The completion of the Burj Khalifa in 2010 was a significant milestone for mankind. It marked the first time a habitable building had ever surpassed 600 metres in height and the structure become the world’s first megatall skyscraper.
The excitement led many to declare that we had entered the “age of the megatall” and that by 2020, at least eight buildings would lay claim to this new title.
But from all the proposals put forward only a handful ever made it to construction. Six never completed, three were scaled back and only three actually made it to completion.
Of the only two megatalls classed as officially under construction at the moment by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the status of each project couldn’t be more different.
While the future of Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower is unclear – with no major works occurring since 2018, prospects for the other scheme look much more certain.
Set to become the world’s second-tallest building when it completes in early 2022, and with the global economy now in a period of reduced growth, Malaysia’s Merdeka PNB118 could well be the world’s last megatall skyscraper.
Rising 644-metres, the 118-storey Merdeka PNB118 forms the centrepiece of a redevelopment at one of Malaysia’s most historically important sites.
Consisting of multiple residential towers, a theatre, shopping mall and landscaped public boulevard, the area is set to become a destination in its own right.
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Narration – Fred Mills
Executive Producer – Fred Mills
Producer – Dan Cortese
Story – Dan Cortese and Fred Mills
Research – Dan Cortese
Video Editing – Aaron Wood and James Durkin
Graphics – Aaron Wood
Additional footage and images courtesy of Syamoes, Southern Corridor Malaysia, Styfly Studios, IDIA. Design, Grand Land Canal, Kohn Pedersen Fox, bKL Architecture, CTUBH, Jeddah Economic Company, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, SRSSA, Woods Bagot, Nakheel Properties, Gensler, ECADI, Robert Bird Group, Thornton Tomasetti, Santiago Calatrava, Foster + Partners, Google Earth, Rescubika Studio, Eric Kuhne and Associates, Fender Katsalidis Architects and PNB Merdeka Ventures.
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