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Old January 29th, 2010, 06:46 AM   #761
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #762
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U.S. Skyscraper Designs ‘Trump’ Competition
Trump International Tower tallest completed project of 2009, tall building trends on the rise.
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America is standing tall—literally. Three of the top five tallest building projects completed in 2009 are located in the United States, according to data released by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat yesterday (Jan. 19)

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill-designed Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago wears the crown at No. 1. (The 98-story, 1,389-ft. building is currently the seventh tallest building in the world.) The Bank of America Tower in New York City (1,198 ft.) took the bronze, while Chicago’s Aqua (858 ft.) came in fifth.

Other sky-high projects to make the list included Beijing’s China World Trade Center III (1,083 ft. at No. 2), Kuwait City’s Arraya Center Office Tower (984 ft. at No. 4), and Doha’s Al Fardan Residences (830 ft. at No. 6).

The list represents the most recent additions to what has been a “the most active in tall building construction history,” according to a statement made by Philip Oldfield, CTBUH research coordinator. The data shows that more tall buildings have been completed this decade than in the entire 21st century—a total of 294 buildings compared with 242.

Jan Klerks, CTBUH research communications manager, says the vast increase in tall designs isn’t solely a desire for aesthetical triumph, but a means for metros to send a very distinct message. “Super tall buildings really represent a kind of ambition from cities that want to give themselves a new presence throughout the world.”

He recalls Dubai’s debut of the Burj Khalifa Tower, the world’s tallest building, earlier this month. “There’s no economical reason to build the tallest building in the world in the middle of the desert…Dubai really wants to stand out as a new metropolis, and here they present themselves as a new economical hub within the region” says Klerks.

And the quest for new heights is far from over. New projects seeking to surpass world records are already underway, with plans for the Nakheel Tower in Dubai and a proposal for a 1,001-meter tall building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Yet, Klerks says the world will have a wait on it’s hands a bit.

“Getting the construction started and all the way through—that’s the hard part. Even if you start today with what will be the tallest building in the world, it will still take you six, seven, eight years before that building is completed,” says Klerks. “My guess is that the Burj Khalifa will be the tallest building in the world for at least another seven years.”

Overall, Klerks predicts the tallest buildings in the future will be seen in areas outside the U.S., in particular in China and the Middle East.

CTBUH’s List of Ten Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009:

1. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago (423m / 1389ft)

2. Bank of America Tower, New York (365m / 1198ft)

3. China World Trade Center III, Beijing (330m / 1083ft)

4. Arraya Center Office Tower, Kuwait City (300m / 984ft)

5. Aqua, Chicago (262m / 858ft)

6. Al Fardan Residences, Doha (253m / 830ft)

7. Shanghai IFC South Tower, Shanghai (250m / 820ft)

8. RunHua International Building, Wuxi (248m / 814ft)

9. Hongdu International Plaza, Wuxi (248m / 814ft)

10. Xinjiekou Department Store Phase 2, Nanjing (240m / 787ft)
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Old February 5th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #763
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So the tower under construction now is 260?
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Old February 6th, 2010, 03:07 AM   #764
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'Overall, Klerks predicts the tallest buildings in the future will be seen in areas outside the U.S., in particular in China and the Middle East.'

LoL, I could have predicted that as well!!!! But i would include South Korea and Japan and maybe Russia
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Old February 7th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #765
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Old February 7th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #766
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It is pretty amazing to see this twin building up close with my own eyes. Looks so much different to the photos.

The HSBC logo looks pretty awesome at night, you can barely see the white background.

Btw, i saw a white worker digging at the HSBC construction site last week XD
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Old February 7th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #767
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #768
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February 4 by da-architect at Flickr

Progressing fast, but still a long way to go - just compare with the render.

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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #769
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Overall, Klerks predicts the tallest buildings in the future will be seen in areas outside the U.S., in particular in China and the Middle East.

CTBUH’s List of Ten Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009:

1. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago (423m / 1389ft)

2. Bank of America Tower, New York (365m / 1198ft)
I guess this will be the last year when the first two will be buildings from U.S.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #770
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I guess this will be the last year when the first two will be buildings from U.S.
Maybe 2014, with 1WTC and hopefully 2WTC. American Commerce Center has a good shot of finishing down the road as well. I think that list is gonna be all China most years though.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #771
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Maybe 2014, with 1WTC and hopefully 2WTC. American Commerce Center has a good shot of finishing down the road as well. I think that list is gonna be all China most years though.
I doubt 2WTC will be finished in 2014.

Not to mention that in 2014, the planed buildings to be finished are Shanghai Tower and The Pentominium.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #772
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funny bank of Americas 1,200 feet tall but whats two feet. Anyway this is a pretty nice project.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #773
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I doubt 2WTC will be finished in 2014.

Not to mention that in 2014, the planed buildings to be finished are Shanghai Tower and The Pentominium.
If it starts later this year, it could be done by 2014. Their aren't any PATH lines under it. 1 year of below grade work, 2 years to rise to top out, 1 year for internal. It's very doable.

But then again, I forgot about ST and Pento.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:21 AM   #774
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We dont know which hotel yet, w hotel withdrew from using this building.

yes, i heard its gonna be a service apartment.

Ritz occupies the upper floor of HSBC building.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #775
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I hope that this two floor higher . maybe300+
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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #776
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I hope that this two floor higher . maybe300+
At first it's a twin tower about 320m tall, but then reduced to 250 and 260 meters and a additional 85m hotel to avoid block the view of the Jinmao tower from the bund. Shanghai has a quite strict height control and plot ratio limit these years.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 08:52 AM   #777
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a peek in Ritz Carlton hotel

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Old February 14th, 2010, 10:48 AM   #778
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my god, so close to oriental pearl, Shanghai is such a perfect CBD to have
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Old February 16th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #779
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