5 new skyscrapers broke records as the tallest buildings in their countries this year - take a look
- This year, a few nations erected the tallest buildings in their history.
- One of those countries is Sri Lanka, where the 787-foot Altair building appears to be leaning on itself.
- Another is Russia, whose twisting Lakhta Center is now the tallest building in Europe.
- China and the US didn't build as many skyscrapers in 2019 as they did last year.
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This was a record-breaking year for tall buildings. Around the world, more supertall buildings (defined as 980 feet or taller) were completed in 2019 than in any year prior. This year's total, 26, was markedly higher than last year's total of 18.
Five countries built in their tallest buildings ever.
The overall height of the world's skyscrapers also reached a new pinnacle in 2019. Among the world's 100 tallest buildings, the average height was around 1,290 feet - the equivalent of three-and-a-half football fields.
But not all countries bested their previous records in 2019. China, the world's leading builder of skyscrapers, only erected 57 tall buildings (656 feet or taller) compared to last year's 92. In the US, skyscraper construction was stagnant; the nation built 14 tall buildings per year in 2018 and 2019.
Take a look at the five skyscrapers that broke the tallest building records in their countries in 2019.
The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, is now the tallest building in Europe.
South Africa's tallest building, The Leonardo, has a three-floor penthouse.
The Altair building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, consists of two towers. One of them appears to be leaning on the other.
Brazil's new tallest building, the Infinity Coast Tower, earned its title accidentally.
The Great Mosque Of Algiers is the tallest building in Africa, thanks to its minaret.
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