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The Tallest Residential Buildings in the World

Completed in 2015, 432 Park Avenue in New York City is the world's tallest skyscraper entirely dedicated to residential use.

An Overview Of The Tallest Residential Buildings

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a residential building is defined as a building where 85% of its total floor area or more is solely dedicated for residential use. The CTBUH skyscraper database reveals that there are over 100 residential skyscrapers in the world still under construction. Upon their completion, Central Park Tower in New York will be the tallest followed by World One in Mumbai and Diamond Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia.

432 Park Avenue

Completed in 2015, 432 Park Avenue overlooks Central Park and is the tallest supertall structure in the world dedicated to residential purposes. Initially, the skyscraper was proposed to have a height of 1300 feet in 2011 but after the structure was topped out its height was 1,396 feet. 432 Park Avenue features 104 condominium apartments and was developed by the CIM Group. Construction of the apartments started in 2012 and lasted until December 23rd, 2015 when it was completed. At present, 432 Park Avenue is not only the second-tallest building in New York City after One World Trade Center, and ahead of the Empire State Building, it is also the third tallest building in the United States. Despite its height and beauty, the skyscraper has been scorned by some locals who feel that it is a representation of the proliferating cost of living in New York and a grandiose lifestyle.Princess Tower

Princess Tower

Found in the Marina district of Dubai, UAE is the Princess Tower, the world's second tallest residential building. Princess Tower is solely for residential use with a height of 1,358 feet. The skyscraper was engineered by Chief Structural Engineer Syed Majid Hashmi and Mohammed Ali Alogaily, his deputy manager. Princess Tower features 107 stories inclusive of a ground floor and basement floors, 763 units, eight retail outlets and 957 underground parking bays. The tower's construction began in 2006 until September 2012 when it was completed. From 2012 Princess Tower was the world's tallest residential building until it was dethroned in 2015 by 432 Park Avenue in New York. In Dubai, the tower is the second tallest building after the Burj Khalifa and ranks 20th among the tallest buildings in the world.

23 Marina

With a height of 1,286 feet, 23 Marina is located in Dubai, UAE. It is the third tallest residential building in the world. Owned by Hircon International, the construction for 23 Marina began in 2006 till 2012 when it was completed making it the tallest residential building in the world shortly before the Princess Tower was opened and eventually the completion of 432 Park Avenue. The building features 88 stories with each duplex having its private elevator, 57 swimming pools among other facilities. Before the construction for 23 Marina even started 79% of the building was already sold.

What Does The Future Hold?

While building and reconstruction is a common occurrence in the architectural world, the list for the tallest residential building will never stay constant since some skyscrapers aim at surpassing each other. Of the current top 15 tallest residential buildings nine are located in the United Arab Emirates, eight in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Two are located in New York in the US including the world's tallest, another two in Australia and one each in Moscow, Russia, and Busan South Korea.

The Tallest Residential Buildings in the World

RankDevelopment NameLocationHeight (feet)
1432 Park AvenueNew York, United States1396
2Princess TowerDubai, United Arab Emirates1358
323 MarinaDubai, United Arab Emirates1286
4Elite ResidenceDubai, United Arab Emirates1250
5The Marina TorchDubai, United Arab Emirates1142
6Q1Gold Coast, Australia1056
7HHHR TowerDubai, United Arab Emirates1040
8Ocean HeightsDubai, United Arab Emirates1020
9Cayan TowerDubai, United Arab Emirates1004
10One57New York, United States1004
11Ethiad Tower 2Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1001
12Capital City Moscow TowerMoscow, Russia988
13We've the Zenith Tower 101Busan, South Korea988
14Eureka TowerMelbourne, Australia974
15Emirates CrownDubai, United Arab Emirates971

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