Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – At 1,100 feet tall, the Wilshire Grand Center, is now the tallest building in Los Angeles.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – The new skyscraper sits just slightly taller than the US Bank Tower -- a 1,018-foot tall building which was previously the city's tallest.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – Designed by architecture firm AC Martin Partners, the building will also be home to an open-air viewing deck on the 73rd floor that will provide 360 degree views of the city.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – However, the Wilshire Grand Center's acquisition of the tallest building title has received some criticism due to a 100-foot tall pointed spire at the tower's top providing a 80-foot advantage over its predecessor.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – According to the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a spire is considered an architectural element, and is therefore taken into account when measuring building height.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – "The unique roof adds significantly to the development of the Los Angeles skyline because not only is it the first skyscraper that doesn't have a flat roof design, but is also one of the first to utilize this lighting technology," says Lisa Gritzner, spokesperson for the Wilshire Grand Center.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – The building functions as two parts -- first as a hotel, and second as an office complex -- the hotel, under a partnership with the Intercontinental, is complete and open to public. Construction of the office space interiors, however, is still underway.
Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles – The building is owned by South Korean aviation giant, Korean Air, which will occupy two floors of office space in the building's commercial half.
Empire State Building, New York – Empire State Building is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in the United States. Standing 103 stories tall, the visitors can see 80 miles into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on a clear day.
MahaNakhon, Bangkok, Thailand – MahaNakhon, designed by German architect Ole Sheeren, is Thailand's tallest tower.
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE – Burj Khalifa, since it was completed in 2010, is currently world's tallest building. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, it stands 828 meters (2,717 feet) above ground with 163 floors.
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China – Shanghai World Finance Center, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Architects, is a 1,614.17 feet tall structure that houses high-end residents including the Park Hyatt Shanghai and offices for Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, and BNP Paribas.
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China – Standing at 2,074 feet (632 meters) tall, the Shanghai Tower is the world's second tallest building and Asia's tallest building, surpassing the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai's Pudong district.
Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan – Taipei 101, designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners, is the first skyscraper to break the half-kilometer mark. Its 660-tonne mass damper ball on the 92nd floor sways to offset the movement of the building to resist natural disasters including typhoons and earthquakes.
International Commerce Center, Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong's tallest building -- a 118-story skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, is home to the world's highest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Petronas Towers 1 and 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Finished in 1996 and inaugurated in 1999, the joint eighth highest completed skyscraper is the tallest twin towers in the world. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, the towers are symbolic of the widespread Islamic culture of Malaysia,
The Shard, London, UK – London's Shard was designed by Architect Renzo Piano. The 306m building replaces the 1970's Southwark Tower on Bridge Street.