Another record year for high-rise construction
Each year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) publishes a study that examines all 200-meter-plus tall buildings that were completed during the preceding year.
This year’s report, published on Dec. 13, details the 144 high-rise towers that were completed in 2017, including the 1,965-foot Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China, and the 1,823-foot Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea. It was the busiest year on record for high-rise construction, besting the previous record of 127 completions in 2016.
This brings the total number of 200-meter-plus buildings in the world to 1,319, increasing 12.3% from 2016, marking a 402% increase from the year 2000, when only 263 existed.
A total of 15 supertalls (buildings of 300 meters or higher) were completed in 2017, tying with 2015, the first year to match this record. The total number of supertall buildings worldwide is now 126, up from 111 in 2016. This fact is even more extraordinary considering that much of the activity has been in the past few years. The 2017 figure represents a 66% increase in just four years. In 2013, there were 76 buildings 300 meters or higher.
Notably, 2017 was also the most geographically diverse year in terms of the number of cities and countries that completed 200-meter-plus buildings, with 69 cities across 23 countries represented in the data, up from 54 cities across 18 countries in 2016. Twenty-eight of these cities and eight countries completed their tallest building.