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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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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.

Construction Closes on Innovation Tower


25 Nov 2013, Hong Kong, China

Construction of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Jockey Club Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), has completed. The 15-story building is ZHA's first in the city, and includes the School of Design, a lecture hall, a design museum, exhibition galleries and a communal viewing lounge. Read more.

De Rotterdam Completed by OMA


22 Nov 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for its home city, where the building sits on the south bank of the Maas River. Read more.

E' Tower Completed in The Netherlands


18 Nov 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-story, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick Expressionist style that was common during the city's industrial period and throughout Northern Europe in the early 20th century. Read more.

UNStudio Completes Ardmore Residence


15 Nov 2013, Singapore, Singapore

UNStudio recently completed the Ardmore Residence, a 36-story residential tower near the Orchard Road luxury shopping district in Singapore. Inspired by the lush gardens of the city, the Residence is organized around specific views and repeats a landscape theme through the entire tower. Read more.

Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes


11 Nov 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has opened its doors, marking the Swiss operator's sixth Dubai hotel. The mixed-use property will contain 475 units, including 168 hotel condominium rooms, 287 residences and 20 furnished residences. Read more.

Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi


11 Nov 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury hotel to open in Al Maryah Island, the new Central Business District (CBD) of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Handel Architects, will feature 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences and 73 residences for long-term lease. Read more.

RSH+P Completes Cross-Braced Building in Sydney CBD


01 Nov 2013, Sydney, Australia

London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed a 34-story office tower in Sydney with criss-crossing red braces on its sides and an elevated terrace cutting through its middle. The practice collaborated with Sydney firm Lippman Partnership to design the tower for Australian real-estate company Mirvac. Read more.

Opening Day Announced for Japan's Tallest


23 Oct 2013, Osaka, Japan

The Kintetsu Corp. has set March 7, 2014, as the opening date for its Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which is set to be Japan's tallest building upon completion. Located in Osaka, the 300-meter (984-foot) building topped out in August 2012 and will replace the Yokohama Landmark Tower as the nation's tallest building. Read more.

Green Skin Connects Morph Tower to Landscape


17 Oct 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Somdoon Architects have completed the IDEO Morph 38 tower, a new green-walled high-rise that offers an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok. Located in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the development consists of two separated towers, each targeting a particular type of tenant. Read more.

Stock Exchange Tower Completed in Shenzhen


08 Oct 2013, Shenzhen, China

OMA has completed the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the heart of the city's Central Business District. As one of OMA's best-known designs, the 250-meter (820-foot) skyscraper, nicknamed "the Miniskirt," features a three-story podium that has been elevated 36 meters (118 feet) above the ground. Read more.

Reunion Tower Reopens With High-Tech Deck


01 Oct 2013, Dallas, United States

Reunion Tower, located in the southwest corner of downtown Dallas for 35 years, is prepared to reopen its observation deck for the first time in six years. The GeO-Deck will feature interactive touch-screen and high-definition telescopic cameras that will allow visitors to see Dallas as never before. Read more.

“Living Building” Attracts Tenants with Zero Net-Energy Goals


09 Sep 2013, Seattle, United States

Construction company Hammer & Hand, which builds commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest, will move to Seattle's first Passive House building. The 100-foot (30.5-meter) Bullitt Center debuted in spring of 2013 and is built to the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Read more.

Gramercy Skypark Is Completed


23 Aug 2013, Makati, Philippines

Singapore-based Pomeroy Studio has completed Gramercy Skypark, billed as the highest sky garden and the tallest green wall in the Philippines. The Skypark is located within the Roger Villarosa-designed Gramercy Residences, which at 250 meters (820 feet) has become the second-tallest building in the Philippines. Read more.

Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite


19 Aug 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel features what developers are calling "the world's highest suspended suite," including a sky bridge that connects the two towers. Read more.

Studio Heliopolis Tower Images Released


16 Aug 2013, Mumbai, India

Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios has released images of its Heliopolis Tower, a "neo-Gaudi" apartment block designed for Mumbai. The firm was inspired by the organic forms of Antoni Gaudi's balconies as well as Ancient Egyptian columns and modern building materials. Read more.

Arets Brings AvB Tower to Completion


29 Jul 2013, The Hague, Netherlands

The Dean of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Wiel Arets, has completed his latest tower project in The Hague. The Anne van Bueren (AvB) Tower will become the newest home of the University of Leiden, providing its student residents with accommodations. Read more.

Sheraton Huzhou to Open Its Doors


23 Jul 2013, Huzhou, China

The unusual 321-room Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, located on the Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai, is set to open its doors. The oval-shaped, 27-story building was designed by MAD Architects and is being touted as one of Sheraton's most elaborate hotels. Read more.

2116 Chestnut Completed in Philadelphia Neighborhood


01 Jul 2013, Philadelphia, United States

A new luxury residential tower at 2116 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia officially opened over the weekend, after 16 months of construction. The first 14 stories of the building are completely finished, and residents have begun moving in. The remaining floors are set to be completed by the end of the summer. Read more.

Dubai's Infinity Tower Completed


05 Jun 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90 degrees from base to tip and was designed and built by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and contractor Arabtec. Read more.

Marina Bay Celebrates Official Opening


20 May 2013, Singapore, Singapore

The Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) celebrated its official opening May 15 in Singapore's central business district. The four-tower mixed-use development, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has been under construction since 2006. Read more.