World's Tallest Buildings Quiz
This is the tallest building in a nation's capital
- The Lotte World Tower in Seoul is the largest building in Korea and the largest in a nation's capital; much like how a nation's capital is often not its largest city, the capital buildings are not the largest buildings.
This is the tallest building with a clock face
- This clocktower overlooks the center of Mecca, where it is meant to convenience the city's many pilgrims. The tower was the world's most expensive building, and provoked controversy when a historic Ottoman fortress was demolished to clear ground.
This is the tallest twisted building
- The Shanghai Tower may have a twisting design, but it's remarkably traversable. It has a unique elevator system to facilitate easy travel throughout the tower; all the better to reach its observation deck, which is the highest in the world.
This was the world's tallest building until 1971
- The Empire State Building was completed within a year of two previous tallest buildings, 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building. Unlike its erstwhile competitors, the Empire State Building held the title for four decades, and became a global icon.
This was the world's tallest building for just a few months
- 40 Wall Street was the tallest building in New York and looked to stay that way... until the Chrysler Building unveiled its spire, which had been constructed in secret.
This was the world's tallest building until 2010
- Taipei 101 didn't just set height records. It also set records for its lightning quick elevators, which can go nearly 40mph. It is also the tallest certified green building in the world, and it has many innovations to keep it secure during earthquakes.
This was the building was the world's tallest until 1998
- Willis Tower is probably better known by its old name, Sears Tower. Sears Tower marked the first time America's tallest building was outside of New York.
This is the tallest building in the United States
- The original World Trade Center was briefly the tallest building (or buildings) in the world. This new tower, constructed after the towers' destruction, is currently the largest building outside of Asia.
This was the first building to exceed 1,000 feet
- The Chrysler Building was in a fierce competition with the Manhattan Bank Trust Building to be the tallest building in the world. Both of them would be shortly supplanted by the Empire State Building.
This is the world's tallest building by a wide margin
- The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world by every metric. This skyscraper in Dubai is a marvel of engineering, with many innovations to keep it operating efficiently.