There are now 100 supertall skyscrapers -- those soaring 300-plus meters (984 feet) -- in the world with the completion last year of 432 Park Avenue in New York City.
The majority of what the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat calls “supertalls” sprung up in Asia and the Middle East, mirroring construction trends and economic booms. While the first 50 supertalls took 80 years to complete -- between 1930 and 2010 -- their total number doubled to 100 in just five years, according to the CTBUH. The next frontier in the race for the skies? The “megatall,” or taller than 600 meters. There are currently only three completed megatall buildings in the world, a number set to more than double in the coming years as four more -- including the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia and Kuala Lumpur’s KL118 Tower -- are completed.