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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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Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Ready to Open


08 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, with a design that rises to a height of 97 meters, will be ready to open for business in November. As the name suggests, the architecture references the shape of the sun emerging above the horizon. Read more.

New York’s Rainbow Room Reopens


06 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

Eighty years practically to the day since its debut on October 3, 1934 as what was then the world’s highest restaurant, New York’s fabled Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza re-opened after a five-year hiatus. Read more.

Undulating Housing Complex Completes in Arcueil


18 Sep 2014, Arcueil, France

For the recently completed ZAC du Coteau housing complex in Arcueil, France, architects have conceived two structures identified visually and functionally by their vermiculating balcony layouts. Read more.

Energy Tower to Supply Electricity and Heat Power for Roskilde


04 Sep 2014, Roskilde, Denmark

Taking waste materials from nine municipalities in the nearby area as well as select international locations, The Energy Tower in Roskilde will generate electricity and heat through the process of incineration. Read more.

Lotte Center Opens in Hanoi


29 Aug 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam

Five years after its groundbreaking, Lotte Center Hanoi, the 272-meter-high skyscraper in Hanoi constructed by Lotte Group, is finally ready to open on Vietnam’s National Liberation Day, September 2. Read more.

Leadenhall Building’s Public Realm Completes in London


19 Aug 2014, London, United Kingdom

The public realm at the foot of the 47-story Leadenhall Building has opened to the public. Spanning more than 2,000 square meters, the area is the largest public space to be created in the City of London for a decade. Read more.

Construction Completed on Abu Dhabi's WTC Residences


30 Jul 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction on the World Trade Center Residences in Abu Dhabi has been completed. Aldar intends to open the tower, containing 474 rental residential units, in the last quarter of 2014. Read more.

Duplex Apartments Developed for Urban Living in Sao Paulo


28 Jul 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Unitt Urban Living is a residential tower by Basiches Arquitetos Associados located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The tower features 109-square-meter housing modules that can accommodate various family sizes. Read more.

Z Residences High-Rise Project Completed in Kuala Lumpur


25 Jul 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malysia

The Z Residence condominium towers in Kuala Lumpur have recently been completed. The Z Residence project was initiated in 2011 with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM $580 million (US $183 million). Read more.

Glistening Residential Tower Opens in Warsaw


22 Jul 2014, Warsaw, Poland

The Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4 luxury residential tower is now open. The building is designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm JAHN and is the first structure in Poland for the firm. Read more.

Brookfield Multiplex Completes Green Office High-Rise in Melbourne


18 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Construction has been completed on an approximately $384 million 47,000-square-meter mixed-use office building in Melbourne that will feature an impressive variety of sustainable features. Read more.

For Rent: South Korea’s Tallest Skyscraper


11 Jul 2014, Songdo, South Korea

Since completing construction in 2011 and transferring ownership to Daewoo International Corp. in 2013, South Korea’s tallest skyscraper has finally opened on a tract of land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea. Read more.

Docklands Housing Completed in London


11 Jul 2014, London, United Kingdom

A five-block mixed-use development adjacent to east London’s historic Tobacco Dock has now been completed. The 34,470-square-meter scheme’s tallest element is 20 stories high and features a curved façade and sculptural terracing. Read more.

Sofia Prepares to Finish Its First Skyscraper


10 Jul 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Capital Fort, the first skyscraper in Sofia, is expected to be completed in 2015. The 126-meter-tall tower, which is located along Tsarigradsko Road, will offer 80,000 square meters of office space, Standart News reports. Read more.

Abu Dhabi’s Capital House Completed


17 Jun 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction of a high-rise residential building within Abu Dhabi’s Capital Centre development is now complete. Capital House, located opposite Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), is a 93-meter-tall, 30-floor residential tower. Read more.

Hong Kong’s Mount Parker Residences Complete


05 Jun 2014, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties announced the completion of Mount Parker Residence, a 24-story development consisting of 19 residential floors. It the company's latest residential development in Island East, Hong Kong. Read more.

Cape Town Gets First New High-Rise in 21 Years


02 Jun 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

The completion of Portside, a 32-floor office tower, marks the first high-rise to hit the Cape Town skyline in 21 years, and could prompt the building of more iconic, high-rise developments other inner cities. Read more.

Hotel Kapok Completed in Shenzhen


28 May 2014, Shenzhen, China

Chicago-based Goettsch Partners has released photos of its recently completed Hotel Kapok in the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center athletic complex. Hotel Kapok is a 19-story boutique hotel with 242 rooms. Read more.

Mangalore’s Tallest to be Inaugurated


21 May 2014, Mangalore, India

A 26-story skyscraper, considered the tallest building in Mangalore, will be officially opened at the end of the month, marking the culmination of the “dream project” for In-Land Group founder Siraj Ahmed. Read more.

Kunming Iron and Steel Building Nears Completion


02 May 2014, Kunming, China

Exterior work on the Kunming Iron and Steel Building, the city’s next tallest building, has completed, and the project is projected to open for business this summer. Read more.

First Phase of Azerbaijani Mega-Project to be Completed by May


30 Apr 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Avesta Company has announced that the first phase of the 3,000-hectare Khazar Islands project will be completed by May 28, the Azertag state news agency reports. The first phase consists of several beaches, restaurants, bridges and about 4 km of roads, as well as two 5-ha parks. Read more.

High Roller Takes Vegas


08 Apr 2014, Las Vegas, United States

Never a city of small statements, Las Vegas has re-asserted itself on the global stage once again by opening the High Roller, which, at 167 meters, is the world's tallest observation wheel. Read more.

Arquitectonica, Rashid Complete MyBrickell Tower


02 Apr 2014, Miami, United States

MyBrickell Tower, the colorful residential building by Arquitectonica and Related Group, is now completed. Polymath designer Karim Rashid contributed to sculptures in the lobby and over the bar. Read more.

Andaz Hotel to Crown New Tokyo Skyscraper


25 Mar 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Located the center of Tokyo, the 126-meter Toranomon Hills Tower will open this spring, capped off by Hyatt’s first Andaz hotel in Japan, which endeavors to reflect the culture and spirit of local hospitality.Read more.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Opens Second of Two Identical Towers


17 Mar 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Group officially opened its second hotel tower, the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, which was named Tallest Tower Completed in 2013 by CTBUH. The 355-meter tower is identical in height to its neighbor, Tower 1, which was finished in 2012. Read more.

Beta Tenants Move Into Vattanac Capital Tower Office Space


14 Mar 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 183-meter Vattanac Capital Tower in Phnom Penh, designed by Farrells and described as “an iconic dragon-backed glass skyscraper,” is open for business with just a few tenants to test the facilities, with more to arrive in coming months. Read more.

Japan's Tallest Skyscraper Opens in Osaka


06 Mar 2014, Osaka, Japan

Abeno Harukas, which at 300 meters qualifies as supertall, opens in Japan this week, and will surpass the 296-meter Landmark Tower in Yokohama in height to achieve “Tallest Skyscraper in Japan” status. Read more.

Residential Tower Seeks to Claim "Brooklyn's Tallest" Title


06 Feb 2014, New York City, United States

SLCE-designed 388 Bridge Street, which at 180 meters is making the claim of tallest building in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, will open its doors to welcome residents in a few short weeks. Stahl Real Estate recently disclosed renderings and pricing. Read more.

One St. George Wharf Complete


30 Jan 2014, London, United Kingdom

The 180-meter structure that is set to become London’s tallest residential development has finished construction, according to designer Broadway Malyan. The Tower, One St George Wharf, is a pioneering component of the larger Nine Elms project development. Read more.

North America’s Tallest Hotel Opens


09 Jan 2014, New York City, United States

The Marriott Hotel chain has opened what it is calling the “tallest all-hotel building” in North America, at 1717 Broadway in New York. At 754 feet (22.9 7 meters) the Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 23 feet (7 meters) taller than the Detroit Marriott. Read more.