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10 Tallest Buildings in the world completing in 2018
The competition between the world countries to hold on their grounds the world’s tallest buildings has been on the rise in the recent years. New technologies and developed materials have deemed the extraordinary heights possible. With the world’s tallest building now, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, rising 828 meters above ground, almost double the height of the Petronas towers, in Kuala Lumpur, which used to be the world’s tallest, no more than 20 years ago, you can quite tell the difference. So, now let’s take a look at the top 10 towers from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s list of the 100 Tallest Under-Construction Buildings in the World, available on its Global Tall Building Database. Here starts the countdown:

Source: http://skyscrapercenter.com/

Courtesy of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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10. Skyfame Center Landmark Tower (528m) – Nanning, China

The tower which carries the name of its developers has 108 floors and is expected to be completed in 2021. However, that is all the available information concerning the 10th tower on the list. No official statements or renderings have been released by the designers or the developers yet.

Skyfame Center Landmark Tower (528m) – Nanning, China

9. China Zun Tower (528m) – Beijing, China

Another Chinese tower ties in height with the last one, but we have more information to give here. The building towers above the new extension of Beijing’s central business districts. It is designed by international architecture practice Farrells. It will be mainly dedicated to office spaces, with the additional private club, observation deck, and high-rent space on top. The tower will be the tallest in China and the tallest in an Earthquake danger zone. Steel-concrete bracing and solid concrete core will hold the building stable. It is expected to be completed in 2018.

China Zun Tower (528m) – Beijing, China

8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre (530m) – Tianjin, China

The 97-storey-high tower is designed by the Chicago-based American practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), with the aim of achieving a Gold LEED. The smoothly curved tower has a high-performance envelope which optimizes daylight access and minimizes wind impact on the tower’s surface. It is expected to be finished in 2018, as well.

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre (530m) – Tianjin, China

7. Lotte World Tower (554.5m) – Seoul, South Korea

South Korea’s only tower on the list has already topped out. Its external construction works have been finished as well, and it is expected to open in the fall, later this year. The 123-floor mixed-use tower is the country’s tallest building and the world’s fifth for the time being. It will be accommodating office spaces and a hotel.

Lotte World Tower (554.5m) – Seoul, South Korea

6. Global Financial Center Tower 1 (568m) – Shenyang, China

Also known as Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Center, the Chinese 114-storey-skyscraper is designed by British Multination Firm Atkins. It is dedicated to office space, with an extravagant auto showroom on top. The tower is planned to be the focal point of the business district in China’s industrially and historically valuable city, and it is scheduled to open in 2018.

Global Financial Center Tower 1 (568m) – Shenyang, China

5. Goldin Finance 117 (596.5m) – Tianjin, China

Yes, this is Tianjin’s second skyscraper on the list and China’s fifth, and this is not the last of it. The structure frame for 128-story-tower has already topped out, and it is expected to open in 2018. The mixed-use tower, designed by Arup Group, employs advanced structural techniques to enhance stability. It is characterized by the diamond-shaped observation deck on its top.

Goldin Finance 117 (596.5m) – Tianjin, China

4. Ping An Finance Center (599m) – Shenzhen, China

The 115-floor tower, again by Kohn Pedersen Fox, was scheduled to open in 2016, but the opening was delayed to this year. It will contain office, hotel, and retail space, as well as an observation deck on its top. The almost finished structure has already become the distinguishing feature of the central business district of Shenzhen.

Ping An Finance Center (599m) – Shenzhen, China

3. Merdeka PNB118 (630m) – Kula Lumpur, Malaysia

We are nearing the top of the list with our third tallest under-construction skyscraper, in another far-east Asian country. The 118-floor tower is designed by Australian practice Fender Katsalidis Architects. When finished, as expected, in 2020, the tower will be Malaysia’s highest structure, finally surpassing the Petronas towers. However, César Pelli’s world-famous towers will maintain their state as the world’s highest twin towers.

Merdeka PNB118 (630m) – Kula Lumpur, Malaysia

2. Wuhan Greenland Center (636m) – Wuhan, China

Here’s another tower expected to be finished in 2018. It seems that 2018 is the year to expect miracles. The mixed-use tower, by the American Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has a smoothly curved envelope and a tripod shaped plan for wind resistance, like with Burj Khalifa. It is, also, designed with several high-energy performance features.
In a list most obviously dominated by China, we may announce the world’s most populous country as our winner, but can we when they have missed first place?

Wuhan Greenland Center (636m) – Wuhan, China

1.Jeddah Tower (1000m) – Jeddah, Saudia Arabia

Yes, you have seen it right. The Gulf strikes again. The world’s ‘new’ highest building, it seems, will become a reality in 2020, finally surpassing Dubai’s 828-meter skyscraper. The tower will not just be the highest but the first to hit the 1km benchmark. The tower was designed by non-other than the American architect Adrian Smith, the designer of the world’s current tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The tower will have 167 floors, viewing the red sea, and it will have a speedy elevator, the first of its kind. It will include office spaces, hotel, residential apartments, and retail space. Just like Burj Khalifa and the under-construction Wuhan Greenland Center, the plan of the tower will adopt the tripod or Y-shape. Apparently, this the farthest the world of architecture and construction could get on achieving optimum stability for mega high-rises.
So, if things go as expected, Jeddah Tower will be taking Burj Khalifa’s title 10 years after the later has seized from Taiwan’s Taipei 101. Do you think the 1-kilometer-high Jeddah Tower will be losing its title as soon?

Jeddah Tower (1000m) – Jeddah, Saudia Arabia


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  • Ian Alexander Milne

    Ironic that the Jeddah Tower situated in one of the hottest places on the planet looks just like a giant upside down icicle.

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