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Record number of skyscrapers completed in 2014

A record number of tall buildings were constructed last year, according to the annual report of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

It said that in 2014, 97 buildings of 200m high or greater were completed. The previous record was 81 completions in 2011.

At 541m, New York’s One World Trade Center (pictured), was the tallest building completed in 2014. It is now the world’s third-tallest building.

A total of 11 supertalls (buildings which are 300m or higher) were completed in 2014 – the highest annual total yet. Since 2010, 46 supertalls have been completed, representing 54% of the supertalls that currently exist (85).

The number of 200m-plus buildings in existence has hit 935, a 352% increase from 2000, when only 266 existed.

The sum of heights of all 200-metre-plus buildings completed across the globe in 2014 was 23,333m – setting another all-time record and breaking 2011’s previous record of 19,852m.

Asia’s dominance of the tall-building industry increased yet again in 2014, accounting for 74 of the 97 buildings completed in 2014, or 76%.

China completed the most 200m-plus buildings (58). This represents 60% of the 2014 global total, and a 61% increase over the previous record of 36 in 2013.

The Philippines took second place with five completions, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar share position three with four completions, and the United States, Japan, Indonesia and Canada tie for fourth, with three completions each.

Japan marked its first entry into the supertall stakes with the completion of the 300m Abeno Harukas in Osaka, now the country’s tallest building.

South America also completede its first supertall, the 300m Torre Costanera in Santiago, Chile. This which was also the only building of 200m or greater to be completed in South America in 2014.

Tianjin, China, was the city that completed the most 200metre-plus buildings, with six. Chongqing, Wuhan, and Wuxi, China, along with Doha, Qatar, all all build the next most, with four completions each.


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