For more than 40 years, the Empire State Building in New York City held the title of the tallest building in the world. Buildings have come a long way since then.
All around the world, architects are planning skyscrapers that are even taller and more spectacular than the last. This infographic
from Alan’s Factory Outlet visualizes the tallest buildings on every continent as well as what makes them so unique.
The tallest building in Asia is the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai. At 2,715 feet tall, it’s not only the tallest building in Asia but also the tallest building in the world. It has held that title since its completion in 2010. The building boasts 57 elevators, 8 escalators, and 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor.
North America’s tallest building is One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the original World Trade Center that was destroyed during the September 11 attacks in New York City. Its height (1,776 feet) is a reference to the year that the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Of the five tallest buildings in Europe, all are located in Russia. The tallest is the Lakhta Center which stands 1,517 feet tall. In addition to being Europe’s tallest building, it is also the second-tallest twisted building and the northernmost skyscraper in the entire world.
The tallest building in Oceania is Queensland Tower One, or Q1 as it is more commonly known. Q1 is located in Gold Coast, Australia and is 1,058 feet tall. It was the tallest residential building in the world from 2005 to 2011 and remains the ninth-tallest residential tower in the world to this day.
South America’s tallest building is the Costanera Center Torre 2, which is better known as the Gran Torre Santiago. The building is 984 feet tall and located in Santiago, Chile. At the top of the 62-story building is an observation deck that offers sweeping 360° views of the city.
The Leonardo in Johannesburg, South Africa is Africa’s tallest building. In April 2019, it was topped out at its current height of 768 feet. The building has 55 floors and includes a variety of apartment units, shops, and restaurants.
Unsurprisingly, there are no skyscrapers in Antarctica, but there are many permanent structures there. The tallest buildings are the Long Duration Balloon Payload Preparation Buildings. At 49 feet tall, the buildings are located just outside Antarctica’s largest community, the McMurdo Station.