China Rules Skies With Most High-Rise Buildings Under Construction

With the end of the year 2012, the onslaught of skyscraper construction has not stopped. It seems that business moguls and governments aim to transform their respective city’s skyline as their modern and radical designs go and vie to be some of the tallest buildings in the world. It is not even an exaggeration to say that a taller skyscraper is already being built even before the “tallest” building in the world is finished construction.

But according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, with the global financial crisis being felt by even the first world countries like the U.S., the skyscrapers being built and completed decreased in 2012. CTBUH officials said only 66 buildings over 200 metres tall were built in 2012, compared to 82 in 2011. Nevertheless, CTBUH said in a report that, “It is likely the 2013 completion total will set a new record for tall building completions, surpassing the 2011 total.”

It is true that despite many countries experiencing a recession, skyscrapers won’t cease to be built. One World Trade Center is slated for completion in 2013; and once finished, it will become the third tallest building in the world with a pinnacle height of 541.3 metres. In South Korea, the Lotte World Tower—soon to be the tallest building in the country—is also under construction. The world is watching as Dubai’s Pentominium and India’s World One race to become the tallest residential tower in the world.

But what may be surprising is that CTBUH officials said nine out of the 20 tallest skyscrapers being constructed are located in China. According to CTBUH, China has 239 high-rise buildings under construction, a number which is higher than any other country in the world. Officials said there were only 61 buildings taller than 300 meters in the world before the start of 2012. But by 2017, CTBUH predicts that China will have more than 60 completed supertall buildings. This includes the Ping An Finance Center, which will be the second tallest building in the world at 660 metres when it is completed in 2015.

With China joining the contest of constructing skyscrapers, who knows when the tallest building will change, yet again? Which country will you think will boast of having the tallest building in the future?