New and controversial claim for tallest building in the world

Just as the current tallest building in the world, Taiwan’s Taipei 101, nears completion it seems that the title will be taken by a building in China. Currently a hole in the ground and six years behind schedule, the World Financial Centre in Shanghai, China is set to claim the title in 2007.

The building will be 492m (1614ft) high. The developers claim that the 508m (1667ft) height of Taipei 101 doesn’t count due to the final 60m being nothing but a spire and want height to be judged on the building structure minus any antennae or spires.

A feature will be a gaping hole near the top of the screwdriver like building. The hole has been controversial as some liken the effect to being similar to the Japanese war-time rising sun flag.

Source: Reuters

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