Behemoths of building

Tuesday 19 Jan 2010

Tall trend continues as CTBUH announces tallest buildings of 2009

Building big is nothing new. In 1885, the ten storey Home Insurance Building designed by American architect William Le Baron Jenney, generally credited with the invention of the skyscraper, rose from the streets of Chicago. From then on the aspiration to construct tall, taller and tallest has fuelled the minds of architects and developers. With the release of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2009 by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), it is evident that the trend for tall continues onwards and upwards. Even with these precarious global economic conditions, the CTBUH reports that 2010 promises to be by far the most active in the history of the skyscraper.

Taking the top spot, The Trump International Hotel & Tower has been announced as the tallest building completed last year. The tower, designed by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP and developed by the Trump Organisation is now the 7th tallest building in the world, standing at a height of 423 metres with 98 storeys.

Professor Sang Dae Kim, CTBUH Chairman said: “There is much to herald in the new Trump Tower. It pushes technological boundaries to achieve its great height, making a powerful mark on the Chicago skyline. In doing so, it becomes the tallest building completed in the western hemisphere since the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower was built, also in Chicago, some 35 years ago.”

Due to a variety of factors, a significant number of buildings which had been expected to complete in 2009 have been delayed, and will now likely open in 2010. The Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa) has already been completed at 828 metres and others anticipated in 2010 include Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (450m), The Index (Dubai, 328m), Wenzhou Trade Center (322m) and Capitol City Moscow Tower (302m).

Data produced by the CTBUH suggests that over 100 buildings 200m or taller will be completed worldwide within the next 12 months. From 2012, it is expected that there will be a drop in the number of tall buildings completed due to the global recession, until the worldwide economy recovers.

The Ten Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
1. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago (423m)
2. Bank of America Tower, New York (365m)
3. China World Trade Center III, Beijing (330m)
4. Arraya Center Office Tower, Kuwait City (300m)
5. Aqua, Chicago (262m)
6. Al Fardan Residences, Doha (253m)
7. Shanghai IFC South Tower, Shanghai (250m)
8. RunHua International Building, Wuxi (248m)
9. Hongdu International Plaza, Wuxi (248m)
10. Xinjiekou Department Store Phase 2, Nanjing (240m)

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