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2019 another record year for supertalls

At 1,739 ft. the Tianjin CTF Finance Center in China was the tallest building completed this year.

Today’s builders are reaching higher than ever before with a record 26 so-called “supertalls” completed last year alone.

In its annual Tall Trends Report, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) found that 126 buildings of 656 ft. or greater were completed in 2019, including 26 “supertalls” of at least 984 ft., a new record.

The total number of supertall buildings worldwide is now 170. In 2013, there were 76 buildings 984 ft. or higher worldwide; in 2000, only 26. The 1,739 ft. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre in Tianjin, China was the tallest building completed in 2019.

“This is the fifth year in a row that a building over 1,640 ft has been completed, which is a remarkable accomplishment for the building industry — it was only 15 years ago that such buildings didn’t exist,” said CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood.

Asia (excluding the Middle East) topped this year’s list of tallest buildings with 87 of the 126 completions, for a 69 percent share; down from 110 completions for a 75.3 percent share of 2018’s total.

The United States was again the second-most prolific country, with 14 completions, for 11 percent of 2019’s total. The number was equal to 2018’s total, though the percentage represented was lower. North America represented 20 of the completions, or 15.9 percent of the world totals, compared to 16 of 2018’s completions, or 10.8 percent.

30 Hudson Yards was tallest NYC building completed this year.

In New York City, 30 Hudson Yards earned its place as the 7th tallest building to be completed in the world this year. At 1,121 ft. the skyscraper developed by Oxford Properties and Related Companies is the 36th tallest in the world, fifth tallest in the US and third tallest in NYC, behind 1 WTC (1,776 ft.) and 432 Park (1,396 ft.) which is soon to be replaced by Central Park Tower (1,550 ft.)

2019 proved to be a significant year for some areas that did not already have an abundance of tall buildings, and in some cases, had never been on the 656 ft. plus list before.

The African continent and the nation of Algeria alike got a new tallest building: the Great Mosque of Algiers (869 ft.). And on the opposite end of Africa, The Leonardo (744 ft.) in Johannesburg, South Africa, became that nation’s new tallest building, and the second-tallest building on the continent.

Looking into 2020, CTBUH currently projects a similar range for the expected number of completions for 656 ft-plus buildings: between 115 and 145. Of these, between 17 and 30 are expected to be supertalls.

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