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Continents Rising: The Tallest Skyscrapers Under Construction | The B1M
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  • From humble beginnings in Chicago and New York in the late 19th Century,
  • skyscraper construction has proliferated.
  • Now appearing in almost every major city on our planet, these remarkable vertical structures
  • enable us to live and work in densely developed urban areas, maximising value from their sites.
  • But with engineering techniques and technology advancing, the next generation of skyscrapers
  • take things to a different level.
  • To celebrate these structures and demonstrate their impact across the world,
  • we’ve travelled from east to west and looked at the tallest skyscraper currently under construction on
  • each of the six inhabited continents.
  • Before we begin, it’s important to recognise that the status of development projects can
  • change quite regularly prior to construction work commencing –
  • and, as you will you see in several instances in this video, even thereafter.
  • To select projects, we have stipulated that each scheme must have at least broken ground
  • at the time of filming.
  • We begin our journey down under with Melbourne’s supertall Australia 108 tower.
  • Originally intended to stand 388 metres high, the scheme was scaled back to meet aviation
  • requirements and is now set to be 317 metres tall when completed in 2020.
  • Built in the historically swampy area of the city’s Southbank, Australia 108 required
  • more than 150, 2.1m diameter piles to be drilled to depths of up to 45 metres.
  • Passing the 200 metre mark in October 2018, the building is now two thirds complete.
  • Remarkably, the first residents began to move into the lower levels of the tower in June 2018 with
  • more than 50 storeys still to be constructed above them.
  • Once fully completed, Australia 108 is set become the country’s second tallest building
  • – after the 322 metre Q1 on the Gold Coast
  • – and the first building in the Southern hemisphere to have 100 storeys.
  • Quite literally topping the list – not just in Asia, but worldwide – the Jeddah Tower
  • is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia.
  • While its official height is being kept under wraps, the structure is expected to stand
  • over a kilometre tall,
  • surpassing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to become the world's tallest
  • building when it competes in 2021.
  • Designed by the same architect, the design of the Jeddah Tower features a number of similarities
  • to the Burj Khalifa – including a three-point base, tapered profile and an impressive spire.
  • The project has proven controversial since inception.
  • Despite construction work commencing
  • in 2013, progress has been very slow and the tower remains unfinished.
  • Like other schemes on our journey, the Jeddah Tower’s completion has been plagued with
  • doubt and the scheme was recently placed on-hold due to a number of factors – including two
  • of its backers being caught-up in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge and the financial difficulties
  • resulting from a 70% drop in the value of the tower’s main developer,
  • the Kingdom Group, since 2014.
  • Currently standing around 300 metres high, the official word from developers is that
  • the project is still progressing. But with little movement seen over recent months – aside
  • from the construction of some ground-level amenities – the tower’s 2021 completion
  • date could be delayed.
  • Giving Africa its first “supertall” skyscraper, the Pinnacle is set to rise 320 metres above
  • Nairobi in Kenya, surpassing the 222 metre Carlton Centre in Johannesburg and becoming
  • the continent’s tallest building.
  • With the wider development, in fact, consisting of two towers, the 67 storey structure will
  • provide office space, luxury residential apartments
  • and amenities including a helipad for residents and commercial tenants.
  • With initial pilling and foundation work commencing
  • in 2017, the project was halted early in 2018 due to disputes over land ownership.
  • Though not officially on-hold, the project is currently postponed until at least February
  • 2019 when the case is set to go before the courts.
  • Should the project be cancelled, the 250 metre Bank of Africa Tower in Morocco – which
  • commenced construction in November 2018
  • would take the title of Africa's tallest building.
  • With the topping out of the Lakhta Center in St Petersburg, the 435-metre Akhmat Tower
  • in Chechnya officially became the tallest building under construction in Europe according
  • to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
  • Though officially under construction and enjoying strong support from the Chechen government,
  • the project remains postponed – with only the foundation works completed to date.
  • The project is facing a range of challenges from questions over the disclosure of its
  • investors and the need for a building of this scale in a city of only 270,000 people to
  • rumours of costs soaring from USD $500M to more than USD $1BN and the completion date
  • slipping back from 2020 to 2024.
  • With the project looking uncertain, Warsaw’s Varso Tower could be considered the tallest
  • skyscraper currently under construction in Europe with its final height set to reach 310 metres.
  • Heading to South America, the twin towers of the Yacht House Residences Club in Brazil
  • are expected to complete in 2019.
  • Though not reaching supertall status, these 271 metre, 81 storey, towers will become the
  • tallest buildings in Brazil and second tallest on the continent once completed.
  • With a comparatively small population of just under 400,000, the beachside resort of Balneario
  • Camboriu is soon to be home to 6 of the 10 tallest buildings in Brazil and will have
  • the same number of skyscrapers
  • that is, buildings exceeding 150 metres in height
  • as Rio and Sao Paulo combined.
  • Finally, in North America, New York’s Central Park Tower is set to become the second tallest
  • building in the United States after One World Trade Center and world's tallest residential
  • building when it completes in 2020.
  • First breaking ground in 2014, the tower will feature 95 habitable floors.
  • Retailer Nordstrom is set to occupy the first seven levels, while the summit will feature
  • a three-storey penthouse – priced at USD $95M.
  • As the tower clears surrounding buildings, it increases its floor area by cantilevering
  • over the Art Students League of New York building – a move made possible after developers
  • purchased air rights from the neighbouring property.
  • Having surpassed the halfway mark, Central Park Tower is the now the latest is a series
  • of super-slender residential towers to appear on the Manhattan skyline, as developers seek
  • to drive value from small parcels of land in one of the world’s most densely populated cities.
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