The highest swimming pools in the southern hemisphere was recently revealed at Melbourne’s tallest tower.
The ‘twinfinity pools’ sit at 212m high at the Australia 108 apartment building – but how does the building itself measure up to the tallest structures in the world?
Australia 108 is 319m tall and became Melbourne’s tallest tower in June last year, following half a decade under construction.
The only bigger building in Australia is Q1 on the Gold Coast, thanks to its external architectural spire which brings it to 322m.
For almost half a century, New York City held the title for the world’s tallest building. Between 1931 and 1972, the iconic Empire State Building remained the highest — standing at 443m tall.
But in the last 50 years, China is slowly overtaking the world with massive high-rise property developments that house financial institutions, retail and residences.
In many instances, ghost cities in China are on the rise, with many developed buildings remaining vacant.
In the past 10 years alone, China has amassed more than 300 new skyscrapers. Of those, 5 out of 10 make up the tallest building structures in the world.
But the country has yet to claim the No. 1 spot. That title goes to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which soars a whopping 828m.
Overall, for the first time in three decades, high- and mid-rise apartments are overshadowing low-rise buildings too.
Scroll through to see all top 10 tallest buildings around the globe.
10. Taipei 101
At 508m tall, Taipei 101 — formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center in Taiwan — ranks No. 10 out of the tallest buildings in the world.
Built in 2004, it was considered the globe’s tallest building until 2009, when Burj Khalifa in Dubai was built.
9. CITIC Tower
CITIC Tower stands at 528m tall and is the ninth-highest building in the world. It is located in Beijing and was built in 2018. The 109-story building — also known as China Zun — is the tallest in the Chinese city.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
The Tienjin CTF Finance Center is 530m high, located in Tianjin, China. Construction began in 2013 and ended in 2019. The building houses a hotel, serviced apartments and offices.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
Built at 531m, the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre currently stands as the seventh-tallest building around the globe. Located in Guangzhou, China, the structure was built in 2016. It has 111 above-ground floors and five below-ground floors. It houses a shopping mall, offices, apartments and a hotel.
6. One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center, located in the Big Apple, stands at 542m tall. It is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex.
It remains the tallest structure in the United States, and the sixth-tallest around the world. The building was completed in 2014 and mostly houses work offices.
5. Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower is located in Seoul, South Korea, and was built in 2017. At 555m tall, the tower is the fifth-largest structure in the world.
It is composed of 123 floors and took a total of 13 years of planning and site preparation, and is now open to the public 24 hours a day.
In 2016, a Russian and Ukrainian urban explorer Vitaliy Raskalov free-climbed on the tower’s top, and video of the escapade has been viewed more than 4.6 million times and received worldwide media attention.
4. Ping An Finance Center
The Ping An Finance is the fourth-tallest building in the world. Constructed in Shenzhen, China, in 2017, it stands at 599m tall with 115 floors. The building contains offices, hotel and retail spaces, a conference centre and a high-end shopping mall.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, stands at 601m tall and is currently known as the third-largest building in the world.
Built in 2012, it is government-owned and cost nearly US$15 billion to build. It is part of seven surrounding skyscraper hotels.
2. Shanghai Tower
China’s Shanghai Tower stands at a whopping 632m tall. Built in 2015, this structure is the second-largest building in the world and composed of 128 floors.
Its elevators run at 20.5 metres per second. The structure houses offices, retail and leisure activities.
1. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has remained the tallest building in the world for the past decade.
Completed in 2010, the structure stands at a massive 828m high. Construction initially began in 2004, and the building has a total of 163 floors.
Parts of this article first appeared in The Post and were republished with permission
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