New record set for world’s tall buildings
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.