The tallest tower in the world is “Burj Khalifa” in Dubai, with an impressive height of 828m. Although Europe is a bit stricter when it comes to building skyscrapers, especially in comparison to other countries like the UAE or the USA, it still has some magnificently tall buildings. Here are the 10 tallest of them.
1. Lakhta Center, Russia
The Lakhta Center is the tallest building in Russia and stands around 462 meters tall. It is also the tallest building in Europe and the fourteenth-tallest building in the world. The Lakhta Center is a multifunctional building located in Petersburg and was finished in October 2018.
2. Varso Tower, Poland
This neomodern office building complex in Warsaw, Poland was designed by Foster and Partners and developed by HB Reavis. At 310 meters tall the building has already become the tallest building in Poland and in the European Union, although the building is still under construction and will likely be finished near the end of 2021.
3. Skyland Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul has two skyscrapers of 284 meters which are the tallest in the country and located in the Seyrantepe neighborhood of Şişli in Istanbul, Turkey. The buildings were designed by Peter Vaughan of Broadway Malyan Architects.
4. Commerzbank Tower, Germany
Commerzbank Tower has been owned by Korean tech company Samsung since 2016, and is located in the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building’s total height of 300.1 meters makes it the tallest buildings in Germany and one of the tallest buildings in Europe. It was the world’s first so-called ecological skyscraper as it uses sky gardens and environmentally friendly technologies were employed to reduce the energy required for heating and cooling.
5. Torre de Cristal, Spain
Located in the Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA) in Madrid, Spain and with a height of 249 meters, Torre de Cristal ranks as the tallest building in Spain. This building was designed by Cesar Pelli and built by Dragados.
6. Unicredit Tower, Italy
Unicredit Tower is the headquarters of, unsurprisingly, UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank by assets and part of a larger development of new residential and business structures in Milan’s Porta Nuova. This building is the tallest building in Italy and is around 231 meters in height. The spire is entirely covered with LED lights and gives continuous night lighting making for a really nice place to take nighttime pictures.
7. Tour First, France
Tour First is an office skyscraper in Courbevoie in La Défense, the business district of Paris. The tower was built was in 1974 by Bouygues for the UAP insurance company and the building was 159 meters tall at the, but after the large-scale renovation in 2007 the tower height reached 231 meters including its spire. It is currently the tallest skyscraper in France, only surpassed in height by the Eiffel Tower at 300 meters.
8. DC Towers, Austria
The DC Towers, also known as Donau City Towers, will be a pair of towers in Vienna. Although DC tower 2 is still under construction, DC Tower 1 was completed in October 2013 and at 220 meters high (250 meters including the antenna spire), it is the tallest skyscraper in Austria.
9. Roche Tower, Switzerland
At 178 metres, Roche Tower, also known as “Building 1, is the tallest building in Switzerland and was financed by pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche.
10. HSB Turning Torso, Sweden
Turning Torso is a neo-futurist residential skyscraper in Sweden and the tallest building in Scandinavia, at 190 meters tall. Located in Malmö on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait, it was built and is owned by the Swedish cooperative association HSB. It is regarded as the first twisted skyscraper in the world.