CTBUH announces “skyscraper surge” in 2016

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A record-breaking 106 skyscrapers over 200m tall were completed last year – beating the previous record of 97 in 2014

The annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) says this brings the total number of skyscrapers worldwide to 1,040, exceeding 1,000 for the first time and marking a 392% increase from 2000, when the total was just 265.

China lead the way with 62 new high-rises – 58% of the year’s total.

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Indonesia came second with nine and the UAE was in third place with seven.

These are the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company headquarters and the City of Lights Tower also in the capital, while Dubai saw the D1 Tower, Al Hekma Tower, Arady Office Tower, The Leaf and Arady Residential Tower completed.

The year also saw building work complete on 13 super-talls of over 300m. These include 432 Park Avenue in New York by Raphael Viñoly (pictured) and Gensler’s Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building.

CTBUH is calling the trend a “skyscraper surge” and predicts that the totals for 2016 will be even higher.

The group said: “We currently project the completion of between 110 and 135 buildings of 200 metres height or greater [in 2016].

“Perhaps even more staggering is the fact that 18 to 27 of these buildings are expected to be in the super-tall range. If true, 2016 alone would see the global total of super-talls increase by 18% to 27%.”

The CTBUH said despite a slow-down in its economy China will continue to reach for the sky.

It said: “China continues to build more of these towers than any other country, and with over 300 such buildings under construction at the time of this report, it’s plausible to assume that the country’s momentum will continue in the near future.

“The country’s long-term prospects are more uncertain. As it continues to transition from a growth economy to a consumption economy – one that caters to the added buying power of its rising middle class – large-scale government-funded construction projects might begin to take a backseat.”

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