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The skyscraper of 2012 has been chosen! It is located in Canada.

Absolute World Towers, copyright Edvard Mahnic
Awards Emporis Skyscraper 2012 were given to the most interesting skyscrapers of the last year.

Absolute World Towers¸ a Canadian skyscraper, has been awarded with a prestigious prize Emporis Skyscrapper Award 2012. The international jury has selected this edifice from over 300 sky raisers, which were finished the last year and had over 100 in height. Portal Emporis has given the prize for the thirteenth time.

Absolute World Towers, designed by MAD and Burka Architects, consist of five buildings, including two towers. The two towers, which are respectively 176 and 158 metres high, were awarded for an original design as well as a remarkable technical achievement, this being a „twist” by 8 degrees per floor

Al Bahr Tower, designed by Aedas Architects,  was awarded with the second prize for its arousing admiration innovative façade, both in terms of architecture and energy. The external façade rotates accordingly to sun’s position that in turn reduces the energy consumption inside of the building. Architects drew inspiration from Arabian windows mashrabiya.

The jury decided to grant the third place to Burj Quatar, a 238 metres tall skyscraper located in Doha, Quatar. The object was designed by atelier Jean Nouvel. Its facade, similarly to Al Bahr Tower, was also inspired by windows masrabiya.

The Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012 winners:

 

#

Name

Localisation

Height (m)

Floors

Architect

1

Absolute World Towers

Mississauga, Kanada

158-176

50-56

MAD; Burka Architects

2

Al Bahr Towers

Abu Dhabi, ZEA

145

29

Aedas Architects; Diar Consult

3

Burj Qatar

Doha, Katar

238

46

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

4

The Bow

Calgary, Kanada

236

58

Foster + Partners; Zeidler Partnership Architects

5

House on Mosfilmovskaya 1

Moskwa, Rosja

213

53

Sergey Skuratov Architects

6

Pearl River Tower

Guangzhou, Chiny

310

71

SOM; Guangzhou Design Institute

7

Varyap Meridian

Stanbuł, Turcja

100-188

24-52

RMJM; Dome Architects

8

UniCredit Tower

Milan, Włochy

218

33

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Adamson Associates Architects; Tekne S.p.A.

9

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Hiszpania

105

26

Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Ribas & Ribas Asociados

~

Dumankaya IKON

Stanbuł, Turcja

149

41

TAGO Architects

~

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza

Zhengzhou, Chiny

280

56

SOM; ECADI

In the previous years

The winners from the previous years: New York by Gehry (New York City, 2011), Hotel Porta Fira (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 2010) as well as  Aqua Tower (Chicago, 2009).

 


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