1/05/2012

Age of The Megatall Structure






We are quickly surpassing the current standard of the supertall structure, which currently has become the norm around the world in developing cities flexing their hight muscle.  But little by little we've seen buildings inch closer and closer tod the 1 kilometer mark ushering the world into a new order of Megatall Structures.


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently published The Tallest 20 in 2020.  Accordning to the Council, within this decade, the world's first kilometer-tall building will be constructed, along with many other building over 600-meters tall.  The term "supertall" which refers to a building over 300 meters, is no longer adequate to describe these buildings.  At the start of the 21st century, the 452-meter high Petronas Tower held the title of the worlds tallest.  As the decade ended, the Burj Khalifa took ownership of the title standing over a half a mile high at 828-meters. Now, with construction set to begin this month for Jeddah's 1,000+ meter Kingdom Tower, it will double the height of "The World's Tallest" in only two decades.  600 meters is now the new 300 meters.


Scatter across 15 cities in 7 countries, China leads the way claiming 10 of the 20 projects in their pursuit of the supertall, followed by Korea with 3, Saudi Arabia with 2, and the UAE with 2.  Asia counts for 70% of the buildings and the Middle East counts for 25%.

China's 660 meter Shenzhen's Ping An Finance Center, 2015 Completion

New York 541 meter, One World Trade Center, 2013 Completion

632 meter Shanghai Tower, 2014 Completion

640 meter Seoul Light DMC Tower

555 meter Lotte World Tower

Indonesia's 638 meter Signature Tower