Architecture, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Middle East, Skyscrapers

2017 saw the most built skyscrapers than any other year CTBUH reveals

A record 144 skyscrapers were erected around the globe in 2017, more than in any previous year in history.

The superstructures were built across 23 countries and 69 cities, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The Middle East saw the completion of nine 200m-plus buildings, where four high rises were finished in the UAE this year, including Marina 101, The Address Boulevard and Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower in Dubai and Horizon Tower A in Abu Dhabi.

China, with a population of more than 1.37 billion, completed construction on 76 skyscrapers in 2017, which is 66 more buildings than any other country.

To qualify as a skyscraper a building must be 200m with at least 43 floors.

“High-rise construction is no longer confined to a select few financial and business centres, but rather is becoming the accepted global model for densification as more than one million people on our planet urbanise each week,” CTBUH executive director Antony Wood said.

“Thirteen cities saw their first 200-meter-plus high-rise completion in 2017, in addition to the 28 cities and eight countries that saw their tallest building completed this year.”

The Chinese city of Shenzhen was responsible for the highest number of new skyscrapers. Topping the CTBUH’s list for the second consecutive year, the city saw the completion of 12 such buildings in 2017 — more than the entire United States.

Shenzhen is also home to this year’s biggest new skyscraper, the 599-meter Ping An Finance Center, now the fourth tallest building in the world.

The city of Nanning, in China’s Guangxi province, was ranked second, having completed seven new tall structures, while Chengdu tied with Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, on five.

The Chinese cities of Changsha and Wuhan were joined by New York, Toronto, South Korea’s Busan and the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, with four each.

However, the world may see a new record next year, as 130 to 160 skyscrapers are expected to go up in 2018.