Do you work in construction and have what it takes to go to the top?

Posted by Design & Construct on 13-Feb-2017 09:58:34

In Construction

Founded in Chicago in 1969, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is considered a  global leader in the research of the design, construction, and operation of tall buildings.


How do they decide on which building is the tallest in the world?

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recognises building height in three categories, to define the rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings." However, the measurement which is the most widely used to define the CTBUH rankings is height measured to the architectural top.

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building. This includes spires, but not antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment.

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Construction of the world’s tallest building has begun



The $1.2 billion, 1000+ metre structure, the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia will be the tallest building ever built. The skyscraper will be a modern feat of engineering and incorporate technology such as heat-shunning glass and balconies that will rotate outside the wall of the tower. The current holder of the title of “Tallest Building in the World” goes to, Dubai’s 828 meters, Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010. The Jeddah tower will also include:

  • the world’s highest observatory
  • 98-foot-diameter outdoor terrace, originally intended to be a helipad
  • 65 elevators, 439 apartments, 200 hotel rooms and 2205 parking spots
  • 18 to 20 floors of shops and restaurants


The rest of the world

The 2016 CTBUH Tall Trends report revealed that over a hundred buildings of 200 metres or more oversaw completion around the world in 2016.

Taking the number one spot for the tallest building completed in 2016 went to China with the 530 metre Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Number one for the ninth year running, China had the most 200-meter-plus completions with 84, representing 67% of the global 2016 total.

Second place went to the United States with seven completions, followed by South Korea with six. China is expected to retain the crown in 2017 with the Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen. When completed, it will boast 115 stories and be 599 metres tall.


How is Australia faring against the rest of the world?

The 2016 CTBUH Tall Trends report revealed that Australia experienced three completions in 2016:


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