A New Global Record Has Been Set For The Completion Of Super-Tall Buildings In 2019

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats have released the latest annual report. According to them, 126 buildings were 200-meters tall or more in 2019 which includes 26 super tall buildings coming in at 300 meters tall which is a world record.


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The number of super-tall buildings around the world is now 170. In 2013, there were 70 buildings coming in at 300 meters or taller. In 2000, only 26 buildings were recorded. 

In 2019, the 530 meter Tianjin CTF Finance Center in Tianjin, China came in as the tallest building anywhere.

According to Antony Wood, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Chief Executive Officer, this is the 5th straight year that a building over 500 meters has been completed. 

This record is considered a remarkable accomplishment for the building industry when you considered that only 15 years earlier buildings of this size did not exist.

All in all, the number of buildings completed that are over 200 meters in 2019 declined by 13.7%. The first year in which the overall completion figures declined since the span between 2010 and 2011. 

This was attributed to the cancellations of projects due to the 2008 recession. 

Long lead times are associated with skyscraper construction so many of these projects that were completed in 2019 were actually initiated 5 or more years earlier which reflects the development a half-decade before.

When Tall Gets Taller

2019 saw the increase of tall buildings in areas where that were never on the list before. In Africa, Algiers to be precise, had a new tall building, the Great Mosque of Algiers came in at 265 meters. 


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The Leonardo in Johannesburg, South Africa came in at 227 meters marking as the second tallest building on the continent. Europe also saw the rise of one of the tallest buildings after a long period which included a change of site. 

The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg is 462 meters tall. Brazil completed the Infinity Coast Tower at 235 meters which is the country’s first building to pass 200 meters despite being a country known for many tall buildings.

Predicting 2020, CTBUH believes current projects will be similar for the expected number of completed buildings of 200 meters or more between 115 to 145. On top of that, 17 to 30 are expected to be super tall at 300 meters or taller.

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