The world’s 10 tallest buildings topping out in 2020

Supertall landmarks completing this year

As we prepare to enter a new decade, the rapid rise of urban skylines around the world is continuing apace. Once again, China and the Middle East are the main regions where supertall construction is concentrated, but Kazakhstan, Poland and Malaysia provide surprising additions to this year’s top 10.

A race is currently underway that may see Dubai’s Burj Khalifa eclipsed as the tallest manmade structure in the world in 2020. However, there are doubts as to whether either the much-delayed Jeddah Tower or the Dubai Creek Tower (an observation tower rather than a skyscraper) will actually reach their proposed heights this year.

The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. Credit: Arcadis

As usual, we’ve turned to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for the latest data on official building heights and construction progress. Current economic and political uncertainty are making it even more difficult than usual to predict what might happen with some of these epic projects, but in the spirit of optimism that often often comes with a new decade, we’ve reintroduced a few late-running buildings that might just make it a stellar start to the 2020s.

Finally, an increasing global focus on sustainability has resulted in greater efforts to construct tall buildings using more ecological methods and materials, which is reflected in our special mention of significant wooden towers currently under construction.

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