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The most beautiful skyscrapers have been chosen

8 Spruce Street, copyright: Courtesy of Gehry Partners
Al Hamra Tower, copyright: Pawel Sulima/SOM
8 Spruce Street in New York has been placed first in Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011 competition.

Emporis Skyscraper Award competition is one and only annual world event awarding high-rise buildings. Since 2000, jury consisting of editors of Emporis, experts from an architectural sector around the world, has been giving awards for the most beautiful and functional structures.

8 Spruce Street, designed by Frank Gehry and located in New York, became a this year's winner. It got jury's appreciation because of its facade which makes a high impression, and which has been created from a wavy stainless steel. Five of the lowest storeys have a brick-built facade which lets integration of project with neighbouring buildings. The structure is 265 metres high and have 76 storeys. The building process has lasted five years and was ended in 2011. The building serves as an apartment complex, but it also consists of school and shops.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait was placed second. It is 412 metres high and it has 80 storeys.

Etihad Towers w Abu Dabi complex located in a capital of United Arab Emirates was placed third. It was designed by DBI Design. The structure consists of 5 buildings with a total space of 492 084sqm.

Next places went to:

4. KK100, Shenzen, China
5. Victoria Tower, Stockholm, Sweden
6. Great American Tower, Cincinnati, USA
7. F&F Tower, Panama City, Panama
8. Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon, South Korea
10. Tianjin Global Financial Center, Tianjin, China

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