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CTBUH Global News

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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Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam


29 Oct 2014, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Work has begun on AKH Tower. The aesthetically commanding tower comprises a seven-story podium and 27 standard office floors, while its envelope combines glazed curtain walls and aluminum composite cladding systems. Read more.

Brisbane Skytower Approved for Launch


23 Oct 2014, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane’s tallest building, Brisbane Skytower, has been given the green light, with the AUS $1 billion (US $878 million) project set to rise 270 meters over the central business district. A five-year construction time has been forecast. Read more.

Embassy Residences to Provide Luxury Housing in Phnom Penh


13 Oct 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Embassy Residences project, named for its location in the heart of Phnom Penh’s diplomatic district, will launch at the end of October. Construction of the high-rise complex is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016. Read more.

Work Begins on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Project


10 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Omniyat Group and Drake & Scull International (DSI) announced that they have begun construction on their megaproject in Palm Jumeirah, breaking ground on the first building, One at Palm Jumeirah.Read more.

Construction Has Begun on the Tallest Residential Tower in Bat Yam


07 Oct 2014, Bat Yam, Israel

Construction has started on the Ashdar Tower project, which will have 164 housing units in a building that will be one of the tallest residential towers in Bat Yam. The tower was designed by CTBUH Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav. Read more.

Ground Broken on Chicago’s 200 North Michigan Avenue


07 Oct 2014, Chicago, United States

On October 3, The John Buck Company broke ground on Michigan Avenue's first new skyscraper in five years: a 41-story residential apartment development with 2,045 square meters of retail space at 200 N. Michigan Ave. Read more.

Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan


25 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) in Wuhan, China, Park Place is a large mixed-use development that just broke ground. It merges high-end retail, residential, and commercial spaces with an agrarian program. Read more.

Amorepacific HQ Breaks Ground in Korea


24 Sep 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Work has begun on the new Seoul headquarters of Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific. It will comprise offices, conference facilities, a museum, restaurants, and retail units when it completes in 2017. Read more.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Begins Construction Near Manaus


22 Sep 2014, Manaus, Brazil

On August 15, construction began on the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO), a 325-meter-tall cable-supported tower that will monitor weather and take long-term measurements of greenhouse gases. Read more.

Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta


12 Sep 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

Construction has begun on the Verde II residential towers in Jakarta, designed by Johnson Fain. The two towers are both anchored by separate Residents’ Lounges and the majority of social facilities are located beneath the east tower. Read more.

Work on Lulu Cyber Tower 2 to Begin Soon in Kochi


09 Sep 2014, Kochi, India

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Lulu Cyber Tower 2, an office tower located in a tech-focused employment district called Infopark, will be held by the end of September. The tower is expected to be complete in early 2017. Read more.

Construction Begins on 551 West 21st Street in New York City


22 Aug 2014, New York City, United States

Construction is underway on 551 West 21st Street – a new, 19-story luxury condominium overlooking the Hudson River in West Chelsea. The high-rise will feature 44 large-scale residences, including three penthouses. Read more.

Tower is First to Break Ground in a Decade in Chicago’s Gold Coast


15 Aug 2014, Chicago, United States

A 24-story, Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed glass tower breaking ground at 4 E. Elm St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast this fall will be the neighborhood's first high-rise condominium building erected in nearly a decade. Read more.

Work Underway at First Residential Project on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island


14 Aug 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer held a meeting with property agents to market its $1 billion waterfront Maryah Plaza project, comprising three residential towers and one mixed-use tower with serviced apartments, a hotel, offices, and retail space. Read more.

Construction Begins on Jersey City’s Massive Three-Tower Project


12 Aug 2014, Jersey City, United States

Construction on "Journal Squared," a massive three-tower project that will include the tallest residential building in New Jersey, has begun in Jersey City's Journal Square. The development's Phase I tower is expected to be complete by 2016. Read more.

“One More” Tower Begins Construction in Kaohsiung


05 Aug 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction on spatial practice’s first residential tower "One More" in Kaohsiung City, in close proximity to the city’s Art Museum Park. Read more.

Work Starts on Brighton’s i360 Tower


30 Jul 2014, Brighton, United Kingdom

Building work has officially started on the i360, the UK’s tallest observation tower outside London. The structure, designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Jacobs, is being built on the old West Pier site in Brighton. Read more.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower


21 Jul 2014, Chicago, United States

A groundbreaking ceremony took place July 18 at Chicago’s Wolf Point West Tower, featuring more than 150 workers and local labor leaders. Wolf Point West Tower is a $160 million, 48-story multifamily condo development. Read more.

Construction Begins on 144-Meter Tower in Melbourne


21 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne One, an AUS $120 million (US $113 million) new apartment tower by Doig Architecture, will include a nine-story podium that incorporates the existing heritage-listed façade designed by architect Charles Rice in 1911. Read more.

UAE Firm Secures Contract for 81-Story Tower in Noida


16 Jul 2014, Noida, India

United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded a contract by realty organization Brys Group to build an 81-story tower in Noida, a fast-developing new town near Delhi. Read more.

Construction Underway on Transcon Flora Tower in Mumbai


09 Jul 2014, Mumbai, India

Plans have been released for a new residential tower in Mumbai, with an emphasis on creating an eco-friendly environment. As such, the Transcon Flora tower is leaving a significant area of the plot open to landscaping. Read more.

Construction Begins for 29-Story Apartment Tower in Chicago


08 Jul 2014, Chicago, United States

The last undeveloped piece of land north of Roosevelt Road along Clark Street in Chicago is close to becoming the home of a new apartment tower boasting 469 units, plus a number of perks that take advantage of the lot's large footprint. Read more.

Work to Begin on London’s Massive Ruskin Square Project


03 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

Contractor Midgard is set to start work on the first phase of the massive £500 million (US $857 million) Croydon Ruskin Square scheme, which will include five buildings with up to 625 homes, offices, retail units, and a car park. Read more.

Toronto’s Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower Hits a Milestone


01 Jul 2014, Toronto, Canada

Over the past month, Brookfield's Bay Adelaide Centre has been showing significant progress as crews continue working on the 215 meter-tall tower in Toronto. The concrete core of the building has hit a milestone.Read more.

Chicago’s 200 N Michigan Receives Foundation Permit


01 Jul 2014, Chicago, United States

With the demolition of a concrete mid-rise building at 200 North Michigan Avenue completed, developer John Buck is ready to begin erecting a sleek 42-story glass tower on a site in Chicago. Read more.

Ground Loan Secured for 3 Hudson Boulevard


30 Jun 2014, New York City, United States

A recent report indicates that 3 Hudson Boulevard has secured a ground loan, which means that construction is imminent for the soon-to-be supertall tower in New York City’s Hudson Yards. Read more.

FMC Tower Breaks Ground in Philadelphia


27 Jun 2014, Philadelphia, United States

The long-awaited high-rise tower on Walnut Street in Philadelphia has broken ground and will be referred to as the FMC Tower, named after the twin headquarters of specialty-chemical company FMC Corporation, the anchor tenants.Read more.

Bjarke Ingels' Hudson River Pyramid Growing on New York's 57th Street


25 Jun 2014, New York City, United States

The so-called “courtscraper“—a marriage of the European courtyard block and the American skyscraper—by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is rapidly rising on New York City‘s Hudson River waterfront.Read more.

Pilings Complete on St. Petersburg’s Lakhta Center


24 Jun 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

Pile foundations have been completed for the 463-meter Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last pile under the foundation was produced on June 17, 2014, and the project is on schedule, developers say. Read more.

Foster, Rogers Towers Start Work on London’s Albert Embankment


16 Jun 2014, London, United Kingdom

Work has started on towers by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Foster + Partners in south London. The towers are located on brownfield land by the River Thames in Vauxhall, transforming the site into a hub of offices, residential, and retail units. Read more.