The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat defines a building as “supertall” if it is over 300 meters (984 feet) in height. A “megatall” building is one over 600 meters (1,968 feet) in height. “Supertall”—one word—has been cited in print since at least 2003.
An amNewYork article, “New Yorkers anguished by proliferation of ‘supertall’ skyscrapers” on July 27, 2015, stated that 16 supertall buildings had broken ground in Manhattan since 2005.
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
What are Supertall and Megatall Buildings?
The CTBUH defines “supertall” as a building over 300 meters (984 feet) in height, and a “megatall” as a building over 600 meters (1,968 feet) in height. As of June 2015 there were 91 supertall and 2 megatall buildings fully completed and occupied globally.
Big Rick McGee
June 10th, 2003, 05:31 AM
I gave it a 6.
Although I’ve had some great times in B-more, its skyline leaves a lot to be desired. It has decent density, but should have some supertalls. Neat harbor.
July 22nd, 2006, 07:39 AM
its always been defined by anything over 300m/1000ft. Anything over 500m needs a new term-maybe ultratall?
New York (NY) Times
Scraping the Sky, and Then Some
By AMY CORTESE
Published: June 15, 2008
Nearly seven years after the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York portended a pullback from cloud-grazing construction, the world is in the midst of a huge wave of tall building construction, both in number and in size. Some 36 buildings rise more than 300 meters, or roughly 1,000 feet, the threshold generally used to define “supertall” buildings, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a nonprofit organization based at the Illinois Institute of Technology. An additional 69 supertalls are under construction, the council estimates.
A building over 300 meters is considered ‘supertall’ by architects and the like. Yes it is one word #youlearnsomethingneweveryday
10:20 PM - 22 Nov 2011
THE RISE OF THE SUPERTALLS
ENGINEERING ADVANCES HAVE ARCHITECTS STRIVING FOR THE MILE-HIGH SKYSCRAPER.
By Clay Risen Posted February 15, 2013
Technically, the supertall category, as defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, covers anything taller than 300 meters, or 984 feet. That includes the 1,250-foot Empire State Building, a supertall half a century before the term’s invention. The two World Trade Center towers, which began to rise in 1966, reached 1,368 and 1,362 feet. But only within the past 15 years have architects and engineers begun to see supertalls as a separate class, with its own challenges and opportunities. “When you get above the World Trade Center size, you’ve got to change your fundamental thought process,” Baker says.
New architecture vocab: supertall skyscrapers = 300 meters +, MEGAtall skyscrapers 600 meters + http://goo.gl/R4FXQQ @ChicagoArchitec
2:07 PM - 27 Aug 2013
WBEZ91.5 (Chicago, IL)
When will Chicago get its next supertall skyscraper?
Yet another developer promises to raise the city’s skyline, but can egos and economics once again conspire to build a successor to the Willis Tower?
January 28, 2015
By: Chris Bentley
Andrew didn’t know this when he asked the question, but “supertall” is an objective term. Chicago’s own Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the authority on such matters. They deem any building over 300 meters, or 984 feet, “supertall.” (For a rough measurement, that’s about 75 stories.) Six buildings in Chicago qualify: The Trump Tower, Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Center, AT&T Corporate Center, and Two Prudential Plaza.
New Yorkers anguished by proliferation of ‘supertall’ skyscrapers
By CARLA SINCLAIR AND. IVAN PEREIRA July 27, 2015
New York City is known for its iconic skyline—one that is changing rapidly, whether New Yorkers like it or not.
Aptly nicknamed “supertalls,” a proliferation of buildings towering well over 800 feet have been cropping up in Manhattan and quickly: since 2005, 16 of the city’s tallest buildings have broken ground in the borough, with more on the way.
And some neighbors aren’t happy.
The area directly south of Central Park has six 1,000 foot-plus buildings complete or in the works, including 432 Park Avenue, currently the world’s tallest residential building at 1,396 feet. The Nordstrom Tower on 57th Street plans to overtake it at 1,795 feet by 2018.