As of this writing, just two buildings (with “building” meaning a structure built to be habitable) in the world stand taller than 2,000 feet high. In April 2013, construction began on a building that will top out at some 3,307 feet sometime around 2020. That’s nearly twice as tall as One World Trade Center, North America’s tallest skyscraper.
Countries all over the world—especially in Asia—are building upward. The current highest skyscraper clocks in at a lofty 2,717 feet tall. That’s over half a mile in the sky. The United States, though, has none of the skyscrapers in the top five, and only Chicago and New York City represent America in this list of 21. China makes a big showing, with Shanghai and Hong Kong in particular boasting steep skylines, and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, stands tall as well. Here, the 21 tallest buildings in the world, in stunning photographs.
Chris Abell is an editorial producer at Travel+Leisure. You can follow him on Instagram at @buildingflavors.