63% Of The World's Tallest Buildings Are In Asia

Authored by Yuka Kato via Fixr.com,

With tall buildings dominating skylines and creating a sense of wonder and pride for those who call their locations home, we wanted to explore more about the constant and continued race to the clouds. A recent infographic explored the tallest completed buildings in the U.S., but left some to wonder how the skyline looked outside of the U.S. borders.

Defining a “tall building” is harder than it seems as there is no absolute definition on what constitutes one; however, once a building reaches 328 ft (100 m), it can be called a skyscraper. At heights over 984.3 ft (300 m) it is designated “supertall” and at 1,968.5 ft (600 m) it boasts the title “megatall”. As of today, there are 129 supertalls and only three megatalls completed globally.

This article and the above infographic, which visually depicts the most up to date data, collected and grouped by CTBUH into building height ranges of +492.1 ft (150 m), +656.2 ft (200 m), and +984.3 ft (300 m), will focus on skyscrapers that extend upwards to heights at or exceeding 492.1 ft (150m).

The Clear Leader and The Distant Runner Up

With over 63% of the world’s tallest buildings, Asia leads the globe in reaching skywards. In total, Asia is home to more than 3,600 buildings that reach over 492.1 ft (150 m) in height according to the data available at the CTBUH. Of that same data, China enjoys the lion’s share of 63.6% for a total of 2,306 giants. The majority (72.3%) of China’s giants fall into the +492.1 ft (150 m) range and they have more than double (57) the number of buildings that reach upward of 984.3 ft (300 m) than any other country.

North America’s position is a distant second to Asia in terms of sheer number of tall buildings; however, it must be noted that North America is comprised of two countries; whereas, Asia is comprised of 18, making it a smaller region overall. The United States leads not only the North America region but the entire Americas region too, with 943 giants in total. Over 78% of those buildings are +492.1 ft (150 m), 19% over 656.2 ft (200 m), and the remaining make up the buildings over 984.3 ft (300 m) in height.

The Biggest of the Big

China and the U.S. are definitively ahead of other countries in the number of tall buildings that sit on their soil; however, when it comes to the tallest of the tall, it is another country that soars. There are 11 countries which are home to more than 100 buildings that reach heights of 492.1 ft (150 m) or more. Of those, the U.A.E. has the largest proportion of supertall and megatall structures with 7.2% (25) of their buildings exceeding 984.3 ft (300 m). One building in particular, the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, reaches as astronomical height of 2,717 feet (828 m) and holds the record of the World’s Tallest Completed Building. It is 31% (643 ft / 196 m) taller than the world’s second tallest completed building, the Shanghai Tower in China. Despite the fact that the U.S. ranks second in terms of total number of tall buildings, it’s tallest completed building, One World Trade Center, currently ranks sixth in terms of height.

Tall Trends Today and Tomorrow

In 2015 China completed 62 new skyscrapers while the U.S. completed two. The following year China reached 84 newly completed; whereas, the U.S. again only completed two. Although likely to the chagrin of Donald Trump, it is no surprise that economist Tyler Cowen jokingly refers to this trend as “The Great Skyscraper Stagnation”.

There are some new predictions for future trends too. For example, Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center, located in a 4-season climate, is a potential indicator that the high-rise sky-garden model is moving beyond warm climates. The timber trend is taking hold too. With the TallWood House in Vancouver being completed in 2017 and the HoHo in Vienna still under construction, a Japanese company has come forward to announce plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041.

The distribution of behemoths across the globe is not equally balanced, and while there may not be a straightforward answer as to why, there are some clues. In a 2017 CTBUH research paper, the authors reached the conclusion that a country’s GDP was a causal factor in predicting the amount of skyscraper floor space available. Another study done by Schläpfer, Bettencourt and Lee found correlation between the size and density of cities and the height of skyscrapers.

Regardless of the reason for building a tower, and the bragging rights that come along with it, one thing is for sure: Based on the data explored here, the trends witnessed to date, and impending projects like the Jeddah Tower, it can be surmised that they will continue soaring onwards and upwards for years to come.



Byte Me just the tip Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:51 Permalink

" North America’s position is a distant second to Asia in terms of sheer number of tall buildings; however, it must be noted that North America is comprised of two countries; whereas, Asia is comprised of 18, making it a smaller region overall. "

Does the author think that NAm consists of just New Yech and Californistan?

I hear there are peeps living to the north and south, allegedly in sovereign nations: Guacamolia and Niggeragua instantly come to mind.

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techpriest wee-weed up Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:02 Permalink

The Mises Institute is about to put out a book, "The Skyscraper Curse," which looks at historical skyscraper construction as it relates to financial crises. It turns out that large amounts of skyscraper production, particularly record-setting ones, tends to predict a financial crisis.

The suggested reason is that the skyscrapers are paid with cheap money, the whole economy feels great because tall buildings touch a lot of areas (including new technology), but sooner rather than later the cheap money dries up.

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Exponere Mendaces wee-weed up Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:04 Permalink

Probably not as much as you'd think.

In the USA, there's no coincidence that the largest HQ ever built was commissioned by Apple - who now seems to be struggling selling their phones to people who no longer need "upgrades".

The absolute hubris Apple showed making their "UFO" building shows what capital misallocation is all about. It will be a nice fat millstone that will hang about their corporate neck until they're obsolete.

And that day is rapidly approaching.

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Yen Cross Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:11 Permalink

  Same as it ever was. Sell side clowns looking for suckers<

  Honest traders make money for one reason.

 When you sell side clowns figure that out, you'll have graduated from trading kindergarten.



 U.S. 10Y  2.977 +0.026   +0.88%

FoggyWorld Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:19 Permalink

Tall buildings are part of the nwo scheme.  Only cities, no more suburbs and only huge agricultural projects. The idea is to keep people squished together to make it easier to control people and snooping is very cost effective in massive buildings.

Had a friend who taught for a couple of years in China and her job was to teach college students how to be "creative!"

For her accommodations she lived in one nowhere near full skyscraper with three bedrooms which she had no furniture for and there was no heat over 55 degrees in the winter.

There are many tall buildings called "ghost buildings" that sit empty and others that aren't built very well and tend to crumble.  Her impression was that it was a form of busy work that kept people employed and quality really never mattered.  Should be noted that this was not in Bejing.

DEMIZEN Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:19 Permalink

why push for inefficiencies where you have low-density pop and low competitive advantage rent? 

means nothing more than an index of overpopulation in the era of perfect information.

dumbStruck Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:12 Permalink

Consider the workmanship that went into those 62 new buildings, the quality of the concrete, the amount of rebar. Think for a moment of being up in one of those buildings in an earthquake. Sand castles before. Bloody pancakes afterwards.

Let it Go Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:08 Permalink

The future of China is intricately interwoven with its far-reaching and encompassing One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The IMF has warned China of the risk having to do with increasing China's debt by agreeing to loans which could prove economically explosive. More on this subject in the article below.

 http://China Warned Of Risk Of Loans By IMF.html

The comment by FoggyWorld made a few comments ago hints of this.

21st.century Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:30 Permalink

The Chinese trying to climb above the SMOG... and more evidence of bad investment. Russia, no cranes working there? Arabia, pushing sand around becomes boring-- lot's of room to spread out, but up is better.

Green-acres is the place to be..............farm livin 

Boonster Mon, 04/23/2018 - 06:39 Permalink

Sure but American skyscrapers will last 75 years while China's will last 20. Think I'm exaggerating? Their buildings age rapidly and in 5 years look old. Crappy materials and technique. China keeps it's GDP up by continually demolishing and rebuilding.

Dumpster Elite Mon, 04/23/2018 - 08:48 Permalink

You can keep all your fucking tall buildings. I'd swallow a shotgun barrel before I'd live in one of those stacked-on-top-of-one-another POS. Would you rather be a free-range chicken, or be in one of those factory-farm egg-laying boxes your whole life? To each their own, I guess.

whoisjg Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:16 Permalink

(from Patriotmouse.com editorial this week ) ....

America is old and decaying. Our M2 velocity is kaput. In my city of 1M we have one mall on the outskirts its old and crappy. In Chiang Mai they have many beautiful new malls. It has fewer people than here. What gives? 


All of america's resources are now being sucked away, billions for warfare, doctors huge salaries, college bureaucrats, and millions of blacks sucking on the disability tit. 


And at the top 0.1% end, very little gets re-invested in America it all goes overseas.  We have become a negroid nation, a highly violent low IQ raping maw of madness. And it's only getting worse. If we do not change our POPULATION genetics, we will became what we have imported - a third world low IQ people not a renaissance people.