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China leading race of world’s Top 10 future skyscrapers

An artist’s rendering shows the Ping An International Finance Center in Shenzhen, China, which will top out at 648-meters when completed in 2015.

Skyscrapers around the world keep getting taller and taller. Currently, the world’s 10 tallest future buildings have an average height of 566 meters –77 meters more than the ten highest skyscrapers completed in the last decade. With a height of 828 meters, only Burj Khalifa will keep its Number 1 position in the current Top10 tallest list. Even the tenth highest building currently under construction at 510 meters is higher than the existing Number 2 with a height of “only” 508 meters.
Nine out of the ten future skyscrapers are located in Asia. Nevertheless, Dubai is no longer booming with construction, instead China is now leading the race with 6 of the 10 tallest skyscrapers currently being built followed by South Korea with two buildings in the list.

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower overlooks the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia. (Wikipedia commons)

The architects Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) designed the 648-meter tall Ping An International Finance Center in Shenzhen with a staggering 116 floors. Once completed in 2015, it will be the world’s second tallest building after Burj Khalifa. Northern China will be boasting the Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, CTF Tianjin Tower and the Dalian Greenland Center in the next four years.
Further along the coast, South Korea will soon feature two 500m+ new skyscrapers in Seoul and Busan. In fifth place, the 556-meter tall Lotte World Tower in Seoul by KPF will be 46 meters taller than the Busan Lotte Town Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM) upon completion. Overlooking the Busan harbour, Lotte Town Tower will be 510 meters tall with 110 floors.
In Saudi Arabia, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is already topped out and overlooks Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba. Designed by Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners, the 601-meter tall skyscraper is both a hotel and a shopping center.
The only 500m+ skyscraper currently under construction in the Western hemisphere is One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York. The 541-meter tall structure designed by SOM is at 6th place in the world’s ranking and will be completed this year.
SOM and KPF are head to head in the race of building the tallest skyscrapers of the future – both companies have three projects that are currently under construction. Two projects currently on hold are India Tower in Mumbai, with a planned 720 meter height, by Foster + Partners, and the Pentominium, by Aedas, with a proposed height of 516 meters in Dubai. It is unknown whether either project will be completed.

The 556-meter tall Lotte World Tower in Seoul.

My Prize - My Astra

New Chang Klan Road condo

The Astra Condo is the newest high rise condo to go up, it will have two 17 story buildings on Chang Klan Road.

The newest condo to hit the Chiang Mai market is the Astra Condominium, a 17 story project from the Ornsirin Group located in the heart of Chiang Mai on Chang Klan Road. The new high rise condo is under the concept “My Prize, My Astra”.
A short drive from the Chiang Mai International Airport and a few minutes walk from the popular Night Bazaar area, the condominium project will cover more than 5 acres and comprise two 17 story condo buildings with a total of 589 units. Rooms will start form 30 sqm to 183 sqm. There will be a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit with between 30 – 50 sqm of space, with a kitchen, living and dining space. The 2 bedroom units will have 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, living/dining space and a glass walled balcony, these rooms will be between 57 – 82 sqm. The three bedroom units will have 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and between 57 – 82 sqm. Finally the Penthouse is a 2 story apartment on the top floor with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living and dining rooms with an area between 78 – 183 sqm.
The condo will come complete with swimming pool, fitness center, spa, sauna and steam rooms, WiFi for public areas, green space between and around the buildings, 24 hour security and a car park.
The Ornsirin group reports that the design of the latest condo will be modern contemporary with Lanna charm integrated with a modern city life.
Building structures was design with Modern Contemporary style that combines Lanna charm and modern city life together seamlessly. Interior was decorated elegant and luxurious.
Prices start from 1.9 million baht. Further information Tel. 053 295 666 – 8 and e- mail [email protected]

Sansiri launches first single detached house project in San Sai

Setthasiri Sansai presales November 15 – 17

Suriya Wannabutr, the Assistant Managing Director of Project Management and Marketing for Sansiri announced the company’s first single detached housing project in Chiang Mai.

Sansiri Public Co. Ltd, the developer of such sold out projects as D Condo Campus Resort and D’Viang Santitham s moving into the single unit housing business with the launch of its first stand alone houses in Chiang Mai to be located in San Sai.
Sansiri, which is still selling units in the condo project D Condo Sign and B Avenue, which is scheduled to be finished at the end of this year, will construct 160 single detached houses with the project valued at 1.4 billion baht.
Suriya Wannabutr, the Assistant Managing Director of Project Management and Marketing for Sansiri said that it was great that so many projects were so popular in Chiang Mai, “Chiang Mai is the center of business and investment, the hub of logistics, tourism, and also the center of the north. The plans to build a high speed rail and second airport make Chiang Mai very attractive for the upcoming ASEAN community. The company offers single detached housing by Sansiri, in the brand ‘Setthasiri’ to Chiang Mai people and those from other provinces who want to have a house in Chiang Mai. Sansiri wants to be the choice and to welcome everyone to be a member of Sansiri family.”
Setthasiri Sansai is located on 53 rai on the Chiang Mai – Praw Road in Nong Jom, Sansai. Suriya said that there will be 4 styles of house from 160 to 283 sqm in size. The price will start at 5.59 million baht up to 15 million and the concept will be inspired from Lanna culture with entrance arches with a gold bell and wills simulate the city walls. Each building will be in the Northern style and the Mae Kao River will run through the development. The project will have a view of Doi Suthep and a pavilion with a pool.
The convenient location makes it easy to reach anywhere in the city and it is near Chotana Road and City Hall. Its proximity to utilities will make it efficient and it connects to the Super Highway.
The company hopes this project receive the same attention from Chiang Mai people as have projects in the past. He concluded that the buyer of a Sansiri project will get the same great quality and services as all their projects around the country.

The new project will be near the Superhighway and will have 160 Lanna style houses on site.

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China leading race of world’s Top 10 future skyscrapers

My Prize – My Astra

Sansiri launches first single detached house project in San Sai