World’s Top Three New Skyscrapers

“The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture and has been awarded on an international basis every year since 2000. The primary criteria in awarding the prize are excellence in aesthetic and functional design. Every year, a jury of experts selects the winner.”

This years winner is:

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Absolute World Towers

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The Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada were chosen as the winner.  They were designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects and Toronto-based Burka Architects, are 50 to 56 stories and known colloquially as “Marilyn Monroe”– for obviously curvy reasons.

The No. 2 winner is:

The Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE have a second skin of umbrella like structures which open and close, as well as rotate around the building to provide protection from the sun as the earth rotates, by Aedas Architects.

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2nd Place: Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi

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And the Third Place winner is:

The Burj Qatar, in Doha, Qatar by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.  This 39 story tower has an amazing intricately woven metal skin to diminish the harsh desert sunlight.

Well, if the first tower is called Marilyn, this one must be the “Jon Hamm“!

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Burj Qatar
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Doha Tower Floor Photo by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
This building has the technology to change colors.
This building has the technology to change colors.
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