Featured Tall Buildings

CTBUH features seminal tall buildings as case studies. These projects, typically either recently completed or historically significant, are examples of influential tall building development, design, engineering, and/or construction. Click a project to view more information about it.

Latest Featured Tall Building

1 January 1970 | Shenzhen

One Excellence Tower 1

Interior Design Award 2021 Award of Excellence Winner

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1 January 1970 | Chongqing

Raffles City Chongqing

Raffles City Chongqing is a comprehensive mixed-use development with an overall gross floor area of approximately 1,100,000 square meters.

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1 January 1970 | Santiago

Torre Costanera

At 300 meters, Torre Costanera is South America's first supertall building and upon completion was the second tallest building in the southern hemisphere behind Q1 in Sydney.

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1 January 1970 | Changsha

Changsha Hua Center

Changsha Hua Center Phase II project, located in the center of the old city of Changsha, was a CTBUH Best Tall Building 100-199 meters 2021 Award of Excellence winner.

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1 January 2011 | Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

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1 January 1970 | New York City

One Manhattan West

Featured in the 2021 CTBUH Awards Program.

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1 January 1970 | Dubai

The Address Beach Resort

Three key contextual considerations drive the design of The Address Beach Resort: the urban skyline, site location and pedestrian connectivity.

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1 January 1970 | Sydney

ARC by Crown Group

ARC by Crown Group was designed as a contemporary tower that respects the historical context of its surrounding urban fabric.

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1 January 1970 | Vancouver

Vancouver House

The inverted massing turns the inefficient triangle into optimal rectangular floor plates for living spaces at its top, while freeing up public space at its base.

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1 January 1970 | Amsterdam


With architecture inspired by the geometric works of a Romanian sculptor, excess volume around the upper and lower atria was chiseled away to reveal an “hourglass” shape.

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1 January 1970 | Taichung

Sky Green

Featuring greenery on all sides, the tower’s plantings include 60,000 trees and shrubs, as well as 21 creeper plants in 19 sky gardens, and 142 balconies.

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1 January 1970 | Beijing


CITIC Tower is the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core.

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1 April 2021 | Shanghai

Shanghai Tower

Located at the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower is one of the most sustainably advanced tall buildings in the world.

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18 March 2021 | St. Petersburg

Lakhta Center

Lakhta Center, an 87-story office building, is currently the tallest building in Europe.

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3 March 2021 | San Pedro Garza García

Torre KOI

Torre KOI, a 65-story mixed-use building, is currently the second tallest building in Mexico.

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16 February 2021 | Dubai

Burj Royale

Burj Royale is a 58-story residential building under development in Downtown Dubai.

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3 February 2021 | New York City

One Vanderbilt

One Vanderbilt is the second tallest building to complete in 2020 at 427 meters.

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21 January 2021 | New York City

Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower is the tallest building to complete in 2020 at 472 meters.

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7 January 2021 | Wuhan

Wuhan Greenland Center

Rising from its site on the Yangtze River waterfront in Wuhan, the 476-meter supertall uses a triangular floor plan that narrows along its height to provide extra stability against wind

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