The Tallest Buildings In South America

The Gran Torre, in Santiago, Chile, towers over the skyline.
The Gran Torre, in Santiago, Chile, towers over the skyline.

Skyscrapers In South America

South America has a number of skyscrapers located throughout the continent. The majority of these can be found in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Colombia. Within these countries, the tallest buildings are in the major financial centers. The top 5 tallest buildings in the continent are:

1. Gran Torre Santiago

The Gran Torre Santiago is the tallest building in South America. This skyscraper is located in Santiago, Chile, where it stands at 984 feet tall and encompasses 64 floors. Construction of the Gran Torre Santiago began in 2006 before being suspended in January of 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. Construction began again in December of the same year and finished in 2013, becoming the tallest building on the continent. On the 61st and 62nd floors, this skyscraper has an observation deck called Sky Costanera, which provides views over Santiago to visitors.

2. BD Bacatá

The BD Bacatá, which is currently under construction, will be the second tallest building in South America. Upon its completion, it will rise to 853 feet in height. This skyscraper is located in Bogotá, Colombia, where it will house apartments, offices, stores, and a hotel within its 67 floors. This 1.2 million-square-foot building is the first skyscraper to be financed by crowdfunding, a method in which private individuals invest in shares of the building prior to its construction. Records indicate that more than 3,800 Colombian citizens worked to finance the BD Bacatá.

3. Parque Central Complex

The Parque Central Complex is located in Caracas, Venezuela, where it serves as a residential and commercial building. It consists of two towers: the East (completed in 1983) and the West (completed in 1979). Between 1979 and 2003, its towers were the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America (which is a designation that includes South America, Central America, and Mexico). Today, the East Tower of the Parque Central Complex is the 3rd tallest building in South America, standing at 837 feet. In 2012, the East Tower was restored to include a 98.42-foot antennae on its roof. This antennae was designed to resemble the sword of Simon Bolivar, an important political figure who helped establish independence in several South American countries. The antennae is lit by red, yellow, and blue lights, the colors of Venezuela.

4. Isla Multiespacio

The Isla Multiespacio is located in Valencia, Venezuela, where it has been under construction since July of 2009. Its expected completion date is in 2018, when it will officially be the 4th tallest building in South America. Once finished, it will serve as a multi-use skyscraper and have the first private movie theater in the country. Additionally, it will house the following: a 5-star, 300-room hotel; a shopping mall that resembles outdoor markets; an integrative medical clinic, and a 2,100-space parking garage.

5. Alvear Tower

The 5th tallest skyscraper in South America is the Alvear Tower, which stands at 791 feet tall in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Construction of this building began in March of 2012 and is expected to finish by the end of 2017. Once finished, this 53-floor building will have 175 condominiums and a 5-star hotel. The condos will range in area from 330 square feet to 1,600 square feet. It has a projected construction cost of $130 million.

The chart published below offers a list of the 20 tallest buildings in South America.

The Tallest Buildings In South America

RankNameLocationCountrym / (ft)FloorsYear built
1Gran Torre SantiagoSantiago Chile300 (984)602014
2BD Bacatá (under construction)Bogotá Colombia260 (853)662016
3Parque Central Complex (East Tower)Caracas Venezuela255 (837)591983
4Isla MultiespacioValencia Venezuela245 (804)652017
5Alvear TowerBuenos Aires Argentina241 (791)542017
6Cali TowerCali Colombia211 (692)461984
7Torre ColpatriaBogotá Colombia196 (643)501978
8Titanium La PortadaSantiago Chile194 (636)552010
9Centro de Comercio InternacionalBogotá Colombia192 (630)501977
10Centro Financiero ConfinanzasCaracas Venezuela190 (623)451994
11Mercantil TowerCaracas Venezuela179 (587)401984
12Millennium Palace CamboriúBalneário Camboriú Brazil177 (581)462014
13Torre Renoir IIBuenos Aires Argentina175 (574)512014
14Coltejer BuildingMedellín Colombia175 (574)371972
15Torre CaviaBuenos Aires Argentina172 (564)452009
16Ciudadela San Martín Torre NorteBogotá Colombia171 (561)471983
17Mirante do ValeSão Paulo Brazil170 (558)511960
18Edifício ItáliaSão Paulo Brazil165 (541)451965
19Rio Sul CenterRio de Janeiro Brazil164 (538)401982
20Altino Arantes BuildingSão Paulo Brazil161 (528)361947

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