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Feb 23, 2012

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CTBUH Debuts Groundbreaking Skyscraper Resource Site

Only one U.S. tower on list of world’s 10 tallest buildings; China dominates data

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2012 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat today launched The Skyscraper Center, the world’s most comprehensive resource for data and information on tall buildings.

The Skyscraper Center ( contains detailed profiles and images on every completed building in the world taller than 200 meters, as well as thousands of other buildings in various stages of development. Users can easily determine the size-ranking of the tower, globally, regionally and within the country, as well as the latest news and data on the project.

World Tallest Buildings
World Tallest Buildings image © CTBUH

“The new site builds on our database compiled through 40 years of research and adds valuable new functions, new information and extensive assets for both professionals and non-professionals exploring the world of skyscrapers,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a not-for-profit organization based on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (CTBUH), is the leading international organization for builders and designers of tall buildings and cities of the future.

The data in The Skyscraper Center spotlights the latest trends in skyscraper construction, which is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom.

The United States, once the leader in the development of tall buildings, now has only one building, the Willis Tower in Chicago (formerly the Sears Tower), on the list of the world’s 10 tallest buildings, according to CTBUH research. New York’s Empire State Building, the tallest building in the world for 41 years, is now ranked 18th on the list.

China now boasts 11 of the top 20 buildings in the world.

Bank of China Tower Skyscraper Buildings
photo © Andrew McRae

The homepage of The Skyscraper Center features a world map tool which can instantly generate relevant facts and tall building lists on any country in the world. The site also makes it easy to track the latest news and changes to the database.

“The site is interactive,” said Nathanial Hollister, CTBUH production coordinator and leader of the database project. “We encourage people to send in new information and images on projects.”

CTBUH plans to add several significant new elements to the center in the next few months, including robust city and country profiles which will provide detailed graphs and statistics on specific regions, he said.

About CTBUH: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (, a not-for-profit group based on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, is the world’s leading resource for professionals involved in the creation and execution of skyscrapers and the cities of the future. Founded in 1969, the group conducts independent research and facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available to the public around the world through events, publications and its international network of country representatives.

CTBUH developed international standards for measuring tall building heights and is recognized as the arbiter of such global designations as “The World’s Tallest Building.”

Skyscraper Architecture

World Skyscrapers

World’s Tallest Building
World Tallest Building
image from Emaar

Burj Khalifa skyscraper, Dubai
Burj Khalifa Skyscraper Buildings
photograph : Imre Solt

Skyscraper Buildings around the world

Skyscraper Images : A-B

Skyscraper Developments : C-H

Skyscraper Designs : I-N

Tower Designs : O-R

Tower Images : S-Z

World Skyscraper Designs

0-14 tower, Dubai
Design: Reiser + Umemoto
0-14 tower Skyscraper Buildings
image from architect

2IFC Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hong Kong
Design: Cesar Pelli
2IFC Hong Kong Skyscraper Buildings
photo © Andrew McRae

Agbar Tower, Barcelona
Design: Jean Nouvel Architects
Agbar Tower Skyscraper Buildings
photo © Adrian Welch

Anara Tower, UAE
Design: Atkins
Anara Tower
image from architect

Beach Road sksycraper, Singapore
Foster + Partners
Singapore Beach Road
image from architects

COR tower Miami, USA
Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Miami tower
image from architects

Headquarter of China Insurance Group
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Headquarter of China Insurance Group
image © SILKROAD Digital Technology

Rockefeller Center, New York
Raymond Hood, Architect
Rockefeller Center
picture © Andrew McRae

Skyscraper Buildings in Major Global Cities

New York Skyscrapers

Paris Skyscrapers

Hong Kong Skyscrapers

London Skyscraper

Dubai Skyscrapers

Frankfurt Skyscrapers

World’s tallest hotel building (when built) : Burj al Arab tower
Burj al Arab Tower
image from architect

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
Hong Kong IFC skyscraper
Designed by leading world architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the world’s highest hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is now open. Located within the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the new hotel stands 490 meters above Victoria Harbour, occupying floors 102 to 118 of the building.

Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai
This skyscraper is the seventh tallest building in world at time of writing. This Pudong tower’s proportions relate to the number 8, which symbolises prosperity in Chinese traditional culture.

Tall buildings over 300m high

Bank of China, Central, Hong Kong
I M Pei & Partners; Sherman Kung & Associates Architects Ltd
367m high
Hong Kong tower
Apparently bad feng shui according to Hong Kong architects that I spoke to. Tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989-92, until the completion of Central Plaza, 374m high

Al Sharq Tower, Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE
SOM Architects – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
360m high / 100 storeys
Dubai skyscraper
Residential skyscraper – 268 apartments: For Al Sharq Investments

The Center, Central / Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
DLN Architects & Engineers
346m high
The Center skyscraper

John Hancock Center, Chicago, USA
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
344m high ; 459 m high including antennae
John Hancock Center

Infinity Tower, Dubai
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Architects
330m high / 80 storeys

Trump International Hotel & Tower, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Architects: Atkins
255m high approx / 60 storeys

Shanghai Shimao International Plaza, Shanghai, China

246m high; 333m high – with spires / 60 storeys

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