As 2013 gets underway, here’s a look at the ten tallest skyscrapers set to complete around the globe this year (+ interactive image).
This list includes four towers in China, a Abu Dhabi complex by Foster + Partners and North Korea’s infamous “Hotel of Doom”. Surprisingly, Renzo Piano’s The Shard wasn’t tall enough to make the list.
1. Eton Place Dalian Tower 1 – 383 metres
The highest building scheduled to finish in 2013 is the 383-metre tower of Eton Place Dalian (above), a mixed-use complex for the city in north-east China. Designed by architects NBBJ, the glazed skyscraper is yet to reach full height, but once complete it will become one of the top twenty tallest buildings in the world.
2. The Domain – 381 metres
London firm Foster + Partners is in second place with apartment block The Domain, the largest of three towers nearing completion on the site of the old Central Market in Abu Dhabi (above). The building topped out at 381 metres in 2012 and forms part of a larger masterplan for the Aldar Central Market, which also incorporates shopping centre The Souk.
Above: image c/o JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, via CTBUH
3. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel tower two – 355 metres
In third position is a tower at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, by Archgroup Consultants. The first of the hotel’s two skyscrapers was completed in 2012 and stands at 355 metres, making it the tallest hotel in the world. At exactly the same height, tower number two will follow this year and was designed to mirror its partner (above).
4. Chongqing World Financial Centre – 339 metres
The second building on our list from China is the Chongqing World Financial Centre (above), a 73-storey office tower under construction in the nation’s third-largest city. The skyscraper has not topped out but is set to have a height of 339 metres, making it the fourth tallest building due to finish in 2013.
5. Mercury City Tower – 339 metres
At number five is Moscow’s Mercury City Tower (above), which has already overtaken Renzo Piano’s The Shard as Europe’s tallest skyscraper. Featuring a shimmering facade of golden glass, the 339-metre mixed-use tower was designed by Russian architect Mikhail Posokhin and the late American architect Frank Williams.
6. Modern Media Centre – 332 metres
The sixth tallest skyscraper to complete in 2013 will be the Modern Media Centre in Changzhou (above), with a height of 332 metres. The building will contain 57 floors to accommodate production facilities for television, film, animation and radio.
7. Ryugyong Hotel – 330 metres
North Korea’s notorious Ryugyong Hotel (above) is finally due to complete in 2013, 24 years behind schedule, and takes seventh place on our list. Nicknamed the “Hotel of Doom”, the 330-metre pyramidal building in Pyongyang was first under construction in 1987. Building work stopped in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union placed the city in an economic crisis and didn’t resume until 2008.
8. Al Yaqoub Tower – 328 metres
The eighth building on our list is the Al Yaqoub Tower (above), a 328-metre apartment and hotel building for Dubai. Designed by UAE firm Eng. Adnan Saffarini, the building is set to become the world’s second-tallest clock tower, only surpassed by the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca.
9/10. The Landmark and Deji Plaza phase two – 324 metres
Ninth position is shared between two buildings; the mixed-use Landmark tower in
Dubai Abu Dhabi by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (above) and an office tower rising up over the Deji Plaza shopping centre in Nanjing, China (below). Both towers have a height of 324 metres, but the former features a curved profile while the latter has a rectilinear form.
The list was compiled using data provided by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). It doesn’t currently include the skyscraper that construction firm Broad Sustainable Building claims to be building in just 90 days in Changsha, which would top this list and become the the world’s tallest building if completed on schedule.
The CTBUH recently published a summary of skyscrapers constructed in 2012, finding that the total number of skyscrapers constructed around the world failed to increase for the first time in six years. This time last year they also predicted what the tallest buildings in 2020 might be.