Skyscrapers of the Future

Shanghai Tower. Shanghai, China. Estimated Completion: 2013.

Chicago Spire. Chicago, Illinois. Estimated Completion: 2012.

Federation Tower. Moscow, Russia. Estimated Completion: 2009.

International Commerce Centre. West Kowloon, Hong Kong. Estimated Completion: 2010. Apparantly, this building was going to be even longer, but they were forced to scale it back, since city ordinances don't allow buildings that are taller than the surrounding mountains.

Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower. Guangzhou, China. Estimated Completion: End of 2009.

Al Hamra Tower. Kuwait City, Kuwait. Estimated Completion: 2009.

Sinosteel International Plaza. Tianjing, China. Estimated Completion: 2012.

Tower Verre. (53W53rd), New York. Estimated Completion: 2012.

Beekman Tower. New York. Estimated Completion: 2011.

The Bow. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Estimated Completion: 2011.

Sarajevo skyscraper. Bosnia and Herzegovina. Still in the design stage as far as I know.

Alberto Fernández and Susana Ortega have conceived of a Fog Tower that absorbs and channels water from its mist enshrouded environs. This pristine helical structure would allow for the development of a sustainable agriculture environment at the edge of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. As far as I know this is just in the design stages. I say build it, if for nothing else, to see if it can be done.

By 2012, Thom Mayne's 68-story La Phare ("the Lighthouse") will rise over the La Defense district (France). Skyscrapers are not common in Paris, so I am sure this will instantly dominate the skyline.

Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm project envisions a future New York City interspersed with elegantly spiraling biomorphic structures that will harness cutting-edge technology to provide the city with its own self-sustaining food source. As far as I know, this is just in the design stage.

The Burj Dubai. It will be 818m high, with 162 floors, when complete. It is slated to be completed on December 20th, 2009. Offical site.

The Euroscraper was conceived to be located in the Parisian office district of Porte Maillot and would complement the Arc du Triumph and La Défense. The concept and look of the building are inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s quest “to capture the void.” As far as I know this is just in the design phase. It is a pretty neat looking building. Perhaps not the most efficent use of space, but quite pretty.

The Dynamic Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building or the Da Vinci Tower) is a proposed 420-metre (1,378 ft), 80-floor tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower is expected to be architecturally innovative for several reasons: Uniquely, each floor will be able to rotate independently. This will result in a constantly changing shape of the tower. Each floor will rotate a maximum of 6 metres (20 ft) per minute, or one full rotation in 90 minutes. It will also be the world's first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules. 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site.

Nakheel Tower is a supertall skyscraper proposed for construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by developer Nakheel. The project was previously called Al Burj. It has been announced that construction is currently on hold, and further work on the tower's foundations will begin around January 2010.

The 40-story residential Raheja Legend is one of the first modern skyscrapers to come up since the Indian economic boom. Not to be confused with the similarly sized and named "The Legend" at Walkeshwar, Raheja Legend is a developed by K Raheja Universal and designed by P&T Group of Singapore, and is one of Raheja Builders's first major skyscraper projects in the city.

1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is the main building of the new World Trade Center under construction in Lower Manhattan in New York City, USA. The tower will be located in the northwest corner of the 16-acre (65,000 m²) World Trade Center site, bound by Vesey, West, Washington and Fulton streets. WTC was expected to reach rooftop level by the end of 2010 with topping out expected by 2011. However in an October 2, 2008 follow-up report by Ward, the estimated completion of the tower was pushed back to some time between the second and fourth quarter of 2013 with a total budget of $3.1 billion and the use of 46,000 tons of steel.


  1. Where's the Freedom Tower on this list. Last I heard, it's a skyscraper of the not so distant future. A noteworthy one. I may be mistaken, I suppose.

  2. Fine, baby, look, added.

  3. 56 Leonard Street looks fine, even though it is only 57 stories high...

    presentation video of the project:

    from within:

  4. Get Shard London Bridge on this page now!

  5. Freedom Tower is the last one dude.. It's now One World Trade Center..

  6. i hope al burj and nakheel tower will proposed in 2010..

  7. America is falling behind with the innovative architecture being implemented in such places like New York, Chicago , Los Angeles,etc. It seems the asian and arab countries will soon dominate the development and the implementation of the latest trends in architecture. That signals an end to the America's leading role as an inovator and major trend maker in architecture the world.