By Michael Evans
China is now home to one-third of the 100 tallest buildings in the world, with more on the way as the country’s skyscraper boom shows little sign of slowing.
For the next three years, an average of one skyscraper will be completed every five days, according to Taiwan’s Want China Times. This surprising claim was first made in a report by Skyscrapers Magazine earlier this year, which defines a skyscraper as a building taller than 500 feet (152.4 meters).
China is set to surpass the US in number of skyscrapers by 2017, according to other estimates. China currently has approximately 470 skyscrapers nationwide, compared to America’s 533.
Chinese developers’ race to the top is a competitive game. Several high-profile skyscrapers currently under construction have recently revised their projected heights, hoping to narrowly beat out the competition.
The Shanghai Tower, currently under construction, measures 632 metres. The Wuhan Greenland Center modified its design from 606m to 636m , just to outstretch the Shanghai Tower.
The Ping’an International Finance Center, planned to be built in Shenzhen, is also reported to have modified its design to 646 meters from the initial 588 meters.
Some observers of China’s skyscraper boom have sounded a note of caution, pointing out that there has historically been an “unhealthy correlation” between construction of tall buildings and economic crashes.