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16 Jan 2017

Skyscraper glut continues as 2016 sets new record

16 January 2017 | By Yoosof Farah



More tall buildings were built globally last year than ever before, with China completing the most.


More skyscrapers were built around the world than ever before last year, according to new research.

In total, 128 buildings standing at 200 m or higher were completed globally in 2016, according to analysis by the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This beat the previous record of 114 buildings set the year before.

Asia retained its status as the world’s skyscraper epicentre, completing 107 buildings taller than 200 m, representing 84% of the 128-building total.

For the ninth year in a row, China had the most, with a record 84, overtaking its previous annual record of 68 in 2015.

This included the tallest tower to complete last year, the KPF-designed Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, which is the second-tallest building in China and the fifth-tallest building in the world at 530m.

Just two qualifying towers were completed in Europe and neither were built in the UK – the 374 m tall Vostok Tower in Moscow by German firms NPS Tchoban Voss and Schweger Associated Architects and the 220 m tall Warsaw Spire in Poland by Belgian practice Jaspers-Eyers.

Vostok Tower, formerly known as Federation Tower, was finally completed 11 years after construction began in 2005, after hitting three years of delays between 2008 and 2011 due to the global financial crisis.

The US completed the second-most 200 m-plus buildings with seven, a big rise from the two buildings completed in 2015.

Back in Asia, other skyscrapers to complete included the 314m-tall MahaNakhon tower (pictured) designed by former OMA star Ole Scheeren in Bangkok, Thailand.

Globally a total of 10 ‘supertalls’ – buildings of 300 m or higher – were completed last year, the third largest on record but less than the CTBUH anticipated due to construction delays on some projects.

Overall, 14 of the top 20 tallest buildings (see PDF below) completed in 2016 were built in China.

Shenzhen had the highest number of 200m-plus completions of any city with 11, which is more than any country other than China managed to complete. The total height of buildings completed in Shenzhen is 2,608 m.


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