The Tallest Skyscrapers in Each Continent: Under Construction Due to COVID-19
The skyscrapers have become a symbol of our cities. These impressive buildings find in just about every major urban area on the planet. They have been evolving steadily since they were created in the late 19th century.
In 2020, the construction of many new towers was continuing despite disruptions from global events. The development of these tallest buildings across all six continents challenges engineers and breaks conventions, often leading to controversy.
MERDEKA in Asia
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has not officially halted Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Tower for lack of work, even though persistent rumors have led them to believe it will resume. But they have not undertaken significant work since early 2018. Thus, the 644-meter MERDEKA in Malaysia claims the title of the tallest skyscraper in Asia under construction.
One of the world's tallest skyscrapers, the mixed-use tower, will be the tallest skyscraper going up anywhere in the world. It will house apartments, offices, a hotel, and an observation deck that will rival anything in the world.
Despite temporary suspension of tower work in spring 2010, work is returning as lockdown controls ease in the country. Its 144-meter spire will build shortly, preparing the building to become the second tallest building on earth, overtaking Shanghai Tower. Construction has already been completed up to the 111th floor.
One Tower in Europe
Moscow's 405-meter One Tower will hold the European record for Europe's tallest skyscraper under construction.
As the site is narrow, the 108-story building demands a slim, tapering shape. A shopping center and commercial area will be located at its base, while the upper floors will be luxury apartments. As the project is still in its infancy, both the oil price crash and the influenza pandemic have had an enormous impact on the economy of Russia, and now the future of the project isn't looking very bright.
ICONIC Tower in Africa
Iconic Tower's 385-meter height makes it the tallest skyscraper in Africa under construction. When complete, the Tower will be the tallest skyscraper on the continent and will become the centerpiece of Egypt's yet-to-be-named new administrative capital east of Cairo.
A 100 meter-tall tower at the center of the business district, the Iconic Tower stands alongside 19 other high-rise structures. With strict social distancing measures in place on the site, the project remains on track to complete in 2022 despite the existence of strict social distancing measures.
Central Park Tower in North America
As New York's Billionaires Row's Central Park Tower is expected to top out in 2019, it will remain the tallest skyscraper under construction in North America in 2020. A Corona virus outbreak delayed Nordstrom's flagship store's exterior completion the next month.
The 179 apartments on the tower will continue to build when the site fully reopens, which probably won't be until 2021. With the completion of Central Park Tower, New York's skyline look more and more like it will be transformed into something new, especially with New York's economy suffering particularly hard from the flu.
Yacht House Residences Club in South America
One of South America's tallest skyscrapers is under construction in Brazil's tallest city, the Yacht house Residences Club in Balneario Camboriu, where its twin towers dominate the skyline. The concrete towers have been rising since 2014 but have been taking on form in recent months as glass installation becomes more prominent.
They were due to open to residents in late 2020, with their superstructures completed in 2019. Pandemics have forced a push back to 2021 as a result.
Australia 108 in Oceania
The construction of Melbourne's Australia 108 is rapidly approaching completion.
The tower's distinctive silhouette is now fully visible as temporary screens and supports remove. Having completed the building's exterior largely, the last LED strips it will feature are now testing to ensure the building will be seen at night as well as during the day.
Australia 108 is on track to be completed by the end of 2020 since construction sites in Australia continue to operate, albeit at a reduced capacity.
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