To literally no one’s surprise, China dominated the skies in 2016, completing over half of the world’s skyscrapers. Russian rooftoppers, rejoice!
In the so-called “race to the top,” China is so far above the competition that it can hardly make out any of its competitors. In 2016, a total of 128 buildings of 200 meters in height or more were completed around the world, 84 of those were in China, according to a year-end report from the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). That’s more than double the next ten countries combined.
The United States came in second with seven skyscrapers completed, four less than the number built in the city of Shenzhen alone. South Korea was in third with six skyscrapers, the same as the number built in both Guangzhou and Chongqing. Chengdu and Dalian finished the year with five a piece.
This is the ninth year in a row that China has led the world in skyscraper-building. It also shattered its own previous world record of 68 skyscrapers built in 2015. Hey, gotta get to that fresh air somehow.
China was home to the tallest building completed in 2016: the 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, the world’s 5th tallest building. China also built the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th tallest buildings of the year.
Even as China’s economic growth slows, it’s not clear when or if its skyscraper boom will slow down. A total of 328 skyscrapers are currently under construction around the country
It seems that the only way other countries will be able to catch up is with a little help from China. Last week, it was announced that two Chinese companies are funding a pair of twin towers in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh which will be the highest in the world.
Matt Bonini contributed to this story
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