The tallest buildings to be built in the future
The tallest buildings to be built in the future
People’s fascination with tall buildings never ceases to amaze. It is hard to pinpoint what is it about tall, massive structures that awes and inspires people around the world, but it does. From the legendary Tower of Babel to Burj Khalifa, this fascination persists and will likely continue to fuel the megalomaniacal dreams of rich and poor alike. Everybody has heard of the Empire State Building, which was the world’s tallest building for a very long time, losing that title to the World Trade Center in 1973. Speaking of which, the twin towers of the World Trade Center were not picked by the terrorists on the spur of the moment; they wanted to convey a message, and there was no coincidence about that. Now, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world, but not for much longer; there are buildings that will eclipse its might and splendor in the near future. Here are some of them:
Azerbaijan Tower, Azerbaijan (1,054 m)
The first (and the most serious) contender at this point in time is the Azerbaijan Tower, currently under construction in Baku, Azerbaijan. Once completed, the hopes are that it will do for Baku what the Burj Khalifa did for Dubai. This neo-futuristic skyscraper is going to reach 1,054 m into the air, probably in 2019. The price – a bargain; only $3 billion. What is important is that this skyscraper is a part of a bigger project called Khazar Islands, a group of 41 artificial islands in the Caspian Sea. The entire project should be completed by 2025.
Kingdom Tower, Jedda, Saudi Arabia (1,008 m)
If they manage to finish it by 2018 as planned, this will be the tallest building in the world, albeit for a relatively brief period of time. The final price tag is unknown, but the preliminary prediction of $1.23 billion will not make its patron, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal lose any sleep over it, as he is considered the richest man in the Middle East, and that says something. This neo-futuristic piece of engineering will dominate the landscape around Jedda for quite some time, becoming the city’s main landmark. But in order to do that, it would require some superior design and stability to withstand the scorching sun and desert windstorms.
Dubai One Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (711 m)
While not as imposing or grand as the previous two on our list, it should be said that Dubai already has the tallest building in the world, and building any more landmarks of this type without a damn good reason seems redundant, even by Middle-Eastern standards. Still, there is one notable thing about the Dubai One Tower: it will be the tallest residential building in the world, since others mainly suit business purposes and act as a tourist attraction. Not that tourists would willingly avoid the indoor ski complex, which will be a part of this building, though. So, while you’re in the desert, why not go for some skiing; makes sense, right? It should be completed by 2020, maybe 2021, and the price has not been disclosed yet. Not that you can seriously predict how much something like this would cost in eight or nine years.
Signature Tower, Jakarta, Indonesia (638 m)
Officially, this building was planned and announced back in 2010. The year is 2015 and the construction hasn’t even begun, so that 2020 deadline may not be entirely realistic, I’m just saying… Still, at 638 m, this multi-purpose building is set to take the title of the tallest in Indonesia, proudly at that… Because whenever somebody mentions Indonesia, people’s first thought is about tall buildings… But enough sarcasm. The current price tag is $1 billion, but this price is certainly far from final.
Wuhan Greenland Center, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China (636 m)
Although not as imposing as its Indonesian counterpart, Wuhan Greenland Center will likely cost some $4.5 billion, and unlike said building, it is well under construction. The opening is in two years, in 2017. Once finished, it will house a hotel, an office block and a residential area.
Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China (600 m)
The first to be completed of all the buildings on the list, the Ping An Finance Centre is going to open its doors to the public for the first time in 2016. It officially became the tallest building in China last April, despite still being under construction. Although this title will be short-lived, it is only a matter of time before Chinese decide to soar into the heavens with a mega-tower of their own.
Goldin Finance 117, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China (597 m)
This tower is going to have 117 storeys, hence the number in the name. The deadline is in 2017, assuming the construction does not get interrupted again; this building has been under construction since 2008, so I guess even Chinese builders aren’t what they used to be.