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List of tallest buildings in South America

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, Valencia and Bogotá, all of which are the biggest financial centers of these countries.

Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela are the countries with the most skyscrapers. Caracas is the South American city with the most skyscrapers; it had had the tallest skyscraper since 1979, until 2012 when the record was taken by the Gran Torre Santiago. 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 Script error: No such module "convert". 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.

Lists of high buildings are maintained by the nongovernmental US organization Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. These lists, first defined and compiled in 1996, rank buildings in four categories: height of structural or architectural top; height of highest occupied floor; height to the top of roof; height to top of any part of the building. The Gran Torre Santiago, completed in 2013, succeeded the two Parque Central Torres, in Caracas, as the tallest building in the continent; the latter two had held the record since 1979 and 1984, respectively.

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 Nações Unidas Complex and the Central Zone of São Paulo; and Sanhattan and the Costanera Center (Santiago).

Tallest skyscrapers by architectural detail

Name Image Location Country Height
m / (ft)
Floors Year
Gran Torre Santiago 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 75 2014
Parque Central Complex (East Tower) 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 59 1983
Parque Central Complex (West Tower) 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 59 1979
Torre Colpatria 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 50 1978
Titanium La Portada 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 55 2010
Centro de Comercio Internacional 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 50 1977
Centro Financiero Confinanzas[1] 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 45 1994
Cali Tower 120px Cali 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 46 1984
Mercantil Tower[2] Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1984
Millennium Palace Camboriú[3] Balneário Camboriú 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 46 2014
Torre Renoir II 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 51 2014
Coltejer Building 120px Medellín 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 37 1972
Torre Cavia 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 45 2009
Ciudadela San Martín Torre Norte 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 47 1983
Mirante do Vale 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 51 1960
Edifício Itália 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 45 1965
Rio Sul Center 120px Rio de Janeiro 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1982
Altino Arantes Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1947
Avianca Building 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 41 1969
Mulieris towers 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 44 2008
El Faro Towers 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 46 2005
Torre del Café 120px Medellín 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1975
Repsol-YPF tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 36 2008
Provincial Tower[4] 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1984
Le Parc tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 51 1995
Torre Norte 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 38 1999
Begônias Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 41 2008
Brookfield Towers — Torre A São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 47 2013
Telecommunications Tower 120px Montevideo 23x15px Uruguay Script error: No such module "convert". 35 2002
Château Puerto Madero 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 50 2010
Torre BBVA Banco Francés Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2014
Centro Financiero Latino Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1978
CAF Tower Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2014
Intercontinental Hotel (Isla Multiespacio Complex) Valencia 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2014
Girasoles Tower 120px La Paz 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2013
Birmann 21 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 24 1996
E-Tower 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 37 2005
Hotel Marriott Santiago 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 42 1999
Sede do BankBoston 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 35 2002
Galicia Central Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2007
Le Parc Puerto Madero 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 37 2007
Torre Telefónica Chile 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 33 1996
Banco do Brasil Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 24 1955
105 Lélio Gama St. 120px Rio de Janeiro 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1980
Alas Building 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 42 1957
Eldorado Business Tower 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 36 2007
Yacht Towers 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 44 2010
Torres Maui Rosario 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 44 2014
World Trade Center Montevideo (Tower 4) 120px Montevideo 23x15px Uruguay Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2013
Torre Empresarial Colseguros 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1996
Edificio Horizontes 120px Cartagena 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 37 2007
Fonade Tower 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 37 1974
Edificio de la Contraloría 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1974
Edifício Copan 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 38 1966
BankBoston Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2001
Libertador 4444 Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 46 1995
Plaza Centenário 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1995
Mandarim Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 42 2006
Bellini Esmeralda Plaza San Martín Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 41 2014
Torre Renoir I 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 41 2008
Dolfines Guaraní 120px Rosario 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 45 2009
Edificio La Previsora 120px Guayaquil 23x15px Ecuador Script error: No such module "convert". 35 1991
Edificio Corficolombiana 120px Cali 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1974
Barão de Iguape Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 37 1959
Château Libertador Residence 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2008
Edificio Banco Continental 120px Lima 23x15px Peru Script error: No such module "convert". 20 1978
Madero Office Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 27 2011
Martinelli Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1930
Ipiranga 165 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1968
São Paulo Hilton 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1999
DirecTV Tower Barquisimeto 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 30 2014
Alvear Icon Hotel 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 32 2014
Grande São Paulo Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1971
Mercantil Finasa 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 35 1974
Mirabilia Towers 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 45 2008
Parque Central Residences Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 44 1972
Torre Aqualina 120px Rosario 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 40 2009
La Casona 120px Santa Cruz de la Sierra 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 27 2009
Alem Plaza 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1998
Capitalinas Plaza 120px Córdoba 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 37 2014
Centennial Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 45 2006
Alto Palermo Plaza Towers 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 35 1995
North Point III 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2009
Sindoni Tower[5] 120px Maracay 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1999
Demetrio Elíades Building 120px Mar del Plata 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 40 1969
Edificio Citibank[6] 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 1999
Movilnet Tower[7] 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 1999
CorpBanca Tower[8] 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1966
Torre Alcorta 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 29 2009
World Trade Center Montevideo 120px Montevideo 23x15px Uruguay Script error: No such module "convert". 23 2002
Seguros Tequendama Tower 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 38 1970
San Martín 344 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 29 2000
Polar Towers (West Tower) 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 1997
Carlos Pellegrini Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1974
955 Belgrano Office 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 35 2013
Hotel Alba Caracas 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 36 1976
Hotel Westin Libertador 120px Lima 23x15px Peru Script error: No such module "convert". 30 2011
Residencias Tequendama 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1978
Humboldt Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1988
Kavanagh Building 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1936
Libertador 380 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 35 1985
Gran Meliá Caracas Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 27 1998
Centro Administrativo Do Estado 120px Porto Alegre 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 33 1987
Cosmos Building 120px Mar del Plata 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 38 1964
Territoria 3000 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 31 2008
Banco Plaza Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 24 2002
Hotel Caracas Palace 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1998
Torres del Parque (Tower A) 120px Bogotá 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 38 1970
Previsora Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 24 1973
BCV Building 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1967
Credicard Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 22 1998
South Tower (Venezuela) Puerto la Cruz 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 1994
Plaza de la Libertad Tower 120px Medellín 23x15px Colombia Script error: No such module "convert". 24 2011
Andraus Building 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1962
Radisson Victoria Plaza (North Tower) 120px Montevideo 23x15px Uruguay Script error: No such module "convert". 25 1996
Catalinas Plaza 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 29 1995
Punta Divisadero Tower 120px Rosario 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 37 2002
Quartier Demaria 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1996
Manhattan Tower 120px Rio de Janeiro 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2000
Avellino Tower Valencia 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 2014
Phelps Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1968
Angelini Tower Maracaibo 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 29 2009
Chacofi Building 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 29 1980
Business Tower Valencia 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 22 2013
MCT Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1994
Centenario Tower 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 29 2000
Embarcadero Tower 120px Rosario 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 38 2010
East Portico I Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 20 2002
East Portico IT Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 20 2002
Torre de la Industria 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 33 1994
Santa María Tower 120px Santiago 23x15px Chile Script error: No such module "convert". 33 1980
Ángela Tower 120px Córdoba 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1983
Bouchard Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1994
Catalinas Norte Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1975
Torre Intecons 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 28 2010
DosPlaza 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2011
Renaissance São Paulo Hotel 120px São Paulo 23x15px Brazil Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1994
Multicentro - Tower B 120px La Paz 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 29 1995
Canta Claro Plaza Tower Maracay 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 20 1980
Domus Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 22 1994
Torre Vista BA Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2014
Centro Cívico de Lima 120px Lima 23x15px Peru Script error: No such module "convert". 34 1974
Normandie Tower Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 20 1972
Capriles Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 1969
Banco de Venezuela Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 27 1984
Castellana Residences I Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 2010
Castellana Residences II Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 2010
Eurobuilding Maracaibo Maracaibo 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 28 2014
Tower of the Americas 120px La Paz 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 29 1979
Digitel Tower 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 2009
Bolivian Central Bank Building 120px La Paz 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 28 1980
Chocavento Tower 120px Lima 23x15px Peru Script error: No such module "convert". 25 2001
Prourban Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 29 1983
Wilson Tower 120px Asunción 23x15px Paraguay Script error: No such module "convert". 33 1993
Banesco Tower Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 23 2004
Galería Colón Tower Puerto la Cruz 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 30 2001
Torre Unión 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 33 2006
Torre La Buenos Aires 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1987
Alameda Building 120px La Paz 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1967
Yutaje Residences I Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1985
Yutaje Residences II Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1985
Yutaje Residences III Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1985
Yutaje Residences IV Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1985
Las Palmas Residences Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 1996
Rasil Hotel Puerto la Cruz 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 1998
Torre Ocampo 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1980
Beruti 4642 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 28 2013
Complejo Juan Felipe Ibarra 120px Santiago del Estero 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 24 2014
Palacio de Justicia 120px Santa Cruz de la Sierra 23x15px Bolivia Script error: No such module "convert". 24 1996
BOD Tower 120px Valencia (Venezuela) 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 26 2004
Parque Cristal 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 18 1977
Centro Simón Bolívar Towers 120px Caracas 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1954
Dorrego Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1971
Intercontinental Plaza 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 26 1994
Gelly & Casares Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 31 2002
Torres de Canning 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1975
Galería Florida Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1964
Brunetta Tower 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 31 1965
Camoruco Tower 120px Valencia 23x15px Venezuela Script error: No such module "convert". 25 1996
Coral State 120px Córdoba 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 25 2008
Sudamérica Building 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 32 1962
Hotel Las Naciones 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1982
Manantiales Towers 120px Mar del Plata 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1988
Paraguay 2300 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 30 1979
Torre del Cerro 120px Posadas 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 27 2011
Bouchard Plaza 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 26 2004
Palacio Barolo 120px Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina Script error: No such module "convert". 22 1923

See also

Sources

References

  1. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Centro Financiero Confinanzas, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. 
  2. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Banco Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  3. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Millennium Palace, Balneário Camboriú, Brasil". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  4. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Centro Financiero Provincial, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Torre Sindoni, Maracay, Venezuela". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Edificio Citibank, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. 
  7. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Torre Movilnet, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. 
  8. ^ Emporis GmbH. "Torre CorpBanca, Caracas, Venezuela". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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