Skyscrapers of South America

Recently we looked at the skyscrapers in Europe and North America. Now we’re going to have a look at the skyscrapers in South America.


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Map showing the skyscrapers of South America.

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There are 108 skyscrapers in South America. Just over half of them are located in Brazil. Colombia comes in second with 24 skyscrapers. Followed by Argentina with 11 skyscrapers, of which all of them are located in Buenos Aires.

The city with the largest number of skyscrapers in South America, might come as a surprise. It’s not one of South America’s major cities, but Balneário Camboriú. A beach resort town with a population of 150,000. With 25 skyscrapers, it has more skyscrapers than any major city in South America. With 17 skyscrapers, São Paulo is the highest ranking major city in South America

The tallest building in South America is Gran Torre Santiago in Santiago de Chile. With a height of 300 meters (984 ft).

But what exactly defines a skyscraper, you might ask? A universal definition of a skyscraper does not exist. One of the most used definitions is a building with an architectural height of at least 150 metres. That same definition is used for this map.

The data for this map is gathered from CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and Emporis. In this map the definition from the CTBUH for buildings and architectural height is being applied.

Building: To be considered a building, at least 50 percent of its height must be occupiable. Telecommunications or observation towers that do not meet the 50 percent threshold are not eligible for inclusion on CTBUH’s “Tallest” lists. (Occupiable: this is intended to recognize conditioned space which is designed to be safely and legally occupied by residents, workers, or other building users on a consistent basis. It does not include service or mechanical areas which experience occasional maintenance access, etc.)

Architectural height: The architectural height measures from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized.

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