Roundup: 5 Skyscrapers Redefining Supertall


Green Spine by UNStudio

Green Spine by UNStudio

Two years ago over 100 supertall buildings had been constructed worldwide. Last year, 15 more supertall skyscrapers were built, each towering over 300 meters tall. These narrow towers are prevalent in high-density areas with limited land availability and demand for luxury residences. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the authority on official heights of tall buildings and determines which building receives the title of the Tallest Building in the World. To celebrate International Skyscraper Day, we’re exploring a round up of skyscrapers that aim to redefine supertall construction.


Green Spine by UNStudio

Green Spine by UNStudio

Green Spine by UNStudio and Cox Architecture

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have officially been announced as the winners of Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. Selected from a range of high-profile offices, including BIG, OMA, and MAD, UNStudio’s vision for the $2 billion project includes a pair of twisted towers called Green Spine that would become Australia’s tallest building. As the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, the Green Spine is designed as a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment centered around innovation in architecture and design.


The Lakhta Center by RMJM

The Lakhta Center by RMJM

Lakhta Center by RMJM

The Lakhta Center, a 400,000-square-meter complex which includes Europe’s tallest skyscraper, is approaching completion in St Petersburg. The centerpiece of the development, the 462-meter-tall Lakhta Center Tower, is not only the tallest building in Europe, but also the first supertall skyscraper in St Petersburg, the world’s second-tallest twisting skyscraper after the Shanghai Tower, and the world’s northernmost skyscraper.


Moscow Supertall by Sergey Skuratov Architects

Moscow Supertall by Sergey Skuratov Architects

Moscow Supertall by Sergey Skuratov Architects

Moscow officials have approved a new supertall building that will become the city’s tallest skyscraper. Rising 404 meters (1,325 feet) in height as part of the Moscow City commercial district, the tower is designed by Sergey Skuratov Architects. The unnamed structure will be a multifunctional residential complex with 109 floors. The new skyscraper will break Moscow’s current tall building record set by Federation Tower at 373-meter-tall (1,226 feet) tall. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.


W350 Project by Sumitomo Forestry Co. and Nikken Sekkei

W350 Project by Sumitomo Forestry Co. and Nikken Sekkei

W350 Project by Sumitomo Forestry Co. and Nikken Sekkei

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry Co. and architects Nikken Sekkei would blow everything else out of the water, as they have announced plans for the world’s first supertall wood structured skyscraper in Tokyo. At 1,148 feet tall, the proposal outpaces similar timber-structured highrise proposals including Perkins + Will’s River Beech Tower and PLP Architecture’s Oakwood Tower.


Nile Tower by Zaha Hadid

Nile Tower by Zaha Hadid

Nile Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects

After more than a decade, Egypt has returned to its plan to construct Africa’s tallest building. Sited on the Nile River in central Cairo, the skyscraper was designed by the late Zaha Hadid in 2007. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the government are working with the project developers, Living in Interiors, to create the twisting “Nile Tower” with a design that will rise 70 stories. Overlooking views of Cairo, the Nile and the pyramids, the project hopes to symbolize Egypt’s growth and the development of the country.

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