10 Fascinating Facts About the World’s Tallest Buildings Constructed in 2016

One of the most viewed articles on all of Architizer is this 10-fact guide to the next world’s-tallest building, the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, set for completion in 2020. This feature’s long-standing popularity is symbolic of our collective fascination with building tall, which has been something of an obsession for the human race since civilization began. From the Great Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building and the Burj Khalifa, our desire to reach for the skies transcends culture, geography and even economic pragmatism: Whatever the reason, we can’t help but be awestruck by architecture of outlandish scale and verticality. Given this fact, it comes as no surprise that 2016 saw more skyscrapers constructed than ever before, and many of those were classed as “supertall,” reaching a monumental 300 meters (984 feet) or more into the sky. The statistics accompanying these mega-projects are inevitably mind-boggling, but help is here in the form of a new “Year in Review” publication by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The paper is packed with infographics, charts and facts that highlight the trends emerging within this lofty typology over the past 12 months. Below are some of the ...
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