While detractors say there is a link between skyscraper construction and economic crises, the evident truth is that the world is in the midst of a skyscraper boom. Developing countries like China, the Gulf States, and Russia, as all building so-called ‘supertall’ (400m plus) skyscrapers at a rapid pace, with many jostling to take crown position as the tallest in the world. Check out our list below of 5 of the tallest skyscrapers which are under construction right now!
1 . Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, People’s Republic of China)
Shanghai is already home to two of the tallest buildings in the world, but its urban planners weren’t content to leave things as they were. The construction of the 632m high Shanghai Tower began in 2010, and after 4 years, it is topped out and almost complete. The building itself features a gently curving design, reminiscent of a rolled up scroll of paper, and will boast the highest public viewing gallery in the world.
2. Kingdom Tower (Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
The Burj Khalifa is by far the tallest building on Earth, however it won’t be for long. Saudi Arabia, not happy with its neighbour, the UAE having the tallest building, commissioned the construction of the Kingdom Tower. Upon completion in 2019 this will be the first structure ever built more than a kilometer in height.
3. Ping’An International Finance Center (Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China)
Nowhere is the competition to build higher more intense than in China. Provincial capitals like Shenzhen in Southern China, are battling Beijing and Shanghai for the tallest buildings in the country. Here the government, in collaboration with Chinese insurance giant Ping’An is well on the way to completing the 660m high Ping’An International Finance Center - a giant needle which, at least for a year, will be the tallest in China.
4. Lotte World Tower (Seoul, Republic of Korea)
The current highest building on the Korean peninsula is the Orwellian Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea, but its reign is soon to end. The Lotte World Tower, due for completion in 2016, will top its totalitarian neighbour with a final height of 556m. The completed tower will feature an observation deck looking out over the South Korean capital and the Han river.
5. Lakhta Center (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation)
Far away from the bustling metropolises of Asia, the historic city of Saint Petersburg seems like a strange place to build a supertall skyscraper, however Russia does what it wants. Contracting the same firm who built the Burj Khalifa, the Russian’s are building this 462m high Lakhta Center by the Baltic Sea, on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg.
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