Massive skyscrapers are cropping up all over the world at a rate that would have been unthinkable years ago.
This article takes a closer look at eight high-rises expected to open later this year. They include the tallest building in China, a unique New York tower block, and twin Russian skyscrapers. As 2015 progresses, more unique and record-setting projects will undoubtedly come to the fore.
Designed by Gensler, an American architecture firm, the Shanghai Tower is the highest structure ever built in China and is slated to become the world’s second-tallest building. At 632 metres, it is only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands 828 metres tall. When completed later in 2015, it will have an observation deck on the 124th floor.
With a height of just over 426 metres, the Marina 101 tower in Dubai is en route to becoming the second-largest building in the country. Designed by National Engineering Bureau, the 101-storey structure’s lower portion will host the first Hard Rock Hotel in the Middle East, while the upper sections will contain over 400 holiday apartments and a restaurant.
432 Park Avenue
Billed as the world’s tallest all-residential structure, 432 Park Avenue in New York City was designed by Rafael Viñoly. The ultra-slender 425-metre building will offer 104 upscale apartments, a library, cinema screening room, and a private swimming pool.
Capital Market Authority Tower
This 385-metre office tower will become the tallest building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, once complete. Designed by HOK and Omrania & Associates, the tower will be an anchor point in the newly constructed King Abdullah Financial District.
Eton Place Dalian Tower 1
The Dalian tower will be the tallest of a cluster of 5 buildings at the Eton Place Dalian Complex. The Dalian Tower 1 will reach 381 metres into the sky when completed later this year. The structure was designed by NBBJ architects and will house two hotels, an assortment of offices, and a raised observation deck.
When it opens in 2015, the Vostok Tower in Moscow will be around 34 metres taller than the Mercury City Tower, which has been the tallest building in Russia for two years.The 373-metre skyscraper is part of Moscow City, the newest business district in the Russian capital.
OKO South Tower
The 352-metre building designed by SOM (which also designed the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center) is also situated in Moscow City. It is one of two skyscrapers connected at the base. Once complete, the complex will contain offices, apartments, and a four-star hotel.
Forum 66 Tower 2
The number eight position belongs to the first part of a twin-tower project in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang. Tower 2 stands at 351 metres, and will be capped with glowing lights to make it stand out at night. Its 384-metre counterpart is currently on hold.