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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 Tower Adds Color to São Paulo Skyline


20 Jun 2018, São Paulo, Brazil

A colorful residential tower has recently been completed in São Paulo. The 85-meter building includes 123 units with large individual terraces, and common areas for residents such as a pool, restaurant, and parking. Read more.

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


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


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.

Vaughan Developer Proposes New Condo Scheme Next Door to Cancelled Project


19 Jun 2018, Vaughan, Canada

Two high-rise condominium towers, rising 33 and 39 stories respectively, have been proposed near the site of an abruptly cancelled condo development in Vaughan. The new plans have been presented to the city council. Read more.

Major Automaker to Rehab Detroit's Michigan Central Station


19 Jun 2018, Detroit, United States

The long-abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit has been purchased by a major automaker and is set to become part of a new technology center. The 18-story building was once the tallest train station in the world. Read more.

Plans for 40-Story Tower in Downtown Grand Rapids Shrinks to 13 Stories


18 Jun 2018, Grand Rapids, United States

A developer has altered a proposal for what was originally planned as a 40-story high-rise in Grand Rapids, removing the apartment portion of the project. The building will now rise 13 stories and 49 meters, and contain a hotel. Read more.

Energy Efficient Office Tower to Join Toronto’s Skyline


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.

Updated Plans for Punta del Este Tower Reduce Height


18 Jun 2018, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Plans for a proposed 300-meter hotel tower in Punta del Este have been reduced in height to 120 meters. The modified 40-floor project is seeking approval from the Board of Maldonado to begin construction by the end of 2018. Read more.

Commercial Tower Tops Out in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour Precinct


18 Jun 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A 20-story commercial office tower has topped out in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour precinct and is scheduled for completion in 2019. The project is the latest of 23 buildings erected within the six-hectare sector since 2004. Read more.

Morpheus Hotel Opens in Macau


15 Jun 2018, Macau, China

The 40-story Morpheus hotel has opened at an entertainment resort in Macau. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 770-room building features a twisting free-form exoskeleton that negates the need for internal walls or columns. Read more.

The 82-story 53W53 Tower Structurally Tops Out


15 Jun 2018, New York City, 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.

Beauty Company Headquarters Completes in Seoul


15 Jun 2018, Seoul, South Korea

A 30-story cube-shaped building has been completed in Seoul. The 100-meter square structure will house a beauty company’s headquarters, as well as a museum, auditorium, library, and childcare facility. Read more.

Office High-Rise Tops Out in Shenzhen


14 Jun 2018, Shenzen, China

An office high-rise designed by WOHA has topped out in Shenzhen. The 150,000-square-meter scheme will include extensive landscaping at various heights to echo the area's topography, rising up to 246 meters. Read more.

Architect Wins Competition to Design High-Rise in Tempere, Finland


14 Jun 2018, Tempere, Finland

A Helsinki- and Copenhagen-based architecture firm has won a contest to revitalize the former industrial area of Tempere, Finland. The new scheme will include a public square and a 16-story residential tower. Read more.

Luxury High-Rise Hosts Grand Opening in Chicago’s South Loop


14 Jun 2018, Chicago, United States

A new 33-story luxury high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop held its grand opening on June 14. The building contains 496 rental units, with amenities that include a movie theater, an in-house fitness center, a rooftop deck and a mini-bowling alley. Read more.

First Residents to Move into Melbourne’s Australia 108 Tower


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.

Contract Signed to Build 54-Story Hotel on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road


13 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A $136 million contract has been awarded to build a 534-room high-rise hotel in Dubai. The building has been pre-approved as a five-star facility and will include hotel rooms, serviced apartments, meeting rooms, and food and beverage establishments. Read more.

Fifty-Story Building Proposed in Santa Clara


13 Jun 2018, Santa Clara, United States

A development including a 50-story office building and a 35-story residential tower has been proposed for Santa Clara. If approved and completed as designed, the office tower may become the tallest Bay Area building outside of San Francisco. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at Residential High-Rise in Mumbai


13 Jun 2018, Mumbai, India

A fire broke out on the top floors of a residential high-rise in Mumbai on June 13. Firefighters were able to control the fire, and while 100 people were evacuated from the building, there were no reported fatalities. Read more.

New Design Unveiled for 55-Story Tower in Wuxi, China


12 Jun 2018, Wuxi, China

An architect has won a design competition to build a 55-story, mixed-use tower in Wuxi, China. The project will include a hotel, extended-stay rooms, and sky-villas. The tower’s podium features four stories of mixed-use programming, including retail. Read more.

Investment Group Secures $20 million for the Construction of Millennium Plaza in San Salvador


12 Jun 2018, San Salvador, El Salvador

A new project in San Salvador is receiving upwards of US$103 million, and will include a 24-story office high-rise. Known as Millennium Plaza, the development is located in a prominent area, and aims to become an architectural icon of San Salvador. Read more.

Architect Wins Proposal for 25-Story Tower in South London’s Croydon


12 Jun 2018, London, United Kingdom

A 25-story tower in Croydon has won approval by the South London council. The project, being delivered as part of a home building drive, will create 128 homes located above 815 square meters of office and commercial space. Read more.

Retrofitted Building in Madrid to Feature Stainless Steel Façade


11 Jun 2018, Madrid, Spain

A 121-meter high-rise with 32 floors in Madrid is undergoing a major retrofit. The refurbished building will feature a new stainless-steel façade, while maintaining the original composition of the structure. Read more.

Construction Has Begun at Mississauga Square


11 Jun 2018, Mississauga, Canada

Construction on a proposed 33-story condominium and townhome development has begun. The 392-unit building in Mississauga will feature one- to three-bedroom units ranging in size from 42.5 square meters to 194.2 square meters. Read more.

Gold Coast’s Spirit Tower Soars to New Heights


11 Jun 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

Units in a proposed 298-meter-tall tower in Gold Coast are expected to launch on the market in July. The $914 million project will include 479 residential units, retail, and a rooftop with panoramic views of the coastline. Read more.

Supertall Debuts at New York’s World Trade Center Complex


11 Jun 2018, New York City, United States

The fourth of five buildings in the new World Trade Center complex has opened. The 69-story tower is currently the fifth-tallest building in New York City, rising to a total height of 329 meters tall. Read more.

A High-Rise University Campus in Madrid is Under Construction


08 Jun 2018, Madrid, Spain

A 181-meter tall vertical university campus tower is under construction near the former Real Madrid Sports Center site. The building will be able to accommodate 6,000 students and more than 500 employees. Read more.

Second Timber Office Tower Approved for Sydney’s Barangaroo South


08 Jun 2018, Sydney, Australia

A proposed timber office tower has been approved at Barangaroo South in Sydney. The project will consist of 10,000 square meters of commercial floor space and 680 square meters of retail. Read more.

Miami’s Midtown 8 Has Topped Off


08 Jun 2018, Miami, United States

A 28-story residential tower and accompanying 10-story parking garage and retail center designed by Stantec have topped off in Miami's Midtown district. The two structures will be connected by seven bridges. Read more.

Supertall Tower Approved for Tel Aviv


07 Jun 2018, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv municipal government has approved the Bein Arim Tower, a 400-meter, 100-story hotel and office high-rise that could become Israel’s tallest upon completion. The building will contain 120,000 square meters of space for tenants. Read more.