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Compilation Video: World's Tallest Skyscrapers

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Skyscrapers from Above

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Drones are capable of flying up-close to the tallest skyscrapers in the world and filming them in ways that are unreachable by other cameras. Check out this aerial compilation that AirVuz put together of the best drone videos of these massive buildings. Camera drone pilots and FPV pilots are included in this curated collection of drone videos of skyscrapers. You’ll see skyscrapers ranging from Burj Khalif in Dubai to Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg to the new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Dubai's Burj Khalifa by FPV

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Diving the Tallest Building in the World - Burj Khalifa


What happens when the world's best freestyle first person view (FPV) pilot takes on the planet's tallest building?  Find out in this epic piece by johnnyfpv, who managed to dive the Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.  Completed in 2010, the 154 story behemoth rises nearly a kilometer (over a half a mile) into the sky - it's architectural height is 828 meters, or just over 2.7k feet.  Flying a racing drone using video goggles, the legendary pilot will let you see this famous landmark from an entirely new perspective.  

The Shanghai Tower

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Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient

Nomadik Footprints

Contributor Alexaroundtheworld created this magnificent drone video of Shanghai, China.  The highlight of the video is a climb up to the top of the city's three tallest buildings, located right next to each other in the Pudong District: the 128 story, 632 meter (just under 2.1k) Shanghai Tower, opened in 2015; the Shanghai World Financial Center (2008, 492 m/1.6k ft.), and Jin Mao Tower (1999, 421 m/1.4k ft.).   The last was the filming location for a famous jump scene by Tom Cruise in  Mission: Impossible III (2006).

Kuala Lampur's PNB 118

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Aerial hyperlapse of PNB 118 and Segambut Dalam, Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers had a 20+ year run as the tallest buildings in the city, including a half-doze years where they the tallest in the world.  They were displaced by the Exchange 106 Tower, whose reign as the KL height champion will be extremely short.  Why?  Because of the building you'll see in this drone video by fasteddie75.  It's the rapidly rising PNB 118 Tower, a 118 story tower which is rapidly rising towards it design height of 666 meters (just under 2.2k); that's nearly  50% taller than the 106.

Shenzen's Ping An Tower

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Mavic 2 Pro Drone Shenzen


For an incredible view of the top of one of the world's tallest skyscrapers, you can't beat this drone video of Shenzen, China by former DVOW Finalist Caldina3188. This gigantic (although not the largest) city in China's Guangzhou Province lies at the head of Shenzen Bay, an inlet of the Pearl River estuary.  Much of the video is shot around (and over) the city's Ping An Center; completed in 2017, the 115 megatall stands 555 meters at the roof (just over 1.8k ft.) and is the world's fourth-tallest as of mid-2019.

Seoul's Lotte Tower

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Diving Lotte Tower, World's Fifth Tallest Building

Wons fpv

In this first person view (FPV) video by contributor and drone pilot wons fpv, you'll see the tallest skyscraper in South Korea from an entirely new perspective.  Completed in 2016, the 123 story Lotte Tower stands almost 555 meters tall (just over 1.8k ft.) above the streets of Seoul.  Nearly twice as tall as the next tallest building in the capital city, it's the fifth tallest in the world as of early 2019.  Wons fpv advises that he flew with permission from the building and took appropriate safety precautions.    

NYC's World Trade Center and Freedom Tower

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New York City's Financial District: DJI Mavic Pro


In this video, contributor Lleeyyooww treats us to a great aerial look at New York City's Financial District in lower Manhattan.  This area was the target of the 9/11/01 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Center towers that loomed over Wall Street.  Following years of disputes, a new World Trade Center arose, anchored by the 94 story One World Trade Center, aka Freedom Tower.  The main focus of the video, it opened in 2014 and reaches the symbolically important height of 1,776 ft. (540 meters).  

Guangdong's CTC Financial: #6 in the World

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58 Seconds of Guangzhou, China


Top contributor Haussmannvisuals created this memorable 60 second aerial tour of Guangzhou in southern China.  It's the capital of the province of the same name, the largest in the country by population and in many respects its economic dynamo.  It's also home to some of the world's tallest buildings.  In the video you'll see some epic footage of the 111 floor, 530 meter (about 1.7k ft.) CTC Financial Center (#6 in the world at year-end 2018), the Guangzhou IFC (439 meter, 1.45k ft.), and more.

Tianjin CTF: >500 Meters by FPV

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FPV Freestyle: Tianjin CTF Financial Center


First person view (FPV) racing drones have opened up new ways of looking at the world, and that includes our tallest skyscrapers.  In this video, contributor and FPV pilot Radikal_FPV takes on the world's seventh tallest building (tied) as of year-end 2018.  It's the Tianjin CTF Financial Center, which rises over half a kilometer (530 meters, a bit over 1.7k ft.) into the sky above the great city of Tianjin in northeastern China.  The building, which was under construction at the time, was completed in 2018.

Taipei 101: World's Tallest, 2006-10

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Taipei Drone


Contributor caldina3188 created this marvelous drone video of the Taiwanese capital city of Taipei.  The highlight of the video is at the :30 mark, where you'll get a spectacular over-the-top view of the city's tallest skyscraper: the 101 story Tapei 101 Center.  When the 508 meter (almost 1.7k ft.) office tower was completed in 2004, it displaced the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur to become the world's tallest building.  It held that title until being surpassed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa; as of mid-2019, it's #10 in the world. 

Exchange 106 Tower, Kuala Lumpur

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TRX illumination imitate Malaysia Money Colour


Contributor Styfly Studio managed to create this amazing aerial view of the new (as of mid-2019) height champion of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: the 106 story Exchange 106 tower, which was completed in the first half of 2019.  It's situated in a newly developed district called the Tan Razak Exchange, which is just south of the core CBD.  The 106 tower is distinguished not only by its brightly lit roof but its height: at 492 meters (just over 1.6k ft.), it topped the twin Petronas Towers to become KL's tallest skyscraper.  

FPV: Shanghai's World Financial Center

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Today's racing drones equipped with first person view gear are capable of diving the world's tallest skyscrapers.  In this piece by FPV pilot drew.drones, you'll get a one-of-a-kind perspective of one of China's tallest skyscrapers: the 101 story Shanghai World Financial Center.  Standing 492 meters (1.6k ft.), it was the city's tallest building when completed in 2008.  The second-tallest as of 2020, its trapezoid-shaped hole makes it one of the world's most distinctive modern skyscrapers.

Hong Kong's International Commerce Center

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DIVE al 10º edificio MÁS ALTO DEL MUNDO (FPV Drone)

Ivan Merino

Check out the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong from an entirely new perspective - from a first person view (FPV) racing drone.  Contributor and FPV pilot ivan merino took on the 118 story International Commerce Center.  Completed in 2010, it's located in the Union Square development in West Kowloon across the harbor from Hong Kong Island.  The building stands 484 meters (just under 1.6k ft.) at the roofline.  As of the middle of 2019, the IFC was the world's 12th tallest building.  

Lakhta Center: Europe's Tallest Building

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Lakhta Centre: Europe's Tallest Skyscraper

Lakhta Center is a skyscraper project in the outskirts of St. Petersburg.  When the tower was topped out in early 2018, it became the tallest building not just in Russia, but in all of Europe.  Top contributor used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create a breathtaking aerial video of this amazing and supermodern, mixed-use structure that has 87 floors and reaches a rooftop height of 462 meters (just over 1.5k ft.).  The building is located on the Gulf of Finland, a bit northwest of the city center.  

Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City

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The Tallest Building in Vietnam

Dang Cine

The Landmark 81 Tower is the most prominent sign of the resurgence of the great city once known as Saigon.  Now Ho Chi Minh City, it's the largest in Vietnam as well as its commercial capital.   Located just west of the Saigon River in the Bình Thạnh District, the 81 story mixed-use building stands 460 meters tall (just over 1.5k ft.).  When it was completed in 2018, it was one of the world's 20 tallest skyscrapers.  Seen here in this excellent drone video from Dang Cine, the tower is part of the Vinhomes Central Park development.

Kuwait's Al Hamra Tower

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Tallest Skycraper in Kuwait Al Hamra Tower 4K l The Drone Life PK

The Drone Life PK

Kuwait City's Al Hamra Tower is one of the architectural wonders of the world.  Completed in the 2011, it utilizes a revolutionary design made of curved concrete.  The 80 story building has a roof height of 368 meters (just over 1.2k ft.) and an architectural height of 414 meters or about 1.35k ft, easily the tallest building in this oil-rich Middle Eastern country.  Seen here in this excellent drone video by The Drone Life PK, its "wrapped facade" cuts the amount of sunlight hitting its south face, reducing cooling costs.   

Petronas: Highest Twin Towers

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KLCC the world tallest twin tower


If you enjoy looking at skyscrapers from new perspectives, you have to check out this drone video of the famed Petronas Towers of Kuala Lampus, Malaysia.  Contributor Styfly | Studio managed to get a full 360 degree view of these mammoth twin towers, the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004.  Each tower has 88 stories and has an architectural height of 452 meters, or just under 1.5k ft.  Although they are no longer the tallest towers even in Kuala Lumpur, they remain the world's highest twin towers.  

Greenland Center: Towering over Nanjing

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The Best of Nanjing


Contributor DavidLee created this magnificent drone video of the great Chinese city of Nanjing, also known as Nanking, home of one of China's tallest skyscrapers.  Situated on the Yangtze River, it's one of the most important historical and cultural cities in China, and was the site of the infamous Rape of Nanjing in the early stages of World War II.  Since 2010, the city has also been home to the 66 story Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower, which stands at 450 meters (just under 1.5k ft.) and dominates its skyline.  

Willis Tower: 25 Years as the World's Tallest

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The Windy City in 4K - Chicago from a New Perspective

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AirVuz contributor Gianlo uses his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us an unforgettable (and DVA nominated) 60 second aerial tour of the skyline of Chicago, the city which can lay credible claim for having invented the skyscraper.  The video provides epic views of the Windy City's magnificent skyline, still dominated by the 108 story Willis Tower.  Standing over 440 meters (just over 1.4k ft.) tall, this behemoth was born as Sears Tower in 1974 and enjoyed a 25 year reign as the world's tallest skyscraper.  

Shenzen's KK100 and Shun Hing Square

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Mavic 2 Pro Drone Shenzen


The power of the DJI Mavic Pro 2 is on full display here in this epic video of Shenzen, China, compliments of contributor Caldina3188.  The focus of the video is on two of the tallest skyscrapers in this gigantic city on the Pearl River Delta.  The taller of the two is the 100 story KK100 building; at 442 meters (a little over 1.4k ft.), it's #2 in Shenzen and #14 in the world as of early 2019.  The other building featured is the twin-spired Shun Hing Square; now #5, this 69 story tower was the city's tallest from 1996-2011.

The Supertalls of Dubai's Marina District

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Dubai's Marina District by DJI Mavic Pro

Andrey Mazurkov

While the most prominent skyscraper in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa Tower (the tallest building in the world since it opened), it's home to many other supertalls.  Many of these are located some distance from BK, in the Marina District.  The Marina is home to the next four tallest in the city, led by the Marina 101, which was completed in 2017 and stands 425 meters (just a bit under 1.4k ft.).  In this video, you'll get a great view of the Marina compliments of Andrey Mazurkov and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.

Moscow City: Europe's New Skyscraper Capital

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The Moscow City


"Moscow City" is the informal name for the Moscow International Business Center, a newer commercial district of the Russian capital city known for its towering skyscrapers.  Contributor MichaelMsk77 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful video of the modern district.  At about the :17 mark, you'll ride along for a climb up to the top of these behemoths.  Here are five of Europe's seven tallest buildings as of 2018, the group's tallest  being the 95 story, 374 meter (a bit over 1.2k ft.) Federation Tower.

Comcast Towers: Transforming Philadelphia

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Comcast Campus in Philly


Cable and media giant Comcast Corporation has almost singlehandedly transformed the skyline of Philadelphia, the second largest city on the USA's East Coast.  In 2008, its 58 story headquarters building became the city's tallest with a height of just under 300 meters (974 ft.).  A decade later, the company completed its 60 floor Comcast Technology Center, which has a height of 342 meters (just over 1.1k ft.).   The two Comcast Campus towers are on display in this excellent drone video by ChrisDantonio.  

Wilshire Grand: LA's Tallest

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Droning LA's Wilshire Grand


In 2017, US Bank Tower (also known as Library Tower) was displaced as the tallest building in Los Angeles.  The new height champion is the 73 story Wilshire Grand Center, a mixed use building which has an architectural height of 335 meters (1.1k ft.).  The distinctive glass structure, topped by a Korean Airlines logo, has transformed the skyline of America's second largest city.  You can see the Wilshire Grand from a new perspective in this drone video by mavictraveler.  The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone.  

Salesforce Tower: San Francisco's New Champ

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Don't Call It "Frisco"

Matt Dutcher

San Francisco has one of the most widely recognized skylines of any city in the world.  That skyline has been transformed recently with the construction of the Salesforce Tower, a new skyscraper in the heart of the city's Financial District.  It has a rooftop height of 326 meters (1,070 ft.), handily ending the 45 year reign of the TransAmerica Pyramid as the city's tallest building.  Contributor Matt Ducher used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this amazing aerial look at the city's new-look skyline.

Q1 in Gold Coast: Australia's Tallest

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Australia's Gold Coast: DJI Mavic Pro


Top content creator and pilot 70daysaroundtheworld created this amazing drone video of Gold Coast, one of the main beach cities of eastern Australia and the second largest city in the state of Queensland.  It's located south of the state capital of Brisbane.  Since 2005, Gold Coast has been the home of the tallest building in Australia: Q1 (Queensland Number One), which you'll see clearly in the video.  The 78 story residential tower has an architectural height of just over 320 meters (1.06k ft.).

Bangkok's King Power MahaNakhon

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Trail any committed FPV pilot and you’ll see for yourself that it can take hours of traveling and searching to find the perfect spot. The opening minute of this video by SH FPV is all about that drive, taking him to the center of the bustling business district in Bangkok, Thailand. There he was able to set up an epic dive of the city's tallest skyscraper as of 2019 - the 78 story King Power MahaNakhon, which rises 314 meters (just over 1,030 ft.) above the Bangkok streets.

New York's Chrysler Building

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Chrysler Building


Top AirVuz contributor thedronalist brings us this magnificent aerial view of one of the most iconic sights of New York City: the Art Deco classic Chrysler Building.  Located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, its antennae spire stands 320 meters tall (just under 1.05k ft.).  When it was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world before being eclipsed by the Empire State Building less than a year later.  It remains one of the city's dozen-tallest as of early 2020.  

Atlanta's Bank of America Plaza

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Welcome to Atlanta

every day drone guy

Check out this great aerial video of Atlanta, Georgia, compliments of every day drone guy.  Near the beginning of the video you'll be treated to some great footage of the top of the 55 story Bank of America Plaza; completed in 1992, it stands 312 meters (1,023 ft.) and is the tallest building in the Southeastern USA as of 2019.  Then you'll be taken over SunTrust Plaza, also completed in 1992, which is Atlanta's second-tallest. Other highlights include some excellent footage of Centennial Park and the SkyView ferris wheel.   

Shard Tower: UK's Tallest Skyscraper

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London Drone Footage 4K With Music

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Contributor HUMZZ created this amazing drone video of the dramatically changed skyline of modern London, a city which didn't have a single building over 600 ft. (about 183 meters) until 1991.  Now, there are clusters of much taller structures on either side of the Thames River.  For example, at the :40 mark, you'll get a dramatic eye-level view of the 95 story Shard tower.  At 310 meters (just over 1k ft.), it's the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the tallest in Europe ouside of Russia.  

Houston: 1400 Travis Street

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Downtown Houston

Lone Star Drones

In this video by Lone Star Drones, you'll get a nice aerial view of the Houston, Texas skyline.  The "star" of the video is the tower now called 1400 Travis Street.  Originally known as Texas Commerce Tower and then JP Morgan Tower, the 75 story building was the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River when it was completed in 1982: 305 meters, or just over 1k ft.  Like most of the city's skyscrapers, it was constructed during the oil boom of the late 1970's and early 1980's.  

Chile's Gran Torre Santiago

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Costanera Center Tower - Santiago de Chile


In this phenomenal drone video by nuclearcl, you'll get to see the tallest building in South America (as of 2019) from above.  It's the Costanera Center Torre 2 in Santiago, the capital and largest city of Chile.  Also known as Gran Torre Santiago, the 64-story office tower stands 300 meters tall (984 ft.).  The second tallest building in the entire Southern Hemisphere, the skyscraper is designed to withstand the gigantic earthquakes which are too well known in this giant metropolis.  

Houston's Williams Tower

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Williams Tower, Houston


Williams Tower is a skyscraper in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas.  At 275 meters (900 ft) it dominates the low-rise architecture of this shopping and office district, which lies a few km/miles to the west of downtown Houston near the interchange of two of the city's busiest freeways.  At the time built, during Houston's oil boom in the early 1980's, it was the world's tallest skyscraper located outside of a central downtown zone.  Contributor Mavictraveler flew his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us a look at all of its 64 floors.