Turkey is the highest country in Europe, according to data

ISTANBUL

With its major metropolises growing at high rates, both horizontally and vertically, Turkey has emerged as the skyscraper champion in the European region, according to a leading nonprofit data provider.

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There are 67 skyscrapers in Turkey, and 48 of them are located in Istanbul, a metropolis of more than 16 million people, according to the latest figures from the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ( CTBUH).

Eight other skyscrapers, including the Central Bank building in the financial center of Istanbul, are under construction in the country.

A skyscraper is defined as a permanently habitable high-rise building that has more than 40 stories and exceeds approximately 150 meters in height.

Russia follows Turkey in the region, with 51 skyscrapers, and the United Kingdom ranks third, with 33 office towers.

The number of high-rise buildings in Germany, Spain and Poland is 20, 13 and 12 respectively.

In the Netherlands as in Italy, six buildings of this type have been built to date.

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The other two skyscrapers in the European region are located in Switzerland and Sweden.

In the category of European cities, Moscow and London chase Istanbul with 46 and 30 skyscrapers respectively.

Turkey’s capital Ankara (11) and the Aegean province of Izmir (six) made it to the top 10 in the list of skyscrapers of European cities.

Hong Kong, special administrative region of China, is by far the champion of world cities, with 518 high-rise buildings over 150 meters. There are only two cities in Turkey in the top 100: Istanbul (31st) and Ankara (98th).

Overall, Turkey ranks 14th in the list of countries with the most skyscrapers behind China (2,719), United States (855), United Arab Emirates (311), South Korea (75), Japan (270), Malaysia (142), Australia (138), Indonesia (127), Thailand (124), Canada (122), Philippines (120), India (97) and Singapore (96).

There are around 6.4 million apartment buildings in Istanbul, with people officially residing in some 4.4 million of them, according to data from the Ministry of Environment, Planning and Change. climatic.

The tallest building in the metropolis is the 284-meter high Skyland residential tower. However, when completed, the new Central Bank building in Istanbul’s Ataşehir district will tower over it with a height of 352 meters.

Turkish state banks Ziraat, Vakıfbank and Halkbank have also built tall towers in Istanbul’s financial center.

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In the year 2000, there were only five high-rise buildings over 150 meters in Turkey, according to CTBUH data.

The CTBUH advertises the title of “The World’s Tallest Building” and is widely considered an authority on the official height of tall buildings. Its stated mission is to study and report “on all aspects of the planning, design and construction of high-rise buildings”.

The council was founded at Lehigh University in 1969 by Lynn S. Beedle, where its office remained until October 2003, when it moved to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Toya J. Bell