The current trend with buildings seems to be: the higher the better. Over the years, celestial skyscrapers have sprouted like mushrooms all over the world, dominating the skyline one at a time. But which ones stand tall above the rest? Here are the top five tallest buildings in the world.
- Burj Al Arab, Dubai. The renowned Burj Al Arab isn’t just the only seven-star hotel in the world; it’s also the tallest building. Lording over an artificial island at a height of 818 metres, it combines the comforts of home and opulence fit only for nobility. Here, the sky’s the only limit when it comes to luxury. Suites offer sumptuous views, and measure from 170 to 780 square metres. The most luxurious, Royal Suite, pampers guests from head to toe with its private elevator and cinema, rotating four-poster canopy bed, and marble bathrooms with spa bath. The world’s finest restaurants are within reach here—with just an elevator ride. And if guests feel the need to tour around, a chauffer-driven Rolls Royce will take them to their desired destination in style.
- Taipei 101, Taiwan. Before Burj Al Arab was constructed, this building reigned as the world’s tallest skyscraper at a height of 509.2 metres. Designed to withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors, the colossal structure is packed with “mega-columns,” which ensure the building’s stability. Although big companies mainly occupy Taipei 101, tourists can enjoy fine dining at the building’s tower 85 floors above the ground. Best 85-Diamond Tony’s offers exquisite European dishes, while the nearly 30-year-old Shinyeh 101 serves traditional Taiwanese cuisine and complimentary hot tea with peanut-flavoured millet candy. When the sun sets, the tower is a wonderful spectacle as it glows with a different rainbow colour each night.
- Shanghai World Financial Center, China. This skyscraper peers over Shanghai at 492 metres. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the building features 101 floors above ground, occupied by offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls.Get to the observatory at the 100th floor, and soak up the spectacular sights of downtown Shanghai and Huang Pu River 474 metres above the ground. Need a place to crash in for the night? Book a room at Park Hyatt Shanghai, which features walk-in dressing rooms, deluxe baths, and spa tubs. There’s a Water’s Edge, too, where guests can experience complete wellness with its traditional Chinese techniques and renewing botanicals.
- Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia. This imposing structure in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia soars into the sky at 452 metres. Considered a national icon, the towers are Malaysians’ source of pride because of their incredible height. The towers also show that Malaysians can accomplish a project of such a mammoth scale. On Malaysia holidays, Petronas Twin Towers are not only sights to behold, but a remarkable experience as well. Traditional performances and jazz concerts are staged at the symphonic concert hall, while incredible views are in store at the Skybridge.
- Sears Tower, Chicago, USA. Back in 1973, this was the tallest building in the world. Scraping the sky at a height of 442 metres (excluding the measure of its two antennas), it features a Skydeck, which offers the best Chicago views. A walk around the deck also allows tourists to see Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Inside, museum-quality exhibits unveil Chicago’s history with interactive presentations. Tourists can also browse through major Chicago landmarks via the multi-language interactive kiosks.