The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. With an observation deck on the 124th floor, a mosque on the 158th floor, and occupants on the 160th floor, it set all kinds of world records. But the Dubai masterpiece is about the be overthrown, if a proposal for a new building in Azerbaijan is approved. And it's not just going to inch ahead of the Burj Khalifa.
No, it's going to be a whoping 728 feet taller. The new building, which is proposed to be near the heart of Azerbaijan's capital city Bakou, would be 3,445 feet high. The Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2010, reaches a height of "only" 2,717 feet. The building itself will cost $2 billion to construct. It's set to be the crown jewel of a new area of wild development, as Azerbaijan works to create an 'artificial archipelago' on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
The building will be able to house an amazing 189 floors - 29 more than the current world record holder. The company at the heart of the proposal, Avesta, says that if approved it could begin construction in 2015, and would be able to have the project habitable no later than 2019. The surrounding development plans for the massive Azerbaijan expansion is expected to take about 10 years, so that by 2022 it will be the new mecca of the Middle East.