LocationHong Kong West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Construction started2002
Completed2010
Opening2010
Height
Architectural484.0 m (1,587.9 ft)
Top floor118
Observatory387.8 m (1,272.3 ft)
Technical details
Floor count108
Floor area274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)
Elevators
  • 30 passenger lifts
  • 14 shuttle lifts
  • 2 VIP lifts
Design and construction
ManagementKai Shing Management Services Limited
Architect
  • United States Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (design)
  • Belt Collins & Associates (landscape)
  • Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
DeveloperSun Hung Kai Properties
Structural engineerUnited Kingdom Arup
Main contractorSanfield Building Contractors Limited

4. Shanghai World Financial Center



General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice, hotel, museum, observation, parking garage, retail
Location100 Century Avenue, Pudong,Shanghai, China
Construction started1997
Completed2008
OpeningAugust 28, 2008
CostRMB ¥ 8.17 billion
(USD $ 1.20 billion)
Height
Architectural492.0 m (1,614.2 ft)
Tip494.3 m (1,621.7 ft)
Roof487.4 m (1,599.1 ft)
Top floor474.0 m (1,555.1 ft)
Observatory474 m (1,555.1 ft)
Technical details
Floor count101
Floor area381,600 m2 (4,107,500 sq ft)
Elevators91
Design and construction
OwnerShanghai World Financial Center Co., Ltd.
ArchitectKohn Pedersen Fox
DeveloperMori Building Co.
Structural engineerLeslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
Main contractorChina State Construction Engineering Corp and Shanghai Construction (Group) General Co.

3. Taipei 101



General information
TypeMixed use: communication, conference, fitness center, library, observation, office, restaurant, retail
LocationXinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

Construction started1999
Completed2004
OpeningDecember 31, 2004
CostNT$ 58 billion
(US$ 1.80 billion)
Height
Architectural509 m (1,669.9 ft)
Roof449.2 m (1,473.8 ft)
Top floor439 m (1,440.3 ft)
Observatory391.8 m (1,285.4 ft)
Technical details
Floor count101 (+5 basement floors)
Floor area193,400 m2 (2,081,700 sq ft)
Elevators61 Toshiba/KONE elevators, including double-deck shuttles and 2 high speed observatory elevators)
Design and construction
OwnerTaipei Financial Center Corporation
ManagementUrban Retail Properties Co.
ArchitectC.Y. Lee & partners
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Main contractorSamsung C&T

2. Abraj Al Bait Towers


General information
StatusTopped-out
TypeMixed use:
hotel, residential
LocationMecca, Saudi Arabia
Construction started2004
Opening2012
Height
Architectural601 m (1,972 ft)
Top floor558.7 m (1,833 ft)
Observatory558.7 m (1,833 ft)
Technical details
Floor count120 
Floor areaTower: 310,638 m2 (3,343,680 sq ft)
Development: 1,575,815 m2(16,961,930 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectDar Al-Handasah Architects
Main contractorSaudi Binladin Group

1. Burj Khalifa



Former namesBurj Dubai
General information
StatusComplete
TypeMixed-use
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction startedJanuary 2004
Completed2010
Opening4 January 2010
CostUSD $ 1.5 billion
Height
Architectural828 m (2,717 ft)
Tip829.84 m (2,723 ft)
Roof828 m (2,717 ft)
Top floor584.5 m (1,918 ft)
Observatory452.1 m (1,483 ft)
Technical details
Floor count163 floors
plus 46 maintenance levels in the spire and 2 parking levels in the basement
Floor area309,473 m2 (3,331,100 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectAdrian Smith at SOM
DeveloperEmaar Properties
Structural engineerBill Baker at SOM
Main contractorSamsung C&T, Besix and Arabtec
Supervision Consultant Engineer & Architect of Record Hyder Consulting
Construction Project ManagerTurner Construction
Grocon
Planning Bauer AG and Middle East Foundations
Lift contractor Otis
VT consultant Lerch Bates
Hope you enjoyed the list of world's currently tallest buildings. Thanks for viewing.
Source: Wiki