I received another press release this week from Sarah Krenz at Emporis, tall building specialists in Hamburg, Germany. She informed me that 7 of the 10 tallest residential buildings in the world are now located in Dubai. The boom in construction in the United Arab Emirates continues with what Emporis, international supplier of current building data, calls “gigantic apartment palaces” in the Marina district. Princess Tower, the tallest at 1,358 feet, is followed by 23 Marina, Elite Residence, The Torch, HHR Tower, Ocean Heights, and the shrimp of the lot, Cayan Tower at 1007 feet. Emporis says that a 15 minute walk is all that it takes to see Dubai’s 4 tallest residential towers.
#9 on Emporis’ list is also in the Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s Eithad Tower 2. The other 2 among the top ten residential buildings are, to me, in surprising places–Australia and Russia. The Australian Gold Coast’s Q1 Tower built in 2005 ranks #5, and the Capital City Moscow Tower erected in 2010 is #10. Q1 sounds like quite a tourist attraction with outdoor terraces, a miniature rainforest in the form of a 10 story sky garden, and a steel spire that lights up at night. Capital City Moscow Tower is the 2nd tallest building in Europe and looks like a giant’s cube collection with his favorites stacked crazily on top of each another.
Tall building competition is fierce internationally, but the Untied States is still a player. 432 Park Avenue in New York City, scheduled for completion in 2015, will be 1,397 feet high. However, World One in Mumbai, India, will be 53 feet taller, a stunning 1,450 feet, and take over the top spot when it’s completed next year. Its 117 stories will have 300 apartments in a dramatic 3-part steel and glass circular structure that looks scarily top-heavy to me in project drawings. And then there’s the 93 storey, corkscrew Diamond Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Once the tallest building in the world, The Empire State Building is an impressive 1,454 feet but only 102 storeys. Its antenna adds 204 feet to its height. It now ranks 24th in the world’s tall building competition.
The photo is of London’s Shard.