A study on main architectural and structural design considerations of contemporary supertall buildings

Ilgin H. E., Ay B. Ö., Günel M. H.

Architectural Science Review, vol.64, no.3, pp.212-224, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00038628.2020.1753010
  • Journal Name: Architectural Science Review
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, Aerospace Database, Art Source, Avery, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, ICONDA Bibliographic, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.212-224
  • Keywords: Supertall building, architectural design considerations, structural design considerations, structural system, building form, core planning, TALL BUILDINGS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.The design of supertall buildings (300m+) involves many professionals from several disciplines. The need for coordination among numerous experts, increases complexity of the entire process, which is typically conducted under the leadership of the architect, or sometimes the contractor. Consequently, the architects designing supertall buildings must be aware of architectural and structural design considerations and their interrelations. In this paper, the main architectural design considerations and structural system details of supertall buildings are studied; these include 93 completed or under construction buildings from the 1980s onwards. This study analyses the contemporary trends in main architectural and structural design considerations and corresponding interrelations. In addition, more inclusive and consistent classifications of structural system, building form, and core planning are proposed. The comparison between design considerations over the new proposed classifications is intended to aid and direct architects in the planning and development of supertall building projects as a basic guideline.