The tallest man-made structure is Burj Dubai, a skyscraper under construction in Dubai that reached 818 m (2,684 ft) in height on 17January 2009.
By 7 April 2008 it had been built higher than theKVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, which is still the tallestcompleted structure at 628.8 m (2,063 ft).
In September it officiallysurpassed Poland's 646.38 m (2,121 ft) Warsaw radio mast, whichstood from 1974 to 1991, to become the tallest structure ever built.Guyed lattice towers such as these masts had held the world heightrecord since 1954.The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, standing at 553.3 m(1,815 ft), is the world's tallest completed freestanding structure onland. Opened in 1976, it was surpassed in height by the rising BurjDubai on September 12, 2007.
It has the world's second highest public observation deck at 446.5 m (1,465 ft).The Petronius Platform stands 610 m (2,001 ft) off the sea floor leadingsome, including Guinness World Records 2007, to claim it as the tallestfreestanding structure in the world. However, it is debated whether underwater height should be discounted in the same manner as height below grade is ignored on buildings. The Troll A platform is 472 m (1,549 ft), without any part of thatheight being supported by wires. The tension-leg type of oil platform has even greater below-water heights with several examples more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) deep. However, these platforms are notconsidered constant structures as the vast majority of their height is made up of the length of the tendonsattaching the floating platforms to the sea floor.Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan is currently the world's tallest inhabited building in only one of the four main categories that are commonly measured: at 509.2 m (1,671 ft) as measured to its architecturalheight (spire). Its roof height 449.2 m (1,474 ft) and highest occupied floor 439.2 m (1,441 ft) haverecently been overtaken by the Shanghai World Financial Center (roof height 487 m (1,598 ft); highestoccupied floor 474 m (1,555 ft)). The Sears Tower is highest in the final category: the greatest height to
1.2 Tallest destroyed structures by category, not surpassed by existing structures
1.3 Tallest building by function
2 Tallest buildings
2.1 History of record holders in each CTBUH category
3 World's tallest freestanding structure on land
3.2 World's highest observation deck
3.3 Timeline of guyed structures on land
4 Tallest structures, freestanding structures, and buildings
5 Under construction
7 See also
9 External links
KVLY-TV mast, the heightrecord holder from 1963–1974and 1991–2008.
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