Seven megatall skyscrapers reaching new heights

Following the release of the movie Skyscraper, which centres around a fictional megatall tower in Hong Kong, we’ve pulled together more examples of buildings that reach over 600 metres (1,969 feet) in height that are either completed, under construction or conceptual. Burj Khalifa by SOM, Dubai, UAE Currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa

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“We were doomed for failure in the eyes of the architectural community” says Skyscraper movie designer

The megatall tower in new action movie Skyscraper was never expected to be a hit with architects, admits production designer Jim Bissell, but he wanted the building to be a “hero” nonetheless. The task of designing The Pearl – an imaginary 240-storey tower in Hong Kong that catches on fire – fell to Bissell and

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Skyscraper movie director wanted “a tower based on real possibilities” says Adrian Smith

This summer’s blockbuster movie Skyscraper centres around a fictional megatall tower that is intended to be as realistic as possible, according to architect Adrian Smith, who was consulted during its development. Drama in the action-adventure film – released in the US tomorrow, 13 July 2018 – revolves around an imaginary 240-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong,

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Work begins on world’s second-tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen

Construction is underway on the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, a 668-metre-high megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. The skyscraper is set to rise above China’s current tallest building – the 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower – which is also currently the world’s second tallest building behind SOM’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Details of the design are sparse and the architect

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Carlo Ratti designs mile-high observation tower with a park on top

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled plans to build a mile-high observation tower, envisioned as a vertical alternative to New York’s Central Park. Measuring 1,609 metres high, the tower would be almost double the height of the world’s tallest building – the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. It would be covered in plants, and would feature a vertiginous viewing platform. “Imagine you take More

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