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Over the Past 5 Years, the Number of Super-Tall Skyscrapers Around the World Doubled

Between 2010 and 2015, the world built 50 super-tall buildings.
A 2013 shot of construction 432 Park Avenue, which has since topped off at 1,396 feet.
A 2013 shot of construction 432 Park Avenue, which has since topped off at 1,396 feet.Mark Lennihan/AP

The completion of 432 Park Avenue this year will add a flattering new bauble to New York’s celebrated skyline. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the skyscraper is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, a vigorous study of line and repetition. It’s an unmistakable accomplishment.

At 1,396 feet, it rises almost 150 feet higher than the Empire State Building, which marks it as an important addition for New York. In more ways than one, though, the significance of 432 Park Avenue exceeds its context as a Manhattan tower. The project underscores a new era for the skyscraper.