This week, we covered news that
Hitachi was building a superfast elevator to zip passengers from the first floor of the CTF building in Guangzhou, China, to the 95th in 43 seconds. That kind of speed, 20 meters per second, is almost a requirement if a person is going to reach their destination in the kind of super tall buildings popping up around the world.
The story inspired us to look at the growth of extreme skyscrapers and devote this week's Tasty Tech slideshow to the 20 buildings expected to reach "mega tall" status by 2020, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
In 2000, the average height of the tallest buildings was 1,230 feet. By 2010, that average rose to 1,440 feet and by 2020, the average height is expected to reach 1,962.
CTBUH predicts that within this decade, we will see a kilometer-tall building. That's 3,280 feet!
Here are 20 buildings -- from the tallest to the "shortest" -- that the council expects to see piercing skylines by 2020, if they aren't already.