Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving Arup

1 Bligh Street

1 Bligh Street, Sydney

While not the tallest building on Sydney’s skyline, 1 Bligh Street stands out for its many sustainability features, including a double-skin curtain wall.

180 Brisbane

180 Brisbane, Brisbane

180 Brisbane includes an imprint of the Brisbane River on its façade and a public plaza to integrate the ground plane with another building.

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London

Rarely does a single building have such a profound impact on the history of the high-rise as 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin.

461 Dean Street

461 Dean Street, New York City

461 Dean Street is the first project in Pacific Park and upon completion the tallest building to be built using prefabricated modular construction.

8 Chifley

8 Chifley, Sydney

This iconic tower pioneers the vertical village concept in Australia – delivering a flexible platform designed to support its tenants every need.

88 on Field

88 on Field, Durban

This 146 meter office tower was ranked the second tallest building in Durban when it was completed in 1985.

ADNOC Headquarters

ADNOC Headquarters, Abu Dhabi

ADNOC Headquarters, situated next to the Arabian Gulf, was designed to allow occupants flexibility in physical space as well as optimal views of the coastline.

Al Bahar Towers

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi

In looking to innovate high-rise design, nature and culture are the most resilient sources of inspiration.

Al Hamra Tower

Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City

The art of high-rise building design embraces, at least in part, how the observer reads the rise of the form from the earth to the sky.

Aldar Headquarters

Aldar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi

A perfect circle at the water's edge, Aldar's new headquarters is the centrepiece of Al Raha Beach, an exclusive new city on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

Allianz Tower

Allianz Tower, Milan

The Allianz Tower is a thin, rectangular tower that features a convex, gently curving glass facade and emphasizes its four steel buttresses as a primary structural element.

Ardmore Residence

Ardmore Residence, Singapore

Located in a prime location, The Ardmore Residence provides expansive panoramic views of the cityscape.

Aspire Tower

Aspire Tower, Doha

Aspire Tower is a supertall skyscraper that served as the focal point for the 15th Asian games in 2006 housing the flame.

Aurora

Aurora, Brisbane

Located near central transportation, this 207 meter residential skyscraper features a heated pool, an entertainment area, and a cinema for residents.

Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale, Milan

The Bosco Verticale "vertical forest" takes the definition of "green skyscraper" to a new level, deploying more than 13,000 plants across 90+ species, including full-sized trees.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi

Burj Mohammed bin Rashid is the tallest building in Abu Dhabi and the skyscraper with the most floors in the city as of its completion in 2014.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at the site of the old Central Market, a traditional crossroads and meeting point in the city.

C&D International Tower

C&D International Tower, Xiamen

The C&D International Tower anchors a comprehensive project, with great potential to form the new Central Business District for Xiamen.

CCTV Headquarters

CCTV Headquarters, Beijing

The recently completed new headquarters of China Central Television contains the entire television-making process within a single building.

CapitaGreen

CapitaGreen, Singapore

With features such as a sky forest and a double-skin façade, CapitaGreen was designed to reduce energy consumption and channel fresh air from its rooftop to cool lower levels.

Capital City Towers

Capital City Towers, Moscow

After more than a decade in the planning, a new mixed-use business district rising 4 kilometers west of the Kremlin, is a symbol of Russia’s ascent in the global economic playing field.

Carlton Centre

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg

Once the home to the five-star Carlton Hotel, the Carlton Centre provides a birds-eye view of downtown Johannesberg.

China Zun

China Zun, Beijing

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the project team aim to use the latest in sustainable technology, materials and engineering concepts.

Chongqing World Finanacial Center

Chongqing World Finanacial Center, Chongqing

Also referred to as the Global Financial Building, Chongqing World Financial Center features a shopping center, hotel, service apartments, and office space.

ECB - European Central Bank

ECB - European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

European Central Bank's two towers are connected by a full-height atrium, referred to as the "vertical city".

Eton Place Dalian

Eton Place Dalian, Dalian

Eton Place Dalian is located on a six-hectare site in the central city and features a mix of uses including office, hotel, retail, entertainment, convention, SOHO, and residential.

Exchange Square

Exchange Square, Hong Kong

Exchange Square is a major development that sets the benchmark in Hong Kong for a prestigious, globally oriented, 24-hour business complex.

Gramercy Residences

Gramercy Residences, Makati

The Gramercy Residences is a residential high-rise condominium rising up to 250m, with a Skypark as its main attraction.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower located adjacent to a large central park and a subterranean retail concourse with transportation interchanges.

Guangzhou IFC

Guangzhou IFC, Guangzhou

Guangzhou IFC is a landmark tower which defines the emerging international strength of China’s third city and serves as a landmark for Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town’s main axis.

Haeundae I'Park

Haeundae I'Park, Busan

The Haeundae I’Park is a high-density mixed-use development which includes three high-rise residential towers on the coast of Busan.

Heron Tower

Heron Tower, London

Heron Tower provides highly flexible work-spaces which support diverse tenant needs through a series of ten multi-story “villages”—with a full-height atrium at the heart of each.

International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

Jing An Kerry Centre

Jing An Kerry Centre, Shanghai

Jing An Kerry Centre draws upon the socioeconomic wellspring of public transit to activate an iconic mixed-use mega-project in Shanghai.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a new school of design building for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University which offers a creative and multidisciplinary environment.

KK100

KK100, Shenzhen

As part of the larger KK100 development, the new curved tower is a powerful addition to the Shenzhen skyline.

KL118 Tower

KL118 Tower, Kuala Lumpur

KL118, the first building taller than the Petronas Towers proposed in Kuala Lumpur, is being constructed in the vicinity of Plaza Rakyat.

Kingdom Centre

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

Below the observation deck is an inverted parabolic arch that occupies the top third of the skyscraper creating its iconic status in the city.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The 929,000-square meter Marina Bay Sands is conceived as not just a mere building project, but as a city microcosm rooted in Singapore’s culture, climate, and contemporary life.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo

Turning the traditional configuration for school design literally on its side by projecting it vertically, the Cocoon tower presents an incredible case-study for creating a university.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality & Exhibition Complex contains four distinct programmatic uses, office, retail exhibition, hotel and exhibition, that are split between two sites.

Northeast Asia Trade Tower

Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon

The Northeast Asia Trade Tower was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 CTBUH Awards where the jury praised its tapering form as being well suited for its mixed-use program.

One Central Park

One Central Park, Sydney

A 116 meter residential tower that features "vertical gardens" along its outer facade, and a cantilevered section including a heliostat to provide light to the parkland below.

One Island East

One Island East, Hong Kong

In order to accommodate its supertall height, One Island East features 28 high-speed passenger lifts, six high-speed shuttle lifts, and one passenger lift.

One One One Eagle Street

One One One Eagle Street, Brisbane

This office tower's structure takes inspiration from the way plants grow upwards, giving it an organic nature that echoes the growing canopy in the nearby Fig Tree Plaza.

Palazzo Lombardia

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan

The Palazzo Lombardia is a confident and controlled execution of what is actually an exuberant plan, and it does so while quietly integrating sustainable strategies.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is a megatall skyscraper that serves as a central feature of Shenzhen's CBD.

Q1 Tower

Q1 Tower, Gold Coast

The first supertall building in the southern hemisphere, Q1 also held the title of tallest residential building from it's completion in 2005 until 2011.

Qingdao Agora

Qingdao Agora, Qingdao

As a mixed-use development, Qingdao Agora's design is organized around the daily social and economic needs of its inhabitants.

Riviera TwinStar Square

Riviera TwinStar Square, Shanghai

This building has a fantastic balance and poise. The towers stand out for the new spatial dimension they give to the “emptiness” that lies between them.

Samsung China Headquarters

Samsung China Headquarters, Beijing

The Samsung China Headquarters, a mixed-use building located in the city's growing central business district, is notable for its white glass exterior that reflects the skyline.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

Shanghai Wheelock Square

Shanghai Wheelock Square, Shanghai

Featuring simple symmetrical lines with the design, Shanghai Wheelock Square integrates environmentally-friendly aspects with state-of-the-art provisions.

Sliced Porosity Block

Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu

The buildings of Sliced Porosity Block, with their carefully shaped exteriors, bring the environmental needs of today into the cultural framework of local history.

Solaria

Solaria, Milan

Solaria was designed to provide residents with optimal privacy in its outdoor areas with carefully arranged terraces and etched glass railings.

Solaris

Solaris, Singapore

Though it is not particularly tall, the building is commended for its contributions to the exploration of the urban habitat.

Soyak Tower

Soyak Tower, Istanbul

Soyak Kristal Kule is a high-rise office tower project located in Levent, the main commercial district of Istanbul.

The Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building, London

The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London.

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece, Hong Kong

This 257 meter tall skyscraper is home to the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, along with 345 residential units.

The Shard

The Shard, London

The developers of The Shard showed remarkable tenacity in bringing it to fruition.

Torre Reforma

Torre Reforma, Mexico City

The Torre Reforma is Mexico's tallest building and features a versatile, column-free interior that incorporates natural energy-reducing elements and a structurally expressive exterior.

World Trade Center Abu Dhabi

World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

The Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at the site of the old Central Market, a traditional crossroads and meeting point in the city.

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Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen

Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen

22 Dec 2016, Shenzhen – Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the…

CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World

CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World

21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion…

Tower Trio Completes at Barangaroo South Complex in Sydney

Tower Trio Completes at Barangaroo South Complex in Sydney

8 Dec 2016, Sydney – The last of the three International Towers at the Barangaroo South complex in Sydney has…

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Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen
22 Dec 2016 – Shenzhen, China
Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the structurally topped out China Resources Headquarters is now the third tallest of all…
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CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World
21 Dec 2016 – Guangzhou, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in…
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Tower Trio Completes at Barangaroo South Complex in Sydney
8 Dec 2016 – Sydney, Australia
The last of the three International Towers at the Barangaroo South complex in Sydney has been completed. This completion marks the first significant part of the master…
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32-Story Modular High-Rise Completes in New York
22 Nov 2016 – New York City, United States
Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world's tallest volumetric modular tower and billed a solution to meet…
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Planners Set to Approve City of London's Tallest Tower
22 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Eric Parry Architects’ proposals for a 73-story office block that would be the tallest in the City of London have been recommended for approval by City of London…
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Europe’s Largest Private Residential Amenities Floor Unveiled in Warsaw
17 Nov 2016 – Warsaw, Poland
Złota 44, one of Europe’s tallest and most luxurious residential towers, has formally opened its impressive 1,793-square-meter amenities floor. The space is currently the…
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CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016
4 Nov 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner,…
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Construction Progresses on White Cubic Tower Rising in Seoul
19 Oct 2016 – Seoul, South Korea
A white, cubic tower is taking shape in central Seoul, marking the future home of the new headquarters for the Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. Upon completion in…
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City of London’s Future Tallest Tower Sees Reduction in Height
4 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Eric Parry Architects has dropped the height of its proposed 1 Undershaft skyscraper in the City of London by 4.66 meters to prevent it impinging on space allocated to…
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Construction Progressing on London's Scalpel
14 Sep 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Currently under construction, the 39-story tower at 52-54 Lime Street – known as The Scalpel – will climb 192 meters above the City of London, culminating with a peaked…
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Germany’s Tallest Building to Receive New Owner
15 Aug 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany
A consortium of related companies has plans to buy Germany’s tallest skyscraper, the 259-meter Commerzbank Tower located in Frankfurt, in a transaction valued at more…
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The Netherlands' Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam
20 Jul 2016 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
A 73-meter timber tower – dubbed HAUT – has been proposed for the upcoming Amstelkwartier neighborhood, located along the Amstel River. Developers claim that the…
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Topping Out Ceremony Held for Sydney’s 333 George Street
20 Jul 2016 – Sydney, Australia
A formal ceremony on July 20 officially marked the topping out of construction on 333 George Street, located on the corner of George Street and Martin Place in Sydney’s…
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First Renderings of Doha’s Hyacinth-Inspired Hotel Revealed
12 Jul 2016 – Doha, Qatar
An architecture firm has revealed plans to build a 38-story, fluid-form hotel as part of a new coastal district in Qatar. The building's design is based on the form of…
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Marina One Tops Out Ahead of Scheduled Completion in Singapore
11 Jul 2016 – Singapore, Singapore
The mixed-use Marina One’s main tower has officially topped out in the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial District, ahead of its anticipated completion date of…
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New Designs Revealed for Hong Kong’s Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project
8 Jul 2016 – Hong Kong, China
Swire Properties unveiled plans for its continued development of Taikoo Place, an HK$15 billion (USD$1.9 billion) investment that will see the developer further transform…
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Generali Tower Tops Out at 44 Floors in Milan
10 Jun 2016 – Milan, Italy
Zaha Hadid’s twisting Generali Tower has topped out in Milan. Once complete, the 44-story skyscraper will be one of three towers slated for the CityLife development…
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Museum of London Could Move to the Top of 1 Undershaft
2 Jun 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The Museum of London could take over the uppermost floors of the proposed 73-story 1 Undershaft. The museum wants to put a public viewing gallery, exhibition area, and…
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Construction Progresses on Midrand’s PwC Tower
24 May 2016 – Midrand, South Africa
The 26-story PwC Tower, which will be a focal point in the up and coming Waterfall City development, is currently under construction in Midrand, just north of…
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Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status
17 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest…
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32-Story Volumetric Modular Building Topped Out in Brooklyn
16 May 2016 – New York City, United States
461 Dean Street has topped out in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by SHoP architects, the 32-story structure is set to become the first residential building to open at…
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World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building
12 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the…
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Construction Progresses on Beijing’s Future Tallest Skyscraper
5 May 2016 – Beijing, China
Recent photos show that the China Zun Tower in Beijing has made significant progress since construction began in 2012. If construction remains on schedule, the tower is…
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Shanghai Tower Pays Tribute to Workers with Wall of Honor
29 Apr 2016 – Shanghai, China
The names of over 4,000 workers, designers, and engineers who played a part in the design and construction of Shanghai Tower have been put on a new 60-meter-long Wall of…
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Brisbane’s 443 Queen Street Receives Approval Amid Controversy
23 Mar 2016 – Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane's 443 Queen Street was approved by the city council in December 2015, and will be built next to the iconic Customs House. Customs House is taking the Brisbane…
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Arup Associates Submits Plans for 32-Story London Tower
22 Mar 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Plans by Arup Associates to demolish two buildings at Broadgate to make way for a major office development incorporating a 32-story skyscraper have been submitted. City…
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Mexico's Tallest Tower Approaching Completion
18 Mar 2016 – Mexico City, Mexico
Construction is progressing on the 246-meter Torre Reforma – characterized by its diamond-shaped upper portion and concrete cladding on three of its sides – which is set…
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Cape Town’s Triangle House to be Converted into Hotel and Apartment Units
16 Feb 2016 – Cape Town, South Africa
The 114-meter Triangle House is in the process of being converted from office space into a hotel and apartment high-rise. When completed, the building will be home to the…
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Plans Submitted for 73-Story City of London Tower
10 Feb 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Eric Parry has submitted plans for a 73-story skyscraper at 1 Undershaft to replace the Aviva tower. If built, it will become the tallest building in the City of London…
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Shanghai Tower Has Completed, Now the Second-Tallest Building in the World
7 Jan 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH has recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, which is now the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. The tower was finished…
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New Designs Revealed for 1 Undershaft in London
7 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Architects have unveiled new designs for 1 Undershaft, a 73-story tower that will be the tallest building in London's financial district. The redesigned tower will…
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32-Story London Office Tower Plan Revealed
4 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Developer British Land has unveiled plans for a landmark office complex rising to 32 stories. Public consultation for the office building at 2 Finsbury Avenue Square has…
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Bosco Verticale Wins CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award
13 Nov 2015 – Chicago, United States
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH…
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Goldin Finance 117 Tops Out in Tianjin
24 Sep 2015 – Tianjin, China
Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, the fourth largest city in China, has topped out at 597 meters. The building is among the tallest skyscrapers currently under construction…
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Proposals for Portland, New York Win US Tall Wood Building Prize
17 Sep 2015 – New York City, United States
US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, has announced the winners of the US…
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The Shard is Nearly 70 Percent Leased with Some of the Highest Rents in London
27 Aug 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A letting at The Shard in London has broken price records for the South Bank and the City, as a German IT company has struck a deal to take the entire 26th floor of the…
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Construction begins on Vietnam’s Tallest Tower in Ho Chi Minh City
3 Aug 2015 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
British architect Atkins has started work on the 460-meter Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, which is set to become the tallest building in Vietnam upon completion…
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Architects Release Casablanca Finance City Tower Design
20 Jul 2015 – Casablanca, Morocco
Design for the Casablanca Finance City Tower in Morocco have been released. The building's crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public…
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World’s First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City in Macau
13 Jul 2015 – Macau, China
An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the centerpiece to the topped-out Studio City complex in Macau. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the…
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Video Explores Singapore’s Next Tallest Building
8 Jul 2015 – Singapore, Singapore
A video documenting what will be Singapore’s tallest building upon completion has been revealed by developers Guocoland, exploring the 290-meter tower in more detail. The…
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As Economic Confidence Grows in Warsaw, Złota 44 Tower Relaunched
25 Jun 2015 – Warsaw, Poland
The luxury 52-story Złota 44 tower will be one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in Europe when it’s completed in 2017. But it doesn’t stand in a traditional real…
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London High-Rise Begins Construction Without Securing Tenants
13 May 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The world’s largest office developer has given London a $1.6 billion vote of confidence, pushing the button on construction of the 172-meter 100 Bishopsgate, one of the…
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Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen
4 May 2015 – Shenzhen, China
On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary…
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Hodder Wins Planning For 322-Home Birmingham Tower Scheme
27 Mar 2015 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Architects have won the go-ahead for a 322-flat, high-rise development next to Richard Seifert’s Grade II-listed Alpha Tower in Birmingham. Work on site is expected to…
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London’s Guy’s Tower Reclaims Status As World’s Tallest Hospital
19 Mar 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Guy's Tower in London has undergone a series of renovations that have given the 1970s-era hospital an air of modernity. An art installation added to the roof increased…
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Can Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower Inspire the City’s Architects?
26 Feb 2015 – Hong Kong, China
In the thick of Hong Kong's concrete jungle lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has become a welcoming home for design…
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Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi 90 Percent Leased
18 Feb 2015 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A developer has announced that leasing in Burj Mohammed bin Rashid Tower, the tallest tower in Abu Dhabi, has already reached 90 percent, as demand for prime residential…
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Next Phase of Construction Begins for San Francisco's 181 Fremont
9 Feb 2015 – San Francisco, United States
The general contractor for 181 Fremont Street announced that it has initiated Phase Two of construction with the erection of the tower’s five-story basement, which is…
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Work Begins on Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City
15 Dec 2014 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Construction work began on an 81-floor high-rise, which is expected to be the country's tallest building. The skyscraper, Landmark81, will rise 350 meters and is expected…
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Skanska Signs Contract to Construct London’s Scalpel
10 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Skanska has signed a £198 million (US $310 million) contract to build a new landmark office tower at 52 Lime Street in London. The project, dubbed "the Scalpel", is to…
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Foundation Work for Kuala Lumpur's KL118 to be Completed in 2015
1 Dec 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The developer expects foundation and piling works on the KL118 Tower, formerly known as Menara Warisan Merdeka, to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. The tower…
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Seattle’s Newest Skyscraper Underway
1 Dec 2014 – Seattle, United States
After being delayed for several years because of the economic downturn, work is underway on what will become one of Seattle's tallest and most distinct downtown…
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Cambodia’s Tallest Tower Fully Open for Tenants
18 Nov 2014 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
TFP Farrells has taken the wraps off of a 38-story banking headquarters in Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s tallest skyscraper. The tower is 183.8 meters tall and accommodates…
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CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014
7 Nov 2014 – Chicago, United States
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awarded One Central Park, Sydney, Australia, the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 13th Annual CTBUH…
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Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016
8 Oct 2014 – Guangzhou, China
The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an…
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Pelli-Designed Office Tower Planned for Boston
3 Oct 2014 – Boston, United States
A glass skyscraper designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects would bring 528 feet (161 meters) of curvy glass to the corner of Congress and New Sudbury streets in Boston…
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Amorepacific HQ Breaks Ground in Korea
24 Sep 2014 – Seoul, South Korea
Work has begun on the new Seoul headquarters of Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. It will comprise offices, conference facilities, a museum, restaurants, and retail…
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Amstar Buys Warsaw’s Zlota 44
8 Sep 2014 – Warsaw, Poland
Denver-based Amstar Global Advisers recently announced the purchase of Warsaw’s iconic Zlota 44 residential tower in an off-market transaction. Amstar is partnering with…
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Mixed-Use Sydney High-Rise to Feature Cascading Terraces
5 Sep 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Positioned at the heart of Sydney’s central business district, Grimshaw Architects has been selected to construct 333 George Street, an 18-story mixed-use building…
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Leadenhall Building’s Public Realm Completes in London
19 Aug 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The public realm at the foot of the 47-story Leadenhall Building has opened to the public. Spanning more than 2,000 square meters, the area is the largest public space to…
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Mexico City’s Torre BBVA to be Completed in Late 2014
11 Aug 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico
When it’s completed later this year, Torre BBVA Bancomer will become the tallest building in Mexico, standing at 235 meters high. The tower promises to be a new urban…
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Shanghai Tower Gets Finishing Touch
4 Aug 2014 – Shanghai, China
The final steel beam was installed on China’s soon-to-be tallest building, Shanghai Tower, with the skyscraper reaching its designed height of 632 meters. The 137-story…
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Construction Completed on Abu Dhabi's WTC Residences
30 Jul 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Construction on the World Trade Center Residences in Abu Dhabi has been completed. Aldar intends to open the tower, containing 474 rental residential units, in the last…
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London’s Gherkin Put on the Market
29 Jul 2014 – London, United Kingdom
One of London's most recognizable landmarks, the Gherkin, otherwise known as 30 St. Mary Axe, has been put up for sale and is expected to be snapped up by an overseas…
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For Rent: South Korea’s Tallest Skyscraper
11 Jul 2014 – Songdo, South Korea
Since completing construction in 2011 and transferring ownership to Daewoo International Corp. in 2013, South Korea’s tallest skyscraper has finally opened on a tract of…
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New Financing Plan for Warsaw’s Zlota 44
10 Jun 2014 – Warsaw, Poland
The former head of real estate firm Orco Property Group , Jean-Francois Ott, has raised 115 million euros (US$156 million) to buy and complete the Zlota 44 luxury…
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Hong Kong’s Mount Parker Residences Complete
5 Jun 2014 – Hong Kong, China
Swire Properties announced the completion of Mount Parker Residence, a 24-story development consisting of 19 residential floors. It the company's latest residential…
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San Francisco’s SOMA Hosts 16 High-Rises in Development
3 Jun 2014 – San Francisco, United States
HomesSF.com points out the significance of the level of development in the South-of-Market Area (SOMA). It took 60 years to develop 21 high-rises in the financial…
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That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You Too, London
23 May 2014 – London, United Kingdom
For the second time in less than two months, Salesforce.com has claimed naming rights to a tall building, this time across the pond from its initial lease. London's 46-…
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Hadid’s Hong Kong Tower Opens
15 May 2014 – Hong Kong, China
Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University recently celebrated its opening day. The 15-story building has the capacity for 1,450…
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UNStudio Plans Flashy Façade for Hanwha Headquarters
25 Apr 2014 – Seoul, South Korea
The Hanwha headquarters in Seoul will receive a facelift from Amsterdam’s UNStudio in the form of a modern, animated façade designed to reduce solar gain, increase…
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Hitachi to Deliver World’s Fastest Elevators by 2016
21 Apr 2014 – Guangzhou, China
Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou…
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That’s “Salesforce Tower” to You
14 Apr 2014 – San Francisco, United States
Software company Salesforce.com will lease half the planned Transbay Tower, placing San Francisco’s largest tech company in its future tallest building. The tower will be…
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Gotham Tower Fever Spreads – to Newark
14 Apr 2014 – Newark, United States
RBH Group has unveiled SoMA Newark, a large multi-skyscraper master plan by Richard Meier that will incorporate the low-rise Teachers’ Village project and aims to…
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Work Begins on Samsung HQ in Beijing
3 Apr 2014 – Beijing, China
Construction work has begun on the 250-meter Samsung Chinese headquarters in Beijing. Designed by Chicago-based SMDP, the office tower will also contain a museum, day…
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Macau’s City of Dreams to Host a Hadid Hotel
31 Mar 2014 – Macau, China
Melco Crown Entertainment has announced that its fifth hotel in the City of Dreams project at Cotai, Macau, will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The exposed…
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Proposed Tallest Building in Malaysia Begins Construction
18 Mar 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The long-anticipated Warisan Merdeka, which may oust the Petronas Towers as the tallest building in Malaysia, is set to begin construction, with Pintaras Jaya…
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Rooftop Oasis to Provide Green View for Surrounding Towers
17 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Atop an eight-story office building on Leadenhall Street, a two-story glass pavilion extension and gardens will provide a highly visible, green reprieve for onlookers…
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Beta Tenants Move Into Vattanac Capital Tower Office Space
14 Mar 2014 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The 183-meter Vattanac Capital Tower in Phnom Penh, designed by Farrells and described as “an iconic dragon-backed glass skyscraper,” is open for business with just a few…
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Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London
13 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A recent study by New London Architecture (NLA) found that 236 towers over 20 stories tall are already proposed, approved, or under construction in London, with the…
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Photos Reveal London's "Cheesegrater" Tower Simmering Along
12 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The Leadenhall Building, playfully nicknamed The Cheesegrater for its likeness, appears to be completed, as it is depicted in photos freshly released by developers…
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Hong Kong Top-Floor Towers Fetch Double the Manhattan Rents
6 Mar 2014 – Hong Kong, China
Premium office space is found at the topmost floors of skyscrapers across the globe, with Hong Kong in the lead, where the highest floor space goes for more than twice…
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Moscow Accepting Proposals for Skyscraper Clusters
3 Mar 2014 – Moscow, Russia
Regional authorities in Moscow have allocated land for the development of skyscraper clusters in the style of Moscow-City, which are hoped to solve overcrowding of…
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Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing
27 Feb 2014 – Beijing, China
Kim Chang-soo, president of Samsung Life Insurance, government officials, and contractors participated in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of…
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Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt
17 Feb 2014 – Shanghai, China
The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized…
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Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
10 Feb 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel…
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Why Does a Stunning Skyscraper's Interior Often Disappoint?
5 Feb 2014 – London, United Kingdom
In a recent opinion piece, the matter was contemplated: why do spectacular skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin or Shard, often have lackluster interior space? Explored is…
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31-Story Vertical Garden Sprouts in Sydney
30 Jan 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Patric Blanc, whose vertical gardens have garnered worldwide acclaim, has planted his most expansive garden yet at One Central Park, Sydney, where plants climb from the…
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Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure
28 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one…
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Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below
28 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the…
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Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower
16 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a…
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Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent
8 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China,…
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First B2 Module Stacked
13 Dec 2013 – New York, United States
The first of 930 modular units was lifted into place at B2, which at 347 feet (105.8 m) is set to become the world’s tallest modular building. Considerable fanfare…
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World’s Tallest Vertical Garden to Grow in Sri Lanka
10 Dec 2013 – Kotte, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will be the next nation to vie for the title of the “world’s tallest plant-covered building,” if the Clearpoint Residencies by Milroy Perera and Maga…
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Rents Rates Released for B2 Tower
3 Dec 2013 – New York City, United States
The subsidized units at Forest City Ratner's B2, a residential tower in the Atlantic Yards mega-development, will start at $494 per month. About half of the units will be…
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Video: Rem Koolhaas Explains De Rotterdam Complex
2 Dec 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dezeen has produced an exclusive interview with Rem Koolhaas, in which he tells the architecture website about his colossal new De Rotterdam Tower. The visibility of this…
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FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability
26 Nov 2013 – Shanghai, China
A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai…
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Construction Closes on Innovation Tower
25 Nov 2013 – Hong Kong, China
Construction of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Jockey Club Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), has completed. The 15-story building is ZHA's…
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De Rotterdam Completed by OMA
22 Nov 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for…
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Construction at 181 Fremont Begins
21 Nov 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a 54-story, 684,000-square foot (63,546 square-meter) residential and office tower near the Transbay Transit Center in…
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Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design
18 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A recent academic paper, originally published on Aggregate's website, examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners. Author Jonathan Massey…
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UNStudio Completes Ardmore Residence
15 Nov 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
UNStudio recently completed the Ardmore Residence, a 36-story residential tower near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district in Singapore. Inspired by the lush gardens…
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RSH+P Completes Cross-Braced Building in Sydney CBD
1 Nov 2013 – Sydney, Australia
London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed a 34-story office tower in Sydney with criss-crossing red braces on its sides and an elevated terrace cutting…
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Tour the B2 Factory with Gizmodo
25 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
Gizmodo has published an article that takes the reader on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards factory, which fabricates the elements that will be used to construct the B2…
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Greenland Takes Major Stake in Atlantic Yards
14 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
Chinese state-owned property developer Greenland Holdings Group signed a preliminary deal to take a majority stake in Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn's 22-acre (9-hectare)…
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Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower
14 Oct 2013 – Paris, France
Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled the design of the Paris Courthouse, a multi-story tower comprised of four volumes. The Palais de Justice, located in the Clichy…
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Stock Exchange Tower Completed in Shenzhen
8 Oct 2013 – Shenzhen, China
OMA has completed the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the heart of the city's Central Business District. As one of OMA's best-known designs, the 250-meter (820-foot)…
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Refinancing Deal Saves Heron Tower From Sale
4 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Heron Tower has reportedly sealed a ₤370 million (US$594 million) refinancing deal to prevent a sale of the building. The deal includes a ₤270 million (US$434 million)…
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New Hotel Brand Launches Major Global Initiative; Next Stop Singapore
4 Oct 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
glh., a London-based international hotel subsidiary of GuocoLand Leisure Group, has launched a new luxury hotel and private residences brand, Clermont. The Clermont brand…
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First KONE UltraRope Installation at Marina Bay
2 Oct 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
KONE has announced the first customer installation of its new, lightweight and durable UltraRope elevator hoisting technology at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore…
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Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud
6 Sep 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai…
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Demolition to Clear the Way for 181 Fremont
30 Aug 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Demolition work has begun on two buildings at 181 Fremont St. in San Francisco, making space for the tower that will replace the pair. Developer Jay Paul Co. plans to…
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Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess
28 Aug 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The…
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Gramercy Skypark Is Completed
23 Aug 2013 – Makati, Philippines
Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located…
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Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare
2 Aug 2013 – Shanghai, China
Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub of Shanghai on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core…
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Arup Making a Strong Impact in Mexico City
30 Jul 2013 – Mexico City, Mexico
Arup reports that the company is working on five tall buildings in Mexico City: Torre Manacar, Torre Pedregal 24, Punta Chapultapec, Torre BBVA Bancomer and Torre Reforma…
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David Scott Talks Prefabrication, Wind Turbines, Innovation
11 Jul 2013 – Dartford, United Kingdom
David Scott, member of the CTBUH Advisory Board, former CTBUH Chairman, CTBUH Awards jury member, is the focus of a recent New Civil Engineer feature article (…
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REM Documentary Exposes Projects’ Human Side
1 Jul 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas, son of architect Rem Koolhaas and painter Zoe Zenghelis, has shared a series of clips from his documentary film, REM. Set to debut at the…
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Cheesegrater Tops Out in the City of London
20 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A ceremony marking the topping-out of The Leadenhall Building was held on Tuesday, June 18, attended by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Owned by the joint venture of…
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Should Skyscrapers be Protected from Other Skyscrapers?
18 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
At the CTBUH London Conference, Make Architects founding partner Ken Shuttleworth called for a designation of corridors to be put in place to protect views of The Gherkin…
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London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate
11 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the…
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Leadenhall Building 50 Percent Let
31 May 2013 – London, United States
British Land and Oxford Properties have signed a deal to pre-let their London development, The Leadenhall Building, with London-based insurer Amlin PLC. The firm will…
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Chinese Life Insurer Buys Lloyd's of London Building
10 May 2013 – London, United Kingdom
London's iconic Lloyd's building has been sold to the Chinese life insurance firm Ping An for around £260 million (US$400 million). The tower, commonly referred to as the…
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Viscous Damping Saves Boston Properties $5 million
7 May 2013 – New York City, United States
Boston Properties has completed the structure and envelope of its SOM-designed 250 West 55th Street tower. The company reports that saving $5 million by incorporating an…
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Shard Secures First Office Tenant
3 May 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps has signed a contract to lease about 20,000 square feet (1,806 square meters) of office space in the Shard.…
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Developer Plans Tallest Building in Singapore
2 May 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
Singapore-based developer GuocoLand is planning to build Singapore's tallest building as part of the Tanjong Pagar Centre development. The Guoco Tower will be 290 meters…
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The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings
22 Apr 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As part of the Guardian's "Assignment of the Week" photography initiative, readers are encouraged to submit photos of tall buildings around the world. The theme was…
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Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters
16 Apr 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial…
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Frankfurt to Host Skyscraper Festival
9 Apr 2013 – Frankfurt, Germany
The city of Frankfurt will hold its 18th Skyscraper Festival this May, featuring events such as wall-walking, hot air balloons and base jumping. Ticket holders will be…
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Transbay Façade Transformed from Glass to Aluminum
3 Apr 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Pelli Clarke Pelli, architects of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, has updated the design of the podium façade. Instead of a transparent, sinuous glass façade,…
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San Francisco Welcomes Future Tallest
28 Mar 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated the groundbreaking of the Transbay Transit Tower. The 1,070-foot tower at First and Mission, which, if completed tomorrow, would be…
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Harvard Grad Paul Tange Explains Tall Buildings
26 Mar 2013 – Tokyo, Japan
As part of the Global Harvard series of alumni interviews, architect Paul Tange, son of Kenzo Tange, explains his views on architecture and the design of tall buildings…
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Boston Properties Takes Transbay Terminal
21 Mar 2013 – San Francisco, United States
Boston Properties has replaced Hines as the main developer of Transbay Tower, slated to be San Francisco’s tallest building. Hines reduced its ownership interest in the…
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Milan's Garden Skyscrapers Excite Media Attention
28 Feb 2013 – Milan, Italy
Milan's pair of forested skyscrapers, the under construction Bosco Verticale towers, are spotlighted by The Guardian. The towers, which will be cloaked in an outer layer…
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Steven Holl Gives a Personal Tour of His Latest Towers
21 Feb 2013 – Chengdu, China
Upon last month's completion of Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, the designer took part in a pair of short films to document the project to the…
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Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard
19 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo…
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Popular Science on Shanghai Tower
19 Feb 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in…
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Seattle Skyscraper Project Announces Hotel Tenant
14 Feb 2013 – Seattle, United States
SLS Hotels, owned by Los Angeles hospitality company SBE, will open a 14-story hotel in the re-launched Fifth and Columbia Tower, developers announced yesterday. The 660-…
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Heliostats Make Progress in Australia
13 Feb 2013 – Sydney, Australia
Engineering Source looks at the increasingly popular use of heliostats in tall building design in a recent feature article. Heliostats, which are mirrored devices used to…
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Arup Envisions the Future of Smart Buildings
5 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Arup's Foresight + Innovation team has produced a report titled "It's Alive!" which outlines their vision for the future of tall buildings. The report’s version of a 2050…
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The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day
4 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
London's Shard officially acquired the title of Europe's tallest skyscraper with the opening of the viewing platform on February 1. Designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-…
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Stalled Skyscraper Back On a Schedule
23 Jan 2013 – Seattle, United States
Construction of a stalled 660-foot (200-meter) tower in downtown Seattle will begin this fall, according to developers. The project, which has been on hold for five years…
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‘Scalpel’ Skyscraper Approved
16 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
City of London planners have granted official approval for the GBP500 million (US$800 million) Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper already known as “the Scalpel.” US…
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Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out
11 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on…
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‘The Scalpel’ Planned for London Skyline
9 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The latest addition to London’s proposed skyline is a glass tower which has already been dubbed “The Scalpel.” The tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will serve as the…
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CTBUH: Top Ten Tall Building Stories of the Year
21 Dec 2012 – Chicago, United States
This was a pivotal year for the tall building industry, with dramatic projects making headlines around the world. Not only did skylines grow taller, skyscrapers were…
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Atlantic Yards Modular Tower Launched
20 Dec 2012 – New York City, United States
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the first building of the borough's Atlantic Yards development. The 32-story B2…
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Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants
17 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm…
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Transbay May Be Joined by Sibling Tower
7 Dec 2012 – San Francisco, United States
A 52-story mixed-use building has been proposed for the Transit Center District Plan area of San Francisco. The Heller Manus-designed 700-foot (213-meter) 181 Fremont…
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One Bligh Street Receives Another Award
30 Nov 2012 – Sydney, Australia
The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The…
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New York Project Will Use Pre-Fab System
28 Nov 2012 – New York City, United States
After months of speculation, New York developer Forest City Ratner has confirmed plans to use a pre-fabricated construction system for a 32-story residential tower in the…
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Jakarta to Receive a New Landmark Building
21 Nov 2012 – Jakarta, Indonesia
An international design team made up of MVRDV, The Jerde Partnership, ARUP and developer Wijaya Karya, have collaborated to create Peruri 88, a 400 meter (1,312 foot)…
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Transit Center Officially Receives Final Approval
19 Oct 2012 – San Francisco, United States
San Francisco's Planning Commission on Thursday gave its final approval to plans to build the 1,070-foot (326-meter) tall Transbay Tower, the San Francisco Examiner…
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Transbay Tower Defeats Another Round of Naysaying
16 Oct 2012 – San Francisco, United States
The San Francisco Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions have agreed that the shadow of the proposed Transbay Tower at 101 First St. won't have a significant or…
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Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street
10 Oct 2012 – Sydney, Australia
Photography and communications firm Hyatt and Associates has produced a 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Street Office Tower, the winner of the 2012 CTBUH Best Tall…
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ZHA Hong Kong Innovation Tower Tops Out
9 Oct 2012 – Hong Kong, China
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) has topped-out the 76-meter-tall Zaha Hadid-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower. On completion, Innovation Tower will be…
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Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV
5 Oct 2012 – London, United Kingdom
CNN interviews Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and discusses his recently completed CCTV Tower in Beijing. He also relates his profound experience as an 18-year-old visiting…

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The Brisbane 2016 Summer Seminar: Design of Tall Buildings
24 Nov 2016, Brisbane – Event Report
CTBUH Brisbane held their 2016 Summer Seminar in conjunction with the ASCE. The topic of discussion was “Design of Tall Buildings.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Silver Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
CTBUH Vietnam Hosts Inaugural Event
7 Oct 2016, Ho Chi Minh City – Event Report
The CTBUH Vietnam Chapter hosted an inaugural event to introduce the Council to a Vietnamese audience and explain its role within the skyscraper industry.
2016 China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum
8 Jul 2016, Tokyo – Event
The third China-Japan-Korea Tall Building Forum was held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, on the topic of "Innovative Motion Engineering in Tall Buildings."
Future of Construction: Manufacturing Buildings
9 Jun 2016, New York City – Event Report
On June 9, the CTBUH New York Chapter in collaboration with the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee held the first of its lecture series, “Future of Construction.”
China Zun Visit
23 Apr 2016, Beijing – Tour Report
Nearly 20 local professionals came together for a visit to the under construction China Zun Tower, the future tallest building in Beijing.
CTBUH NYC YPC: Spring Social at BIG
7 Apr 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Young Professional Committee held their annual Spring Social event at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office on April 7, 2016.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
Future Places Workshop
18 Nov 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The second CTBUH Beijing Chapter workshop placed a particular emphasis on the subject of future workplaces and the importance of a robust marketing campaign for tall buildings.
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, San Francisco – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured San Francisco and its architectural marvels, from new construction to old historic buildings.
461 Dean Street Factory Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 461 Dean Street Factory which will be the World's tallest modular building containing 930 modules made up of 225 designs.
Second CTBUH Damping Research Meeting
26 Oct 2015, New York City – Event Report
Nearly 30 industry professionals and academic experts were in attendance at the second meeting for the CTBUH research project on damping.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
Council Report Examines the Pros and Cons of Vertical Greenery
30 Jun 2015, Milan – CTBUH In the Media
The American Society of Civil Engineers reviews the CTBUH report on vertical greenery sponsored by Arup. Executive Director Antony Wood is interviewed on the report.
Making High-Rise Work
11 Jun 2015, Melbourne – Event Report
On June 11, CTBUH Melbourne hosted their second lecture of 2015 entitled “Making High-Rises* Work,” which attracted nearly 50 industry supporters representing a wide range of expertise.
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
Safety Considerations in Tall Buildings
20 May 2015, Seoul – Event Report
CTBUH-Korea’s President Chung KwangRyang held an international conference addressing Tall Building Safety as the construction of tall buildings is increasing exponentially.
Second CTBUH "Tall Timber Buildings" Working Group Meeting
8 May 2015, Berlin – Event Report
The Tall Timber Buildings Working Group held their second meeting with a discussion on defining parameters for categorizing Tall Timber Buildings and focusing on creating a manual.
CTBUH Beijing Inaugural Event
22 Apr 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH Beijing's inaugural event featured presentations: "The New Fire Code on Tall Building Design" and "The Development of Beijing’s Central Business District".
CTBUH Australia Hosts Urban Regeneration Seminar
12 Mar 2015, Brisbane – Event Report
More than 100 people attended the presentation on One Central Park, the first of CTBUH Australia's Urban Regeneration Breakfast Seminars.
CTBUH Finland Launches with Urban Habitat Seminar
14 Jan 2015, Helsinki – Event Report
Seeking to enhance the level of discussion on tall buildings and urban habitat in the Nordic region, CTBUH Finland held a launch event.
CTBUH Melbourne Committee Hosts Holiday Celebration
4 Dec 2014, Melbourne – Event Report
CTBUH Australia Chapter, Melbourne Committee celebrated its second anniversary by hosting an informal holiday celebration.
CTBUH Co-Hosts Iuav International Tall Buildings Conference
21 Nov 2014, Venice – Event Report
The 5th Iuav International Conference on Tall Buildings was held in Venice, organized by Elena Giacomello and Dario Trabucco of CTBUH.
Emerging Technologies Breakfast Seminar
16 Nov 2014, Brisbane – Event Report
CTBUH Australia Chapter's Brisbane Committee hosted the fifth and last breakfast seminar for 2014, continuing the series theme of ”Emerging Technologies.”
CTBUH Israel Plays Major Role At Project Management Conference
10 Nov 2014, Tel Aviv – Event Report
CTBUH Israel helped organize and stage the 7th Project Management Conference on November 10 at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Beijing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Beijing – Tour Report
Attendees of the Beijing tour toured the new CBD development on the east side of town, projected to contain 15 towers, many of whose foundations were already visibly underway.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 3 No. 1
Mar 2014, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 3: Number 1 includes 8 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH S.F. Holds Panel On Livability/Walkability in Urban Design
24 Oct 2013, San Francisco – Event Report
A panel comprised of experts from the public and private sectors lead a discussion on issues within the changing landscape of living and working in San Francisco.
Atlantic Yards B2 – Modular on the Rise
24 Jul 2013, Chicago – Event Report
It seems increasingly evident that 2013 will be remembered as The Year of Prefab in the tall-building community. At 32 stories, B2 promises to become the tallest modular building.
Smart is the New Green
24 Jul 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
Dr. Tim Williams, Arup and Committee for Sydney, discusses how cities by unlocking technologies can create opportunities for new sustainable modes of living and working.
CTBUH Publishes Case Study on The Leadenhall Building in London
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London, but it also springs forward with an innovative structure and a dynamic street presence.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two
12 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity
See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including The Shard Networking Reception.
CTBUH 2013 London Conference Gold Sponsor
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference Sponsor
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Italian Team Wins Research Seed Funding
11 Jun 2013, London – CTBUH Research
A research team from Iuav University of Venice, Italy, was named the winner of the CTBUH’s second research seed funding grant during the 2013 London Conference Dinner.
CTBUH Canada Inaugural Meeting
2 May 2013, Toronto – Event Report
The first event organized by the newly formed CTBUH Canada Chapter was held at the University of Toronto on May 2, to a highly enthusiastic reception.
Leading Structural Firms Help the Council on LCA Research
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Twelve of the world’s best-known structural engineering firms helped the CTBUH Research Team to perform a fundamental part of its LCA research project.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Beijing Regional Tour Report
22-23 Sep 2012, Beijing – Tour Report
Congress delegates who traveled to Beijing were treated to a snapshot of how tall buildings are transforming China’s capital.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.
New York City Reps Stage First Event
31 Jul 2012, New York City – Event Report
More than 125 New York City professionals gathered on a rooftop terrace for the first event organized by the CTBUH’s New York steering committee.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 1
Mar 2012, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 1 includes 7 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
A Private View: CTBUH Tour of KK100 Tower
7 Dec 2011, Shenzhen – Tour Report
CTBUH held an exclusive insight and tour of the recently completed 442 meter Kingkey 100 Tower, hosted by the CTBUH Hong Kong Representative, Stefan Krummeck.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Gold Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting
9 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
Tall building industry leaders from around the globe met at the seminal Dongbu Financial Center tower for the 2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting.
Path to the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress: Beginnings…
Jul 2011, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders recently traveled to China to attend a CTBUH-Tongji University workshop, and begin the planning of the anticipated 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
22 Oct 2009, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 8th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Next CTBUH Chair visits CTBUH HQ
27-28 Aug 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University, due to take over as CTBUH Chair in October 2009, visited the CTBUH offices for a 2-day meeting.
The Remaking of Mumbai, Tour
1-11 Feb 2009, Mumbai – Tour Report
Ten advanced architectural students from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Prof. Antony Wood to engage in the urban issues of the C-ward district of Mumbai.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2008 Dubai Conference Silver Sponsor
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Conference Sponsor
The Congress hosted presentations, seminars and workshops covering virtually every aspect of tall building development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Table Sponsor
25 Oct 2007, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 6th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 5th Annual Awards Dinner Sponsor
26 Oct 2006, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 5th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 4th Annual Awards Contributor
18 Oct 2005, New York City – Awards Event
The CTBUH 4th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in the Astor Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

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Craig Gibbons

Craig Gibbons

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2014 – 2015
Brisbane, Australia

Joseph Dennis

Joseph Dennis

CTBUH Staff, 2008 – 2014
New York City, United States

Husamettin Alper

Husamettin Alper

CTBUH Country Representative, 2006 – 2010
Istanbul, Turkey

CTBUH Leaders at Arup

Craig Gibbons

Craig Gibbons

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2014 – 2015
Brisbane, Australia

Joseph Dennis

Joseph Dennis

CTBUH Staff, 2008 – 2014
New York City, United States

Husamettin Alper

Husamettin Alper

CTBUH Country Representative, 2006 – 2010
Istanbul, Turkey

Joop Paul

Joop Paul

CTBUH Country Representative, 2012 – 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands

David Farnsworth

David Farnsworth

CTBUH City Representative, 2012 – 2014
New York City, United States

Peng Liu

Peng Liu

CTBUH City Representative, 2012 – Present
Beijing, China

Raul Manlapig

Raul Manlapig

CTBUH City Representative, 2013
Manila, Philippines

James Quiter

James Quiter

CTBUH City Representative, 2012 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

Fiona Cousins

Fiona Cousins

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2007
New York City, United States

Ashok Raiji

Ashok Raiji

CTBUH Awards Technical Jury, 2015
New York City, United States

Paul Sloman

Paul Sloman

CTBUH Awards Technical Jury, 2014
Sydney, Australia

Michael Kwok

Michael Kwok

CTBUH China Awards Technical Jury, 2016
Shanghai, China

Noah Burwell

Noah Burwell

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2016 – Present
Hong Kong, China

Jian-Hao Ding

Jian-Hao Ding

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – 2015
Shanghai, China

Michelle Roelofs

Michelle Roelofs

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, New York City, 2016 – Present
New York City, United States

Rob Henderson

Rob Henderson

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, San Francisco, 2014 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

Goman Wai-Ming Ho

Goman Wai-Ming Ho

CTBUH Working Group: Outrigger Design, 2011 – 2012
Hong Kong, China

Carsten Hein

Carsten Hein

CTBUH Working Group: Tall Timber, 2014 – Present
Berlin, Germany

James Sze

James Sze

CTBUH Working Group: Foundations, 2015 – Present
Hong Kong, China

Michael Willford

Michael Willford

CTBUH Working Group: Seismic Design, 2006 – 2012
San Francisco, United States

Bob Lang

Bob Lang

CTBUH Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2013
London, United Kingdom

Nigel Annereau

Nigel Annereau

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2013

Vincent Cheng

Vincent Cheng

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014
Hong Kong, China

Damian Eley

Damian Eley

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2013

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Feng-Jun Lin

Feng-Jun Lin

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Hong Kong, China

Rudi Scheuermann

Rudi Scheuermann

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Tom Wilcock

Tom Wilcock

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2015
New York City, United States

Zak Kostura

Zak Kostura

CTBUH Journal, Editorial Board, 2010 – 2014
New York City, United States

Gary Lawrence

Gary Lawrence

CTBUH Journal, Editorial Board, 2008 – 2014
Seattle, United States

Chris Carroll

Chris Carroll

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel, 2013
London, United Kingdom

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CTBUH Resources Involving Arup

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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China Award Winner

China Award Excellence

Grade A Office Space in Mexico City: Tight Sites and Shaky Ground

27 Oct 2015 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
Tom Wilcock, Arup

CTBUH Australia Symposium 2015 – Panel Discussion

1 Sep 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Craig Gibbons, Arup; Carol Wills, The Skyscraper Museum; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T Corporation; Sandra Kajj-O’Grady, University of Queensland; James Tum, Urbis

Urban Regeneration Seminar – One Central Park: Robert Saidman, Arup

12 Mar 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Robert Saidman, Arup

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Increased High-Rise Resilience to Stabilize Cities of the Future

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Rudi Scheuermann, Arup

The Integrated Smart Design Technologies for Tall Building Structural Design

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Pamg Liu, YuCheng, Dorothee Citerne & Leo Zhang, Arup

The Structural Design of “China Zun” Tower, Beijing

Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3
Liu Peng, Cheng Yu & Zhu Yan-Song, Arup

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Videos

Grade A Office Space in Mexico City: Tight Sites and Shaky Ground
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Tom Wilcock, Arup
In recent years Mexico City has seen a surge in tall building construction, concentrating around the new Central Business District on Paseo de la Reforma, and culminating with four new skyscrapers clustered at its west-central end. Arup has led the…
CTBUH Australia Symposium 2015 – Panel Discussion
1 Sep 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Carol Wills, The Skyscraper Museum; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T Corporation; Sandra Kajj-O’Grady, University of Queensland; James Tum, Urbis
Craig Gibbons, Carol Willis, Ahmad Adbelrazaq, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, and James Tuma, participate in a panel at the CTBUH Australia Symposium on "How Cities are Responding to Urbanism?"
Urban Regeneration Seminar – One Central Park: Robert Saidman, Arup
12 Mar 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Robert Saidman, Arup
Robert Saidman, Principal, Arup presents at the first CTBUH Australia Urban Regeneration Seminar on the services of One Central Park, Sydney.
Urban Regeneration Seminar – One Central Park: Question and Answer
12 Mar 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Presentation Questions & Answers
The Question and Answer session of the first CTBUH Australia Urban Regeneration Seminar on One Central Park, Sydney featured speakers: Mark Giles, Senior Associate, PTW Architects; Matt Harding, Principal, Robert Bird Group; and Robert Saidman,…
Would Software Replace Engineers?: A Case Study on the Structural Design of Beijing "China Zun" Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Peng Liu, Arup
In the past, engineers have used hand calculation to carry out structural design, usually with a simplified model. Finite element analysis was then broadly used on a comprehensive digital model. The latest engineering software encapsulated those…
A Case Study for Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Richard Mann, Ecosytem Architecture & Andrew Johnson, Arup
This presentation explores a range of design principles for achieving a socially sustainable residential community in a very tall environmentally responsive building. The goal of this study is the exploration of possibilities for both high-rise and…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 14 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 14 Questions & Answers session with speakers Elena Giacomello, Universita Iuav di Venezia; Richard Mann, Ecosystem Architecture; Andrew Johnson, Arup; and Ronald A. Wood, Innovative Plant Technology.
High-Performance Sustainable Ultra High-Rise: Case Study of Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sai Yau (Vincent) Cheng, Arup
The Ping An Finance Center that has adopted a low energy, high-performance sustainable building model. With a focus on effective elevator systems, an efficient façade, and high-volume indoor environmental quality, substantial energy savings were made…
Towards 2050 – The Challenge for Tall Buildings
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Craig Gibbons, Arup
The continuing increase in urbanization creates significant challenges for our cities and the tall buildings within them. This includes the demand for space, consideration of the environmental constraints and societal expectations. The presentation…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 02 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 02 Questions & Answers session with speakers Craig Gibbons, Arup, Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren, and Yosuke Hayano, MAD Architects.
What are the conditions that would justify a tall building's demolition, rather than renovation?
Nov 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Industry leaders answering this question include: Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Bob Lang, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Tavernor, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.
Stepping Stones to 2050
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Bob Lang, Arup
Some sources predict that by 2050 the population will have reached nine billion; six to seven living in cities. This will be a generation of individuals whose lives have been shaped by technology and the increasing consequences of climate change. If…
What Techniques Will Define Next Generation Tall Buildings?
May 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Aybars Asci, SOM; Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR; Mark Sarkisian, SOM;…
What is the Single Biggest Challenge in Constructing a Mile-high Tower?
Mar 2013 – Monthly Video Series; William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung
Industry leaders answering this question include: William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.; and Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung.
What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?
Feb 2013 – Monthly Video Series; What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Christoph Ingenhoven, Ingenhoven Architects; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Aybars Asci, SOM; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti;…
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies;Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton…
What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Engineers; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Toby Blunt,…
Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Joseph Rechichi,…
2011 witnessed the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Do you believe tall buildings are now "safe" from terrorism?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Michael Kwok, Arup; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Michael Kwok, Arup; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Louisa Hutton,…
Best Tall Building Innovation Award: Al Bahar: Innovating the Intelligent Skin
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Peter Chipchase, Arup
Al Bahar Towers’ innovative dynamic façade opens and closes in response to the movement of the sun, creating a more comfortable internal environment for occupants and producing a distinctive external aesthetic which helps to define the building as a…
Parametric Analysis and Design Engine for Tall Building Structures
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Goman Ho Arup
With the rise in CPU power and the generalization and popularity of computers, engineering practice also changed from hand calculations to 3D computer models, from elastic linear analysis to 3D nonlinear static analysis and 3D nonlinear transient…
Track 5: Retrofit & Lifecycle Considerations Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 5 panel consisting of: Paul Sloman, Arup; Donald Davies, MKA; and Mic Patterson, Enclos took questions from delegates.
Track 12: Controlling & Harnessing Building Movement Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Presentation Questions & Answers
The Track 12 panel consisting of: Robert McNamara, McNamara/Salvia Inc.; Constantin Christopoulos, University of Toronto; Ahsan Kareem, University of Notre Dame, answer questions from delegates.
Retrofit and Refurbishment of Existing Tall Buildings
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Sloman, Arup
Existing buildings are a city’s heritage, skyline, and contribute to its distinct character. They also represent a considerable spent investment in terms of both material and energy. The majority of these buildings are not capable of meeting the…
Interview: Guangzhou IFC
3 Nov 2011 – 2011 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Chris Wilkinson & Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Michael Kwok & Craig Gibbons, Arup
Chris Wilkinson & Dominic Bettison of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Michael Kwok & Craig Gibbons of Arup are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2011 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. The winner of the 2011 Best…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: Guangzhou IFC: Towards An Elegant Simplicity
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Michael Kwok, Arup
The tallest of the four regional winners this year at 440 meters, the Guangzhou International Finance Center utilizes the world’s tallest constructed diagrid structure, whose inherent stiffness resists acceleration and sway, while the aerodynamic…
Chongqing International Trade and Commerce Centre
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Andrew Luong, Arup
At 440m, the Chongqing International Trade and Commerce Centre will become one of the tallest buildings in south-west China. The presentation will highlight the structural engineering and state-of-the-art design of this super-highrise, whilst…
Innovative Tall Buildings Design – The Story of International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Yau Chun Yee, Arup
The presentation describes the contribution of various engineering experts in overcoming the difficulties faced during the design process. Innovative engineering solutions applied in this project are summarized with comments on how those creative…
Full-scale Benchmarking of Dynamic Wind Load for a Supertall Building
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Alex P. To, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Full-scale field observations of modal power spectral density of wind load for a tall building are compared with that predicted from wind tunnel tests. A recently developed Bayesian modal identification method is used for determining the most…
Structural Implementation of Sculptural Raffles City Hangzhou
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Michael Kwok, ARUP
Raffles City Hangzhou is a mixed-use development consisting of two 250m tall twisted towers and a 10-storey retail podium enclosed by multiple curved building envelopes. The towers and the podium are linked by four link bridges to form a huge…
Elegant Efficiency for Complex Tall Towers
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; David Scott, Arup, New York
In recent years, changes to the design and construction process have given architects, engineers, fabricators and builders the tools to design and build bigger and more complex towers than ever before. This has led to a boom of unusual tall buildings…
What Do You Care What Other People Think?
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Francesca Galeazzi, Urban Strategies Leader, Arup, Seattle
Successful urban places are political choices supported by data: they are not the accumulation of data. A translation factor between the information collected and the people who need it is required. The real purpose of any city should be to optimize…
Day 1 Welcome and Chair
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; David Scott Arup, New York
David Scott, CTBUH Trustee and immediate past Chairman, opens the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference before introducing the session S1 speakers: Eric Trump & Andy Weiss, William Testa, and Richard Tomasetti.
Day 1 Welcome and Chair
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; David Scott Arup, New York
David Scott, CTBUH Trustee and immediate past Chairman, opens the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference before introducing the session S1 speakers: Eric Trump & Andy Weiss, William Testa, and Richard Tomasetti.
Urban Development To Combat Climate Change
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Head & Gary Lawrence, Arup
Gary Lawrence of Arup discussed the potential of an integrated urbanism approach at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Drawing on lessons learned from the planning and development of a new, low-carbon eco-city on an island opposite Shanghai in…
Tall Buildings Sustainability from the Bottom Up
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Michael Beaven, Arup
Micheal Beaven of Arup, presented his examination of the idea that a building can only be sustainable if it is so in the context of the community which uses it at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. His idea concluded that tall buildings can…
Day 1 Welcome & Chair
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Scott, CTBUH Chairman
David Scott, CTBUH Chairman, opens Day 1 of the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai and welcomes the Plenary Session 1 speakers, HE Hussain Nasser Lootah, Sadhu Johnston, and Peter Wynne Rees.
Report on Council Working Group Activities: Seismic Design and Sustainable Design
26 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Mike Willford, Arup; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Mike Willford, Arup present the Seismic Design Report on Council Working Group Activities at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in the Herman Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology. This is…
New Structural Design Concepts for High-Rise Buildings of the 21st Century
26 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Michael Willford, Arup
Michael Willford, Arup illustrates the benefits of new approaches of the 21st century in structural design with reference to projects currently under construction and in design at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held at Herman Hall, Illinois…
Day 1 Welcome & Opening Remarks
25 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; David Scott (CTBUH Chairman)
David Scott, CTBUH Chairman welcomes the delegates to the two day CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in the Herman Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology. The first day consists of four sessions with eminent speakers like Sabah Al Reyes, Charles…
Progressive Collapse: Report on Council Working Group Activities
25 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Rob Smilowitz, Weidlinger
Bob Smilowitz, Weidlinger and Craig Gibbons, Arup present the Report of the Council Working Group Activities on 'Progressive Collapse' at the opening session of the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in Herman Hall Illinois Institute of Technology.

Papers/Research

Increased High-Rise Resilience to Stabilize Cities of the Future
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Rudi Scheuermann, Arup
Dense urban city environments consist of an agglomeration of tall buildings. The resilience of cities as a whole depends, among other components, on the resilience of each single element: the tall buildings which together make a city a functional…
The Integrated Smart Design Technologies for Tall Building Structural Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Pamg Liu, YuCheng, Dorothee Citerne & Leo Zhang, Arup
A series of integrated smart design tools has been developed to satisfy different design requirements and to achieve an optimal balance between economics and safety. The series of tools combines the functions of parametric modelling, optimization…
The Structural Design of “China Zun” Tower, Beijing
Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3; Liu Peng, Cheng Yu & Zhu Yan-Song, Arup
The “China Zun” tower in Beijing will rise to 528 meters in height and will be the tallest building in Beijing once built. Inspired by an ancient Chinese vessel, the “Zun”, the plan dimensions reduce gradually from the bottom of the tower to the…
The Evolution of Outrigger System in Tall Buildings
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Goman Wai-Ming Ho, Arup
The structural efficiency of tall buildings heavily depends on the lateral stiffness and resistance capacity. Among those structural systems for tall buildings, outrigger system is one of the most common and efficient systems especially for those…
The Damped Outrigger - Design and Implementation
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Rob Smith, Arup
The use of outriggers with dampers (the damped outrigger concept) has been shown to be a cost effective method of adding structural damping to a high rise building, and has been described in previous work by the author. This paper further develops…
New Heights for Renewables: The US Tall Wood Building Competition
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture; Anyeley Hallova, project^; Jeff Spiritos, Spiritos Properties; Michelle Roelofs, Arup
In a continuing effort to support the Obama Administration’s climate strategy, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the US Tall Wood…
Deep Foundations for High-Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; James Sze, Arup
Hong Kong is a renowned small city with densely placed skyscrapers. It is no surprise that heavy duty or even mega foundations are built over the years to support these structures. To cope with the fast construction pace, several heavy deep…
Grade A Office Space in Mexico City: Tight Sites and Shaky Ground
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Tom Wilcock, Marc Easton, William Algaard & Tabitha Tavolaro, Arup
In recent years Mexico City has seen a surge in tall building construction, concentrating around the new Central Business District on Paseo de la Reforma, and culminating with four new skyscrapers clustered at its west-central end. Arup has led the…
Raffles City Chongqing: A Skyscraper City within a Development
Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Andrew Luong, Michael Kwok, Patrick McCafferty, & Penny Cheung, Arup
Raffles City Chongqing is a comprehensive mixed-use development with an overall gross floor area of approximately 1,100,000 square metres. The development encompasses a transportation hub, luxury residential, high end serviced apartments, offices,…
The Resilient Urban Skyscraper as Refuge
Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ilana Judah, FXFOWLE; Fiona Cousins, Arup
This paper investigates the role of the Urban Skyscraper with respect to climate change resilience. Large urban centers are now experiencing the consequences of climate change, and are facing colossal social and economic impacts. As buildings that…
8 Chifley – Sustainable Structural and Fire Engineering
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Andrew Johnson, Arup
8 Chifley’s unique aesthetic has attracted much of the attention, however the 34 storey 150m tall building’s overall quality, sustainable performance, and structural efficiency, both in construction and in final form, are similarly significant.…
Climate Change in Hong Kong: Mitigation Through Sustainable Retrofitting
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Kevin Wan, Gary Cheung & Vincent Cheng, Arup
Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have raised public awareness of energy use and its environmental implications. There are more than 41,000 existing tall building blocks in Hong Kong. Future projections indicate…
Developing Hybrid Timber Construction For Sustainable Tall Buildings
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Carsten Hein, Arup
In the near future, timber will form a much bigger part of the built environment. This paper chronicles projects that redefine the possibilities of timber to help support this development. Working on the LifeCycle Tower (LCT), the author and…
Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its surroundings and become one of the most prominent icons of the city.
Modular Tall Building Design at Atlantic Yards B2
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; David Farnsworth, ARUP
The Atlantic Yards B2 Modular Residential Tower will be the tallest volumetric modular building in the world when completed in early 2015. In January 2011, Forest City commissioned an integrated team of architects (SHoP), engineers (Arup), and…
Towards 2050 – The Challenge for Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Craig Gibbons, Kristina Moores & Josef Hargrave, Arup; Gregory Kiss, Kiss + Cathcart
The continuing increase in urbanization creates significant challenges for our cities and the tall buildings within them. This includes the demand for space, consideration of the environmental constraints and societal expectations. The paper…
A Case Study for Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Richard Mann, Ecosytem Architecture; Andrew Johnson, Arup; Elke Haege, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
This paper explores a range of design principles for achieving a socially sustainable residential community in a very tall environmentally responsive building. The goal of this study is the exploration of possibilities for both high-rise and very…
Designing a High-Performance Sustainable Megatall
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Sai Yau (Vincent) Cheng, Chun Kuen (Jimmy) Tong & Wai Ho Leung, Arup
This chapter summarizes the characteristics of high-rise development and related considerations on building energy during design. The chapter introduces the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center as a showcase of how a high-performance sustainable building…
An Innovative Braced Megaframe for Torre BBVA Bancomer in Mexico City
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; William H. Algaard & Tom Wilcock, Arup
This paper discusses the design and delivery of an Eccentrically Braced Megaframe (EBMF) for a 52-story building currently under construction in Mexico City. The EBMF for this project has been constructed external to the building’s envelope and at an…
Overview of Seismic Loads and Application of Local Code Provisions for Tall Buildings in Baku, Azerbaijan
Mar 2014 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 3 Number 1; Hi Sun Choi, Onur Ihtiyar & Leonard Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti; James Sze, Arup
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has seen a boom in construction in recent years. The old Baku city has been rapidly transforming into a new hub of high-rise buildings and lively cultural centers hosting the Euro Vision Song Contest in 2012 and…
Imagining the Tall Building of the Future
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III; Josef Hargrave & Ralph Wilson, Arup
Predicting the future is an impossible task. One will never get it absolutely right. However, that does not make it a pointless exercise. Instead, such a discussion is a tool to enable conversations about the possible, and to inspire people to think…
Case Study: The Leadenhall Building, London
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Andy Young, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Nigel Annereau, Arup; Andy Butler, Laing O’Rourke; Brian Smith, Davis Langdon
The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London, but it also springs forward with an innovative structure and a dynamic street presence.
The Structural Design of Tianjin Goldin Finance 117 Tower
Dec 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 4; Peng Liu, Goman Ho, Alexis Lee, et al, Arup
Tianjin Goldin Finance 117 tower has an architectural height of 597 m, total of 117 stories, and the coronation of having the highest structural roof of all the buildings under construction in China. Structural height-width ratio is approximately 9.5…
Considerations of Sustainable High-rise Building Design in Different Climate Zones of China
Dec 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 4; Kevin K. W. Wan, Man-Him Chan, and Vincent S. Y. Cheng, Arup
Buildings, energy and the environment are key issues that the building professions and energy policy makers have to address, especially in the context of sustainable development. With more tall buildings constructed in China, the impact on energy…
Parametric Analysis and Design Engine for Tall Building Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Goman Ho; Peng Liu; Guang Lei Liu, Arup
With the rise in CPU power and the generalization and popularity of computers, engineering practice also changed from hand calculations to 3D computer models, from elastic linear analysis to 3D nonlinear static analysis and 3D nonlinear transient…
Retrofit and Refurbishment of Existing Tall Buildings
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Sloman & Alex Edwards, Arup
Existing buildings are a city’s heritage, skyline, and contribute to its distinct character. They also represent a considerable spent investment in terms of both material and energy. The majority of these buildings are not capable of meeting the…
Tianjin Goldin Finance 117 Tower: The Solution to a Slender Geometry
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Peng Liu, Goman Ho, Alexis Lee & Chao Yin, Arup
With an architectural height of 597m, the Tianjin Goldin Finance 117 tower will have the highest structural roof of any building under construction in China, and will have a structural heigh twidth ratio of approximately 9.5, making it very slender.…
Holistic Considerations for Sustainable Tall Building Design in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Vincent Cheng & Kevin Wan, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd
Supertall structures will always be iconic elements at any location. Accompanied by the growth of building technology and urbanization, tall and supertall buildings have emerged rapidly in the past two decades. The awareness of sustainable design has…
Finding Structural Solutions by Connecting Towers
Aug 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; Andrew Luong & Michael Kwok; Arup
A study of a number of linked high-rise towers in China finds designs anchored by innovative, unimposing structural solutions, which address issues of costs and buildability. More than simply making a dramatic visual statement, the links play an…
Parametric Analysis and Design Engine for Tall Building Structures
Mar 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 1; Goman Ho, Peng Liu, & Michael Liu, ARUP
With the rise in CPU power and the generalization and popularity of computers, engineering practice also changed from hand calculations to 3D computer models, from elastic linear analysis to 3D nonlinear static analysis and 3D nonlinear transient…
Case Study: Haeundae I'Park, Busan
Nov 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue IV; Carla Swickerath, Studiop Daniel Libeskind; Peter Tillson, Arup
The I'Park development creates a new, forward-looking image for the Hyundai Development Company and a new vision for residential living in Busan. In South Korea, there is an emphasis on family and social relationships. These high-density residential…
Case Study: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Paul Noritaka Tange, Tange Associates; Masato Minami, Arup Japan
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is an innovative educational facility located in Tokyo's distinctive Nishi-Shinjuki high rise district. Completed in October 2008, the 204-meter (669ft) 50-story tower is the second-tallest education building in the world.…
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo
Jan 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Paul Noritaka Tange, Tange Associates; Masato Minami, Arup
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is an innovative educational facility located in Tokyo's distinctive Nishi-Shinjuku high-rise district. Completed in October 2008, the 204-meter (669 ft) 50-story tower was the second-tallest educational building in the world…
Case Study: CCTV Building - Headquarters & Cultural Center
Oct 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue III; Chris Carroll, Paul Cross, Xiaonian Duan & Craig Gibbons, Arup
The new headquarters of China Central Television contains the entire television-making process within a single building. The 234m tall tower redefines the form of the skyscraper, with the primary system comprised of a continuous structural tube of…
Urban Development To Combat Climate Change: Dongtan Eco-city and Risk Management Stratagies
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Head & Gary Lawrence, ARUP
Drawing on lessons learned from the planning and development of a new, low-carbon eco-city on an island opposite Shanghai in China, this paper explores the potential of an integrated urbanism approach.
Tall Buildings Sustainability from the bottom up
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Alistair Guthrie, Ove Arup Partners,
This paper examines the idea that a building can only be sustainable if it is so in the context of the community which uses it. It concludes that tall buildings can contribute to the sustainability of the community. It considers SPeAR as a way of…
Structural System of North-East Asia Trade Tower in Korea
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Kwang Chung & Do Hyun Kim, Dong Yang Structural Engineers; David Scott, Ove Arup
NEATT is a unique, tapered structure of 68 stories high (305 m) which can be characterized by its highly irregular shape and two outrigger floors. This paper introduces the structural system and new outrigger connection of Northeast Asia Trade Tower.
The Effects of Complex Geometry on Tall Towers
Dec 2007 – Wiley Tal Journal; David Scott, David Farnsworth, Matt Jackson & Matt Clark, Arup
Advancements in the application of computational capabilities to the design and analysis of building structures has enabled the realization of tall buildings with complex geometries. This paper explores some of the design issues and tools.
BIM - A Search for Answers
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2007; Zak Kostura, ARUP
"It’s funny how abruptly industries can change." Zak Kostura writes on how Building Information Modeling changes at an unbelievable rate and the Contemplation on the future of multidisciplinary building design.
The Damped Outrigger Concept for Tall Buildings
Oct 2007 – CTBUH / Wiley Tal Journal, 2007; Rob J. Smith & Michael R. Willford, ARUP
This paper describes new concepts for the structural design of high-rise buildings, in which a system is introduced to increase the dependable structural damping by a factor of 5–10. By so doing the dynamic response of the building to wind effects (…
Toward Energy Efficient Buildings Worldwide
Aug 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Summer 2007; Peter Warburton & Zak Kostura, Arup
Peter Warburton and Zak Kostura of Arup investigate the roadblocks that prevent comprehensive monitoring and publication of building energy performance metrics worldwide, and regional efforts to achieve universal assessment and certification of…
Two International Finance Centre
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Andrew Luong, Craig Gibbons, Alexis Lee & John MacArthur, Ove Arup & Partners
This paper describes the some of the geotechnical design considerations, the structural design development and construction of the 420m tower, Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.
The Foundation Design for Two Super High-Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; John Davies, James Lui, Jack Pappin, et al., Ove Arup & Partners
This paper examines the foundation design for the IFC Tower II and Union Square, 420 meters tall and 480 meters tall, respectively.
Will Occupants of Tall Buildings Obey Instructions from Wardens in Staged Evacuations? - The Design Dilemma Post September 11
Oct 2003 – CIB / CTBUH Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; David Barber, Arup Fire; Rudy Van Merkestein, Mckenzie Group
This paper is a review of various building code prescriptive requirements shows that staged evacuation is the normal evacuation method for tall buildings. A survey of tall building occupants has also shown the the staged evacuation process may not be…
Qualitative Versus Quantitative Aspects of Performance-Based Regulations
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Douglas Beller, NFPA International; Greg Foliente, CSIRO Building; Brian Meacham, Arup
Performance-based codes distinguish themselves from their prescriptive counterparts by specifying objectives (or goals) and functional requirements (also, functional statements or objectives), which are qualitative, and either specifying or…
Assessment of the Life Safety Aspects and Structural Robustness of High Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Craig Gibbons & Mingchun Luo, ARUP; David Dumigan, Central Waterfront Property Project Management
At the time of the events in New York of September 11, 2001, a 420m high 88 storey office building in Hong Kong was constructed up to the 20th floor level. This paper describes some of the investigations which were undertaken immediately following…
A Risk-Informed Performance-Based Approach for Tall Building Design
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Brian Meacham, Ove Arup & Partners
In the weeks and months following the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 as a result of a terrorist attack, there has been significant discussion relative to whether and/or how the design of very tall building may need to change to…
Design of Structures for Fire in the Australian Regulatory Environment and the Impact of the WTC Collapse
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; David Proe, Peter Johnson & Richard Hough, ARUP
This paper summarizes the regulations and design methods applicable to the fire design of high-rise structures in Australia and discusses the effect of the WTC collapse on the building design and development community in Australia.
Performance System Model - A Framework For Describing The Totality of Building Performance
Oct 2003 – CTBUH / CIB Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; B. Meacham, Ove Arup & Partners; B. Tubbs, International Code Council; D. Bergeron, National Research Council; F. Szigeti, International Centre for Facilities
This paper outlines a performance system model for describing the integration of components in a performance-based building regulatory system and for helping to establish a common stakeholder understanding of total building performance.
Fire Induced Progressive Collapse
Jul 2002 – National Workshop on the Prevention of Progressive Collapse Chicago 2002; David Scott, Barbara Lane & Craig Gibbons, ARUP
This paper considers issues related to fire induced progressive collapse of tall buildings in extreme events. It discusses current fire engineering practice, particularly as it relates to tall building design and the issues that need to be considered…
Limits on Energy Efficiency in Office Buildings
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Mahadev Raman, ARUP
Many sophisticated computer tools exist to calculate building energy demand but while they provide good levels of accuracy, they lack the flexibility to quickly compare a large number of scenarios. They also focus primarily on thermal performance for…

Arup Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 169 Completed49 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 24 Completed19 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 9 Years
Most Common Function office, 89 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 98 Buildings
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All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Arup

1   CTF Wuhan 2022 648 m Wuhan
2   Shanghai Tower 2015 632 m Shanghai
3   Merdeka PNB118 2020 630 m Kuala Lumpur
4   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
5   Goldin Finance 117 2018 597 m Tianjin
6   Rose Rock International Finance Center - 588 m Tianjin
7   Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre 2016 530 m Guangzhou
8   Tianjin CTF Finance Centre 2018 530 m Tianjin
9   China Zun Tower 2018 528 m Beijing
10   Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower - 521 m Guiyang
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