"Entering the era of the megatall"
- the 20 tallest buildings by 2020


Dezeen Wire:
the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago have published a report predicting the 20 tallest buildings in the world by the year 2020, including eight over 600 metres high. Read the full online report here.


The Burj Khalifa by SOM is the current tallest building in the world at 828 metres but is set to be overtaken by the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah at over 1000 metres.

See all our stories about skyscrapers here.

Posted on Thursday December 8th 2011 at 11:20 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • teefs

    Love the new hotel complex in Mecca, it's so Vegas!

    • Brigs

      Mecca? It's in Jeddah… Maybe do some reading before you post such an ignorant comment.

    • morgs72

      Vegas is way more tasteful

  • audrey

    The Tokyo Sky Tree (634m) doesn't appear… Is it not considered as a building?

    • That's right, Tokyo Sky Tree is not considered a building, as less than 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. CTBUH has fairly detailed definitions on everything…

    • Not a building, a tower.

  • Dan

    the irony this is one of the Islamic Signs of the Last Hour " barefoot, unclothed, beginning shepherds competing in the construction of tall buildings" This was mentioned by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) 1400 years ago!!!

  • Anon

    What's the point of having a massive antenna spire on the top? A good hundred metres beyond usable floor space purely to break a new height record compared to the last "worlds tallest superskyscraper". That's like placing a toothpick in the end of your penis and saying ooh look it's 9 inches tall!

    • Brogs

      Didn't you just answer your own question? It's just to break a new height record and claim the title of world's tallest building. Also, I'm not sure what kind of penis you have, but it's probably not "tall". Long is more appropriate descriptor.