Supertall constructions around the world now that are nearing completion (Update – April 2015)


It’s been quite some time since I touched on the topic of skyscrapers in my blog here. My interest in skyscrapers never fades after all the years. While the completed skyscrapers look amazing and stands tall as a symbol of human’s present achievement, I particularly set my eyes on those under-construction as these would be mostly much taller, more record-breaking and would push beyond human’s limitation to reach to the sky in near future. Here below are some (not all) of the major supertall constructions under-going across the world that are nearing respective completion (except the last one, no.9):

1. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA.

425.5 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), will be New York City’s second tallest building once completed, currently topped-out as the world’s tallest residential building. Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects.

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2. Ping An International Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China.

660 metres tall, 115 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be China’s tallest and world’s second tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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3. CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China.

530 metres tall, 111 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), currently topped-out. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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4. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.

632 metres, 128 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), currently topped out as China’s tallest building and also world’s second tallest building. Architect: Gensler.

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5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea.

555.7 metres tall, 123 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be South Korea’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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6. Goldin Finance 117 Tower, Tianjin, China.

597 metres tall, 128 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: P & T Group.

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7. World One, Mumbai, India.

442 metres tall, 117 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Will be India’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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8. Wuhan Center Tower, Wuhan, China.

438 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: ECADI.

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9. Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

1000+ metres tall (final height not revealed yet), 167 floors, expected to be completed in 2018. Will be the world’s tallest building (as well as man-made structure) once completed, taking the title from Burj Khalifa at 828 metres. Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

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It feels so great seeing these buildings rising up taller and taller. Now, we are on our mark to go beyond 1 kilometre in height of building. What’s next? 1.5km? 2km? Possible. But is that feasible currently?

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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