By 2020 China will contain the largest share of buildings over 600m, according to a study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
It predicted that, by 2020, China will own 10 of the world’s 20 tallest towers while the Middle East will contain five.
However, the Middle East will be home to the two tallest buildings in the world – Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the 1km+ Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is due to commence construction in early 2012.
CTBUH’s report said: “With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanising population, China is perhaps the country with the most obvious reason for building tall.”
China’s tallest towers in 2020 will include the 660m Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, the 632m Shanghai Tower and the 606m Wuhan Greenland Centre (pictured).
The report coined the term ‘megatall’ to describe buildings over 600m in height.
It added: “Two years ago, prior to the completion of the Burj Khalifa, this building type did not exist. And yet, by 2020, we can expect at least eight such buildings to exist internationally.
“The term ‘supertall’ (which refers to a building over 300 metres) is thus no longer adequate to describe these buildings: we are entering the era of the ‘megatall’.”