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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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First Interior Photos Revealed for 56 Leonard in New York City

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26 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The first interior photographs of the 60-story tower at 56 Leonard have been revealed. The tower, which opened to residents in 2016, has been nicknamed the “Jenga Building,” inspired by its cantilevered balconies. Read more.


120-Meter Beirut Terraces Residential Tower Completes

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18 Apr 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

Architects have completed a 120-meter-tall high-rise in the heart of Beirut featuring a series of layered floor plates that float above the ground, referring to the layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. Read more.


“Ultra-Modern” Skyscraper Complex Revealed in Pyongyang, With No Hot Water

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14 Apr 2017, Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Jong-Un has unveiled a huge new skyscraper complex hailed by officials as “ultra modern,” despite the most luxurious penthouse apartments having no hot water. The tallest of the buildings is a 770-foot (235-meter), 70-story tower. Read more.


First Tenants Move into New York’s American Copper Buildings

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06 Apr 2017, New York City, United States

The first tenants have moved into the American Copper Buildings, located on First Avenue and 36th Street along Manhattan's East River waterfront, confirming that the pair of skyscrapers has completed. Read more.


CTBUH Certifies Completion of Lotte World Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide

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04 Apr 2017, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea is now the fifth tallest building in the world, having completed according to criteria established by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Read more.


23-Story Junction City Tower Completes in Yangon

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31 Mar 2017, Yangon, Myanmar

A new office tower in Yangon is ready to be occupied by tenants following its official opening. Known as Junction City Tower, the 23-story building features around 33,400 square meters of Grade-A office space in the heart of the capital. Read more.


Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World

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27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen, China

Ping An Finance Center is officially complete, according to the criteria established by the CTBUH. At 599 meters, it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, the second tallest in China, and the fourth tallest in the world. Read more.


Luxury Residential Tower 35 Spring Street Completes in Melbourne

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06 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has unveiled Melbourne’s newly completed luxury tower at 35 Spring Street. Designed by Bates Smart, the 43-story building features 270 condominiums, each with protected terraces and views of the cityscape. Read more.


Hotel in Renovated Silo Opens in Cape Town

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01 Mar 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

A new hotel that forms one half of a renovated grain silo has opened in Cape Town. Towering above the city’s Victoria & Alfred waterfront, The Silo hotel is housed within six floors of the grain elevator portion of the historic complex. Read more.


Leasing Launched at Jersey City Urby

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01 Mar 2017, Jersey City, United States

In just a few months, one of New Jersey’s tallest buildings – the 69-story Jersey City Urby – will welcome its first residents, and today the development team has launched its initial phase of leasing. Read more.


Trump International Hotel & Tower Celebrates Grand Opening in Vancouver

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01 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

Trump International Hotel & Tower celebrated its grand opening on March 1 in Vancouver, but questions over the building's total floor count have been raised due to the practice of not counting certain floors for superstitious reasons. Read more.


New York’s 50 West Street Completes

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14 Feb 2017, New York City, United States

The 64-story skyscraper at 50 West Street is complete as it readies for resident occupancy. The building now has a temporary certificate of occupancy, and owners are expected to start moving in over the next few months. Read more.


888 Boylston Street Completes in Boston

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03 Feb 2017, Boston, United States

As the last development site within the Prudential Center complex, the recently completed 71-meter 888 Boylston Street creates a new front door to one of the world’s most successful urban, commercial environments. Read more.


Marco Melbourne Residential Tower Complex Completes

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02 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The signature dual towers of Marco Melbourne recently reached completion, creating a prominent presence on Melbourne’s skyline and a new residential address within the heart of Melbourne at Southbank. Read more.


Curvy Hangzhou Gateway Completes in China

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01 Feb 2017, Hangzhou, China

Architects have completed the 16-story Hangzhou Gateway office building in China. The tower's curvy signature form is derived from two large voids carved into the structure’s mass – a feature inspired by Chinese rice fields. Read more.


Chicago’s Newest Residential Tower Opens in River North

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27 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The recently opened Exhibit on Superior draws its name from its location in the heart of River North’s art gallery and furniture showroom district. The cream colored high-rise contains a variety of unit layouts starting at about $1,700 per month. Read more.


New Photos Reveal Completed Qatar Foundation Headquarters in Doha

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24 Jan 2017, Doha, Qatar

OMA's new headquarters building for the Qatar Foundation in Doha is revealed for the first time in exclusive photographs. The building comprises a large 57-meter-tall cube with a façade of precast white concrete. Read more.


Recently Completed Gaia Building in Quito Utilizes Molded Façade System

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10 Jan 2017, Quito, Ecuador

Located in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, the recently completed Gaia Building has been built as a new landmark for the city. It comprises a total of 15,000 square meters of mixed-use space and is topped with a large rooftop garden. Read more.


CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World

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21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide. Read more.


Major Residential Complex Completes on Outskirts of Taiyuan

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15 Dec 2016, Taiyuan, China

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has completed a vast residential development in Taiyuan, China, comparable in scale to New York’s Rockefeller Center. The River Heights Residences is set to house 10,000 people. Read more.


City Center Tower Completes in Manila

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14 Dec 2016, Manila, Philippines

Developers and the City of Manila have announced the opening of the City Center Tower located in the downtown metro area. The announcement follows the 27-story structure's early December completion. Read more.


First of Three Jersey Squared Towers Completes in Jersey City

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12 Dec 2016, Jersey City, United States

Journal Squared 3, a 175-meter and 53-story apartment tower, has completed in Jersey City. With a rectangular form and gridded windows, the tower draws comparisons to 432 Park Avenue in nearby Manhattan. Read more.


Tower Trio Completes at Barangaroo South Complex in Sydney

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08 Dec 2016, Sydney, Australia

The last of the three International Towers at the Barangaroo South complex in Sydney has been completed. This completion marks the first significant part of the master plan for the central business district. Read more.


First Residents Moving into Backstage on The Esplanade in Toronto

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01 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

With a full limestone-faced podium now fronting the 36-story tower, the Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium at the southeast corner of The Esplanade and Yonge Street is now home to its first residents. Read more.


Hamburg’s Slender Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion Completes

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30 Nov 2016, Hamburg, Germany

The Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion in Hamburg has completed. The unique design idea, proposed as a freestanding campanile, won a 2006 competition for the neo-gothic Harbour Masters Building and surroundings. Read more.


32-Story Modular High-Rise Completes in New York

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22 Nov 2016, New York City, United States

Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world's tallest volumetric modular tower and billed a solution to meet the high demand for urban housing. Read more.


Plant-Covered Housing Block Completes in Paris

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21 Nov 2016, Paris, France

A 50-meter Parisian apartment tower, dubbed The M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity, has completed. It is notable for its stainless steel netting which acts as a climbing frame for plants, allowing their seeds to spread across the city. Read more.


Repositioning and Renovation of Shanghai’s Cross Tower Completes

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21 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

A Hong-Kong based design studio has completed the repositioning and renovation of Cross Tower in Shanghai, China. The firm was commissioned to refigure the architecture and interior of the office tower, originally constructed in 1998. Read more.


Fourth Stage of Upper West Side Complex Delivered in Melbourne

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09 Nov 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The fourth stage of the Upper West Side complex, which includes the USD$122.4 million tower three – dubbed Manhattan @ Upper West Side and located at 33 Rose Lane in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD) – has been delivered. Read more.


Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie Announces its Completion in Lights

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02 Nov 2016, Hamburg, Germany

Elbphilharmonie has announced its completion to Hamburg in huge illuminated letters. The façade of the building was lit up to spell out "FERTIG" – German for "COMPLETED" – marking the end of a nearly 10-year construction period. Read more.