Following the recent completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that there are now 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world. The majority of these skyscrapers are in Asia and the Middle East, mirroring construction trends that have emerged over the past decade. Dubai leads the rankings with 18 supertall buildings, while New York City now falls in second place with a total of seven, including 432 Park Avenue.
Standing at 425.5 meters, 432 Park Avenue is the tallest all-residential building in the world and the 14th-tallest overall. Impressive not only for just its height, but also its slenderness, it exemplifies the “superslim” typology made possible by advancements in lateral resistance technology. These narrow towers are prevalent in high-density areas, such as New York, where limited land availability and demand for luxury residences justify their construction, according to the CTBUH.
From 2010 to 2015 alone, the number of supertall structures has doubled from fifty to one hundred, a strong indicator of the growth of the tall building industry. According to CTBUH, more than one hundred more buildings will be completed within the next five to six years. With supertall structures becoming the norm, architects are looking to megatall (600-plus-meter) designs as the future for the world’s tallest buildings. Jeddah Tower, which will become the world’s tallest building once completed, measures in at an astonishing one kilometer high. Currently, only three megatall buildings have been completed, but that number will double in the near future as Jeddah Tower, and three others, finish construction.