2018 witnessed the construction of 18 new skyscraper buildings that fall into the category of ‘supertall.’ This amount is the highest ever reported for a single year, with most of this architectural marvels being produced in China.
According to the annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 11 of the completed super-tall buildings (measuring over 300 metres high) were completed in China.
The CTBUH calculated that of the 143 new skyscraper buildings completed last year, 88 were built in China, which also built 80 tall buildings in 2017 and 86 in 2016.
In Shenzhen alone, there were 14 new skyscraper buildings, accounting for close to 10% of the worldwide total. The United States was a close second, with 13 new buildings measuring over 200 metres.
The tallest new building is in Beijing. Measuring 528 metres high, the CITC Tower, also known as the China Zun, is now the world’s ninth-tallest building.
Other noteworthy skyscrapers completed last year include the China Resources tower in Shenzhen (KPF) and the Three World Trade Centre in New York (Roger Stirk Harbour + Partner).