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Key Tall Structures across the Globe – High Tower Designs

post updated 24 October 2021

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Skyscraper Building – Latest Designs

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of World Skyscrapers. We aim to include tall buildings that are interesting and of exceptional quality.

e-architect cover completed tower buildings, new Skyscraper designs, and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Skyscraper buildings.

We have 6 pages of World Skyscraper selections.

World Skyscrapers : news + major towers (this page)

Skyscraper Images : A-B

Skyscraper Developments : C-H

Skyscraper Designs : I-N

Tower Designs : O-R

Tower Images : S-Z

Tower Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

30 Sep 2013
UniCredit Tower, Milan, Italy
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
UniCredit Tower Building World Skyscrapers
photo : Giovanni Zanghi
UniCredit Tower
This skyscraper is now the tallest building in Italy. The three towers received LEED Gold pre-certification.

17 Sep 2013
Emporis Skyscraper Award news
Winner: Absolute World Towers, Mississauga, Canada – ‘Marilyn Monroe Skyscraper’
World Skyscrapers - Absolute Towers
picture : Jason Zed
Emporis Skyscraper Award
The world’s most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes this year to the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada. The towers were selected from over 300 skyscrapers at least 100 m tall completed in the last year.

12 Sep 2013
Tower Infinity, Seoul, Korea
Design: GDS Architects
Tower Infinity Seoul
image from architect
Tower Infinity
This 450 m tall observation tower has received approval for construction near Incheon International Airport.

30 Aug 2013
Harbin Twin Towers, Haxi District, north east China
Design: spatial practice
Harbin Twin Towers - World Skyscrapers
image from architect
Harbin Twin Towers
spatial practice has designed the Harbin High Speed Railway west train station Twin Towers. The ‘iconic’ project includes office spaces, residential apartments, retail spaces and a link to a new underground infra-structural hub.

23 Jan 2013
World’s Fastest Elevators – Skyscraper Buildings News
Yokohama Landmark Tower
photo : Mathias Beinling
World’s Fastest Elevators
Passengers are catapulted at a speed of 1,010 m per minute, or 60 km/h, from the 5th to the 89th floor of Taipei 101. The ride lasts just 37 seconds, at the end of which passengers step out already 382 meters above the ground at the observation floor of Taiwan’s tallest building.

Skyscraper Award News
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street wins the Emporis Skyscraper Award
Rippling Building
photo : Gehry Photos
Emporis Skyscraper Award winner for 2012
This tower building in New York City is the winner of this annual architecture prize for new skyscrapers. The winners were chosen from over 220 skyscrapers. It is the first skyscraper by the world famous architect Frank Gehry.

26 + 23 Nov 2012
Sky City Tower – World’s Tallest Building
Construction is due to start on the world’s tallest building in Changsha, China.
World Tallest Building China
World Tallest Building image © BROAD Group
Sky City Tower Changsha
Height: 838 m high
Floors: 220 storeys
Title: Sky City tower aka SKYCITY – J220

14 Nov 2012
50 United Nations Plaza, New York, USA – Ground-raising ceremony news
Design: Foster + Partners
50 United Nations Plaza New York
image : Foster + Partners
50 United Nations Plaza
Construction is underway on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States. Developed by Zeckendorf Development with Global Holdings, the 44-storey luxury apartment tower occupies a prestigious location within the green setting of United Nations Plaza, with views of the celebrated modernist UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

20 Jan 2012

World Skyscrapers : Tallest Buildings in 2011

Skyscraper Completion Reaches New High for Fifth Year Running

In January of each year, CTBUH publishes a review of tall building construction and statistics from the previous year. The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011 than in any year previous, with a total of 88 projects opening their doors. It is now foreseeable – indeed likely – that the recent trend of an annual increase in building completions will continue for the next several years, perhaps even through the end of the decade, due in large part to China.

The three tallest buildings to complete in 2011: Kingkey 100 (Shenzhen), Al Hamra Firdous Tower (Kuwait City), and 23 Marina (Dubai).

KK100 Tower, Shenzhen, China
Design: TFP Farrells
KK100 Tower
photo from TFP Farrells
Kingkey 100 Tower

Al Hamra Firdous Tower project, Kuwait City
Design: SOM Architects
Kuwait City Tower
image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Al Hamra Firdous Tower

In addition to profiling the tallest buildings completed in 2011, this study examines continuing shifts in the tall building industry and profiles several dominant and emerging construction markets. What surprise city completed the most 200-meter buildings in 2011, surpassing traditional tall building centers like Dubai, Shanghai, and Singapore?

Will the already-remarkable Chinese market continue to expand exponentially and further dominate the skyscraper typology? Are there other, unrealized markets that are yet to discover the benefits of building tall? These and many other questions are examined and answered in this study.

Some of the world’s highest skyscrapers + background on earlier skyscrapers:

World’s Highest Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Design: SOM Architects
Burj Khalifa skyscraper + Burj Khalifa – tallest building in the world
Burj Khalifa
photo © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Tallest skyscraper : world’s tallest building since 2007 : 808 metres (2650 feet) reported

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)
Kingdom Tower
image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
To be the world’s tallest building, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.
At over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-meter site in north Jeddah. The tower’s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Kingdom Tower Jeddah – World’s Tallest Building

High Rise Buildings – article added 14 Jun 2011

Recent Major Skyscraper Building

The Shard, London, UK
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
The Shard Tower
photograph © Andy Spain
The Shard London – new photos

World’s highest skyscraper prior to Burj Dubai

Taipei 101, Taiwan – In 2004 Taipei 101 became the tallest building in the world
Design: C.Y. Lee & Partners
World's Fastest Elevators
photo : Daniel Shih
Taipei 101
449m high; antenna 509m (thus beating Petronas Towers) / 101 storeys

Tallest building in the world ‘ground to pinnacle’ previously: Sears Tower at 527m – 1729ft

World’s highest skyscraper upon construction

Shanghai World Financial Center
1997-2008: under construction
Design: Kohn Pederson Fox – Architect : William Pedersen
Shanghai World Financial Center
photo © Andrew McRae
492m – 1614ft / 101 storeys
Shanghai World Financial Center – construction info
Developer: Minoru Mori
Due to be tallest building in the world briefly in 2008 (ie tallest ignoring spires), but the building has no spires proposed at time of writing

World’s highest skyscraper – proposed

Subjective, may change Chicago Spire – aka Fordham Spire: proposed skyscraper
2006-11 [currently delayed, 2008]
Design: Santiago Calatrava Architects
due to be 610m

Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, China
Design: Information Based Architecture
due to be 610m
Guangzhou TV Tower
picture : Information Based Architecture
Guangzhou TV Tower

Jakarta Tower – Menara Jakarta, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta
Design: East China Architecture Design & Research Institute – ECADI
due to be 558m / 1,831 ft high (5m taller than CN Tower)

World’s highest skyscraper – previous to Taipei 101

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
452m – 1483 ft
Tallest building in the world until 2003 (Taipei 103 took over)

World’s highest skyscraper – previous to Petronas Towers

Sears Tower Chicago, USA
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM Architects
Tallest tower in north America; 3rd tallest building in world at time of writing
1450ft / 110 storeys
Sears Tower: world’s tallest building for 25 years, beaten 1998 by Petronas Towers
Sears Tower still tallest building in the world to tips of the antennae: 1729ft
Sears Tower – world-famous Chicago skyscraper building

World’s Tallest Structure

CN Tower Toronto, Canada
CN Tower

Famous tall buildings now destroyed

World Trade Center, New York, USA
1966-73; destroyed 2001
Design: Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth & Sons
One World Trade Center
417m high
Two World Trade Center
415m high

Tall buildings over 400m high

International Commerce Centre
International Commerce Centre, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
due to complete 2010
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd
484m – 1,588ft / 118 storeys
Skyscraper originally planned to be 574m – 1,883ft high
The International Commerce Centre skyscraper should overtake 2 IFC by 2007

Oriental Pearl Tower
Oriental Pearl Tower, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai

468m high

Shenzhen Tower
Kingkey Finance Tower, Luohu, Shenzhen, China
Design: Farrells (formerly Terry Farrell & Partners)
439m high / 97 storeys
Architecture competition – winner

Jin Mao Tower Shanghai
Jin Mao Tower, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – SOM Architects
420m high / 88 storey skyscraper
Tallest building in China since 2005
Seventh tallest building in world at time of writing
Shanghai Building

2 IFC Hong Kong
Two International Finance Centre – 2 IFC Hong Kong
Design: Rocco Design Limited, Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects
415m high
ifc2 skyscraper the tallest tower in hong kong, taking over from the 374m high Central Plaza. However, the International Commerce Centre skyscraper is under construction and should overtake 2 IFC skyscraper by 2007.

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Empire State Building
photo © Andrew McRae

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Eiffel Tower
image © Isabelle Lomholt
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