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16 Jan 2014

CTBUH 2013 Tall Buildings Data Research Report

2013: Second-Busiest Skyscraper Year in History

The tallest 20 buildings completed in 2013

CHICAGO, JAN. 15 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has
released its annual report, the 2013 Tall Building Data Research Report, part of the Tall
Buildings in Numbers data analysis series.

The tallest 20 buildings completed in 2013:
Tallest Skyscrapers in 2013

By all indications, 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.

Pearl River Tower, China:
Pearl River Tower

CTBUH 2013 Tall Buildings Data Research Report Key Findings

• 2013 was the second-most successful year on record for completion of
buildings 200 meters or greater in height. In 2013, 73 such buildings were
completed, second only to the 81 completions of 2011. In 2012, the number
had dropped slightly to 69.

• For the fourth year running, nine “supertall” buildings of 300 meters or greater
were again completed in 2013. These 36 supertalls, built over the last four
years, comprise nearly half the total number of supertalls that now exist (77).

• Of the 73 buildings completed in 2013, 12 buildings – or 16 percent – entered
the list of 100 Tallest Buildings in the World.

• For the sixth year running, China had the most 200-meter-plus completions of
any nation, at 37 – located across 22 cities.

• The tallest building to complete in 2013 was the 355-meter JW Marriott
Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 in Dubai, UAE.

• Three of the five tallest buildings completed are in the United Arab Emirates,
for the second year in a row.

• Europe has two of the 10 tallest buildings completed in any given year for the
first time since 1953.

• Of the 73 buildings over 200 meters completed in 2013, only one, 1717
Broadway in New York, was in the United States.

Tall buildings 200 meters or taller completed each year from 1970 to 2014.
Insert: Total Number of 200m+ Buildings in Existence:
Supertall Skyscrapers

The Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis series takes a statistical and graphical look
at various topics related to tall buildings, such as height, function, geographical
location, energy requirements, structure and others.
In addition, 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.

The tallest buildings completed each year, 2000-2013:
Tallest Skyscrapers by year

This synopsis is published annually in the first issue of the CTBUH Journal.
For more Tall Building information and statistics, please visit The Skyscraper Center.

To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

13 Nov 2013

CTBUH Height Ratification News

One World Trade Center’s Height Ratified at 1,776 Feet

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to evaluate its criteria for determining the official height of buildings, and to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New York.

The Height Committee has reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).

Height of One World Trade Center compared to other skyscrapers in the world:
One World Trade Center
image from CTBUH

21 Aug 2013

CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium


CTBUH 2013 Awards Symposium Speakers

• Rem Koolhaas, OMA: architect of CCTV, Beijing
• Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed: lifetime achievement award
• Clyde Baker, AECOM: lifetime achievement award
• Zhang Yue, China BROAD Group: Innovation award

CTBUH Awards

China World Trade Tower
photo : SOM, architects

R&F Guangdong Tower
image from architect

Eight Spruce Street
Rippling Building
image © dbox
CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas – 2011 : Eight Spruce Street

Guangzhou International Finance Center
Guangzhou International Finance Center
photo © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

KfW Westarkade
KfW Westarkade
photo © Jan Bitter
CTBUH Best Tall Building Europe – 2011 : KfW Westarkade Building

The Index
The Index Dubai
photo © Nigel Young/Foster + Partners
CTBUH Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa – 2011 : The Index

Chicago Skyscrapers
Chicago Skyscraper
photo courtesy of Jan Klerks

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall – 2010 : Burj Khalifa

Skyscrapers – Selection

Burj Dubai skyscraper, Dubai
Burj Dubai skyscraper
Image from Edelman

Guangzhou TV Tower, China
Guangzhou TV Tower
Information Based Architecture

Empire State Building, New York
Empire State Building
photo © Andrew McRae

Absolute Tower, Canada
Absolute Tower
image from architect

About the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Founded in 1969, the Council’s mission is to disseminate multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments, to maximize the international interaction of professionals involved in creating the built environment, and to make the latest knowledge available to professionals in a useful form.

The Council is an international not-for-profit organization supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals. The CTBUH is the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally. It is the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured, and thus the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” determined.

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall 2010 : Burj Khalifa Dubai

CTBUH Symposium Chicago

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