2015 is shaping up to deliver a supertall skyline across the globe.

According to data from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, there are a whopping 487 buildings set for completion next year, 163 of which will be based in China. Of the tall buildings slated to rise, 22 will extend beyond 300 metres.

In the coming year, the world’s second tallest building – the 601 metre Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, which was completed in 2012 – is expected to be trumped by Shanghai Tower at 632 metres.

Here’s a brief look at some of the tallest  skyscrapers expected to rise in 2015:

1. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

Height: 632 metres
Architect: Gensler
Main Contractor: Shanghai Construction Group

The 128-floor Shanghai Tower will be a mixed use hotel and office building. According to Gensler, it will be the world’s first super high-rise precinct. The skyscraper’s curved facade features rounded corners which allow it to taper to reduce building wind loads by 24 per cent.

Shortly after the Burj Khalifa unveiled its 555-metre high observation deck, Shanghai Tower will top it with an observation deck 561 metres above grade upon completion.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

2. Marina 101, Dubai, UAE

Height: 427 metres
Architect: National Engineering Bureau
Main Contractor: TAV Construction

Marina 101 (a reference to its 101 floors) will feature apartments, but it is also set to house the UAE’s first Hard Rock Hotel.

It will be the second tallest building in Dubai behind Burj Khalifa, with the top 20 floors reportedly set to house some of the most expensive penthouses in the city.

Marina 101

Marina 101

3. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA

Height: 432 metres
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects; SLCE Architects
Main Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease

This striking residential skyscraper joins the global trend toward “skinny” building structures. Constructed of concrete, it features elegant 10 foot by 10 foot windows offering prime Central Park views. There will also be 10 full floor penthouses.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

4. Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Height: 385 metres
Architect: HOK; Omrania & Associates
Main Contractor: Saudi Bin Laden Group

This office tower is aiming for a LEED Gold rating and will be the tallest of five structures within the financial plaza of the King Abdullah Financial District.

According to HOK, its design represents “timelessness and openness, the tower’s transparency relates to the cultural value of the crystals found along the wadis in the Saudi Arabian desert. This transparency creates internal openness and provides access to natural light within the workplace.”

Capital Market Authority Tower

Capital Market Authority Tower

5. Eton Place Dalian Tower 1, China

Height: 383 metres
Architect: NBBJ
Main Contractor: China Construction Second Engineering Bureau

This skyscraper is part of a mixed-use project which includes Super Tower 1 (which has been topped out), Super Tower 2 and three 150-metre residential towers.

A key feature is a large public park that will stand atop a podium bringing nature into the sky according to NBBJ.

Eton Place Dalian Tower 1

Eton Place Dalian Tower 1

6. Federation Towers: Vostok Tower in Moscow, Russia

Height: 373 metres
Architect: nps+partner; Schweger Associated Architects
Main Contractor: ENKA; Turner Construction

Upon completion, this will be Europe’s tallest building, with construction on the tower taking 10 years. According to Emporis, the installation of the skyscraper’s 14,000 cubic metre foundation slab alone took 84 hours.

The building will be mixed use, offering residential, hotel and office space.

Vostok Tower

Vostok Tower

7. OKO Tower, Moscow Russia

Height: 352 metres
Architect: Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill
Main Contractor: Ant Yapi Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Azu.

According to its architects, OKO Tower will feature an 85-storey skyscraper and a 49-storey office tower connected at the base by a transparent crystalline structure.

The mixed use residential and hotel building will be housed within a lively urban district, which has been likened to Paris’ La Defense and London’s Canary Wharf. The gently tapered skyscraper will be surrounded by parkland, an injection of green for the building’s inhabitants and the surrounding area.

OKO Tower

OKO Tower

8.  Forum 66 Tower 2, Shenyang China

Height: 351 metres
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; P & T Group
Structural Engineer: Arup

This 68-floor office skyscraper is part of another mixed-use project. The fluid nature of the architecture is set to reflect the rivers that flow through Shenyang.

Another key feature according to Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is the “floating” glowing lanterns atop the skyscraper, which sparkle during the daytime and function as a beacon at night.

Forum 66 Tower 2

Forum 66 Tower 2

9. ADNOC Headquarters, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Height: 342 metres
Architect: HOK
Main Contractor: Besix

Another HOK project, this skyscraper will be an iconic landmark for Abu Dhabi and the headquarters of the city’s National Oil Company.

The top of the building features a hollow section somewhat reminiscent of the “can opener” design of the Shanghai World Financial Tower.

The skyscraper also features a three level rectilinear podium which extends from the base of the tower to house retail space, a museum and lobby.

ADNOC Headquarters

ADNOC Headquarters

10. Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower, Dubai, UAE

Height: 342 metres
Architect: Eng. Adnan Saffarini
Developer: Al Attar Properties

This steel and concrete residential skyscraper has been topped out and sits on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Each corner of the rectangular building features gold facade elements and tapers in to feature a generous spire.

Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower

Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower


  • Exciting these may be, but stupid too. We are on the cusp of a collapse in the growth gene that fires all our economies. It has to stop. In a finite world growth is limited. We are closing in fast. Don't take any notice of such warnings as mine, I won't enjoy saying "I told you so".
    Consider growth. The PTB say we will have growth of 3.8 % each year on average.
    So in less than 20 years we will be living in a world economy double what we have now. Double means double everything we have achieved and spent since the stone age.
    Who seriously thinks that is feasible? Yet no one will even mention it, this end of growth. Taboo! Is that a solution? To go forth blindfold?
    These tall towers are a manifestation of decadent spending, almost devoid of real wealth, as we see also in the proliferation of art museums, sports stadiums, shopping precincts, Dubai itself.
    Dubai can only live on trade. Without that it has no back up, no supporting hinterland, no one would come if people stopped travelling. Already that has started to happen, down from the 2005 peak.
    Dubai is hardly alone. A myriad other cities are similarly threatened. Made redundant, sooner not later.
    We are unlikely to learn, yet.

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