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The title of World’s Tallest Building isn’t as easy to bestow as one might think. There are several factors to consider, and throughout the years there has been much debate about which are the most critical. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1969, is the world’s foremost authority on such decisions and has set forth several classifications. For our purposes here, we will be using their ranking of tallest buildings that have completed construction, and its height, which includes all architectural elements that add to the total design of the building.

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1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, holds the Number one spot on our list of the world’s tallest buildings. Standing 2,717 feet (828 meters), this architectural marvel is breathtaking to behold. Completed in 2010, this building is used for offices, residential space, and hotels. Engineering this giant led to the development of new construction techniques to address the high winds that would certainly affect its performance. As innovative as it is beautiful, Burj Khalifa provides a feasible model for future compact, livable urban areas.

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