Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Annual Review of Building Construction
At the close of each year, the CTBUH produces a study which provides a written and graphical synopsis of tall buildings completed during the subject year, with a focus on buildings over 200 meters in height.

This synopsis is published annually in the first issue of the CTBUH Journal and is available below.

A Year in Review: Trends of 2013

By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade. Perhaps 2012, with its small year-on-year drop in completions, was the last year to register the full effect of the 2008 / 2009 global financial crisis, and a small sigh of relief can be let out in the tall-building industry as we begin 2014.

A Year in Review: Trends of 2012

For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined in 2012, as the knock on effects of the 2008/2009 global financial crisis became evident in tall building construction in many Western countries. Sixty-six buildings taller than 200 meters were completed during 2012, the third most in history.

2009 Tallest Completed A Year in Review: Trends of 2011

The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher
buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011 than in any year previous.

2009 Tallest Completed Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010

In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds, 2010 has seen the completion of more skyscrapers than any previous year in history.

2009 Tallest Completed   

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009

The year 2009 marked a successful 12 months for the American skyscraper, with three of the five tallest buildings completed during the year being located in the USA—Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago (tallest); Bank of America Tower in New York (second tallest) and Aqua in Chicago (fifth tallest).

2008 Tallest Completed

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008

Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten constructed in 2008 rising to 319 meters.

2007 Tallest Completed

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007

333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International Investment Group, is also regarded as the world’s tallest single-use hotel building.

2006 Tallest Completed

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006

Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were second and third, respectively.