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The tallest residential buildings in the World

The first residential skyscrapers were The Belcher’s Tower 1 and The Belcher’s Tower 2 located in Hong Kong, whose heights equal 221 m (725 ft). In 2001, Trump World Tower in New York City became the tallest residential building in the world until it was surpassed in 2003 by the 21st Century Tower in Dubai. In 2005, Q1, which is located in Gold Coast, Australia, became the tallest residential building in the world.


The percentage of residential buildings has increased from 34% in 2009 to 45% in 2010 while office buildings has fallen from 42% to just 20%. making Burj Khalifa the world’s first supertall skyscraper to include residential space.

The term “supertall” (which refers to a building over 300 meters) is thus no longer adequate to describe these buildings: we are entering the era of the “megatall.” This term is now officially being used by the Council to describe buildings over 600 meters in height.

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