Sky Mile Tower, Japan Height: 1,700m (5,577ft) Tokyo’s proposed mile-high skyscraper will be the world’s tallest , standing twice the height of the Burj Khalifa, the current world’s tallest building. Soaring 5,577 feet high, the futuristic tower will feature a unique hexagonal design, marked by multilevel open-air sky decks every 320 metres along the structure, with shared public facilities including shops, restaurants, hotels, libraries, gyms and health clinics.
The Sky Mile Tower will be surrounded by an archipalego of islands, forming part of Next Tokyo , a “high density ecodistrict” designed to “adapt to climate change”. The hexagonally shaped islands are designed to protect the city from flooding and other waterborne risks including “rising sea levels, seismic and increased typhoon risk”. Proposed by the US-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and the US-based engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates, if plans for it are approved, the Sky Mile Tower is expected to be completed by 2045.
ICD Brookfield Place, UAE Height: 282m (925ft) Building work on Dubai’s 53-storey office tower, located in the Dubai International Financial Centre district, began last month and it is slated for completion by 2018. Designed by Foster + Partner, the architectural firm led by Norman Foster, who designed the Gherkin in London, the Reichstag in Berlin and other renown buildings around the world, the tower will feature three “sky view suites” with several terraces and an open garden offering uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa. It will be built alongside a sprawling retail complex with shopping dining, fitness and private club venues. The tower and complex will be linked by several pedestrian walkways and a public garden and event space.
The Kingdom Tower, Saudi Arabia Height: 1,000m (3,280 ft) Funding for the last phase of the $1.2billion (£800million) development was secured late last year. The Jeddah Tower, as it is also known, will accommodate the world’s highest observatory and be a mixed-use building with a gross floor area of 245,000 square metres. This will include offices, a 200-room Four Seasons Hotel, 121 serviced apartments and 360 residential apartments.
Al Noor Tower, Morocco Height: 540m (1,771ft) The final height of Casablanca’s 114-floor tower from the Dubai-based Middle East Development group is meant to act as a tribute to the 54 countries that make up the African continent. The building will house a “seven-star” hotel, an art gallery, a spa, fine dining restaurants and luxury boutiques, alongside an exhibition centre and offices.
L Tower, Canada Height: 205m (672ft) The condominium tower in the heart of Toronto was designed by the Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, the man behind the rebuilding of New York’s World Trade Centre site. He also designed the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. The L Tower will open later this year.
Federation Tower (Vostok), Moscow Height: 373m (1,224ft) – east tower; 242m (794ft) – west tower The building complex will consist of a 97-storey east tower and a 65-storey west tower which will be connected by three “sky bridges” that will include dining venues. They will also house offices, hotels and apartments. The complex is set in the Moscow International Business Center and has been under construction since 2003.
ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) headquarters Height: 342m (1,122ft) This 76-storey tower will built with a rectangular, and will include retail venues and a heritage museum. An unusually-shaped auditorium will provide a “contrasting sculptural element”. The tower will be set close to the Emirates Palace hotel.
Capital Market Authority, Saudi Arabia Height: 384m (1,259ft) This 76-storey tower will be one of the tallest buildings in the King Abdullah Financial District, and will feature a high-tech solar control system that manages the heat from the strong Saudi climate, while an outer layer of perforated panels provides shade within the building. The base of the tower will include dining facilities and an auditorium.
Wuhan Greenland Center, China Height: 608m (1,998ft) Construction work on what is set to be China’s third tallest building and fourth tallest in the world continues this year. The tower in Wuhan will have a streamlined design, featuring a tapered body, rounded corners and a domed top, and house offices, luxury apartments and condos as well as a five-star hotel and a private members club at the penthouse level offering scenic views of the city.