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We Colonize the Sky, More than Ever
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We Colonize the Sky, More than Ever

We just can’t stop colonizing the skies. A new reportWE shows that for the second year in a row, humans erected more skyscrapers than in any previous year.


According to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, in 2015 we set a record for the most completed buildings that tower 200 meters or taller. With 106 new buildings completed, that’s more than any year before that, says the council. Even more are expected in 2016.

(Courtesy Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)
(Courtesy Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

For the eighth year in a row, China was far and away the biggest builder, with 62 newly finished buildings. Indonesia came in second, with nine completed skyscrapers.

Sahid Sudirman Center | Wallpaperchimp
Sahid Sudirman Center | Wallpaperchimp

Jakarta was the city with the most new tall buildings, including the Sahid Sudirman Center, an office building 258 meters tall.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

The tallest of the new structures, China’s Shanghai Tower, was finished in late 2015. Standing at 632 meters with a whopping 128 stories, it’s now the second tallest building in the world, after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

432 Park Avenue, New York | The New York Times
432 Park Avenue, New York | The New York Times

The second tallest in 2015 was New York’s 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, at 425.5 meters.

See the tallest 20 completed in the year, by height.

RankBuildingCityHeight (m)
1Shanghai TowerShanghai632
2432 Park AvenueNew York City426
3OKO – Residential TowerMoscow354
4Forum 66 Tower 1Shenyang351
5ADNOC HeadquartersAbu Dhabi342
6Chongqing World Financial CenterChongqing339
7Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre Tower 1Nanjing315
8Fortune CenterGuangzhou309
9Stalnaya VershinaMoscow309
10Diwang International Fortune CenterLiuzhou303
11Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza 1Nanchang303
11Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza 2Nanchang303
13Greenland Puli CenterJinan301
14Ilham TowerKuala Lumpur298
15Xiamen Shimao Straits Tower BXiamen295
16Kaisa CenterHuizhou288
17D1 TowerDubai284
18City of Lights C1 TowerAbu Dhabi282
19Al Hekma TowerDubai282
20Eton Place Dalian Tower 2Dalian279

This article was first published in Quartz in January 2016

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