The 5 Tallest Buildings in the World

The age of the skyscraper began in the early 20th century, with the slender, steel-frame office towers that marked a revolution in structural engineering and permanently changed the skylines of New York, Chicago and other U.S. cities. A century later, oil wealth in the Middle East, along with the rapidly developing economies of Asia, sparked a new wave of ambitious construction projects—and a new world’s-tallest building appeared every few years.

Here are the tallest buildings in the world: