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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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New Photographs Unveil Construction Progress of "World's Tallest Atrium" in Beijing


10 Aug 2017, Beijing, China

New photos showcase the ongoing construction progress of SOHO Li Ze Tower, a mixed-use office tower purported to house the "world's tallest atrium," which will rise the height of the building. Read more.

Drone Footage Shows "Tree-Covered Mountains" Development Underway in Shanghai

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07 Aug 2017, Shanghai, China

Work is underway on Shanghai's tree-covered development, which sprouts one thousand trees on its six-hectare site adjacent to the city's main art district. Read more.

German Architecture Firm Commissioned to Design 150-Meter Tower in Shanghai


02 Aug 2017, Shanghai, China

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to design China UnionPay’s (CUP) new 150-meter headquarters tower, located near the former Expo area on the Huangpu River. Read more.

China Asks Waldorf Owner Anbang to Sell Assets Abroad


02 Aug 2017, Beijing, China

Chinese authorities have asked Anbang Insurance Group Co., whose chairman was detained in June, to sell its overseas assets and bring the proceeds back to China. The company, however, said they have no plans to comply. Read more.

One and Two Chinachem Central Completes in Hong Kong


17 Jul 2017, Hong Kong, China

One and Two Chinachem Central is a milestone for the Chinachem Central complex in Hong Kong’s CBD. The project is a connected 26- and 22-story compact building comprising a three-story retail podium, F&B facilities, and office space. Read more.

Photos Released of Recently Completed Skypark Tower


05 Jul 2017, Hong Kong, China

Within the Mong Kok neighborhood, Hong Kong Concrete has finished the resident lounge of the recently completed Skypark tower. Images of the rooftop clubhouse and park have been released following the building’s opening launch. Read more.

Plans Revealed for 42-Story OPPO Tower Scheme in Chengdu


27 Jun 2017, Chengdu, China

Plans have been reveled for a major mixed-use scheme in Chengdu featuring a 42-story tower. The development is backed by one of China’s largest electronics companies and will serve as their headquarters when complete. Read more.

Liuzhou Forest City Master Plan Breaks Ground in China


26 Jun 2017, Liuzhou, China

A new “forest city” has broken ground in Liuzhou. Conceived as a green metropolis, the project will eventually accommodate 30,000 people with offices, houses, hotels, hospitals, and schools covered entirely by plants and trees. Read more.

Dragon-Themed Tower Complex Proposed for Zhuhai


23 Jun 2017, Zhuhai, China

Plans have been revealed for a dragon-inspired development in China’s southern Guangdong province. Phase Two of the Zhuhai Hengqin Headquarters complex is sited in close proximity to a bridge that connects mainland China to Macau. Read more.

SkyCity Challenge 17 to Rejuvenate J57 Mini Sky City Tower in Changsha


06 Jun 2017, Changsha, China

SkyCity has launched an international design competition called SkyCity Challenge 17 with the hopes of rejuvenating J57, a 208-meter prefabricated skyscraper. Teams will design one of 17 vertical courtyards inside the modular building. Read more.

China Unveils Giant Spokeless Ferris Wheel in Weifang


24 May 2017, Weifang, China

On the Bailang River bridge in Weifang, China, stands a mighty installation that takes the title of “World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel,” according to developers. The ride measures a total height of 140 meters. Read more.

Competition-Winning Design Selected for Wuhan’s Optics Valley Center


18 May 2017, Wuhan, China

A competition-winning design was recently selected for the new Optics Valley Center complex. Totaling 315,000 square meters of gross floor area across three buildings, the project features a 400-meter-tall office tower. Read more.

Mountain-Shaped Tower Complex Nears Completion in Beijing


12 May 2017, Beijing, China

New images offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of Chaoyang Park Plaza. Construction began on the project in 2012, with the main focus being a pair of asymmetrical skyscrapers modeled on the shapes of rock formations. Read more.

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen to Open in Summer of 2017


10 May 2017, Shenzhen, China

Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will house 258 rooms, varying in size and layout. Rooms will feature a mix of the brand's usual music-inspired décor as well as modern Chinese elements. Read more.

Architect Reflects on Huangshan Mountain Village Following April Opening


05 May 2017, Huangshan, China

Huangshan Mountain Village, comprising towers of five to 21 stories, has opened after five years of construction. In an interview with Wired, MAD’s founder and principal partner, Yansong Ma, reflects back on the design process for the complex. Read more.

Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza


03 May 2017, Zhuhai, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition for Zhuhai Huafa Plaza. When complete in 2019, it will feature three towers of 130, 180, and 250 meters, respectively, together with three commercial environments. Read more.

411-Meter Building Planned for Nanjing Business District


13 Apr 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are designing an ensemble of five high-rise buildings in Nanjing. The project will feature the firm’s tallest building at 411 meters, qualifying it for supertall status under the standards set by CTBUH. Read more.

Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World


27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen, China

Ping An Finance Center is officially complete, according to the criteria established by the CTBUH. At 599 meters, it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, the second tallest in China, and the fourth tallest in the world. Read more.

Cladding Installation Continues on Topped Out Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin


20 Mar 2017, Tianjin, China

Cladding is climbing on the Goldin Finance 117 following its topping out in 2015. Like other major Asian skyscrapers, this tower is designed to be the center of a new CBD, and at 597 meters, it is set to be the tallest building in Tianjin. Read more.

Higold Headquarters Proposed for Foshan


09 Mar 2017, Foshan, China

Pininfarina Architecture and Higold have announced Higold Headquarters. The 20-story building features a glazed double-skin façade with air ventilation placed within to facilitate heating and cooling. Read more.

Samsung China Headquarters Tops Out in Beijing


23 Feb 2017, Beijing, China

The Samsung China Headquarters, designed by smdp and located in Chaoyang, central Beijing, has architecturally topped out at 57 stories and 260 meters. The tower forms a central component of Beijing’s newest CBD. Read more.

Architects Unveil Project at Start of Historic Maritime Silk Road in Guangzhou


21 Feb 2017, Guangzhou, China

Aedas has unveiled its plans for Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-Use Project, a new 80,762-square-meter building sited at the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in Guangzhou, China. Read more.

Architects Reveal Competition-Winning Cradle Towers Proposal for Zhengzhou


20 Feb 2017, Zhengzhou, China

A London-based firm has released images of its competition-winning trade center complex in Zhengzhou, China. The Cradle Towers will comprise five mixed-use towers swooping out of a ring-shaped podium. Read more.

Beijing’s Tallest Building Highlighted in Construction Images


17 Feb 2017, Beijing, China

Beijing's future tallest building continues to flaunt its height, as recent photos highlight the supertall's striking curvature and textured cladding system. When complete, the China Zun Tower will climb to a height of 528 meters across 108 floors. Read more.

Construction of Leeza Soho in Beijing Reaches Level 20


16 Feb 2017, Beijing, China

Construction of Leeza Soho, a 207-meter mixed-use tower with the world’s tallest atrium, has reached level 20 out of 46. The building is expected to architecturally top out in September, with final completion in late 2018. Read more.

Vertical Forest Towers Proposed for Nanjing


03 Feb 2017, Nanjing, China

Architects are bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, with the delivery of the Nanjing Towers. Depending on construction timelines, the green towers could be the first of their kind in all of Asia, according to developers. Read more.

Curvy Hangzhou Gateway Completes in China


01 Feb 2017, Hangzhou, China

Architects have completed the 16-story Hangzhou Gateway office building in China. The tower's curvy signature form is derived from two large voids carved into the structure’s mass – a feature inspired by Chinese rice fields. Read more.

Construction Work Underway on Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center


27 Jan 2017, Fuzhou, China

Construction is underway for the Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center in Fuzhou, China. The new, 29-story corporate building is set for a site along the Minjiang River in the Straights Financial Street Development of Fuzhou’s Taijian District. Read more.

Chinese Firm Demolishes 19 Buildings in 10 Seconds to Make Way for the Wuhan CTF Finance Center


26 Jan 2017, Wuhan, China

In what is being called the largest demolition of its kind in China, 19 towers were reduced to rubble in just 10 seconds in a spectacular demonstration of controlled implosion to make way for the 648-meter Wuhan CTF Finance Center. Read more.

Architecture Firm Named for Two-Tower Shenzhen Scheme


24 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

A new 129,000-square-meter, two-tower office complex in Shenzhen will sport a design by Goettsch Partners after the Chicago-based practice was announced as the winner of an intensive design competition. Read more.