Sizing Up the Tallest Skyscraper of 2015

Tallest Building Completed Each Year

Sizing Up the Tallest Skyscraper of 2015

There were more skyscrapers built in 2015 than any other past year, according to the 2015 Year in Review report created by Skyscraper Central.

The Shanghai Tower

This year’s tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower, comes in at a staggering 2,073 ft (632m) to make it the second tallest building in existence behind Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa.

The Shanghai Tower also does a great job at epitomizing current trends in the sector. It’s a multi-use structure (hotel, office) that is made of composite material (steel, concrete).

The second tallest building completed during the year, 432 Park Avenue in New York City, does not come close to challenging the Shanghai Tower in height – it’s shorter by a whopping 677 ft (206m), which is more than two football fields stacked vertically.

In fact, aside from 432 Park Avenue, only two skyscrapers were completed in North America last year: ICE Condominiums at York Centre (Toronto) and Sky (New York City).

The trend continues to point Asia’s direction, where 76.4% of all skyscrapers completed in 2015 were built.

Here is how the location of the world’s top 100 skyscrapers have changed over time:

World's Tallest Skyscrapers by Location

The Tallest Skyscrapers of 2015

To demonstrate the height of the Shanghai Tower, here it is visualized within the context of the world’s top 20 skyscrapers completed in 2015 by height:

World's Tallest 20 Skyscrapers in 2015

RankBuilding NameCityStoriesmft
1Shanghai TowerShanghai, China1286322073
2432 Park AvenueNew York City, US854261396
3OKO - Residential TowerMoscow, Russia903541160
4Forum 66 Tower 1Shenyang, China683511150
5ADNOC HeadquartersAbu Dhabi, UAE763421122
6Chongqing World Financial CenterChongqing, China723391112
7Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre Tower 1Nanjing, China683151032
8Fortune CenterGuangzhou, China683091015
9Stalnaya VershinaMoscow, Russia723091013
10Diwang International Fortune CenterLiuzhou, China75303994
10Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza 1Nanchang, China59303994
10Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza 2Nanchang, China59303994
13Greenland Puli CenterJinan, China61301988
14Ilham TowerKuala Lumpur, Malaysia64298978
15Xiamen Shimao Straits Tower BXiamen, China67295969
16Kaisa CenterHuizhou, China66288945
17D1 TowerDubai, UAE80284932
18City of Lights C1 TowerAbu Dhabi, UAE62282926
19Al Hekma TowerDubai, UAE64282925
20Eton Place Dalian Tower 2Dalian, China62279917

Lastly, here’s a summary of skyscraper completions by country:

World's Tallest Skyscrapers by Country


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