Asia dominates skyscraper construction for 2013

A recording-breaking number of 53 skyscrapers over 200 metres high were built in Asia in 2013. According to the latest industry report, this number accounts for three-quarters of year’s tallest new buildings.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s annual review shows that 74% of global skyscraper completions in 2013 were located in Asia, which is a 19% increase from 2012. Asia now contains 45% of the tallest buildings in the world.

37 skyscrapers over 200 metres spread across 22 different cities in China, accounting for the majority of the total number of buildings, including lesser known cities who had not previous to 2013, contained buildings of this scale.

Nine 200 metre-plus buildings are found in South Korea, eight of which are located in Goyang.

The report revealed that worldwide skyscraper construction is back on the rise again, despite the stall in 2012 where the total number of tall building did not increase for the first time in six years. It also noted that 2013 was the second-most successful year for skyscraper construction.

“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,” the report notes.

“From 2000 to 2013, the total number of 200-metre-plus buildings in existence increased from 261 to 830 – an astounding 318 percent. From this point of view, we can more confidently estimate that the slight slowdown of 2012 – which recorded 69 completions after 2011’s record 81 – was a ‘blip’, and that 2013 was more representative of the general upward trend.”

The tallest building of the year, however, is the 355m JW Marriot Marquis Hotel Tower 2, located in Dubai.

One of the total 73 skyscrapers built last year is located in North America, while four were built in Europe including London and Moscow.