In the skyscraper game, the developing world is running away with the headlines.
Global capital fuels the race, while the press and web forums drum up rabid enthusiasm. Structural topping-out gets its own ceremony in some cities across the world.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the closest thing to an authority on skyscraper rankings, the final arbiter of what constitutes ‘structural’ versus ‘architectural’ height. We defer to their standard in the list that follows.
Where the construction timetable is fuzzy we’ve gone for the best visual evidence on sites like Skyscraper City. But yes, speculation is involved.
At 556 metres, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates’ pursed tower with a transparent exoskeleton is slated to be 2016’s tallest top-out. It would be the world’s fourth tallest today, the sixth tallest if completed by the end of next year, and probably out of the top ten a year later.
Hotel and office hybrid, this straightforward supertall (> 1,000 feet) by Wong Tung & Partners in Hunan Province’s booming capital city is more than 100 metres off the mark set by Lotte World Tower. Still, transplanted to America, it would come in at second place after One World Trade Center.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates’ elastic design for another financial centre in another Chinese regional hub seems to roll up like a magazine. At 450 metres, it is two metres shy of the Changsha tower.
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