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Spires are considered integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. This naturally hurts the rankings of buildings without spires, or with antennas instead of spires, or with shorter spires. The most famous such discrepancy is that Petronas Towers, with their spires, are ranked higher than the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) with its antennas, despite the Petronas Towers’ lower roofs and lower highest points (of spire/antenna). The following ranking is based purely on architectural detail and antenna/spire has not been taken into consideration. Please also note that the Petronas twin towers have been considered here as two different buildings with both having the same specfications and statistics. 

10. Guangzhou International Finance Center

Height: 438 Meters (1,435 ft)

Antenna Spire: 440.2 Meters (1,444 ft)

Location: Guangzhou, China

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre

Construction Started: 2005

Opening: 2010

Total Floors: 103 (4 Basement Floors)

Floor Area:285,000 m2 (3,068,000 sq ft)

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09. Kingkey 100

 Height: 442 metres (1,449 ft)

Antenna Spire: 441.8 Meters (1,449 ft)

Location: Shenzhen, China

Architect: Sir Terry Farrell

Construction Started: 2007

Opening: 2011

Total Floors: 100

Floor Area: 210,000 square metres (2,260,421 sq ft)

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08. Willis Tower

Height : 442 Meters (1,451 ft)

Antenna Spire: 527 Meters (1,730 ft)

Location: Chicago, USA

Architect:  Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Fazlur Khan & Bruce Graham)

Construction Started: 1970

Opening: 1973

Total Floors: 108

Floor Area: 4.56 million sq ft (3.81 million sq ft rentable)

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07. Nanjing Greenland Financial Center

Height: 450 Meters (1,480 ft)

Antenna Spire: 527 Meters (1,730 ft)

Location: Nanjing, China

Architect:  Adrian Smith at SOM

Construction Started: 2005

Opening: 2010

Total Floors: 89

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06 & 05. Petronas Towers

Height : 452 Meters (1,483 ft)

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Architect:  Cesar Pelli

Construction Started: 1992

Opening: 1998

Total Floors: 88

Floor Area: 4.25 million sq ft

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04. International Commerce Center

Height : 484 Meters (1,588 ft)

Location: Hong Kong

Architect:  Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Construction Started: 2002

Opening: 2010

Total Floors: 118

Floor Area: 2.82 million sq ft

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03.  Shanghai World Financial Center

Height: 492 Meters (1,614 ft)

Antenna Spire: 494.4 Meters (1,622 ft)

Location: Shanghai, China

Architect:  Kohn Pederson Fox

Construction Started: 1997

Opening: 2008

Total Floors: 101

Floor Area: 4.107 million sq ft

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02. Taipei 101

Height: 509 Meters (1,670 ft)

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Architect:  C.Y. Lee & Partners

Construction Started: 1999

Opening: 2004

Total Floors: 101 (+5 Basement Floors)

Floor Area: 4.44 million sq ft

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01. Burj Khalifa

Height: 828 Meters (2,717 ft)

Location: Dubai, U.A.E

Architect:  Adrian Smith at SOM

Construction Started: 2004

Opening: 2010

Total Floors: 163 (+ 46 Maintenance Levels in the Spire & 2 Parking levels in the Basement)

Floor Area: 3.33 million sq ft

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