​The Tallest Structures In The World

Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Population increase, economic development, and limited land for expansion are only some of the factors that necessitate the construction of vertical buildings that occupy less surface area. Across North America, Europe, and Asia, vertical buildings are the suitable choice for real estate developers. However, buildings are not the only structures that are designed to be tall, towers and transmission masts are also included. The following are the tallest artificial structures in the world.

Four Tallest Structures

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest artificial structure. The building is located in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The Burj Khalifa stands 2,722 feet above ground level. The construction of the building began in 2004 and ended in 2010. The Burj Khalifa signifies the diversity of the UAE and puts the country on the global map outside its production of oil. The building is primarily made of steel, aluminum, glass, and reinforced concrete. There are 163 floors above the ground of which 154 are usable while nine are used for maintenance purposes.

Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Skytree is an observation, restaurant, and broadcasting tower in Tokyo, Japan. The tower became Japan’s tallest structure in 2010 and the tallest tower in the world in 2011 after reaching 2,080 feet. After completion, the tower displaced the Canton Tower and became the second tallest artificial structure after the Burj Khalifa. The tower primarily acts as a digital terrestrial television mast for the Kantō region. Due to Japan susceptibility to earthquakes, the tower has been reinforced by the inclusion of a central shaft made of concrete and tower frames with oil dampers that absorb the impacts of the shocks.

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa and the third tallest structure with a height of 2,073 feet, making it seven feet shorter than the Tokyo Skytree. The building in Pudong, Shanghai is the highest observation deck in the world. The tower also holds the record for the fastest elevators that can move at speeds of 46 mph. The construction of the building began in 2008 and ended in 2014.


The KVLY-TV Mast is the fourth tallest structure and the tallest guyed steel lattice mast in the world with a height of 2,063 feet. The transmission mast located in Blanchard, North Dakota is used by the KVLY-TV channel 11. After its completion in 1963, it became the tallest structure in the world until 1974 when the construction of the Warsaw radio mast was complete. In 1991, the radio mast in Warsaw collapsed and The KVLY-TV Mast regained the title. The transmission mast remains the tallest structure in North America and the Western Hemisphere.

Warsaw Radio Mast

The Warsaw Radio Mast was the tallest structure in the world after it was erected in 1974. The Warsaw Radio Mast stood at an impressive 2,120.7 feet, surpassing the KVLY-TV Mast as the tallest structure. However, the radio mast collapsed in 1991. It remains the second tallest structure ever constructed after the Burj Khalifa.

​The Tallest Structures In The World

RankStructureHeight (metres)
1Burj Khalifa828.1
2Tokyo Skytree634
3KVLY-TV mast628.8
4Abraj Al Bait Towers601
5One World Trade Center541
6Large masts of INS Kattabomman471
7Lualualei VLF transmitter458
8Petronas Twin Towers452
9432 Park Avenue425.5
10Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station419.7
11Dimona Radar Facility400
12Kiev TV Tower385
13Zhoushan Island Overhead Powerline Tie370
14Gerbrandy Tower366.8
15TV Tower Vinnytsia354
16Millau Viaduct342
17Amazon Tall Tower Observatory325
18Lakihegy Tower314
19Jinping-I Dam305
204 World Trade Center288
21Main building of Moscow State University240
22Hausbay Nordex N131/3300 Wind Turbine229.5
237 World Trade Center226
24Hassan II Mosque210
25Kalisindh Thermal Power Station202
26Gateway Arch192
27Main tower of Kuwait Towers187
28ATLAS-I at Kirtland Air Force Base180
29Anaconda Smelter Stack178.3
30Olympic Stadium175
31San Jacinto Monument173.7
32Jeddah Flagpole171
33High Roller167.6
34Mole Antonelliana167
35Philadelphia City Hall167
36Ulmer Münster162
37Vehicle Assembly Building160
38Dome of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro158
39Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos152.4
40Arecibo Telescope150
41Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 Control Tower141.3

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