China Dominates Global Skyscraper Construction

Last year, skyscraper construction soared to new heights.

In 2017, 144 new buildings 200 meters (660 feet) or taller were built, including 15 "supertall buildings" at least 300 meters (980 feet) high, according to data published by The Council On Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

But,  as Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, nowhere came close to China for new skyscrapers where 76 buildings were completed at 200 meters tall or higher.

Infographic: China Dominates Skyscraper Construction  | Statista

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The U.S. was a distant second, constructing only ten skyscrapers by comparison.

South Korea came third with seven while interestingly, neighboring North Korea built four.

The isolated regime built the country's four newest skyscrapers at the Ryomyong residential complex in Pyongyang with the tallest stretchting over 270 meters.

That is some distance short of the highest building constructed in 2017 which was topped out at 599 meters (1,965 feet). That's China's 115 floor Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen which boasts 459,525 square meters of space. The second tallest building of last year is The Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea while the third is Dubai's Marina 101.


Laowei Gweilo IH8OBAMA Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:01 Permalink

if you adjust these values for 'new middle class population' it's probably pretty even between China and North America =p

interestingly, it's also about regulation, too^ skyscrapers a lot harder get approved here. local governments are really asses about skylines and 'visual concrete noise.' CHINA DONT CARE.

funnily enough, if you look at highrises instead of skyscrapers (so mostly 50-150m rather than >150m), Toronto by far led any other Western city with something like 130ish for the last few years. NY was second with barely half those, most of the time, and MTL was third way down with 25ish. but then if you look at total highrises per capita density, Vancouver is clear leader. per capita, Vancouver has something like 6x more high rises than Hong Kong and 7x more than Shanghai :O

can't come even remotely close to China's 1 billion middle class tho lol when China has 8 cities that their metros by themselves have half the entire population of canada or the three largest metropolitan regions of china are as big as all of the US. gotta stick 'em somewhere, right :D high density helps keep 'em close to the factory ^_^


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jet20 Laowei Gweilo Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:07 Permalink

Hate to rain on your parade but China doesn't have close to 1 billion middle class. It's about 10% of the overall population, which works out 130 million. Not too shabby either in relative numbers but it's the percentages that really drive home the crass inequality. And skyscrapers (mostly owned by banks, insurances and SOEs) are a measure for that, too.

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Laowei Gweilo jet20 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

I mean their future middle class. and by middle class I mean, soon no longer african poor =p

it's why they're being built now, rather than are already built hehe. anyhow was kinda besides the point. just meant most of their population will soon be ready to either rent or home a nicer home -- creates new demand.

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roddy6667 IH8OBAMA Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:21 Permalink

Another untraveled American chimes in. He gets his "information" about what is going on in the world outside his country from videos on the Internet. He lives in a country that can't afford to repair its roads, bridges, and electrical grid, never mind build something new. 

Will he ever get a passport and see what is really going on in the world? Never. He will sit in his trailer park viewing the videos his handlers feed him,

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EternalAnusocracy Thu, 01/04/2018 - 23:31 Permalink

What is this shit?  USA used to be a real world power.  Now, the fucking high speed train that was supposed to begin contruction 10 years ago has not even broken ground.  Its bogged down in red-tape and lawsuits.  The bane of America will be lawsuits.  Americans will sue their own grandmother if they can make a quick buck. 

OliverAnd Fri, 01/05/2018 - 02:31 Permalink

There is something definitely wrong with this comparison.  China is a developing nation where the US is a developed nation.  They are building many new buildings because they simply do not have any from the not so distant past, where as the US has many buildings already built.  The Empire State Building for example was built in 1929; did China have a skyscraper in the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's?  The USA had many.

Another fact that this chart fails to take into account is the population.  China's population is about 4 to 5 times that of the USA in an area smaller than the USA.  As such the US is not that far behind considering that it has a much larger stock from previous years.

D503 Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:11 Permalink

And in today's news; China's Lego men snap together 16 new ghost cities that no one can afford to live in, and will remain empty for decades until fossil fuel cost increases cause economic collapse. It may be the greatest of well laid plans of mice and men ever devised.