Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the USA


1. One World Trade Centre

One World Trade Centre is the tallest building in the US and was formerly known as Freedom Tower before it was rebuilt in the Lower Manhattan area.

On April 27, 2006, the construction of One World Trade Center started and topped out on May 10, 2013, with a record expenditure of 3.9 billion dollars. At present time, One World Trade Center is the seventh tallest building in the world.

It was publicly opened in October 2014. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s designer David Childs. It is the tallest one among the other buildings in the World Trade Centre complex.

Its total height is 1,776 ft. or 541 m and is located in New York City. Actually, it has 94 floors above ground level( +5 floors below ground level), but the top floor is named 104. It has a massive 3 million square feet of rentable area. One World Trade Centre is also counted as the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.

One World Trade Centre

2. Central Park Tower           

Also known as Nordstrom Tower, Central Park Tower is the second tallest building in the US and the tallest residential building in the world.

The supertall building, which is located at 225 West 57th Street in the Midtown Manhattan, topped out in September 2019 with a final completion date of 2021.

It houses 179 residences set from the 32nd floor upwards, with the largest apartments having eight bedrooms that occupy more than 1,626 square metres of floor space.

Central Park Tower was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and developed jointly by Extell and Shanghai Municipal Investment Group. WSP Global was the structural engineer for the project, while Lendlease was the main contractor.

Central Park Tower

3. Willis Tower

If you happen to be in Chicago, treat yourself to the magnificent skyline view from the observation deck of Willis Tower! The highest building in Chicago is located in the so-called Chicago Loop on South Wacker Drive, at the corner of Adams Street.

On a good day, you can see three other US states besides Illinois from up here: Indiana to the South, Michigan to the East, and Wisconsin to the West. Do you have a head for heights? Then gaze into the abyss from the glass ledge and watch the hustle and bustle on the streets of Chicago.

On the way up, you'll learn many exciting facts about the building in an interactive show. For example, the tower used to be called "Sears Tower" and is still often called that today.

Willis Tower



4. 111 West 57th Street

On July 8, 2015, the construction of this residential tower “111 West 57th street” in New York City started and was completed in October 2021. Over 2 billion dollars were spent to build this historical landmark in the USA. It has over 60 luxurious residential homes with a total floor area of 572,348 sq. ft and was designed by a company called SHoP architects.

111 West 57th Street

5. One Vanderbilt Place     

One Vanderbilt Place, the fifth in list of tallest buildings in the US, is a supertall office tower at the turn of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. 

Construction of the building, which is owned by SL Green Realty Corp., got underway on February 14, 2017, and the building topped out two months ahead of schedule on September 17, 2019.

Measuring 1.7 million square feet, One Vanderbilt is the second biggest office building in Manhattan, the largest office market in the United States. It was officially opened in September 2020.

One Vanderbilt was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Severud Associates was the structural engineer for the project, while Tishman Construction was the main contractor.

One Vanderbilt Place

6. 432 Park Avenue

The skyscraper at 432 Park Avenue in New York City rises into the sky like a gigantic matchstick. The residential building on what is known as "Billionaires' Row" in Midtown Manhattan is located at the intersection of 57th Street and offers a fantastic view of Central Park.

432 Park Avenue has ten elevators that travel between 85 floors. Reducing the wind load on the angular skyscraper was an architectural masterstroke: several double stories were added that serve only as windbreakers and glow surreally at night.

At the time of its completion in 2015, 432 Park Avenue became the tallest residential building in the world and the third tallest building in USA.

432 Park Avenue

7.Trump International Hotel and Tower

Also known as the North Tower of Hudson Yards, Trump Tower in Chicago is a commercial and residential skyscraper with a hotel, restaurant, and spa owned by the Trump Organization LCC.

Named after former US President Donald Trump, the skyscraper at 401 North Wabash Avenue on the Chicago River is among the tallest residential buildings in the world. Its stepped facade with some attractive curves is a real feast for the eyes and fits perfectly into the modern Chicago cityscape.

At the time of its completion in 2009, Trump International Hotel & Tower became the second tallest building in USA after Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).

According to its website, the skyscraper – which was designed by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – inspired the construction of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Trump International Hotel and Tower

8. 30 Hudson Yards   

Also known as North Tower, 30 Hudson Yards is a supertall office building located at the intersection of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue – near the Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the Penn Station area.

The building, which opened on March 15, 2019 after nearly five years of construction, is LEED Gold-designed and was originally planned to be 480m tall before the structure was shortened to 387m.

On the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards is ‘The Edge’, a 1,131 feet observation deck that is regarded as the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.

30 Hudson Yards was designed by renowned architect Bill Pedersen and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, with Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group as co-developers.

30 Hudson Yards

9. Empire State Building

Soaring 1,250 feet on the Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, Empire State Building became the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1931. It held this title for nearly 40 years.

The building, which is called ‘Empire State’ after the nickname of the State of New York, remained the tallest building in the world until 1970 when it was surpassed by the World Trade Center.

The building was designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon and developed by Empire State Inc., including John J. Raskob and Al Smith. Homer Gage Balcom was the structural engineer for the project, with Starrett Brothers and Eken as the main contractor.

Empire State Building

10. Bank of America Tower  

Located at One Bryant Park, on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, Bank of America Tower is a supertall office tower regarded as one of the most efficient and ecological buildings in the world.

Designed by COOKFOX Architects & Adamson Associates Architects, the Bank of America Tower, which was completed in 2009 was built using concrete manufactured with slag, a by-product of blast furnaces.

Bank of America Tower, NYC – 54 (floors); Height: 366 m (1,200 ft); 2009. PHOTO | COURTESY

The use of slag reduces the amount of concrete needed for a building, which subsequently lowers the amount of carbon emissions released during the production of cement.

Bank of America Tower is Certified Platinum LEED for being one of the planet’s most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings. The building was completed at a cost of $1 billion.

Bank of America Tower