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Eleven Tallest Freestanding Structures in the World

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1. Burj Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Height: 2,684 feet

This is currently the tallest building in the world, being built in 2009. It is still under construction. It is a skyscraper that functions as an office, hotel and residential center.

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2. Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower

Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Height: 2,001 feet

This building was topped off in 2009, and is still under construction. It is a concrete tower that functions as an observation deck, as well as for UHF/VHF transmission.

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3. CN Tower

Toronto, Canada

Height: 1,815 feet

This is the tallest structure in the Western world. It is a concrete tower that functions as an observation deck, as well as for UHF/VHF transmission.

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4. Ostankino Tower

Height: 1,772 feet

Moscow, Russia

This is the tallest freestanding structure of Europe. It is a concrete tower that functions as an observation deck, as well as for UHF/VHF transmission.

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5. Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Height: 1,727 feet

This is the tallest freestanding structure in the United States, and was the tallest skyscraper in the world until 1998. It functions as an office, as well as for observation and UHF/VHF transmission.

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6. Taipei 101

Height: 1,671 feet

Taipei, Taiwan

This was the tallest skyscraper of the world until 2009. It serves as an office, as well as for observation and UHF/VHF transmission.

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7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Height: 1,614 feet

Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

This is the tallest building in China, and holds the world’s tallest observation deck. It is a skyscraper that holds offices, hotels and residential homes.

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8. International Commerce Center

Height: 1,590 feet

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This skyscraper is to serve as an office building, and is still under construction.

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9. Oriental Pearl Tower

Height: 1,535 feet

Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

This was the tallest structure in China until 2007. It is a concrete tower that is for observation and UHF/VHF transmission.

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10. John Hancock Center

Height: 1,500 feet

Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

This was the world’s tallest mix-use building until 2008. It is a skyscraper that functions for offices, residential spaces and UHF/VHF transmission.

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11. Petronas Towers 1,2

Height: 1,483 feet each

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

These are the tallest twin towers in the world. They are skyscrapers that serve for office and observation purposes.

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3 thoughts on “Eleven Tallest Freestanding Structures in the World

  1. I’m fairly sure that you meant “Taipei, Taiwan”, or “Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan)”.
    Seriously.

  2. If the Sears Tower is “the tallest skyscraper in the world until 1998” at 1727 feet how can the Taipei 101 tower be “the tallest skyscraper of the world until 2009” when it’s only 1671 feet? The Sears (Willis) tower is still standing and taller so it would technically still be the tallest in the world had it not been dethroned in 1998.

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