At the close of each year, the CTBUH produces a study which provides a written and graphical synopsis of tall buildings completed during the subject year, with a focus on buildings over 200 meters in height.
This synopsis is published annually in the first issue of the CTBUH Journal and is available below.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has determined that 144 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2017 – beat every previous year on record, including the previous record high of 127 completions in 2016.
CTBUH has released its annual review of tall building construction trends for 2016. The year was notable for having 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater complete around the world – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has determined that 97 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2014, including 11 supertalls – both new records.
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade. Perhaps 2012, with its small year-on-year drop in completions, was the last year to register the full effect of the 2008 / 2009 global financial crisis, and a small sigh of relief can be let out in the tall-building industry as we begin 2014.
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined in 2012, as the knock on effects of the 2008/2009 global financial crisis became evident in tall building construction in many Western countries. Sixty-six buildings taller than 200 meters were completed during 2012, the third most in history.
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011 than in any year previous.
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds, 2010 has seen the completion of more skyscrapers than any previous year in history.
The year 2009 marked a successful 12 months for the American skyscraper, with three of the five tallest buildings completed during the year being located in the USA—Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago (tallest); Bank of America Tower in New York (second tallest) and Aqua in Chicago (fifth tallest).
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten constructed in 2008 rising to 319 meters.
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International Investment Group, is also regarded as the world’s tallest single-use hotel building.
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were second and third, respectively.