Proposed tall buildings and structures
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All the structures mentioned here would be among the tallest structures in the world if built.
|Name||Pinnacle height||Year of first proposal||Structure type||Main use||Country||Place||Year of projected completion||Description||Floors|
|The Space Elevator||100,000,000 m (62,000 mi)||1895 (science fiction) 2005||Massive space tether||Space tourism, space exploration and space colonization||Several||undetermined||undetermined||An extraordinarily long cable, anchored on or near the equator, held up by the rotation of the Earth.||N/A|
|The Launch loop||80,000 m (50 mi)||1981||Suspended Maglev Track||Space tourism, space exploration and space colonization||USA||undetermined||undetermined||The Launch loop is a concept that has been proposed for the purposes of orbital launch.||N/A|
|Scaled-down Space Elevator||20,000 m (12 mi)||2009||Pneumatic tower||Tourism, communications, wind generation and reduced cost space launch.||Canada||undetermined||undetermined||A sub-orbital or mini version. The structure would be free standing and actively guyed over its base.||N/A|
|StarTram Generation 2||20,000 m (12 mi)||2001||Suspended Maglev Track||Space tourism, space exploration and space colonization||USA||undetermined||undetermined||The StarTram is a proposed concept for orbital launches. It has a long (1000–1500 km) vacuum tube, levitated via strong currents in superconducting cables.||N/A|
|X-Seed 4000||4,000 m (13,000 ft)||1995||Arcology||Residential, commercial, retail real-estate, as well as heavy industry||Japan||Tokyo||undetermined||The X-Seed 4000 is the tallest building ever fully envisioned. Its proposed 4,000 m (13,000 ft) height, 6 km (3.7 mi) wide sea-base, and 800-floor capacity could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants.||800|
|Ultima Tower||3,218 m (10,558 ft)||1991||Skyscraper||Residential, commercial, and retail real-estate||USA||San Francisco||undetermined||The Ultima Tower is a hypothetical super-tall skyscraper, designed by American architect Eugene Tsui in 1991. With a total height of 3,218 metres (10,558 ft), the tower would be 2 miles tall, and comprise 500 stories if built.||500|
|Dubai City Tower||2,400 m (7,900 ft)||2008||Skyscraper||Residential, commercial, and retail real-estate||United Arab Emirates||Dubai||undetermined||The Dubai City Tower is a proposed 400-floor, 2,400 m (7,900 ft) tall building to be built in Dubai, consisting of six outer buildings entwining a central core.||400|
|Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid||2,004 m (6,575 ft)||1996||Arcology||Residential, commercial, retail, and leisure real-estate||Japan||Tokyo||undetermined||The Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid is a proposed project for construction of a massive pyramid over Tokyo Bay in Japan. The structure would be approximately 14 times higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza, and would house 750,000 people. If built, it will be the largest man-made structure on Earth.||N/A|
|The Dutch Mountain||2,000 m (6,600 ft)||2012||Artificial Mountain||Tourism, leisure, commercial and wind generation||The Netherlands||Flevoland||undetermined||"De Nederlandse Berg", Dutch for "The Dutch Mountain" is a proposal for an artificial mountain by Thijs Zonneveld.||N/A|
|Millennium Challenge Tower||1,852 m (6,076 ft)||2005||Skyscraper||Residential, commercial, and retail real-estate||Kuwait (possibly)||undetermined||undetermined||A super-tall skyscraper designed by architect Omero Marchetti as part of his proposed "ethic city" concept. The aims of the project are to reach a nautical mile in height while "not using concrete, orthogonal grids, traditional systems, mortars, [and] cranes." If built, the tower would reach 1,852 metres (6,076 ft).||N/A|
|Sky Mile Tower||1,700 m (5,577 ft)||2015||Skyscraper||Residential||Japan||Tokyo||2045||Sky Mile Tower is the central hub of Next Japan, a visionary project that would serve as a combatant for climate change by serving as a dam and supplying water to its 55,000 residents. The complex and Sky Mile Tower's plans are being reviewed by Tokyo's administration as of 7 February 2016.||400|
|Xtopia||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||China||Shanghai||undetermined||Xtopia is a concept building for a 300-floor high-rise self-contained community.||300|
|Bionic Tower||1,228 m (4,029 ft)||1997||Arcology||Residential, commercial, retail, and leisure real-estate|| China
|Shanghai and Hong Kong have both expressed serious interest||undetermined||The Bionic Tower is a proposed vertical city, an extremely large building designed for human habitation, designed by architects Eloy Celaya, Mª Rosa Cervera and Javier Gómez Pioz. It would have a main tower 1,228 m (4,029 ft) high, with 300 stories that would house about 100,000 people.||300|
|Azerbaijan Tower||1,050 m (3,440 ft)||2012||Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||Azerbaijan||Baku||2019||Azerbaijan Tower, 1,050 m (3,440 ft) tall, is a proposed building in Baku, Azerbaijan and is planned as part of the proposed "Khazar Islands" project.||189|
|Murjan Tower||1,022 m (3,353 ft)||2006||Skyscraper||Residential, commercial, and retail real-estate||Bahrain||Manama||undetermined||Murjan Tower, 1,022 m (3,353 ft) tall, is a Swedish company's proposal for a super-tall skyscraper in Bahrain. Designed by architect Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S, it is expected to comprise 200 floors.||200|
|Mubarak al-Kabir Tower||1,001 m (3,284 ft)||2006||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial, and Retail real-estate||Kuwait||Madinat al-Hareer||2026||The Mubarak al-Kabir Tower, 1,001 m (3,284 ft) tall, in Madinat al-Hareer (City Of Silk), (Kuwait) by Eric Kuhne and Associates.[clarification needed]||234|
|Sky City 1000||1,000 m (3,300 ft)||1989||Arcology||Residential, Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||Japan||Tokyo||undetermined||The Sky City 1000, 1,000 m (3,300 ft) tall, is an arcology project proposal aimed at helping put an end to major congestion and lack of greenspace in the Tokyo, Japan metropolitan area. The plan consists of a building 1,000 m (3,281 ft) tall and 400 m (1,312 ft) wide at the base, and a total floor area of 8 km² (3.1 sq mi). Drawn up by construction firm Takenaka for the city of Tokyo in 1989, its design was the first of the modern super-tall mega-structures to gain serious attention and consideration by any government.||196|
|DIB-200||800 m (2,600 ft)||1993||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial, and Retail real-estate||Japan||Tokyo||undetermined||DIB-200, 800 m (2,600 ft) tall, is a possible mixed use supertall skyscraper project proposed by Kajima Construction, and designed by Sadaaki Masuda and Scott Howe.||200|
|Iconic Tower||734 m (2,408 ft)||2015||Skyscraper||Hotel, Commercial||Bangladesh||Dhaka||undetermined||Iconic Tower, 734 m (2,408 ft) tall, is a proposed supertall skyscraper planned for construction in Purbachal New Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh.||130|
|Dream Tower||665 m (2,182 ft)||2009||Skyscraper||Commercial and retail real-estate||South Korea||Seoul||undetermined||Dream Tower, 665 m (2,182 ft) tall, is a proposed tower to be built in Seoul, South Korea; it will have 150 floors.||150|
|Signature Tower Jakarta||638 m (2,093 ft)||2013||Skyscraper||Hotel and office||Indonesia||Jakarta||2020||||113 (6 basement floors)|
|Rama IX Super Tower||615 m (2,018 ft)||2014||skyscraper||Mixed-use||Thailand||Bangkok||2021||N/A||125|
|Philippine Diamond Tower||612 m (2,008 ft)||N/A||Observation Tower||Leisure, Observation, Broadcast||Philippines||Quezon City||2019||N/A||Approx. 200|
|Port Tower||593.5 m (1,947 ft)||2006||Skyscraper||Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||Pakistan||Karachi||2018||The Port Tower is a project approved for construction in Karachi, the financial capital of Pakistan. If completed, it would reach a height of 593 m (1,947 ft), representing the independence year of Pakistan (1947).||130|
|Al Noor Tower||540 m (1,770 ft)||2014||Skyscraper||Mixed Use||Morocco||Tangier||2018||The Proposed Al Noor tower will become Africa's tallest building if completed.||114|
|GIFT Diamond Tower||410 m (1,350 ft)||2002||Skyscraper||Commercial||India||Gandhinagar||2017||GIFT Diamond Tower is a skyscraper proposed for Gujarat International Finance Tec-City in Gandhinagar in the Indian state of Gujarat. The proposed height is 410 metres (1,345 ft) in height. Diamond Tower and the core CBD of GIFT will comprise a total of 25,800,000 sq ft (2,400,000 m2).||87|
|Solar updraft tower||400–1,000 m (1,300–3,300 ft)||2001||Power-Plant||Power generation||Australia||Buronga, New South Wales||activity halted, fate unclear||Solar updraft tower, Buronga, Australia, planned height between 400 m (1,300 ft) and 1,000 m (3,300 ft), state uncertain.||N/A|
|Hitchcock Univision Radio Tower||Hitchcock, Texas||609.6 m||2,000 ft.||1254220|
|Agate American Media Tower||Agate, Colorado||609.5 m||2,000 ft.||1240243|
|Busterville Vertical Properties Broadcasting Tower||Busterville, Texas||609.5 m||2,000 ft.||1223883|
|Metcalf Pegasus Broadcasting Tower||Metcalf, Georgia||609 m||1,998 ft.||1054890|
|Beasley Broadcasting Tower||Immokalee, Florida||608.7 m||1,997 ft.||1235389|
|Hoyt KKDD-FM Tower||Hoyt, Colorado||608.1 m||1,995 ft.||1235187|
|Wiliam Smith Broadcasting Tower||Walker, Iowa||607 m||1,991 ft.||1223188|
|Plymouth Pappas Telecasting Tower 2||Plymouth County, Iowa||603.5 m||1,980 ft.||1058291|
|Name||Pinnacle height||Year of first proposal||Structure type||Main use||Country||City||Year of Projected Completion||Description|
|Houston Tower||2,092 m (6,864 ft)||1979||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial||U.S.||Houston||Never begun||The Houston Tower was an envisioned skyscraper that would have been nearly 1.3 miles (2.1 km) tall (6864 ft/2092 m) and taken up nine city blocks in Houston.|
|Aeropolis 2001||2,000 m (6,600 ft)||1989||Arcology||Residential, Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||Japan||Tokyo||Never begun||The Aeropolis 2001 was a proposed project for construction of a massive 500-story high-rise building over Tokyo Bay in Japan. It was proposed to be a 2,000 m (6,562 ft) high building.|
|The Illinois||1,609 m (5,279 ft)||1956||Skyscraper||Commercial, Residential, and Leisure real-estate||U.S.||Chicago||Never begun||The Illinois, envisioned by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, was to be a mile high (1609 m / 5280 ft) skyscraper in Chicago.|
|Torre Del Sol||1,600 m (5,200 ft)||2012||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial||Ecuador||Middle of The Earth||Never begun||The Tower of the Sun would have been the tallest structure in the world when completed at 1.6 km high, and a base of 300 m. A conceptual model was created by architect Rafael Viñoly, who envisioned the structured having disk platform for observation decks for tourist. He called it to be a monument to humanity. |
|Phare du Monde||701 m (2,300 ft)||1934||Concrete observation tower||Leisure and Retail real-estate||France||Paris||1937 (construction never begun)||Phare du Monde, was a project for a 701 metre tall observation tower for the world exhibition in Paris, 1937. It was planned as a concrete tower similar to a modern TV tower, but also with a ramp for drive up access.|
|India Tower||700 m (2,300 ft)||2008||Skyscraper||Retail, Residential, and Leisure real-estate||India||Mumbai||2016 (cancelled on October 16th, 2015)||The tower was permanently cancelled on October 16th, 2015|
|Australian towers series||various; (Grollo) 678 m (2,224 ft), (Brisbane Central) 450 m (1,480 ft), (Minuzzo) 450 m (1,480 ft), (CBD-1) 445 m (1,460 ft), (Melbourne Plaza) 338 m (1,109 ft), (City Tower) 305 m (1,001 ft), (Westralia) 287 m (942 ft)||1996||Skyscrapers||Residential, Commercial, and Leisure real-estate||Australia||Melbourne, Brisbane Sydney, Perth||2004 (cancelled 1997)||A series of super-tall sky-scrapers were planned for the major Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth from 1985-95 but were all cancelled. The plans included (in order of height) the Grollo Tower (mentioned above), Brisbane Central Tower (450m/1476 ft, Brisbane), Minuzzo Tower (450m/1476 ft, Brisbane), CBD-1 (445m/1459 ft, Sydney), Melbourne Plaza (338m/1109 ft, Melbourne), City Tower (305m/1000 ft, Sydney) and the Westralia Tower (287m/941 ft, Perth). The buildings would have been some of the tallest buildings in the world at the time, but were cancelled mainly due to their great heights which would have dwarfed all surrounding buildings.|
|Grollo Tower||678 m (2,224 ft)||1997||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial, and Leisure real-estate||Australia||Melbourne||2004 (cancelled 2001)||Construction was cancelled on the Grollo Tower (named after the architect) in Melbourne's developing Dockland precinct in April 2001 after Melbourne's Docklands Authority ruled it out of the tender for development of the Batman Hill's precinct due to disagreements over who would pay for infrastructure improvements. The area is now occupied by a mixture of smaller commercial and residential buildings. The Grollo Tower would have been the world's tallest building at the time at 560 m (1837 ft) tall, down from the originally planned 678 m (2,224 ft) height.|
|PAGCOR Tower||665 m (2,182 ft)||2008||Observation tower||Leisure and Observation facilities||Philippines||Manila||Cancelled in 2010||Originally part of the plans for the PAGCOR Entertainment City, the project was scrapped due to various reasons including air traffic regulations due to close proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport|
|Warsaw Radio Mast||646 m (2,119 ft)||Original in 1968, Replacement in 1992||Guyed mast||VHF-UHF transmission||Poland||Warsaw||1997 (cancelled 1995)||Until late 1995, there were plans to rebuild the collapsed 646 m (2,119 ft) Warsaw Radio Mast to its previous height on the same site, using the basements of the old mast. Although some refurbishment of the basements started, work was canceled after violent protests by local residents, who feared harmful radiation effects from the high-power transmitter served by the antenna. A new transmission facility with two smaller masts measuring 330 and 289 m was built as a replacement in 1998-99 at Solec Kujawski.|
|7 South Dearborn||610 m (2,000 ft)||1999||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial, and Retail real-estate as well as communications facilities||U.S.||Chicago||2004 (cancelled in 2000 due to lack of funding)||7 South Dearborn in Chicago was planned in 1999 to be 610 m (2,001 ft).|
|1 Dubai||600 m (2,000 ft)||2006||Skyscraper||Unknown||U.A.E||Dubai||2010 (cancelled in 2009)||1 Dubai is a proposal in Dubai to planned to be completed, but in 2009, it was cancelled.|
|Chicago Spire||610 m (2,000 ft)||2005||Skyscraper||Residential real-estate||U.S.||Chicago||2010 (cancelled 2008)||The Chicago Spire designed by Santiago Calatrava was intended to be the tallest building in the western hemisphere as well as the tallest residential building in the world. It was abandoned in 2008 due to financial problems. As of March 11, 2014, as long as the project is funded, it assumed to resume construction.|
|Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle||610 m (2,000 ft)||1988||Skyscraper||Commercial, and Residential real-estate||U.S.||Chicago||1994 (cancelled 1992)||The Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle in Chicago was to be 610 m (2,001 ft) tall in 1988.|
|International Business Center||580 m (1,900 ft)||2007||Skyscraper||Commercial real-estate||South Korea||Seoul||2013 (cancelled 2008)||International Business Center was a proposed skyscraper to be constructed in Seoul, South Korea for a height of 580 m (1,900 ft),it was to have 130 floors planned to be completed in 2013.|
|Grant USA Tower||533.4 m (1,750 ft)||1970||Skyscraper||Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||U.S.||Newark, New Jersey||1986 (cancelled 1986)||The Grant USA Tower was planned by developer Harry Grant, who started New York Apple Tours. The building was to be completed in 1986 in Newark, New Jersey and to be the tallest hotel, tallest building and tallest structure. Harry Grant went bankrupt and the building never broke ground.|
|Eaton's / John Maryon Tower||503 m (1,650 ft)||1971||Skyscraper||Commercial, and Leisure real-estate||Canada||Toronto||1976 (cancelled 1972)||Eaton's / John Maryon Tower was a planned 503 m (1,650 ft) (686m to spire) tall building in Toronto in 1971.|
|Dragon Tower||500 m (1,600 ft)||1996||Skyscraper||Residential, Commercial, Retail, and Leisure real-estate||Indonesia||Jakarta||2002 (cancelled 1998)||The 500 m tall, 101 story, Dragon Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia was cancelled in 1998 due to the Asian financial crisis.|
|Kaisa Feng Long Center||500 m (1,600 ft)||2011||Skyscraper||Hotel / Office||China||Shenzhen||2012 (cancelled 2011)|
|Psary, Poland broadcast tower||440 m (1,440 ft)||2009||Reinforced concrete and steal television tower||DVB-T signal transmission||Poland||Psary, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship||undetermined||At Bodzentyn, Poland a 440 metres tall tower is proposed for distributing DVB-T signals from the satellite station to TV broadcasting sites. It will be, if built, the tallest man-made structure in Europe outside Russia.|
|Palace of Soviets||415 m (1,362 ft)||1932||Skyscraper||Bureaucratic administrative center and conference hall||U.S.S.R.||Moscow||1947 (cancelled 1942)||The Palace of Soviets in Moscow, planned in 1932, was to be 415 m (including a 100 m Lenin statue), and would have been the tallest building in the world at the time if completed. Construction was halted during World War II, during which the uncompleted structure was partially dismantled; its foundations were later to serve as the world's largest open-air swimming pool before being razed in 1995.|
|The Monument to the Third International||400 m (1,300 ft)||1919||Grand Monument||Conference Hall, Bureaucratic administrative center, Information administrative center||U.S.S.R.||Moscow||None given||During the Russian October Revolution of 1917, Vladimir Tatlin designed a structure named The Monument to the Third International, which was to serve as the international headquarters of the Komintern. Better known as the Tatlin Tower, the structure was to rise to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft), which would have made it by far the tallest building in the world at that time, but time & resource shortages as well as the social upheavals that resulted from the Russian Civil War, economic mismanagement, and political repressions halted the project.|
|Millennium Freedom Tower||376.8 m (1,236 ft)||1998||Observation Tower||Leisure and Observation facilities||U.S.||Newport, Kentucky||2000 (above ground construction never begun)||The Millennium Freedom Tower was a project to be located in Newport, Kentucky, United States was originally proposed in 1998 to be dedicated on Dec 31, 1999. The original height was a proposed 1,234 feet (376 m) and was later lowered to 1,103 ft (306 m). Pilings were driven in 1998, but construction never continued above ground.|
|Watkin's Tower||358 m (1,175 ft)||1890||Iron latticed observation tower||Leisure and Retail real-estate||U.K.||Wembley||1894 (construction halted 1896)||Watkin's Tower in Wembley, London was planned in 1891 to surpass the Eiffel Tower by 50 m (164 ft), but construction stopped before that height was reached due to unstable land and insufficient funds. The tower remnants were dismantled in the 1900s, and the site was redeveloped as Wembley Stadium.|
|Scandinavian Tower||325 m (1,066 ft)||1997||Skyscraper||Residential||Sweden||Malmö||2004||The Scandinavian Tower was intended to be been the tallest skyscraper in Europe. It was abandoned in 2004 in favor of Malmö Tower.|
|World Science Tower||N/A||1964||Guyed mast||Leisure facilities||U.S.||Larkspur, Colorado||N/A||The World Science Tower was going to be one of the world's tallest buildings, proposed in 1964. It was to be located near Larkspur, Colorado, U.S.A. Its design would have had an amusement park at the base.|
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