20 Amazing Skyscrapers in The World You Should Know

A way to overcome the ongoing issue of running out of habitable land to develop for the growing numbers of human population is to build up. Building up would mean constructing a concrete city of buildings; the higher they are, the more job opportunities and living space there will be. This is probably why China is builiding many skyscrapers, where a majority of the buildings are amongst the tallest in the world.

In this article, we’ll show you 20 upcoming skyscrapers that you might be able to visit in the years to come. Construction of a number of these skyscrapers have started or are about to start, where some are estimated to be about 1 kilometer high. Here are artist impressions of the skyscrapers for your jaw-dropping pleasure.

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Madinat al-Hareer, Subiya, Kuwait

This tower will be the 1001 m centerpiece of the upcoming City of Silk in Subiya, Kuwait. The entire city will include stadiums, residences, hotels and retail shops that are scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Mubarak Tower
  • Status: Proposed
  • Height: 3,284 ft
  • Floor count: 234
  • Country: Kuwait
  • Image Source: SkyscraperCity

Sky City, Changsha, Hunan, China

Sky City is estimated to be completed by June 2014. The builders who planned the 838 m skyscraper says that it needs a total of 210 days for it to be fully erected. If it’s on schedule, it’ll be the tallest building in the world, beating the current tallest, Burj Khalifa, by 10 m.

Sky City
  • Status: Abandoned
  • Height: 2,749 ft
  • Floor count: 220
  • Country: China
  • Image Source: Huffington Post

Peruri 88, Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is a crowded city that lacks greenery and living space. With this multi-tiered vertical city, the Peruri 88 will have apartments, hotels, offices, retail outlets, amphitheaters and roof parts that can accomodate sports and recreational activities.

Peruri 88
  • Status: Under construction
  • Height: 389 meters
  • Floor count: 94
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Image Source: MVRDV

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

The 123-storeys high Lotte World Tower is currently under construction in Seoul. The 555 m high skyscraper will include offices, retail outlets, a hotel and also an observation deck.

Lotte World Tower
  • Status: Opened
  • Height: 1819 ft
  • Floor count: 123
  • Country: South Korea
  • Image Source: SkyscraperCity

Signature Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Signature Tower set to erect in Jakarta is proposed to begin construction in 2014 and estimated to finish in the year 2022. It’ll be 638 m tall with 111 storeys that will house an obvservatory, luxury hotel and mall as well as offices.

Signature Tower
  • Status: Proposed
  • Height: 2,093 ft
  • Floor count: 113
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Image Source: The Skyscraper Center

Zhongguo Zun, Beijing, China

The Zhongguo Zun, or China Zun, is currently under construction and set to complete in 2018. It’s in the running to be the tallest in Beijing at 528 m with 108 storeys, and second tallest in China losing by more than 50 m to the Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin.

Zhongguo Zun
  • Status: Opened
  • Height: 1733 ft
  • Floor count: 109
  • Country: China
  • Image Source: SkyscraperPage

Abu Dhabi Plaza, Astana, Kazakhstan

The Abu Dhabi Plaza is envisioned to be a mini-town of its own consisting of many towers of different heights; the tallest being 382 m with 88 floors. The entire complex will house 446 apartments, 190 hotel rooms, and 100 serviced apartments over a space of more than 200,000 square meters.

Abu Dhabi Plaza
  • Status: Completed
  • Height: 1819 ft
  • Floor count: 123
  • Country: Kazakhstan
  • Image Source: Foster + Partners

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom Tower is set to erect in Jeddah as the centerpiece of the Kingdom City beside the Red Sea. It’s imagined to be 1000 m tall with 200 floors, 160 of which will be occupiable. Lots of tests are ongoing to ensure that this marvel can be built. The building is estimated to be completed by 2024.

Kingdom Tower
  • Status: On Hold
  • Height: 3,280 ft
  • Floor count: 200+
  • Country: Saudi Arabia
  • Image Source: Daily Mail

Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

The Ping An Finance Centre is currently under consctruction in Shenzhen, China. When it’s set to complete in 2016, it’ll be 115-storeys and 660 m high making it one of China’s tallest building.

Ping An Finance Centre
  • Status: Opened
  • Height: 1,844 ft
  • Floor count: 115
  • Country: China
  • Image Source: SkyscraperCenter

Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Lakhta Center will be the first supertall skyscraper in the city of St. Petersburg upon its planned completion in 2020. It’ll have an educational complex, sports and leisure facilities, an outdoor amphitheater, offices and a hotel.

Lakhta Center
  • Status: Completed
  • Height: 1,516 ft
  • Floor count: 87
  • Country: Kazakhstan
  • Image Source: The Skyscraper Center

Goldin Finance 117, Tianjin, China

The Goldin Finance Tower is estimated to be completed by 2020 and will stand at a height of 597 m with 117-storeys, the number included in its name. Other than being able to occupy offices, it’ll also have a mall and hotel.

Goldin Finance 117
  • Status: Completed
  • Height: 1,774 ft
  • Floor count: 117
  • Country: China
  • One World Trade Center, New York, United States

    The One World Trade Center is about to open to public sometime in 2014. It’ll be America’s tallest building at 541 m and will include office spaces, an observation deck and luxury restaurants.

    One World Trade
    • Status: Opened
    • Height: 1,774 ft
    • Floor count: 87
    • Country: United States
    • Image Source: One WTC

    Wuhan Greenland Center, Wuhan, Hubei, China

    The Wuhan Greenland Center is designed to be aerodynamic and harness the strong winds that affect these tall buildings. It’ll gather the wind and air around it to be used as heating or cooling, making it a very green-friendly 606 m skyscraper.

    Wuhan Greenland Center
    • Status: Under construction
    • Height: 2,001 ft
    • Floor count: 126
    • Country: China
    • Image Source: The Skyscraper Center

    GIFT Diamond Tower, Gandhinagar, India

    The Gujarat International Finance Tec, or GIFT Diamond Tower, will erect the central business district of Gujarat, India. It’ll be the centerpiece of the GIFT City that will house offices, schools, homes, hotels, convention centers and retail outlets.

    GIFT Diamond Tower
    • Status: Proposed
    • Height: 1,187 ft
    • Floor count: 70
    • Country: India
    • Image Source: SkyscraperCity

    World One, Mumbai, India

    The World One tower is currently being built in Mumbai and is set for completion in 2014. It’s a luxurious residential tower that will have 300 high class apartments with a height of 117 m, making it one of the world’s tallest residential tower.

    World One
    • Status: Construction stalled
    • Height: 1,450 ft
    • Floor count: 119
    • Country: India
    • Image Source: The World Towers

    Buenos Aires Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The Buenos Aires Forum is a proposed tower with a spiral-like design that will be the centerpiece of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s imagined to be 1000 m high with an estimated cost of $3.33 billion set to finish by 2016. If completed, it’ll be amongst the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

    Buenos Aires Forum
    • Status: Proposed
    • Height: 3,2777 ft
    • Floor count: 200
    • Country: Argentina
    • Image Source: SkyscraperCity

    Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (Opened)

    The ongoing construction of the Shanghai Tower has received a lot of fame recently as 2 Russian daredevils climbed to the very top of the 632 m high tower. It’s set to be open to the public in 2015 and be the tallest building in China as well as second tallest in the world.

    Shanghai Tower
    • Status: Construction stalled
    • Height: 1,450 ft
    • Floor count: 119
    • Country: India
    • Image Source: Forbes

    Abandoned Or Cancelled Skyscrapers

    Here are a few towers that are currently abandoned or cancelled due to financial reasons. No one knows if construction will ever continue but most would hope to see many of these beautiful towers come to life.

    Pentominium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    The Pentominium was an ambitious project that halted after 22 floors were built due to budget issues. There are no solid reports saying the 516 m high residential skyscraper will achieve completion to be the second tallest tower in Dubai.

    Pentominium
    • Status: Construction stalled
    • Height: 1,693 ft
    • Floor count: 122
    • Country: United Arab Emirates
    • Image Source: Pentominium

    Chicago Spire, Chicago, United States

    The Chicago Spire was set to be the second tallest skyscraper in the world at 610 m with 150 floors. However, it was abandoned after only having its foundation work completed, due to financial challenges and the global economic recession in 2008.

    Chicago Spire
    • Status: Construction stalled
    • Height: 2,001 ft
    • Floor count: 150
    • Country: United States
    • Image Source: ArchDaily

    Seoul Light DMC Tower, Seoul, South Korea

    The Seoul Light Digital Media City Tower was scheduled to be completed by April 2015 but has since been cancelled due to budgetary reasons. If its construction continued, it would have been 640 m tall, the tallest building in Korea.

    Seoul Light
    • Status: Construction stalled
    • Height: 2,100 ft
    • Floor count: 133
    • Country: South Korea
    • Image Source: Architecture Scope
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