Skycrapers, TV towers, and observation towers are among the most emergent objects of human engineering. If you want to look around as far as possible without climbing a mountain or getting on a plane, you just have to buy a ticket to the observation deck of the nearest supertall structure.


Here are the views from the top floors of some of the tallest buildings in the world. Chances are, you can see your house from here.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 828 m.

Photo: Tom Olliver

Tokyo by night from the Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo, Japan. 634 m.

Photo: Dell's Pics

The crescent located at the top of Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower). Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 601 m.

Photo: Wurzelgnohm/Wikimedia Commons

The Canton Tower. Guangzhou, China. 600 m.

Photo: Trevor Patt

The CN Tower. Toronto, Canada. 553.3 m.

Photo: Doc Searls

One World Observatory, on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center. New York City, United States. 541 m.

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Ostankino TV Tower. Moscow, Russia. 540.1 m.

Photo: Andy M.

Taipei 101. Taipei, Taiwan. 509 m.

Photo: Matthew Wu

Panorama of Shanghai and the Huangpu River from the top floor of Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai, China. 492 m.

Photo: Feng Li/Getty Images

The International Commerce Centre. Hong Kong, China. 484 m.

Photo: Vanishaaron

The Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai, China. 468 m.

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo

The John Hancock Center. Chicago, United States. 457.2 m

Photo: Allen McGregor

The Petronas Towers. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 452 m.

Photo: Albert Freeman

The Zifeng Tower. Nanjing, China. 450 m.

Photo: Sharon Hahn Darlin

The Empire State Building. New York City, United States. 449 m.

Photo: Alex Faundez

The Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the background from atop the Willis Tower (formerly named and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower) Skydeck. Chicago, United States. 442 m.

Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The Kingkey 100. Shenzhen, China. 442 m.

Photo: Trevor Patt

The Milad Tower. Tehran, Iran. 435 m.

Photo: Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons

A Blade Runner-ish scene from the Jin Mao tower. Shanghai, China. 421.5 m.

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo

The Kuala Lumpur Tower. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 421 m.

Photo: Sam Gao

The Al Hamra Tower. Kuwait City, Kuwait. 413 m.

Photo: Pedro Dash T

Top photo, a night view from Burj Khalifa by Jack Zalium



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