A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 27, 2015
Megatall (a skyscraper over 600 meters or 1,968 feet tall)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat defines a building as “megatall” if it is over 600 meters (1,968 feet) in height.  A “supertall” building is one over 300 meters (984 feet) in height. “Megatall”—one word—has been cited in print since at least December 2011.


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.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
The projected world’s tallest 20 skyscrapers in the year 2020

Chicago, December 8, 2011
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower. Two years ago, prior to the completion of the Burj Khalifa, this building type did not exist. And yet, by 2020, we can expect at least eight such buildings to exist internationally. 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, or double the height of a supertall (see Figure 1).

BuzzBuzzHome News
Entering the Era of the Megatall: New report projects world’s tallest skyscrapers in 2020
DECEMBER 9, 2011
A supertall skyscraper. That sounds pretty darn tall, right?

Well, that’s about to sound a lot less impressive by 2020 according to info compiled by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Supertall is defined as any building over 300 metres. There are already plenty of supertall skyscrapers around the world and many more will be completed by 2020. What the report notes is the growing number of “megatall” skyscrapers that will be populating skylines around the world over the next 8 years.

To snag a megatall title, a building must be over 600 metres. By 2020, there will be nine skyscrapers that qualify as megatall, some just hitting the mark with a carefully calculated spire and some blowing past the 600 metre mark and soaring to ridiculous heights (we’re looking at you, Kingdom Tower).

Engineering News-Record
‘Megatall’ Joins Dictionary of Tall Buildings Council
Publication Date: 12/8/2011
Author: Nadine M. Post
Format: HTML
Description:
Tall buildings group coins a noun for skyscrapers 600 m or taller: A megatall. And the group projects the 20 tallest towers in 2020.

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New architecture vocab: supertall skyscrapers = 300 meters +, MEGAtall skyscrapers 600 meters + http://goo.gl/R4FXQQ @ChicagoArchitec
2:07 PM - 27 Aug 2013

Next Big Future
September 30, 2013
Megatall versus Supertall Skyscrapers
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently published The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall. Within this decade, the World’s first kilometer-tall building will be constructed, along with many other buildings over 600-meters tall. “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 (over 600 meters).
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In the USA, the Bank of America tower in New York has an occupied floor height of 235m, leaving 131m (or 36%) non-occupiable. The CTBUH predict that once One World Trade Centre is complete in 2014, New York City will be home to three of the world’s top ten vanity heights.

Crain’s Chicago Business
March 01, 2014
Inside the niche of mega-tall skyscrapers
By MICAH MAIDENBERG
Alejandro Stochetti exemplifies Chicago’s long tradition as an exporter of high-profile architecture, the kind of design work that turns into structures that define cities far beyond their borders.

At 40, Mr. Stochetti, a director at Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture, has made a name for himself in the niche world of mega-tall skyscrapers. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based industry group, says such buildings must rise at least 600 meters, or nearly 1,969 feet, to be included in the category.

Mega-tall building design is a rarified corner in the architecture world. “It’s a relatively small community,” says Daniel Safarik, an editor at the council, with just a handful of firms regularly competing for commissions.

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