Building the tallest building in the world has long been a competition amongst countries. Engineers, scientists and builders have created new technologies that have allowed most countries to build tall structures, buildings and towers for housing populations and beating records. Whatever be the reason, humans often find inspiration in tall buildings in every continent. Here are 10 of the tallest on the planet in 2020.
1) Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa, also called Khalifa Tower, or Burj Dubai is a skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Burj Khalifa stands at a height of 829.8 meters or 2,722 feet, also has a roof height of 244 meter, excluding antenna. This building has been recognized as the “tallest building in the world” since 2009.
2) Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower located in Sumida, Tokyo. The structure became known as the tallest structure in Japan in 2010. It reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the 2nd tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa.
3) KVLY-TV mast
The KVLY-TV mast, also commonly called the KTHI-TV mast is a 2,063 foot (629 meters) tall television-transmitting mast in Blanchard, Traill County, North Dakota, United States. The KVLY-TV mast is used by Fargo station KVLY-TV channel 11.
4) Lualualei VLF transmitter
The VLF transmitter Lualualei is a facility located near Lualualei, Hawaii, in the United States Navy. The tower is used for transmitting orders to submerged submarines in the very low frequency (VLF) range. It is ranked as the 4th tallest building in the world.
5) Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers, also called the Petronas Twin Towers, are twin skyscrapers, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The building has a height of 452 meters (1,482 feet). The tower has 88 floors made of reinforced concrete, steel and glass.
6) Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station
The GRES-2 Power Station, also called Power Station Ekibastuz is a coal powered power generating station located in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. The building has the world’s tallest flue gas stack measuring at 419.7 metres or 1,377 feet. The building has an installed capacity of 1,000 MWe.
7) Dimona Radar Facility
The Dimona Radar is a set of two 400 meters (1,300 feet) tall radar towers, located in Dimona, Israel. The towers use AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, to track ballistic missiles through space. It is also used to navigate ground-based missiles with the targeting data needed to intercept them. It is the 7th tallest building in the world in 2020.
8) Kiev TV Tower
The Kiev TV Tower, is a 385 meter high, 1,263 feet, lattice steel tower located in Kiev, Ukraine. The structure is used for radio and television broadcasting. This tallest free standing lattice steel construction in the world in Oranzhereina Street is not often open to the public.
9) Zhoushan Island Overhead Powerline Tie
The Zhoushan Island Overhead Powerline Tie is a power line located in the Chinese mainland. The tower uses 220 kV 3-phase AC interconnection of the power grid of Zhoushan Island. It is the 9th tallest structure in the world.
10) Gerbrandy Tower
The Gerbrandy Tower is a tower structure located in IJsselstein, in the Netherlands. The Gerbandy Tower was built in 1961. The Gerbrandy Tower is used mostly for directional radio services and for FM–radio and TV–broadcasting purposes. It is the 10th tallest building in the world.