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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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Residential High-Rise in Dubai Designed to Look Like an iPod

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19 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 26-story building designed to look like an iPod is due to open in Dubai by the end of 2018. The 256-unit residential high-rise will feature technological amenities such as mood lighting, voice control, biometric locks, and mirrors that can monitor health. Read more.


The Pacifica’s ‘Super Penthouse’ in Auckland Hits the Market

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19 Jun 2018, Auckland, New Zealand

A 178-meter mixed-use tower in Auckland is nearing completion, with a scheduled end date of 2020. The building will house 282 apartments, a five-star hotel, and a two-story, 1188-square-meter penthouse. Read more.


Energy Efficient Office Tower to Join Toronto’s Skyline

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18 Jun 2018, Toronto, Canada

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 on a 240-meter-tall office tower in Toronto’s downtown area. The high-rise will feature 11,484 square meters of office space and 1,142 square meters of retail. Read more.


The 82-story 53W53 Tower Structurally Tops Out

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15 Jun 2018, New York, United States

New York City’s 82-story 53W53 condo development has structurally topped out, while façade installation for the 320-meter high-rise has reached the 73rd floor. Once complete, the building will feature 145 residential units. Read more.


First Residents to Move into Melbourne’s Australia 108 Tower

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13 Jun 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Residents of the 100-story Australia 8 tower in Melbourne are scheduled to move into the building in June. If completed as planned and on schedule, the tower will become Australia’s second tallest building and Melbourne’s tallest. Read more.


Construction on 138 Willoughby in New York City Reaches 10th Floor

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07 Jun 2018, New York City, United States

Construction at Extell Development’s 138 Willoughby in the Brooklyn borough of New York City has reached the 10th floor. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the 212-meter-tall high-rise will feature 458 condominiums once complete. Read more.


Construction to Begin on Dubai's Dubawi Project

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21 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction on a mixed-use tower in Dubai will begin soon. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the $410 million Dubawi project will include 500 hotel rooms and more than 500 apartment units and penthouses. Read more.


Updated Delivery Schedule Set for Miami Worldcenter Project

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18 May 2018, Miami, United States

The developers of the Miami Worldcenter project released construction timelines for multiple buildings in the $2 billion mixed-use development. The concept will total 10.9 hectares spanning 10 city blocks. Read more.


New Details Emerge for The Well in Toronto

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08 May 2018, Toronto, Canada

Additional details for The Well, a multi-tower development currently under construction in Toronto, have been revealed. The project includes 139,354 square meters of office and retail space, as well as 1,800 residential units. Read more.


Singapore’s Teck Whye Avenue Apartments Get Mondrian-Inspired Paint Job

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08 May 2018, Singapore, Singapore

The façades of blocks 1 to 7 at Teck Whye Avenue, a high-rise residential complex in Singapore, have been painted with designs inspired by the paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. The program started late in 2017 and was recently completed. Read more.


Construction on Sandton High-Rise Progressing

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02 May 2018, Sandton, South Africa

Construction on The Leonardo, a 150-meter mixed-use tower in Sandton, South Africa, has surpassed the city’s current tallest building in height. The high-rise will contain apartments, office space, and retail, as well as luxury amenities. Read more.


China Resources Headquarters Nears Completion in Shenzhen

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25 Apr 2018, Shenzhen, China

The supertall China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen is nearing completion, ahead of its opening later in 2018. The 392.5-meter skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will be the third-tallest building in the city once complete. Read more.


Developer Says Dubai Marina Project Set for 2019 Completion

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18 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of LIV Residence Dubai Marina, a 28-story waterfront high-rise, has announced that the project is set for completion in 2019. The development will offer luxury elements, such as membership to a 5-star beach and tennis club. Read more.


Construction Delays Continue on Skyscraper in Bogotá

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16 Apr 2018, Bogotá, Colombia

Construction delays continue to stall the completion of BD Bacatá, which at 216 meters was set to become the tallest building in Bogotá. Once finished, the tower will contain office space, 405 apartments, and 319 hotel rooms. Read more.


Observation Deck at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City is Now Under Construction

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13 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

The open-air observation deck planned at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City is currently under construction. At 341.7 meters high, the 697-square-meter observation deck will be one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Read more.


New Wacker Drive Office Tower in Chicago Scores its First Construction Permit

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12 Apr 2018, Chicago, United States

A 52-story office tower known as 110 N. Wacker has received its first construction permit. The high-rise, designed by Goettsch Partners, will rise along the Chicago River and include an extension of the city’s Riverwalk at its base. Read more.


Under-Construction King Blue Towers Reach 18th Floor in Toronto

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11 Apr 2018, Toronto, Canada

The two towers currently under construction at the King Blue development in Toronto’s Entertainment District have nearly reached the halfway point. Set to rise 44 and 48 stories, the high-rises will contain 872 condos and a 122-room hotel. Read more.


Loggia-Wrapped New York City Condo Tower Starts to Rise

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05 Apr 2018, New York City, United States

Work on 130 William, a 61-story condo tower in New York City’s Financial District, has reached ground level. The 243.8-meter high-rise will contain 244 units and offer high-end amenities, such as a pet spa and an IMAX theater. Read more.


Twin Towers at Creek Horizon Project in Dubai Reach Podium Level

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03 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction on the two-tower Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour has reached ground level. The towers, which are being developed by Emaar Properties, will top out at 36 and 39 stories once complete. Read more.


Façade Installation Begins for 1050 Sixth Avenue in New York

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28 Mar 2018, New York City, United States

Façade installation has begun on 1050 Sixth Avenue, a 24-story residential high-rise in New York City. The 79.6-meter-tall Midtown tower will feature 62 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom and include ground-floor retail. Read more.


New Elevator Test Tower Opens in Zhongshan, China

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27 Mar 2018, Zhongshan, China

A 248-meter elevator test tower from thyssenkrupp has opened in Zhongshan, China. The tower’s 13 shafts will be used to test new products and concepts, including the world’s first rope-free elevator system, MULTI. Read more.


Excavation Work Completes on MBL Residence in Dubai

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26 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shoring, piling, and excavation work has completed on the 40-story MBL Residence high-rise in Dubai. The project will include 472 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments as well as amenities including a gym and outdoor swimming pool. Read more.


Top Floors of Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka PNB118 to House Upscale Hotel

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06 Mar 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An upscale hotel chain will occupy the top 17 floors of the 118-story Merdeka PNB118, which is currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur. The building is on track to become the world’s third-tallest building once completed in 2021. Read more.


First Segment of Skybridge at Raffles City Chongqing Complete

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02 Mar 2018, Chongqing, China

CapitaLand has announced the completion of the first section of a skybridge that will eventually connect four 250-meter-tall high-rises in Chongqing. The $3.8 billion development will also include two 350-meter-tall mixed-use towers. Read more.


A Historic Milwaukee Freemason Building Gets a Second Life as a Hotel

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22 Feb 2018, Milwaukee, United States

A historic Freemason center in Milwaukee is undergoing a $60 million renovation that will see the three-story building add a 14-story hotel tower on top of its roof. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more.


Guitar-Shaped Hotel Passes Halfway Mark Near Miami

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19 Feb 2018, Hollywood, United States

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is rising fast outside of Hollywood, Florida. Construction of the 140.5-meter guitar-shaped hotel tower recently passed the halfway mark and is expected to be completed by mid-2019. Read more.


111 Murray Street Nears the Finish Line in New York’s Tribeca

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15 Feb 2018, New York City, United States

The 64-story 111 Murray Street, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is now fully clad in its glass façade. The tower contains 157 apartments ranging from two-bedrooms that start at $4.3 million to five-bedroom units that could fetch $18.9 million. Read more.


Architects Team Up to Design Raffles Place Development in Singapore

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12 Feb 2018, Singapore, Singapore

Two architects have teamed up to design a 51-story high-rise development in Singapore’s financial district. The 276-meter tower, which is under construction, will contain office space, serviced residential units, and retail. Read more.


Concrete Work on Dubai’s Palm Tower Passes 80 Percent Mark

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12 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Palm Tower in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah has passed the 80 percent mark in terms of concrete work, with 42 floors complete. The 52-story tower will include a 289-room hotel, 432 luxury residences and a public viewing deck. Read more.


Video Footage Shows Balneario Camboriu’s Millennium Palace Swaying in the Wind

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09 Feb 2018, Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

Video footage shows a jacuzzi in Brazil’s tallest tower, Millennium Palace in the southern city of Balneário Camboriú, overflowing due to the swaying of the tower in a strong windstorm. The 177.3 meter tower was completed in 2014. Read more.