List of tallest buildings and structures in the world

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The world's tallest structure is the 828 m (2,717 ft) tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building gained the official title of "Tallest Building in the World" at its opening on 4 January 2010. It is taller than any other man-made structure ever built.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an organization that certifies buildings as the "World’s Tallest", recognizes a building only if at least fifty percent of its height is made up of floor plates containing habitable floor area.[1] Structures that do not meet this criterion, such as the CN Tower, are defined as "towers".

There are dozens of radio and television broadcasting towers which measure over 600 metres (about 2,000 ft) in height, and only the tallest are recorded in publicly available information sources.


Debate over definitions

When assessing the placings of structures, there is some debate about:

  • whether structures under construction should be included in the list
  • should a building or structure have to be officially opened before it is included on the list.
  • whether structures rising out of water should have their below-water height included.
  • what should be counted as a building or a tower, and what is being measured.
  • for towers, whether guy-wire-supported structures should be counted.

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