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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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Core Condos Tops Out in Toronto


21 Jun 2016, Toronto, Canada

A topping out ceremony was held for Core Condos after the 26-story tower rose to its final height on June 20, 2016. Cladding now climbs nearly two-thirds of the way up the tower, warranting a targeted fall completion date. Read more.

Completion Date Scheduled for Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg


20 Jun 2016, Hamburg, Germany

Situated on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg's HafenCity district, the Elbphilharmonie is scheduled to open its doors on January 11, 2017. With a final height of 110 meters, it will be the tallest building in the city. Read more.

Sales Launched for Brisbane Quarter as Construction Continues


17 Jun 2016, Brisbane, Australia

A mixed-use precinct encompassing an entire city block, known as Brisbane Quarter at 300 George Street, has officially launched sales with office tower and retail space offered to the market for lease. Read more.

Twin 27-Story Residential Towers Under Construction in Jebel Ali, Dubai


14 Jun 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor has been named for a pair of 27-story residential towers. Already 70 percent complete, both buildings should be finished by the third quarter of 2017 if construction remains on schedule. Read more.

Luxury Residential High-Rise Launched in Mumbai


09 Jun 2016, Mumbai, India

Located in Prabhadevi, the 51-story Sumer Trinity Vertical has officially launched sales. Currently under construction, the luxury residential tower is the third building to be added to the Sumer Trinity Towers complex. Read more.

Plans for Changsha’s 838-Meter Sky City Officially Scrapped Amid Environmental Concerns


08 Jun 2016, Changsha, China

Central China’s Hunan province finally announced a halt on its ambitious plan to build what was proposed to be, at the time of its 2012 inception, the next “world’s tallest tower” – Sky City – on the site of the Daze Lake wetland. Read more.

Cladding Goes Up on Midtown Five in Miami


06 Jun 2016, Miami, United States

The residential Midtown Five is rising quickly in the Midtown neighborhood of Miami. Offering scenic views of Biscayne Bay, South Beach, and Downtown Miami, the 24-story tower will hold 400 apartment units of varying sizes and layouts. Read more.

56 Leonard Nears Completion in New York City


02 Jun 2016, New York City, United States

The Jenga-like 56 Leonard Street has been captured by recent photographs ahead of its imminent completion. The 57-story tower appears largely complete, apart from a section of external elevator scaffolding remaining on one side. Read more.

Social Housing Tower at Vancouver’s 1107 Seymour Street on the Rise


01 Jun 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Currently rising at the corner of Seymour and Helmcken Streets in the heart of Vancouver's Yaletown neighborhood, a 15-story social housing tower at 1107 Seymour has made significant construction progress. Read more.

New York City’s 3 World Trade Center Reaches Supertall Height


31 May 2016, New York City, United States

The World Trade Center development is beginning to come together. One of the complex’s skyscrapers, 3 World Trade Center, has now reached supertall height, meaning it is taller than 300 meters, as defined by CTBUH. Read more.

30-Story Mixed-Use Tower Rising in Dhaka


25 May 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka has responded to a population boom by approving many new building projects, including the Banani DCC-Unique Complex. The 30-story, mixed-use tower is currently under construction in the city's business hub. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Midrand’s PwC Tower


24 May 2016, Midrand, South Africa

The 26-story PwC Tower, which will be a focal point in the up and coming Waterfall City development, is currently under construction in Midrand, just north of Johannesburg. The tower is set to complete in 2018. Read more.

South Korean Banking Firm Constructing New HQ in Seoul


23 May 2016, Seoul, South Korea

One of the largest banks in South Korea is converting its old headquarters into an updated, 26-story building. To continue business as usual, the bank has temporarily moved its headquarters to the Gran Seoul Building in Changjindong. Read more.

New York’s 21-Story William Vale Hotel to Open July 11


19 May 2016, New York City, United States

Initially touted to open in April 2016, the William Vale hotel on 111 North 12th Street is now due to open on July 11. Climbing 21 stories, the $130 million hotel has already topped out at 250 feet (76 meters). Read more.

Jeddah Tower Delayed after Contractor Problems


18 May 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind the one-kilometer-tall Jeddah Tower, set to be the world’s tallest building, has said that it is looking to get back up to speed after funding issues with contractor Saudi Binladin Group caused delays. Read more.

Mass Timber Building Begins to Take Shape in Vancouver


18 May 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Brock Commons Phase 1 is beginning to take shape at the University of British Columbia. Beyond the concrete core, the structure will be composed of cross-laminated timber floor slabs, glulam columns, and steel connectors. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Beijing’s Future Tallest Skyscraper


05 May 2016, Beijing, China

Recent photos show that the China Zun Tower in Beijing has made significant progress since construction began in 2012. If construction remains on schedule, the tower is expected to complete in 2018, becoming the city's tallest building. Read more.

Construction on Metropol Tower Istanbul Progresses


22 Apr 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

Upon completion, Metropol Tower Istanbul is expected to be one of the tallest buildings in the city. Already structurally topped out, the 250-meter development, characterized by a curvy glass façade on one of its sides, is expected to complete in 2017. Read more.

Lebanon’s Tallest Building Almost Fully Clad


12 Apr 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

The soon-to-be tallest building in Lebanon is rising above the vibrant streets of Beirut, its largest city. The tower's position in Beirut's Sodeco area puts it within arm's reach of numerous shops, theaters, and restaurants. Read more.

Photos Show Construction Progress for Bogotá’s Tallest Skyscraper


08 Apr 2016, Bogotá, Colombia

The BD Bacatá complex’s two towers – 216 and 260 meters in height – are the first skyscrapers to be built in Colombia in 35 years. More notably, the project is the very first in the world to be financed through crowdfunding. Read more.

Montreal’s Two-Tower YUL Condominium Reaches Ground Level


08 Apr 2016, Montreal, Canada

In December 2015, YUL – a two-tower condominium development in Montreal – showed below-grade work progressing on the five-floor underground parking garage. Since then, the project has hit ground level. Read more.

Asymmetrical Towers at 626 First Avenue Top Out in New York City


30 Mar 2016, New York City, United States

A pair of asymmetrical, copper-clad towers at 626 First Avenue – a 35-story, 143-meter southeastern tower and a taller 46-story, 165-meter northwestern tower – have architecturally topped out. Read more.

Distinctive Pinnacle of Brisbane’s Future Tallest Tower Nearly Complete


29 Mar 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Located in Brisbane's central business district, 1 William Street is a 260-meter commercial office tower that is currently under construction. Recent photos show that its pinnacle is nearly complete. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Pasig’s Capitol Commons


28 Mar 2016, Pasig, Philippines

Capitol Commons – a 10-hectare mixed-use development in Pasig – will include two residential towers, already under construction. Upon completion, The Royalton will stand at 65 stories while The Imperium will be 63 stories in height. Read more.

Nairobi’s Prism Tower Nears its Topping Out Point


24 Mar 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Now under construction on a plot of land steps away from the traditional central business district, the 34-story Kings Prism Tower is designed to accommodate the needs of international corporations. Read more.

Mexico's Tallest Tower Approaching Completion


18 Mar 2016, Mexico City, Mexico

Construction is progressing on the 246-meter Torre Reforma – characterized by its diamond-shaped upper portion and concrete cladding on three of its sides – which is set to become Mexico's future tallest. Read more.

Construction Progresses on Skyland Istanbul Towers


17 Mar 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

In the outskirts of Istanbul, steps away from the Seyrantepe subway station and the Türk Telekom Arena, a local developer is currently building a three-tower mixed-used complex known as Skyland Istanbul, designed by Broadway Malyan. Read more.

Future World’s Tallest is 20 Percent Complete


16 Mar 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is set to be the world’s tallest building, is over 20 percent complete, according to developers. The planned one-kilometer tower has already reached the 37th floor and is on track for completion by 2018. Read more.

Porsche Design Tower at Sunny Isles Beach Nearly Sold Out


02 Mar 2016, Sunny Isles Beach, United States

Slated for completion in June 2016, 94 percent of the units in the 60-story Porsche Design Tower have already sold – 22 of them to billionaires. The building's selling-point is its unique hydraulic car lift. Read more.

Developer Commits to Abuja World Trade Center Complex as Surveyors Laud Project


29 Feb 2016, Abuja, Nigeria

The World Trade Center (WTC) Abuja complex, a mixed-use development consisting of luxury residences, AAA offices, and high-end retail, is among several high-profile real estate developments set to be completed in the city by 2016. Read more.