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2013: The year of the super-tall skyscraper

Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 towers, according to a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

January 21, 2014 |
At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest build

While 2013 didn't see the completion of a mega tower like Burj Khalifa, it was a near-record-setting year in terms of the number of super-tall skyscrapers completed. 

Led by the 82-story, 1,166-foot JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2, a total of 73 buildings of 200 meters or greater height were built in 2013. It was the second-busiest year ever, behind only 2011, when 81 super-tall projects opened, according to a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Last year also saw the completion of nine 300-meter-plus towers. In fact, nearly half (47%) the world's 77 300-meter-plus skyscrapers were completed during the past four years.   




The top 10 skyscrapers completed in 2013 are:

1. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2, Dubai, UAE (82 stories, 355 meters, 1,166 feet)

2. Mercury City Tower, Moscow, Russia (75, 339, 1,112)

3. Modern Media Center, Changzhou, China (57, 332, 1,089)

4. Al Yaqoub Tower, Dubai, UAE (69, 328, 1,076)

5. The Landmark, Abu Dhabi, UAE (72, 324, 1,063)

5. Deji Plaza, Nanjing, China (62, 324, 1,063)

7. Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE (73, 307, 1,008)

8. East Pacific Center Tower A, Shenzhen, China (85, 306, 1,004)

8. The Shard, London, UK (73, 306, 1,004)

10. Dongguan TBA Tower Dongguan, China (68, 289, 948)

See the full list



Tall buildings 200 meters or taller completed each year from 1960 to 2014 © CTBUH (click image to enlarge)


Other milestones from 2013, according to the CTBUH report: 

• Across the globe, the sum of heights of all 200-meter-plus buildings completed globally in 2013 was 17,662 meters – also the second-ranked in history, behind the 2011 record of 21,642 meters.

• Of the 73 buildings completed in 2013, 12 – or 16 percent – entered the list of 100 Tallest Buildings in the World.

• For the sixth year running, China had the most 200-meter-plus completions of any nation, at 37 – located across 22 cities.

• Three of the five tallest buildings completed are in the United Arab Emirates, for the second year in a row.

• The city of Goyang, Korea, has debuted on the world skyscraper stage with eight 200-meter-plus buildings completing in 2013.

• Europe has two of the 10 tallest buildings completed in a given year for the first time since 1953.

• Panama added two buildings over 200 meters, bringing the small Central American nation’s count up to 19. It had none as recently as 2008.

• Of the 73 buildings over 200 meters completed in 2013, only one, 1717 Broadway in New York, was in the U.S.

For the full report, visit:



The tallest building completed each year since the year 2000. © CTBUH (click image to enlarge)



© CTBUH (click image to enlarge)



© CTBUH (click image to enlarge)


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