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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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Pyongyang’s “Scientists Street,” Featuring a 53-story High-Rise, Completes in Under a Year


17 Dec 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea recently held a ceremony to celebrate a new residential sector dedicated for scientists or engineers of North Korea that includes a number of high-rise structures, including a 53-story tower. Read more.

First Downtown High-Rise Apartments in 50 Years Completes in Kansas City


15 Dec 2015, Kansas City, United States

The Cordish Companies and the Kansas City Power & Light District officially celebrated the opening of One Light Luxury Apartments, downtown Kansas City’s first new high-rise apartment tower in 50 years. Read more.

Vietcombank Tower in Ho Chi Minh City Celebrates Grand Opening


08 Dec 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vietcombank Tower celebrated its recent completion with a grand opening ceremony. As the second-tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, the new bank headquarters will be a landmark on the evolving city skyline. Read more.

KONE Opens Elevator Test Tower in Kunshan, China


03 Dec 2015, Kunshan, China

One of the world’s tallest elevator test towers has opened in Eastern China. The new 36-floor tower is located at a KONE research and development center in the Kunshan New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Read more.

Tokyo’s Largest Building Project of the Last Decade Completes


01 Dec 2015, Tokyo, Japan

After 11 years, a London-based architecture firm has completed its redevelopment of Tokyo's Futako-Tamagawa area. The 20-hectare complex is the city's largest building project of the last decade. Read more.

Mixed-Use Development Opens in Chengdu


30 Nov 2015, Chengdu, China

Seaton Plaza, Atkins’ first mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, has opened for business alongside the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hilton Chengdu hotel on November 20, 2015. Read more.

Luxury Miami Beach Condo Completes


18 Nov 2015, Miami Beach, United States

Miami-based development firm Terra has officially completed construction of its newest luxury development, GLASS, an 18-story boutique condominium with only 10 full-floor units designed by architect Rene Gonzalez. Read more.

50-Story Naza Tower Launched in Kuala Lumpur


11 Nov 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Naza Group has launched its 50-story Naza Tower headquarters at KLCC's Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebration. The Grade A office building joins two other high-rises in the complex. Read more.

18-Story University of Luxembourg Building Completes in Esch-sur-Alzette


09 Nov 2015, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

A recently completed multipurpose building at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, combines an 18-story tower with a horizontal volume that cantilevers at both ends. Read more.

New Amsterdam Office Building Claims to be World’s Most Sustainable


25 Sep 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PLP Architecture’s new 40,000-square-meter office for Deloitte claims to be the world’s most sustainable office building, having been awarded the highest rating ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment. Read more.

Phase One of Roche’s Basel HQ Opens With 41-Story Office Tower


24 Sep 2015, Basel, Switzerland

In Basel, global healthcare company Roche has opened a new office building that forms part of the firm’s expanded headquarters. Named Building 1, the 41-story tower is heated entirely with waste heat from the site. Read more.

Richmond’s Newest Skyscraper Celebrates Grand Opening


22 Sep 2015, Richmond, Virginia

Gateway Plaza, downtown Richmond’s newest office tower, celebrates its grand opening on September 23. US Senator Timothy Kaine heads a list of local and state officials who will be on hand to help dedicate the 18-story building. Read more.

Moscow Class A Office Building Offers Inventive Façade Design


16 Sep 2015, Moscow, Russia

This 15-story project is located off of Leningradsky Prospect on the northwest side of Moscow. It was designed as a Class A office space for a leading Russian developer seeking international architectural and interior design expertise. Read more.

Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang


15 Sep 2015, Nanchang, China

American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China. Rising 56 stories, the Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower is located in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district, and features an exterior diagrid system. Read more.

Tai’an Hotel Opens With 283 Guest Rooms


14 Sep 2015, Tai'an, China

The newly opened Wanda Realm Tai’an is located in Tai’an’s central business district and forms part of the Wanda Plaza Complex, adjacent to the Taishan International Conference & Exhibition Centre. Read more.

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Tower at PNC Plaza Set for October First Opening


24 Aug 2015, Pittsburgh, United States

Downtown Pittsburgh's newest skyscraper is set for an October 1 opening. The date for the opening of the $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza was announced in an invitation sent by PNC CEO William Demchak. Read more.

Civic Centre Tower Completes in Lagos


11 Aug 2015, Lagos, Nigeria

A new 17-story office building, which is being described as Nigeria’s first intelligent structure, has completed and opened for business on the crowded Ozumba Mbadiwe Way in Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more.

Tallest Tower Completes in Petaling Jaya Township


06 Aug 2015, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Menara Mitraland is now officially open. Standing as the tallest structure in Kota Damansara, the opening of the 30-story building marks a significant milestone for the township, which lies just north of Petaling Jaya. Read more.

Fuzhou Apartment Tower with Rippled Façade Completes


30 Jul 2015, Fuzhou, China

Rippled façades create curved balconies for the residents of the Fuzhou Shouxi Building. The recently completed high-rise is situated within the historic center of the Fuzhou, and features 400 apartment units. Read more.

FL 4300 Complex Emphasizes Public Space in São Paulo


20 Jul 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

Completed earlier in 2015, FL 4300 is a mixed-use complex located in São Paulo consisting of three towers deployed in a “U” shape on a 13,000-square-meter site. The complex incorporates a central public space to activate the site. Read more.

Nishi-Nippon Railroad to Open First Overseas Hotel in Seoul


16 Jul 2015, Seoul, South Korea

The recently completed Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeong-dong has begun accepting online reservations. A grand opening ceremony for the 22-story hotel, which is located in the center of Seoul, will be held in September. Read more.

Telus Garden in Vancouver Opens its Doors to Employees


26 Jun 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Telus employees are starting to move into the company’s new downtown headquarters, Telus Garden, which is being billed as one of the most sustainable developments in North America. Read more.

Zurich Building Incorporates the Façade of a Century-Old Warehouse


17 Jun 2015, Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss architects have extended the façade of an old Zurich warehouse to create a new rehearsal space for the city's opera house, while adding a 60-meter-high apartment block onto one side of the structure. Read more.

JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Open in Macau


04 Jun 2015, Macau, China

Marriott International, Inc. marked a new milestone with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau in southern China. Read more.

Italian Bank Tower in Turin Opens to the Public


21 May 2015, Turin, Italy

A 166-meter office building for the Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo has opened its doors in Turin after five years of construction. The building has been designed as an "environmental and social laboratory." Read more.

Amazon Tall Tower Observatory Completes in Rainforest Near Manaus


18 May 2015, Manaus, Brazil

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (Atto) has been built deep in the heart of the Amazon to monitor chemical changes in the air that could shed new light on global climate change. At 325 meters, it is the tallest structure in South America. Read more.

Toshima Ward Office, Residents to Share New High-Rise in Tokyo


06 May 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Visitors to the new Toshima Ward Office in Tokyo may wonder why it’s housed in a high-rise when it opens May 7. It’s the first time in Japan that a municipal government office and residential apartments will share the same building. Read more.

Construction of Malmö Cultural Center Completes


01 May 2015, Malmö, Sweden

After four years, the new high-rise cultural center in Malmö has been completed. The building, Malmö Live, demonstrates contemporary Scandinavian aesthetics and hopes to embody the spirit of the diverse city. Read more.

Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel Opens Its Doors


01 May 2015, Zhanjiang, China

The five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel announced its opening on April 26, 2015. The sea view hotel is situated close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and fully embraces its relationship with the water. Read more.

Cascina Merlata in Milan Represents New Take on Social Housing


06 Apr 2015, Milan, Italy

In anticipation of Expo 2015 in Milan, three residential towers have been constructed that will be used by attendees during the upcoming Expo and converted into social housing after the event’s conclusion. Read more.