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This list of the tallest buildings in South America ranks skyscrapers in order by height. South America has historically seen a relatively modest demand for skyscrapers. Most of the continent's high-rises are in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and the tallest buildings are located in Santiago, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Balneário Camboríu, Valencia, Goiânia and Bogotá, all of which (except Balneário Camboríu) are one of the biggest financial centers of these countries.

Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela are the countries with the most skyscrapers. São Paulo is the South American city with most skyscrapers[1][circular reference], and the 4th[2][circular reference] in the world in high-rise buildings.

The majority of the continent's tallest buildings are residential. Office buildings have not historically been built taller than residential buildings in the region, though this scenario may well change in the next decades, as South America has been experiencing substantial economic growth.

Ranking criteria and buildings

The first skyscrapers of at least 100 metres (330 ft) height in South America were built in the 1920s, and included the Martinelli Building in São Paulo, Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires, and the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo. Martinelli was not only the first, but the tallest skyscraper of South America until being surpassed by the Altino Arantes Building, also in São Paulo, in 1947.

Many of the tallest buildings in South America are located in central business districts that emerged as early as the 19th century, or in office parks developed during the second half of the 20th century. Some of the most notable include Bogotá; Catalinas Norte and the Buenos Aires Central Business District; Parque Central Complex (Caracas); along Avenida Rio Branco (Rio de Janeiro); the CentrInfinity o Empresarial Nações Unidas and the Central Zone of São Paulo; and Sanhattan and the Costanera Center (Santiago).

Tallest skyscrapers by architectural height

  Was South America's tallest building upon completion
Rank Name Image Location Country Height
m / (ft)
Floors Year built Notes
1 Gran Torre Santiago[3]
Gran Torre Santiago, Costanera Center (24847266437).jpg
Santiago  Chile 300 m (984 ft) 62 2014 tallest building in South America and Chile; first supertall building to be constructed in South America; second tallest in Latin America (behind Mexico's T.Op Torre 1). It is the fifth-tallest building in the Southern hemisphere (behind Indonesia's Autograph Tower and Luminary Tower, Australia's Q1 Tower and Australia 108).
2 One Tower[4]
One tower.png
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 290 m (951 ft) 77 2022 the tallest residential building in South America; tallest building in Brazil.
3 Yachthouse Residence Club - Tower 1[5]
Yachthouse Residence Club em dezembro de 2018, Balneário Camboriú SC.JPG
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 281 m (922 ft) 81 2020 tallest twin towers in South America and Brazil.
4 Yachthouse Residence Club - Tower 2[5]
Yachthouse Residence Club em dezembro de 2018, Balneário Camboriú SC.JPG
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 281 m (922 ft) 81 2020 tallest twin towers in South America and Brazil.
5 Alvear Tower
Alvear Tower (construccion).png
Buenos Aires  Argentina 239 m (784 ft) 54 2017 tallest building in Argentina.
6 Infinity Coast
Barra Norte com o Infinity Coast em destaque vista da Praia Central em dezembro de 2018, Balneário Camboriú SC (cropped).jpg
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 235 m (771 ft) 66 2019
7 Parque Central Complex (East Tower)
Caracas Central Park 2.jpg
Caracas  Venezuela 225 m (738 ft) 59 1983 the tallest building in South America from 1983 until 2014; tallest building in Venezuela.
8 BD Bacatá (South Tower)
Bacata18-4-16.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 216 m (709 ft) 67 2015 tallest building in Colombia.
9 Epic Tower
Epic Tower BC-SC.png
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 209 m (686 ft) 55 2020
10 Estelar Hotel
Fachada-Torre-HotelEstelarCartagenaDeIndias.jpg
Cartagena de Indias  Colombia 202 m (663 ft) 52 2017
11 Torres Atrio South Tower
Atrio250419.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 200 m (656 ft) 44 2019
12 Torre Colpatria
Costado suroriental de la torre Colpatria.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 196 m (643 ft) 50 1978 the tallest building in South America from 1978 until 1983.
13 Titanium La Portada
Titanium La Portada 2010.jpg
Santiago  Chile 194 m (636 ft) 55 2010
14 Centro de Comercio Internacional
Bogotá - Edificio Torre de las Américas.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 192 m (630 ft) 50 1977 the tallest building in South America from 1977 until 1978.
15 Orion Complex[6]
Orion Por Gabriel Amorim.jpg
Goiânia  Brazil 191 m (627 ft) 50 2018
15 Centro Financiero Confinanzas[7]
Torre de David - Centro Financiero Confinanzas.jpg
Caracas  Venezuela 190 m (623 ft) 45 1994
16 Museo Parque Central
2019 Bogotá - Estación calle 26 en la avenida Caracas.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 185 m (607 ft) 45 2017
17 Krystal Tower
Edi NP Btá 5.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 184 m (604 ft) 46 2017
18 Tour Geneve
Em construçao.jpg
João Pessoa  Brasil 183 m (600 ft) 51 2018
19 Cali Tower
Torre de Cali 1.jpg
Cali  Colombia 183 m (600 ft) 46 1984
20 Mercantil Tower[8]
Copolago.jpg
Caracas  Venezuela 179 m (587 ft) 40 1984
21 Millennium Palace Camboriú[9]
Millennium Palace - Balneário Camboriú.JPG
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 177 m (581 ft) 46 2014
22 Coltejer Building
Coltejer-Medellin.jpg
Medellín  Colombia 175 m (574 ft) 37 1972
23 Torre Cavia
Torres Le Parc Figueroa Alcorta desde FC Belgrano.JPG
Buenos Aires  Argentina 172 m (564 ft) 45 2009
24 E Tower North Point
Edificio North Point Bogotá , Cund.jpeg
Bogotá  Colombia 172 m (564 ft) 46 2018
25 Ciudadela San Martín Torre Norte
Antiguo Hotel Hilton de Bogotá.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 171 m (561 ft) 47 1983
26 Mirante do Vale
MIRANTEDOVALEATRAS-1-.jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 170 m (558 ft) 51 1960 the tallest building in South America from 1960 until 1977.
27 Grand Bay Club
Grand Bay Club.jpg
Cartagena de Indias  Colombia 170 m (558 ft) 43 2009
28 Edifício Itália
Itália Building in São Paulo (By Felipe Mostarda).JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 165 m (541 ft) 45 1965
29 Rio Sul Center
Torre RioSul 02.jpg
Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 164 m (538 ft) 40 1982
30 Majestic Building
Edificio Majestic (centro) Bucaramanga.jpeg
Bucaramanga  Colombia 163 m (535 ft) 42 2015
31 Mirage 57
Mirage57.jpg
Barranquilla  Colombia 162 m (531 ft) 43 2016
32 Altino Arantes Building
Banespa (By Felipe Mostarda).JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 161 m (528 ft) 36 1947 the tallest building in South America from 1947 until 1960.
33 Avianca Building
Ed Avianca desde cra 7.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 161 m (528 ft) 41 1969
34 Mulieris towers
TorresMulieris.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 161 m (528 ft) 44 2008
35 El Faro Towers
Torres El Faro.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 160 m (525 ft) 46 2005
36 Torre del Café
Torre del Café-Medellin.JPG
Medellín  Colombia 160 m (525 ft) 36 1975
37 Palmetto
Cartagena palmetto.jpg
Cartagena de Indias  Colombia 160 m (525 ft) 42 2009
38 Repsol-YPF tower
Repsol-YPF Tower Skyhigh.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 160 m (525 ft) 36 2008
39 Provincial Tower[10]
Torre Provincial 1.jpg
Caracas  Venezuela 159 m (522 ft) 40 1984
40 Villa Serena
Villa Serena.jpg
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 159 m (522 ft) 46 2013
41 Le Parc Tower
Torre Le Parc (Palermo).jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 158 m (518 ft) 51 1995
42 Torre Norte
Torre Norte.jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 158 m (518 ft) 38 1999
43 Parque Cidade Jardim
Shopping Cidade Jardim.jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 158 m (518 ft) 41 2010
44 Brookfield Towers — Torre A São Paulo  Brazil 158 m (518 ft) 47 2013
45 Telecommunications Tower
TorredeANTEL.jpg
Montevideo  Uruguay 157 m (515 ft) 35 2002 tallest building in Uruguay.
46 Palmetto Eliptic
Palmetto Eliptic.jpg
Cartagena de Indias  Colombia 156 m (512 ft) 41 2011
47 Château Puerto Madero
ChateauRMJ.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 155 m (509 ft) 50 2010
48 Torre BBVA Banco Francés Buenos Aires  Argentina 155 m (509 ft) 33 2015
49 Mansão Margarida Costa Pinto Salvador  Brazil 154 m (505 ft) 43 2008
50 Grattacielo Building
Grattacielo.png
Barranquilla  Colombia 153 m (502 ft) 39 2014
51 Centro Financiero Latino Caracas  Venezuela 153 m (502 ft) 32 1978
52 Universe Life Square
Universe Life Square.jpg
Curitiba  Brazil 152 m (499 ft) 45 2014
53 Go Green Building
Torre green Bucaramanga.jpg
Bucaramanga  Colombia 150 m (492 ft) 38 2015
54 CAF Tower Caracas  Venezuela 150 m (492 ft) 40 2014
55 Intercontinental Hotel (Isla Multiespacio Complex) Valencia  Venezuela 150 m (492 ft) 40 2014
56 Girasoles Tower La Paz  Bolivia 150 m (492 ft) 40 2013 tallest building in Bolivia.
57 Birmann 21
BIRMANN 21.JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 149 m (489 ft) 24 1996
58 Premier Vision Goiânia  Brazil 148 m (486 ft) 47 2005
59 E-Tower
E-Tower (By Felipe Mostarda).jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 148 m (486 ft) 37 2005
60 Infinitum Cartagena
Residential Tower in Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena  Colombia 145 m (476 ft) 39 2018
61 Sede do BankBoston
Sede do BankBoston.JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 145 m (476 ft) 35 2002
62 Building of the Comptroller General of Colombia
Contraloría de Colombia - Bogotá.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 145 m (476 ft) 32 1974
63 Galicia Central Tower
Torre Galicia Central (1).JPG
Buenos Aires  Argentina 145 m (476 ft) 33 2007
64 Le Parc Puerto Madero
Le Parc Puerto Madero.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 145 m (476 ft) 37 2007
65 Iluminata Tower
Iluminatta.JPG
Barranquilla  Colombia 145 m (476 ft) 36 2016
66 Torre Telefónica Chile
TorreTelefónicaChile.jpg
Santiago  Chile 143 m (469 ft) 33 1996
67 Banco do Brasil Building
Avenida Sao Joao, Sao Paulo 2006.jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 143 m (469 ft) 24 1955
68 105 Lélio Gama St.
Carioca2.JPG
Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 143 m (469 ft) 40 1980
69 Solara Towers
Solaras.JPG
Barranquilla  Colombia 142 m (466 ft) 36 2015
70 Alas Building
Edificio Alas.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 141 m (463 ft) 41 1957
71 Eldorado Business Tower
Eldorado Business tower, São Paulo, Brazil.jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 141 m (463 ft) 36 2007
72 Torre Banco de la Nación
Torre Banco de la Nación.jpg
Lima  Peru 140 m (459 ft)[11] 30 2015 tallest building in Peru.
73 Yacht Towers
Torres del Yacht.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 140 m (459 ft) 44 2010
74 Torres Maui
Torre Maui I.jpg
Rosario  Argentina 140 m (459 ft) 44 2014
75 World Trade Center Montevideo (Tower 4)
World Trade Center Torre IV2.jpg
Montevideo  Uruguay 140 m (459 ft) 40 2013
76 Torre Allianz
Torre Empresarial Colseguros.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 140 m (459 ft) 36 1996
77 Edificio Horizontes
Edificio Horizontes, Cartagena.jpg
Cartagena  Colombia 140 m (459 ft) 37 2007
78 Fonade Tower
Torre fonade.JPG
Bogotá  Colombia 140 m (459 ft) 37 1974
79 Edificio de la Contraloría
Bogotá - Torre de la Contraloría en la kr 10.jpg
Bogotá  Colombia 140 m (459 ft) 36 1974
80 BankBoston Tower
Bkb tower 15-11-2005.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 140 m (459 ft) 33 2001
81 Libertador 4444 Buenos Aires  Argentina 140 m (459 ft) 46 1995
82 Evolution Corporate São Paulo  Brazil 140 m (459 ft) 35 2014
83 Plaza Centenário
Plaza Centenário Building (By Felipe Mostarda).jpg
São Paulo  Brazil 139 m (456 ft) 32 1995
84 Mirante João Olímpio Filho
Mirante João Olímpio Filho.jpg
Natal  Brazil 138 m (453 ft) 43 2009
85 Edificio Banco Continental
Edificio BBVA Continental.jpg
Lima  Peru 137 m (449 ft) 20 1978
86 Mandarim Building
EdifícioMandarim.JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 137 m (449 ft) 42 2006
87 Bellini Esmeralda Plaza San Martín
Buenos Aires pomnik San Martina 1.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 137 m (449 ft) 45 2015
88 Torre The Point
The Point Tower.jpg
Guayaquil  Ecuador 136 m (446 ft) 36 2013 tallest building in Ecuador.
89 Icono Tower
Ícono Paraguay.jpg
Asuncion  Paraguay 136 m (446 ft) 37 2011 tallest building in Paraguay.
90 Torre Renoir I
Torre Renoir 1.JPG
Buenos Aires  Argentina 136 m (446 ft) 41 2008
91 Dolfines Guaraní
Dolfines Guaraní - Koluso.jpg
Rosario  Argentina 136 m (446 ft) 45 2009
92 Mundo Plaza
Edifício na Avenida Tancredo Neves, Salvador, March 2014 (13488233915).jpg
Salvador  Brazil 135 m (443 ft) 41 2010
93 Edificio La Previsora
Arquitectura en Guayaquil.jpg
Guayaquil  Ecuador 135 m (443 ft) 35 1991
94 Metrópolis
1 Camboriu angeloleithold py5aal.JPG
Balneário Camboriú  Brazil 134 m (440 ft) 40 2010
95 Edificio Corficolombiana
Edificio de la Corficolombiana..JPG
Cali  Colombia 133 m (436 ft) 32 1974
96 Barão de Iguape Building
03-11-2008 005"Barão de Iguape Building"( By Felipe Mostarda ).JPG
São Paulo  Brazil 133 m (436 ft) 37 1959
97 Château Libertador Residence
Construcción de la Torre Chateau.jpg
Buenos Aires  Argentina 133 m (436 ft) 40 2008
98 Madero Office Tower
Torre Madero Office desde Dársena Norte.JPG
Buenos Aires  Argentina 131 m (430 ft) 27 2011
99 City U Bogotá  Colombia 131 m (430 ft) 32 2016
100 Píer Maurício de Nassau
Bacia do Pina - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg
Recife  Brazil 131 m (430 ft) 42 2009
100 Hotel Marriott Santiago
HotelMarriott.jpg
Santiago  Chile 130 m (427 ft) 42 1999

See also

Sources

References

  1. ^ List of cities with the most skyscrapers
  2. ^ List of cities with the most high-rise buildings
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  10. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Centro Financiero Provincial, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
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