Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Tall Buildings in Numbers
Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration

September 2017

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As part of a recent collaboration with the Guinness Book of World Records, CTBUH certified that Shanghai Tower has the fastest elevator and the longest elevator run of all commercial buildings in the world. Expanding upon this study, CTBUH sought to determine the records for speed and length of run among the world’s tall buildings. The findings and related data are displayed here.

The World's Five Fastest Elevator Installations

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The World's Five Tallest Continuous Elevator Runs

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Fastest Elevators in the World

The table below includes all buildings that are completed (COM) or under construction (UC) (or currently on hold (OH) during construction), with elevators that run 10 m/s or higher. The current buildings with the top 5 fastest elevators are highlighted in green, while buildings containing the top 5 longest elevator runs are are in bold.

Elevator speeds for buildings under construction are anticipated and subject to verification upon completion.

Rank Building City Country Height (m) Status Completion Date Elevator Speed (m/s)
1 Shanghai Tower Shanghai China 632 COM 2015 20.5
2 Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Guangzhou China 530 COM 2016 20
3 Suzhou Zhongnan Center Suzhou China 729 OH 18
4 TAIPEI 101 Taipei Republic of China (Taiwan) 508 COM 2004 16.83
5 Wuhan Greenland Center Wuhan China 636 UC 2018 12.5
5 Landmark Tower Yokohama Japan 296.33 COM 1993 12.5
6 Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong China 412 COM 2003 10.6
7 One World Trade Center New York City United States 541.3 COM 2014 10.16
8 Jeddah Tower Jeddah Saudi Arabia 1000 UC 2020 10
8 Burj Khalifa Dubai United Arab Emirates 828 COM 2010 10
8 Tokyo Sky Tree Tokyo Japan 634 COM 2012 10
8 Merdeka PNB118 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 630 UC 2021 10
8 Canton Tower Guangzhou China 604 COM 2010 10
8 Ping An Finance Center Shenzhen China 599.05 COM 2017 10
8 Lotte World Tower Seoul South Korea 554.53 COM 2017 10
8 Busan Lotte Town Tower Busan South Korea 510.1 OH 2020 10
8 China Zun Tower Beijing China 528 UC 2018 10
8 Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai China 492 COM 2008 10
8 Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City Kuwait 412.6 COM 2011 10
8 LCT Landmark Tower Busan South Korea 411.6 UC 2020 10
8 China World Tower Beijing China 330 COM 2010 10
8 Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin China 328 COM 2011 10
8 Sunshine 60 Tower Tokyo Japan 240 COM 1978 10


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