China, the world’s second-biggest economy, boasts nine of the world’s top 20 current and future tallest buildings – more than any other country.
China’s megacities are growing rapidly, helped by urbanisation and an expanding middle class. As more and more people flocked to the cities for work, commercial real estate investment in China reached a record RMB 150 billion (US$22 billion) last year.
Amid the competition between cities to put themselves on the map and a desire to maximise land value, the number of supertalls’ (over 300 metres) and ‘megatalls’ (over 600 metres) is rising quickly. Shanghai Tower, recently completed, has become the world’s second-tallest building, behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
“The second and third tier cities are catching up when it comes to developing landmark buildings to reflect the level of its political, economic and social influence,”
says Samuel So, director of super tall building management services, JLL Greater China.
Here are some of China’s latest and upcoming skyscrapers that are changing the country’s commercial real estate landscape. JLL has worked on two-thirds of the world’s current 21 tallest buildings.