CTBUH: 2010 best yet for tall towers

Chicago-based organisation say 66 tall buildings completed last year

The Burj Khalifa is one of eight supertalls completed in 2010
The Burj Khalifa is one of eight supertalls completed in 2010

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Last year was the the most successful ever for the construction of tall buildings, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The Chicago-based organisation announced this weekend that 66 buildings of 200m or higher were completed in 2010, breaking the previous record of 48 buildings in 2007.

It also announced that China had 21 tall buildings completed in 2010, and the UAE comes second with 11, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Including the Burj, eight supertalls (buildings over 300 metres / 984 feet in height) were completed in 2010 – again, more than any other single year in history.

Four of these supertalls are over 400 metres in height, placing them as the 1st, 4th, 7th and 9th tallest buildings in the world.

That constitutes a 40% change in the world’s tallest ten in the course of a single year, which has not occurred since 1930 when, led by New York’s Chrysler Building, four
US buildings were added to the tallest ten list.

There are now, with 2010’s eight additions, 50 supertalls around the world in total.


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