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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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State Government Approves Plans for a 68-Story Melbourne Tower


14 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian state government has approved a massive 68-story twisted glass tower to replace the old Savoy Tavern at the corner of Bourke and Spencer streets in Melbourne’s central business district. Read more.

Transit Oriented Tower Rising in Bangkok


14 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Set to rise in one of the most accessible areas in Bangkok, The LINE Jatujak-Mochit condominium project is a 43-story tower, currently being built within a 500-meter radius to existing and upcoming mass transit systems. Read more.

Apartment Tower Set to Replace Restaurant in Chicago’s River North


14 May 2015, Chicago, United States

Developers have unveiled their new plan to replace a restaurant in Chicago’s River North with a new apartment tower. As proposed, the high-rise will stand at 22 stories. Construction is expected to begin in November 2015. Read more.

Design Team Grows for $1 Billion Oceanwide Plaza in Los Angeles


13 May 2015, Los Angeles, United States

Lerch Bates has been awarded contracts to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for Oceanwide Plaza. A groundbreaking ceremony for the mixed-use project was held on March 19. Read more.

London High-Rise Begins Construction Without Securing Tenants


13 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

The world’s largest office developer has given London a $1.6 billion vote of confidence, pushing the button on construction of the 172-meter 100 Bishopsgate, one of the city’s biggest skyscraper, without tenants in place. Read more.

Revised Proposal in the Works for Theatre District Condos in Toronto


13 May 2015, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal for Theatre District Condos updates the building with recent changes seeing a height decrease from 51 to 47 stories. The new proposal also calls for significantly fewer parking spaces. Read more.

Nordstrom Tower Could Become Tallest in New York, Report Says


12 May 2015, New York City, United States

A new report claims that 217 West 57th Street received a height boost that would make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. However, CTBUH has not ratified or made any definitive rulings on this height change. Read more.

Lotte Officially Reopens Facilities at Seoul Skyscraper


12 May 2015, Seoul, South Korea

The 123-story Lotte World Tower, set to be South Korea's tallest structure upon its completion in 2016, officially reopened its lower section nearly five months after parts of it were shut down due to safety concerns. Read more.

Toronto’s Studio on Richmond Nears Phase One Completion


12 May 2015, Toronto, Canada

In the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District, the finishing touches are currently being installed on phase one of the Studio on Richmond condominiums, while the development's taller second phase is rising to the southwest. Read more.

Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower


11 May 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Elevator installation preparations have begun at the 1000-plus-meter Kingdom Tower. This work, as well as the eventual installation of the elevator cars, will then progress as the Kingdom Tower’s central structure rises over the coming years. Read more.

Historic Sydney Church to be Dwarfed by New $205 Million Skyscraper


11 May 2015, Sydney, Australia

A proposed office development in Martin Place could completely overshadow the historic St. Stephen’s Uniting Church. While the church head office has reached an agreement with the developers, not everyone is happy with the plans. Read more.

Plans for 320-meter Skyscraper in Shenzhen Cut by Half due to Aviation Requirements


11 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

A property developer in Shenzhen will cut the height of a skyscraper it plans to build in the Qianhai special economic zone by more than half to meet aviation safety requirements. The planned 320-meter skyscraper will now be 153 meters. Read more.

Waterfront Megaproject in New York City Gets New Renderings


08 May 2015, New York City, United States

New renderings have been released for Hallets Point, an industrial stretch on the Queens waterfront that will be turned into a 223,000-square-meter mixed-use project. The first phase of the project comprises a pair of 20-story towers. Read more.

Proposal Released for 56-Story Brutalist Tower in Toronto


08 May 2015, Toronto, Canada

A new proposal has been released for a brutalist-inspired high-rise at 217 Adelaide Street West in Toronto's central business district. A submission to the city is expected soon, after which more details of the proposal will surface. Read more.

Melbourne Tower Scheme Approved After Four Years Following Redesign


08 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

One of Melbourne's longest running planning applications has found resolution after four years. 212-222 La Trobe Street's owners scored a win when the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal granted approval for the building after a redesign. Read more.

High-Rise Complex Breaks Ground Near Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles


07 May 2015, Los Angeles, United States

More construction cranes are on the horizon for Downtown Los Angeles, as yet another high-rise development begins work across the street from the LA Live complex. Plans for the property include a pair of 36-story buildings. Read more.

Micro Tower Proposal in London Prioritizes Place Over Space


07 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

Developers have submitted plans for a 24-story tower in London. The development will create 86 homes on a constrained site, including 63 apartments which will be just 38 square meters. These pocket homes would be sold at a discount. Read more.

Vancouver High-Rise to Have Separate Entrance for Social Housing


07 May 2015, Vancouver, Canada

A new building in Vancouver's West End neighborhood is getting attention because of its segregated entrances for condo residents and those living in social housing units. It isn't the first building in the city to have separate entrances. Read more.

$4 Billion Malaysian Mega-Casino Breaks Ground in Las Vegas


06 May 2015, Las Vegas, United States

A $4 billion Chinese-themed resort in Las Vegas broke ground May 5 with heavy fanfare. When it is completed, the 22 million-square-foot (two million-square-meter) development will have four towers with more than 6,500 rooms. 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.

New York Architects Win Approval for Stratford Hotel in London


06 May 2015, London, United Kingdom

A New York-based architecture firm has been given the go-ahead for a $192 million hotel scheme in Stratford, East London. The 25-story tower will feature 249 bedrooms, conference facilities, and street-level cafés and restaurants. Read more.

Transit-Oriented Development High-Rise in Chicago Gains Approval, New Name


05 May 2015, Chicago, United States

Sinclair Tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), has received final approval from the Chicago Plan Commission. The transit-oriented development will target LEED certification with the addition of two green roofs. Read more.

Melbourne Apartment Boom Drives Twin Skyscraper Plan for Queen Street Site


05 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne's reputation as the skyscraper capital of Australia will be boosted after a Chinese developer lodged plans to build a twin tower complex on Queen and La Trobe Streets, which would become the second tallest building's in the city. Read more.

Precious Stones Inspire New Dubai Hotel at Jumeirah Beach Residence


05 May 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Jumeirah Beach Residence will see another towering complex dotting its skyline when the Crystal Towers open their doors in 2016. Inspired by precious stones, the project will feature Rixos Hotels’ second property in Dubai. Read more.

Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen


04 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary structural element has been put in place. Read more.

57th Street Developers Look to Continue Superslim Trend in New York City


04 May 2015, New York City, United States

A church on New York’s West 57th Street will soon decide whether it will sell its sanctuary and 197-room hotel to a developer who could erect another supertall luxury tower on a single block, further transforming the city's skyline. Read more.

Ancient Coptic Orthodox Church Develops High-Rise Parish in Melbourne


04 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia

An ancient church is moving with the times to create a modern place of worship. The 2000-year-old Coptic Orthodox Church is developing a multimillion-dollar central business district high-rise to house its newest parish. 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.

New Renderings Revealed for Miami Innovation Tower—Residents Remain Concerned


01 May 2015, Miami, United States

More renderings of the Miami Innovation Tower have been revealed. In addition to an observation deck, the 193-meter tower will include several restaurants along with retail and studio space. The plan has garnered major controversy. Read more.