World’s Best Tall Buildings Announced

Brand new super tall projects have continued to be delivered globally throughout the pandemic, albeit at a lower volume, with The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recognising the best in show.

CTBUH has now announced the winners of its the Best Tall Building Awards for 2021, with Asian and American projects among this year’s standouts.

Best Tall Building jury chair and director at Fender Katsalidis Architects Karl Fender said this year’s recognitions demonstrated the essence and promise of the sustainable vertical urbanism for which the council stands.

“The true diversity of responses to challenging urban conditions around the world can be readily appreciated,” Fender said.

The total number of skyscrapers completed in 2020 fell by 20 per cent as the coronavirus pandemic affected construction, with 106 buildings over 200 metres tall completed compared to 133 in 2019.

Last year also marked the first year since 2014 that a building of 500 metres or taller was not completed, with Extell Development Company’s 472-metre-high Central Park Tower the tallest building completed in the year.

This was also the first year since 2014 that the tallest building completed was not in China, with Central Park Tower and last year’s second tallest tower, Hines and SL Green Realty Corp's 427-metre One Vanderbilt, both located in the United States.

Australian developments dominated the Best Tall Building under 100 metres with two Brisbane projects—Lendlease’s timber tower at 25 King Street in Fortitude Valley and GBW Development’s Walan in Kangaroo Point joining three Sydney projects—two by Crown Group, Arc and Infinity, along with The University of Technology Sydney's UTS Central.

Investa Commercial Property Fund and joint owner Gwynvill Group’s 60 Martin Place was recognised in the Best Tall Building 100-199 metres category, while James Packer’s twisting, controversial Crown Casino in Sydney's Barangaroo as the tallest Australian project to land an award, recognised in the Best Tall Building 200-299 metres category.

Best Tall Building under 100 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)  Best Tall Building under 100 meters
▲ 25 King, Brisbane (top left), Arc by Crown Group, Sydney (top right), UTS Central, Sydney (bottom left), Walan, Brisbane (bottom right).

25 King
Brisbane (AUS)

271 Spring Street
Melbourne (AUS)

Arc by Crown Group
Sydney (AUS)

Asia Financial Centre
Beijing (CHN)

Vancouver (CAN)

Gala Avenue Westside
Shanghai (CHN)

White Tree
Montpellier (FRA)

Amsterdam (NL)

Infinity by Crown Group
Sydney (AUS)

River City 3
Toronto (CAN)

Siamese Exclusive 31
Bangkok (THA)

U.S. Embassy
London (UK)

UTS Central
Sydney (AUS)

Brisbane (AUS)

Best Tall Building 100-199 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 100-199 meters
▲ 60 Martin Place, Sydney (top left), Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok (top right), Vancouver House, Vancouver (bottom left), Changsha Hua Centre, Changsha (bottom right).

18 Robinson
Singapore (SGP)

Changsha Hua Centre Phase II
Changsha (CHN)

Singapore (SGP)

K11 ATELIER King’s Road
Hong Kong (HKG)

San Francisco (USA)

Museum Tower Kyobashi
Tokyo (JPN)

Frankfurt (DEU)

Rosewood Bangkok Hotel
Bangkok (THA)

SHUIBEI International Centre
Shenzhen (CHN)

60 Martin Place
Sydney (AUS)

Sky Green
Taichung (TWN)

ToHA Tower 1
Tel Aviv (ISR)

Tour Saint-Gobain
Courbevoie (FRA)

Vancouver House
Vancouver (CAN)

Best Tall Building 200-299 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 200-299 meters
▲ One Barangaroo, Syndey (top left), Leeza Soho, Beijing (top right), One Thousand Museum, Miami (bottom left), Aro, New York (bottom right).

110 North Wacker
Chicago (USA)

New York City (USA)

Atrio North Tower
Bogota (COL)

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
Dubai (UAE)

Leeza SOHO
Beijing (CHN)

Telus Sky
Calgary (CAN)

Maike Centre
Xi’an (CHN)

NEMA Chicago
Chicago (USA)

London (UK)

One Barangaroo
Sydney (AUS)

One Thousand Museum
Miami (USA)

Best Tall Building 300-399 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 300-399 meters
▲ One Manhattan West, New York City (top left), Zhuhai Tower, Zhuhai (top right), Poly Pazhou, Guangzhou (bottom left), Comcast Technology Centre (bottom right).

Comcast Technology Centre
Philadelphia (USA)

Hanking Centre
Shenzhen (CHN)

Hengqin Financial Centre
Zhuhai (CHN)

Jumeirah Gate
Dubai (UAE)

One Manhattan West
New York City (USA)

Poly Pazhou
Guangzhou (CHN)

Raffles City Chongqing
Chongqing (CNH)

Zhuhai Tower
Zhuhai (CHN)

Best Tall Building 400 metres and above

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 400 meters and above
▲ The Exchange 106, Kuala Lumpur (top left), Wuhan Centre Tower, Wuhan (top right), Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin (bottom left), Central Park Tower, NYC (bottom right).

Central Park Tower
New York City (USA)

Beijing (CHN)

Lakhta Centre
St. Petersburg (RUS)

Suzhou IFS
Suzhou (CHN)

The Exchange 106
Kuala Lumpur (MYS)

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Tianjin (CHN)

Wuhan Centre Tower
Wuhan (CHN)

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