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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Architect Reveals Plans for Bamboo-Inspired Office Tower in Shenzhen

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11 Jan 2017, Shenzhen, China

Plans have been released for Gmond International Building – a regeneration project located in the old town area of Shenzhen, China. The design of the 200-meter building is inspired by the traditional form of Chinese bamboo. Read more.


Construction Progressing on China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen

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22 Dec 2016, Shenzhen, China

Having surpassed the 384-meter height of the completed Shun Hing Square, the structurally topped out China Resources Headquarters is now the third tallest of all completed and under-construction buildings in Shenzhen. Read more.


CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Now the Fifth Tallest Building in the World

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21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou, China

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide. Read more.


Major Residential Complex Completes on Outskirts of Taiyuan

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15 Dec 2016, Taiyuan, China

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has completed a vast residential development in Taiyuan, China, comparable in scale to New York’s Rockefeller Center. The River Heights Residences is set to house 10,000 people. Read more.


Hanking Center Tower Tops Out in Shenzhen

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06 Dec 2016, Shenzhen, China

With the slab for the top floor now in place, the major structure for Shenzhen’s Hanking Center Tower has topped out. Designed by Morphosis, the skyscraper soars to a height of 1,148 feet (350 meters). Read more.


Three-Tower Mixed-Use Complex Proposed for Zhuhai

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05 Dec 2016, Zhuhai, China

Located at the heart of Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, the proposed Novotown development is just five minutes away from Macau and is positioned as both a tourist destination and a cultural/creative incubator for Southeast Asia. Read more.


Mixed-Use Longfor Phase IV Development Proposed for Chongqing

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30 Nov 2016, Chongqing, China

A competition-winning design has been chosen for a mixed-use development, called Longfor Phase IV, in Chongqing. The project comprises a single tower and podium integrated as an assembled massing of stacked, box-like volumes. Read more.


Competition-Winning Design Selected for Xi’an’s Newest CBD

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30 Nov 2016, Xi'an, China

An architecture firm has won a design competition to provide master planning and design services for the Great Xi'an New Center. The project is expected to complete in phases over many years, resulting in a new city center by 2019. Read more.


Repositioning and Renovation of Shanghai’s Cross Tower Completes

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21 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

A Hong-Kong based design studio has completed the repositioning and renovation of Cross Tower in Shanghai, China. The firm was commissioned to refigure the architecture and interior of the office tower, originally constructed in 1998. Read more.


Office and Retail Tower Inspired by Clouds Proposed for Shanghai

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08 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Gemdale Changshou Road is located within the inner ring of Shanghai, near the historic Changde Road and in close proximity to two metro stations and a planned green area. Read more.


CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

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04 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner, celebrated November 3 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Read more.