Where are really tall buildings under construction? According to my friends at Emporis in Germany, the answer is a bit of a surprise: Europe, not the Middle East. Ten of the tallest skyscrapers being built there are in two countries; 7 of the top 10 are in Russia.
Europe’s future tallest building, Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, should be completed by 2018. It will rise to 1,519 feet (463 meters) and 86 floors. Its design reminds me of London’s Shard (pictured here), which, by the way, still has living space available. According to Mira Bar Hillel of The Independent, the Shard’s “three two-story duplexes and seven single story apartments on floors 53 to 65” remain mostly empty. Mira claims it’s not the price. It’s location. If this isn’t problem for you, the best duplex can be yours for £50 million.
In the tall building race in Europe, 2 through 6 and #9 will be in Moscow. They range from the 94 story Vostok to the 53 story Evolution Tower. All 6 open for business or residence between this year and 2016. An investment guru just back from Singapore advised investing in Russia in an interview I heard earlier this week.
#7,8, and 10 of the new European skyscrapers are in Istanbul, now a vibrant city of more than 20 million who all seem to want to get on the same tram. Two of the three are apparently twin towers, one for residence and the other for business, named Skyland. You can best see them at skylandistanbul.com. The 3rd Istanbul property going up is the Metropol Tower that looks like something better suited to Las Vegas. If you move in, Jennifer Lopez could be your neighbor. Really.
The tallest building in Australia is Queensland #1 on the Gold Coast. It opened in 2005, soars 804 feet, and has 78 floors. The tallest proposed building in Australia, 555 Collins Street in Melbourne, has been cancelled. I don’t know why but will find out. I’m leaving for Australia in a few hours and will be blogging from The Kimberley and several other destinations over the next couple of weeks.