The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.


July 27, 2011 through January 2012.


The large globe updates the original survey, eliminating projects that were abandoned and adding new ones that qualify under the same criteria: completed, under construction, or approved by local authorities and likely to begin construction. Five buildings were removed from the 2007 map, and 24 have been added. At 828 meters/ 2,717 ft., Burj Khalifa in Dubai, completed in 2010, remains the world's tallest building by more than 800 ft., but several towers now under construction or approved will top out at around 2,000 ft.

All of the designs for supertalls since 2007 have been in the hemisphere of Asia and the Mideast: none have been added in North or South America. Clearly, the global activity of supertalls is now concentrated in China. While new development has slowed in the Mideast, especially in Dubai, five Chinese cities - Chongqing, Dalian, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Wuhan - aspire to build multiple major towers. In addition, India promises to be a new center of high-rise ambitions, though at present only Mumbai, with its population of more than 13 million, has a supertall tower beginning construction.

Click here for the 2011 Supertall Survey.

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SUPERTALL! is presented with generous support from Turner Construction Company.

SUPERTALL! is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

SUPERTALL! is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.