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Rising from the pandemic, meet the five tallest skyscrapers due to complete in 2021

Tim Gibson

4 January 2021

 

WHILE 2020 saw the largest disruption to the global construction industry in nearly a century, the year was also marked with resilience.

Construction sites around the world adapted to working during the pandemic and continued to progress some truly remarkable skyscrapers. Here's our round-up of the five tallest buildings due to complete in 2021.

5. THAMRIN NINE TOWER 1
Jakarta, Indonesia - 382 metres


Above: Indonesia's soon-to-be tallest building (image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates). 

Part of a mixed-use development complex in Indonesia’s capital city, Thamrin Nine will include approximately 570,000 square metres of office, retail, residential, hotels, sports and entertainment facilities across six new towers.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (the team behind New York’s Hudson Yards), the supertall will become the tallest building in Jakarta.

4. PIF TOWER
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 385 metres

Above: PIF Tower will be one of the most "high-tech" skyscrapers in the world (image courtesy of HOK).

Part of Saudi Arabia’s construction boom, the now tallest building in the Kingdom was actually topped out in 2014, but will be finally completed in 2021.

Designed by Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum and Omrania, the 76-storey PIF Tower has been touted as one of the most high-tech skyscrapers in the world.

The supertall will feature an observation deck, double-storey sky lobbies and atriums, a fitness centre, pool and a unique “twin elevator” system that will hold two cabs in a single shaft.

3. DONGGUAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER 1
Dongguan, China - 426 metres

Above: The Dongguan International Trade Center will house a symbolic lantern and observation deck at its peak (image courtesy of David290

First beginning construction in 2014, this supertall will be one of the tallest buildings in China upon its completion.

Dongguan is one of China’s largest manufacturers of foreign goods, and with the completion of this complex hopes to establish itself as a showcase for domestic talent.

The complex consists of five mixed use towers in total housing commercial, residential and retail spaces, as well as hotel accommodation.

2. 111 WEST 57TH STREET
New York City, United States - 435 metres

Above: New York's latest icon harks back to the city's Art Deco past (image courtesy of SHoP Architects and JDS Development Group).

Much has been written about this latest Manhattan icon, which, when it completes in 2021, will be the thinnest skyscraper ever built.

Rising 435 metres from a site just 18 metres wide, the super-slender tower is a remarkable feat of engineering as well as an architectural triumph.

Taking its cues from the historic Steinway Hall at its base, SHoP Architects extended the building’s Art Deco stylings into the sky, with its stepped silhouette nodding to the skyscrapers of the 1920s and 30s that made the city famous.

1. RIVERVIEW PLAZA
Wuhan, China - 436 metres


Above: The Riverview Plaza will include one of China's tallest buildings (image courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects). 

Topping off our list is the 436-metre-high Riverview Plaza tower in Wuhan, China.

Rising to a height of 330 metres the skyscraper gains an additional 103 metres thanks to its giant spire.

China has continued with its incredible construction boom, despite the ongoing international economic fallout from COVID-19.

While the government has invested heavily in infrastructure projects, this year has also seen restrictions put in place limiting the heights of skyscrapers.

While 436 metres is without a doubt impressive, and will be the tallest building constructed this year, it is some way from the megatalls China built just a few years ago.

This list was compiled using data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Header image courtesy of Bader Alotaby.

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