Top Ten Tallest Buildings Under Construction

Currently under construction are several incredibly tall towers. On this list you will find a few that will be some of the tallest towers in the world. Each one features a unique design and has its own iconic features.


World One

Mumbai, India

Height: 442 meters

Floors: 117

Estimated Completion Date: 2015

Usage: Residential

When completed the World One tower will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Apartment prices in World One are expected to start at $1.36 million (USD). In total there will be 300 apartments, including both 3 and 4 bedroom “World Residences,” and “World Villas” that have their own private indoor pools, and a couple multi-story “World Mansions.”


R&F Tower

Tianjin, China

Height: 468 meters

Floors: 91

Estimated Completion Date: 2014

Usage: Office

The R&F Tower is the first of two towers on this list currently under construction in Tianjin, China. The design of the tower is reminiscent of the Sear’s Tower (formerly the Willis tower) in Chicago, Illinois. It features the same stepped design and iconic twin antennas.


Federation Tower

Moscow, Russia

Height: 506 meters

Floors: 93

Estimated Completion Date: 2016

Usage: Mixed use

The Federation Towers have been under construction for nearly a decade. Ground broke on the project in early 2003. One interesting design concept is the use of a single foundation between two towers. Three sky bridges will connect the two towers at various points and will feature restaurants and cafes. When completed the 93-story east tower will have the tallest digital clock in the world mounted on its exterior. On April 2nd of this year a fire broke out in the east tower that required helicopters in order to  dump water on the flames. Luckily the area affected by the fire was only roughly 3,300 square feet and nobody was hurt.


Busan Lotte Tower

Busan, South Korea

Height: 510.2 meters

Floors: 110

Estimated Completion Date: 2015

Usage: Mixed use

The landmark Busan Lotte Tower is the centerpiece of the new Busan Lotte Town and the construction is being carried out in several distinct phases. The first phase includes a massive department store that was completed in 2009. The second phase was an addition to the department store. The third phase, to be completed in 2014, will add a cinema and a shopping mart. The most interesting, and final phase includes the 110 story skyscraper to house a luxury hotel,  2400 underground parking spaces, offices, cultural facilities, and a public observation deck. The overall design of the building is supposed to be reminiscent of a standing ship.


Chow Tai Fook Centre

Guangzhou, China

Height: 530 meters

Floors: 116

Estimated Completion Date: 2016

Usage: Mixed use

The Chow Tai Fook Centre began construction in 2010 and is expected to open by 2016. It is the second of two skyscrapers that were built to overlook the Pearl River in Guangzhou.



One World Trade Center

New York City, New York

Height: 541.3 meters

Floors: 105

Estimated Completion Date: 2013

Usage: Office

Upon completion One World Trade Center will bet the tallest tower both in the Untied States and in the Western Hemisphere and will be the third-tallest building in the wold by spire height. The total height will be 1,776 feet in reference to the year of American independence.


Lotte Jamsil Super Tower

Seoul, South Korea

Height: 555.7 meters

Floors: 123

Estimated Completion Date: 2016

Usage: Mixed use

After over a decade of design, planning, and site preparation the tower broke ground in March 2011. Upon completion the Lotte Jasmil Super Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in South Korea. The design of the tower draws inspiration from Korean ceramics and features accents of metal filigree. The tower will serve a variety of purposes including, retail outlets on the ground floor, office space, residences, a luxury hotel, and a public observation deck. Direct access to the tower will be provided by the Seoul Subway Line.


Goldin Finance 117

Tianjin, China

Height: 597 meters

Floors: 117

Estimated Completion Date: 2015-2016

Usage: Mixed use

Goldin Finance 117 has seen a variety of issues. Originally construction started in 2008 with an original estimated completion date in 2014. Construction was suspended due to finance issues in January of 2010 and no progress was made until construction resumed in 2011. This delay resulted in the completion date estimate to be pushed back until at least 2015.


Shanghai Tower

Shanghai, China

Height: 632 meters

Floors: 128

Estimated Completion Date: 2014

Usage: Mixed use

The Shanghai Tower will be the tallest in a group of three supertall buildings in Pudong. The building combines many advanced architectural features including a glass facade that is intended to reduce wind loads by up to 25% reducing the amount of required construction materials by almost the same amount. In addition vertical-axis wind turbines located at the top of the tower are expected to generate close to 350,000 kWh of supplementary electricity per year. When open the tower will accommodate up to 16,000 people on a daily basis. The 84th to the 110th floor will be occupied by the Jin Jiang Hotel, which will make it, at time of completion, the tallest hotel in the world. Also interesting, the tower is being planned to open as it is completed, meaning as early as later this year, lower floors of the tower will be open for occupancy. As more floors are added they too will be opened while the rest of the tower finishes construction.


Ping An International Finance Centre

Shenzhen, China

Height: 660 meters

Floors: 115

Estimated Completion Date: 2015

Usage: Mixed use

When completed the Pingan International Finance Centre will be the second tallest building in the world, behind only by the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. The tower was commissioned by Ping An Insurance and designed by American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. The complex will also feature a 66-story hotel building.


Source: Architects Journal

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