Meet the giants of tomorrow: The tallest buildings rising in 2017

Updated 12th January 2017
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Meet the giants of tomorrow: The tallest buildings rising in 2017
The Spaces is a digital publication that covers architecture, design and art.
China is raising the stakes in the race for the 'tallest' man-made structures: six of the 10 tallest buildings predicted to top out in 2017 are in this booming corner of the world. And all are set to exceed the 400-meter mark -- shoulders above 2016's additions.
According to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a building is structurally "topped-off" when it is under construction, and "the highest primary structural element is in place." Wuhan Greenland Center (above), will become China's tallest building when it tops out next year Credit: Courtesy of the Greenland Group
Predicting top-outs is an imperfect science, made difficult by factors including weather and financing. Don't be surprised to see a few familiar faces among the jaw-dropping supertalls that are redefining our cities' skylines.
Helping us out with our predictions is The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat -- the global referee for official building heights. We cross-checked info from its database against developer websites and forums for skyscraper enthusiasts to get the most accurate read on construction progress.
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Standing at 2,074 feet (632 meters) tall, the Shanghai Tower is the world's second tallest building. Credit: Blackstation/courtesy gensler
See five of the tallest buildings rising in 2017 in the gallery above. For more on this story, head to The Spaces.
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