New record set for world’s tall build­ings

The Punch - - HOMES & PROPERTY -

THE Coun­cil on Tall Build­ings and Ur­ban Habi­tat’s newly re­leased an­nual re­port says 126 build­ings of 200-me­tre height or greater were com­pleted in 2019.

This, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, in­cludes 26 su­per tall build­ings of at least 300-me­tre height, a new world record.

The CTBUH Year in Re­view: Tall Trends of 2019 said The to­tal num­ber of su­per tall build­ings world­wide in­creased to 170.

World Prop­erty Jour­nal re­ported that in 2013, there were 76 build­ings 300 me­ters or higher world­wide; in 2000, only 26.

It noted that the 530-me­ter Tian­jin CTF Fi­nance Cen­tre in Tian­jin, China was the tallest build­ing com­pleted in 2019.

“This is the fifth year in a row that a build­ing over 500 me­ters has been com­pleted, which is a re­mark­able ac­com­plish­ment for the build­ing in­dus­try - it was only 15 years ago that such build­ings didn’t ex­ist,” CTBUH Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Antony Wood said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, over­all, the num­ber of com­pleted build­ings of at least 200 me­ters in 2019 de­clined by 13.7 per­cent (there were 146 in 2018).

It added. “This is the first year in which the over­all com­ple­tion fig­ure de­clined since the 2010 to 2011 gap, which was at­trib­uted to the lag ef­fect of project can­cel­la­tions due to the 2008 re­ces­sion.

“Due to the long lead times in­her­ent to sky­scraper con­struc­tion, many of the projects com­plet­ing in 2019 were con­ceived and ini­ti­ated five or more years ago, and thus re­flect the de­vel­op­ment cir­cum­stances of a halfdecade prior.

“How­ever, 2019 proved to be a sig­nif­i­cant year for some ar­eas that did not al­ready have an abun­dance of tall build­ings, and in some cases, had never been on the 200-me­ter-plus list be­fore.”

The re­port stated that the African con­ti­nent and the na­tion of Al­ge­ria alike got a new tallest build­ing: the Great Mosque of Al­giers (265 me­ters), adding that on the op­po­site end of Africa, The Leonardo (227 me­ters) in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, be­came that na­tion’s new tallest build­ing, and the sec­ond-tallest build­ing on the con­ti­nent.

Europe also gained a new tallest build­ing, af­ter a long ges­ta­tion pe­riod (in­clud­ing a change of site) - the Lakhta Cen­ter (462 me­ters) in St. Peters­burg while Brazil com­pleted the In­fin­ity Coast Tower (235 me­ters), which is the coun­try’s first build­ing to ex­ceed 200 me­ters, de­spite be­ing a na­tion of many tall build­ings.

Look­ing into 2020, CTBUH said there would be a sim­i­lar range for the ex­pected num­ber of com­ple­tions for 200-me­ter­plus build­ings - be­tween 115 and 145.

It added that of these, be­tween 17 and 30 were ex­pected to be su­per tall build­ings of 300 me­ters and higher.

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