5 Stunning Skyscrapers Taking Shape in Asia

Boasting architectural heights of over 500 meters, these supertall buildings are now on the rise.

Photo: Grand Rama 9 Tower

1. Grand Rama 9 Tower, Thailand

Upon completion in 2021, the 615-meter tall Grand Rama 9 Tower will be nearly twice the height of the MahaNakhon, which is currently the country’s tallest. Designed by Architects 49 Ltd, the estimated $600 million building will be platinum-level LEED certified. It is expected to be home to a 260-room luxury hotel, offices, an observation deck, as well as a rooftop garden. Estimated to serve over 300,000 people daily, the building will also have a direct connection to Phra Ram 9 MRT station.

Photo: Guiyang Cultural Plaza Tower

2. Guiyang Cultural Plaza Tower, China

Scheduled to open in 2020 and designed by leading American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the 109-story Guiyang Cultural Plaza Tower is the centerpiece of a mixed-use development with a performing arts center, a shopping mall, as well as multiple residential buildings. Set to be the highest in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang, the 521-meter-tall building’s unique form is inspired by the tapered diagonal braced tube of Chicago’s John Hancock Center. It also features the stepped superframe system developed by the late and great SOM architect Fazlur Khan.

Photo: Merdeka PNB118

3. Merdeka PNB118, Malaysia

Easily overtaking Malaysia’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the 635-meter Merdeka PNB118 is the brainchild of Melbourne-based Fender Katsalidis Architects in collaboration with local firm RSP Architects. Opening in 2021, the crystalline structure will consist of retail stores, offices, a luxury hotel, a dual-level restaurant, as well as an observation deck. Most notably, the 118-story building will be located beside Stadium Merdeka, where the country declared its independence from Britain back in 1957.

Photo: Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1

4. Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1, China

Located south of Shenyang’s Liaoning TV Tower, the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 will soar to a height of 568 meters when it opens in 2022. Nicknamed “Pearl of the North”, the US$1.45 billion building designed by British firm Atkins Global is expected to be the highest in the northeastern Chinese city upon completion. While most of the skyscraper will be taken up by offices, an executive club will be nestled within a pearl-shaped structure near its apex.

Photo: Dubai Creek Tower

5. Dubai Creek Tower, Dubai

Designed by renowned architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava to look like an inverted lily sprouting from the ground, the US$1 billion Dubai Creek Tower is the focal point of a highly anticipated waterfront development. Unveiling in 2020, the estimated height of the completed building is between 928 meters to 1400 meters, making it possibly the world’s tallest building. By night, the high-tech tower will shine a beacon of light from its peak, illuminating its garden-filled observation terraces that nod to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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