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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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Ryde Garden Has Reached Completion in Sydney


11 Dec 2018, Sydney, Australia

Ryde Garden, a US$418 million development in Sydney’s North Ryde, has reached completion, with buyers moving into the first of three towers. The residential complex provides 830 apartments total across the three towers. Read more.

“Brutalist-Inspired” Tower Completes in Stockholm


07 Dec 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

The first of two new pixelated Brutalist-inspired towers has opened in Stockholm, part of a complex called Norra Tornen. The 121-meter-tall residential tower, which contains 5,000 prefabricated panels, is among the tallest in the city. Read more.

Tall Timber Commercial Tower Opens in Brisbane


27 Nov 2018, Brisbane, Australia

What is claimed to be Australia's tallest commercial tower engineered from timber, 25 King, has opened in Brisbane. A major engineering firm is occupying 43.5 percent of the building's 14,965 square meters of net-lettable area. Read more.

Hotel Built Nearly 90 Meters Into a Shanghai Quarry Opens


20 Nov 2018, Shanghai, China

A 337-room underground hotel built nearly 90 meters deep into a quarry has opened in Shanghai. The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland has two floors above ground and 16 floors below, with two of the underground levels also underwater. Read more.

Mixed-Use Building, Including Hotel With 227 Guestrooms, to Open in Taipei


12 Nov 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

The Courtyard by Marriott Taipei Downtown is scheduled to open on 12 December, 2018. The hotel features 227 guest rooms, event and meeting space, an outdoor terrace and provides views to buildings such as Taipei 101. Read more.

Office Tower and Retail Complex to Open in Shijiazhuang


09 Nov 2018, Shijiazhuang, China

A 51,000-square-meter development that includes a shopping center and four tall buildings is slated to open in Shijiazhuang. The complex features a large sunken plaza, a 1,900-seat cinema, and an indoor amusement park. Read more.

Seattle Apartment Tower Welcomes First Residents


05 Nov 2018, Seattle, United States

A 25-story building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has officially completed construction and opened to its first residents. The 251-apartment tower features one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences, as well as contemporary amenities. Read more.

182-Meter Statue of Unity Unveiled in Kevadiya


01 Nov 2018, Kevadiya, India

The $430 million Statue of Unity, a tribute to Indian Politician Sardar Patel, has been unveiled in Kevadiya, in the Indian state Gujarat. The statue is comprised of concrete, steel and bronze, and reaches a height of 182 meters. Read more.

Zhuhai’s Tallest Opens to the Public


22 Oct 2018, Zhuhai, China

A 328-meter hotel and office tower in Zhuhai, China has officially opened its doors to the public after reaching completion in 2017. The 66-floor tower, which is the tallest in the city, occupies a coastal 27-hectare site. Read more.

Mixed-Use High-Rise Debuts in New York City’s Brooklyn


19 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

A 34-story mixed-use tower has officially opened for occupancy in New York City’s Brooklyn Borough. The building features 270 residential units, co-working office space, a sky lounge, and a 929-square-meter public plaza. Read more.

Modular High-Rise Hotel Completes in New York City


12 Oct 2018, New York City, United States

A 20-story modular hotel has reached completion on the Lower East Side of New York City. The finished scheme features 300 rooms, local artwork, and an adjacent 316-square-meter landscaped plaza. Read more.

João Pessoa Inaugurates Geneve Tour


24 Sep 2018, João Pessoa, Brazil

At 183 meters, one of Brazil’s tallest buildings has been inaugurated in the Altiplano sector of João Pessoa. The 51-floor tower includes residential, office, and commercial space, as well as vegetation-lined walls and an AQUA sustainability seal. Read more.

Sydney’s ARC by Crown Group’s Serviced Apartments to Open by Mid-October 2018


17 Sep 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Skye Suites-branded serviced apartment offering is set to open in the new ARC by Crown Group in central Sydney by mid-October 2018. The building will host will host 73 serviced apartments among 179 residential apartments. Read more.

Certified Passive House High-Rise in Bilbao Aims for Tallest Designation


07 Sep 2018, Bilbao, Spain

A recently completed 108-unit residential high-rise has achieved the Passive House energy efficiency standard in Bilbao, northern Spain. At 88 meters, the tower may be the tallest building with that designation. Read more.

Office Portion Opens in Philadelphia’s Tallest Building


27 Aug 2018, Philadelphia, United States

A 60-story mixed-use tower, the tallest in Philadelphia, has officially opened its doors to employees. The 341-meter high-rise, which has not yet opened to the public, will include residential, office, entertainment, and hotel uses. Read more.

The New Visitor Center at New York City's Empire State Building Celebrates Opening Day


23 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

Empire State Building’s new visitor center celebrated its opening day, unveiling a new entrance for visitors and tourists. The new lobby features a two-story-tall model of the iconic building, allowing visitors to observe its detail up close. Read more.

272-Meter Office Tower Officially Joins Taipei Skyline


14 Aug 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

A 272-meter tower and an adjoined retail building with a three-dimensional stainless-steel lattice façade have reached completion in Taipei. The finished high-rise hosts an insurance company’s offices, as well as restaurants on the top floors. Read more.

Lower Manhattan’s Newest Residential High-Rise Ready for Occupancy in New York City


13 Aug 2018, New York City, United States

A 241-meter condominium tower has officially reached completion in Lower Manhattan, New York City, with its dwellings slated for immediate occupancy. The 157-unit building features a pool, fitness center, plaza, and private garden. Read more.

Glass Prism Tower Completed in Nairobi


13 Aug 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

A 34-story glass-and-steel tower, designed to look like prisms stacked upon one another, has debuted in the Upper Hill sector of Nairobi, Kenya. The high-rise incorporates energy-conserving rain-harvesting systems in the design. Read more.

Second of Two Lattice-Lined Twin Towers Debuts in Kuwait City


08 Aug 2018, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Both towers of a twin-tower complex featuring a three-dimensional lattice façade have officially completed in Kuwait City. The 42-story office tower and 22-story hotel share a podium, and are both topped with a roof terrace. Read more.

28-Story Residential Building Completes in Sydney’s Green Square Town Center


06 Aug 2018, Sydney, Australia

A 28-story residential building has reached completion in Sydney’s Green Square district. The 600-unit ellipsoid-shaped tower is part of a $5.9 billion development in the town center, which is slated for completion in 2030. Read more.

135-Meter Tower Debuts in Euroméditerranée District of Marseille


31 Jul 2018, Marseille, France

A 135-meter tower featuring a multicolored façade has reached completion in Marseille, France. The tower includes 35,000 square meters of office space and 5,000 square meters of event, collaborative, retail, and public-use space. Read more.

New Images Revealed of Shenzhen’s SBF Tower


27 Jul 2018, Shenzhen, China

A design firm has released new images of a 208-meter tower nearing completion in Shenzhen. The building’s exterior features two alternating zones of smooth glass offices and cantilevered sky gardens. Read more.

Images Revealed of Completed Shenzhen International Energy Mansion


26 Jul 2018, Shenzhen, China

A 92,903-square-meter project featuring an energy-saving passive façade has reached completion in Shenzhen. The two-tower development includes an energy company’s headquarters, conference rooms, and retail. Read more.

30-Story Residential Tower of The Atria Complex Reaches Completion in Dubai


26 Jul 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 30-story residential tower of a two-tower complex has reached completion in Dubai. The building houses 219 units, while the accompanying 31-story tower will feature a 347-room four-star hotel. Read more.

Sun-Shaded Tower Debuts in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood


25 Jul 2018, Chicago, United States

A 27-story residential building has debuted in Chicago, with over 100 units occupied. The high-rise features a slanted window design, which aims to conserve energy and shield the interior from direct sun and heat. Read more.

Nairobi’s Britam Tower Opens for Business


25 Jul 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

The second-tallest skyscraper on the African continent has opened for occupation. The 200-meter tower, which reached completion in 2017, includes 32,516 square meters of lettable space and advanced seismic and fire safety technology. Read more.

Dubai's Supertall DAMAC Heights Welcomes First Tenants


23 Jul 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 335-meter residential tower in Dubai has opened the doors to its first tenants. The 640-unit high-rise, which features a view of Palm Jumeirah island, has an estimated value of $653 million. Read more.

Echo Brickell Reaches Completion in Miami


12 Jul 2018, Miami, United States

A 57-story residential hotel has reached completion in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. The high-rise features a curved building design and a 42,525-liter aquarium on the ground floor, which houses various tropical fish. Read more.

Three Tower Complex Completes in Albert Embankment District of London


10 Jul 2018, London, United Kingdom

A three tower complex, rising to a height of 85 meters, has completed on the banks of the River Thames in London. The three buildings feature a customized curved floor plan and accommodate 253 apartments, offices, and restaurants. Read more.