Top 10 best new skscrapers:
– 8 Spruce Street, New York City, 265.1 metres, 76 storeys
– Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, 412 metres, 80 storeys
– Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, 217.5 – 305.3 metres, 56 -79 storeys
– KK100, Shenzhen, 441.8 metres, 100 storeys
– Victoria Tower, Stockholm is 117.6 metres, 34 storeys
– Great American Tower, Cincinnati, 202.69-metres, 41 storeys
– F&F Tower, Panama City, 242.9 metres, 52 storeys
– Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon, 308 metres, 68 storeys
– Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore, 120 – 178 metres, 21-41 storeys
– Tianjin Global Financial Centre, Tianjin, 336.9 metres, 72 storeys
The Eight Spruce Street tower has been named the world’s best new skyscraper. Picture: Supplied
The shape of the Eight Spruce Street building keeps varying. Picture: Jim Henderson
THE top 10 most amazing new skyscrapers in the world have been revealed.
Eight Spruce Street in New York has been named the world’s greatest tower to be completed last year in the Emporis Skyscraper Award – known as “the Oscars of architecture”. There were 220 buildings in the running.
Judges said the 76-storey Eight Spruce Street tower “stands out even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline”.
The shape of the 265-metre building changes with the angle you view it at due to its composition – it’s made of 10,500 stainless steel pipes in different shapes.
Coming in at second place was the 412-metre high Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait. It was praised for its design which protects the building from the searing desert sun.
The judges also praised its deep sculpted, angled window on the south wall, giving sweeping views across the city.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers took out third place. The huge complex is made up of three residential towers, one office tower and a hotel tower.
The Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. Picture: Kate Schneider
Meanwhile. The KK100 in Shenzhen, China, shared fourth spot with the Victoria Tower in Stockholm and Great American Tower in Cincinnati – a $308 million inspired by a photograph of a tiara worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore. Picture: Stankn/Wiki
The world’s strangest skyscrapers
The Elephant, Thailand
This building in Bangkok is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. The three towers depict the country’s national animal and you can also see an eye and a tusk. The building is used as housing, offices and a language school.
The Wooden Skyscraper, Russia
The architect and owner of this wooden home was in prison when his construction business collapsed. Now, all he has left is the 13-storey building which he kept adding to despite the pleas of town authorities. Creepy or not? Monstrosity or quirky home? You decide.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The fourth tallest hotel in the world towers over Dubai on its own artificial island. The luxury hotel is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
The Hundertwasser House, Austria
This apartment house in Vienna was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an artist renowned for using irregular forms in his building design. The apartments feature undulating floors, a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms with limbs extending from the windows.
The Robot, Thailand
This building in Bangkok has a playfulness about it we like a lot – it even looks a bit like loveable robot Wall-E. It was designed for the Bank of Asia to represent the computerisation of banking and apparently the architect used his son’s toy robot as inspiration.
The Gherkin, England
The building in the City of London may greatly resemble a giant phallus, but it also sold for a record 600 million pounds sterling ($945.6m) in a deal thought to be the most ever paid for an office building in Britain. The 41-storey block has prime position in the city’s financial district.
Fuji Television, Japan
The headquaters of this private nationwide TV station in Japan is one of the countries most futuristic-looking buildings. Visitors can enjoy the city sights from the building’s observatory deck housed in the sphere-shaped part of the building.
The CCTV building, China
The striking structure in Beijing, China, was completed in 2008 before the city hosted the Olympic Games. The 44-storey building serves as a HQ for China Central Television.
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The building is now the world’s tallest skyscraper at 829.84m. It opened in January 2010 and the total cost was about $1.48 billion.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
The spectacular hotel opened in 2011 and features a 150m walkway, an infinity pool and botanical gardens in the dreamy-sounding skypark. The tallest of three 55-storey towers is nearly 200m high, and inside there are many restaurants and a casino.
The Umeda Sky building, Japan
The building in Osaka was first conceived in 1988 and features in the computer game Simcity 3000. The two towers are connected by a “floating garden observatory” and there is also an underground replica of an early 20th century Osaka market.
The Lloyd’s building, England
The London office hub is also known as the “inside outside building”. It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, its staircases, water pipes and electrical power conduits are all on the outside which makes for an interesting concept in the heart of the City.
The Torre Velasca, Italy
It became a symbol of the modern city after it was built in the 1950s surrounded by ancient buildings. The top third of the building represents a medieval watch tower and its features also resemble aspects of the city’s Gothic architecture.
The Lippo Centre, Hong Kong
The Lippo Centre is a pair of twin office buildings. The configuration looks a lot like a game of jenga with bits sticking out like it could all topple over. The buildings were finished in 1988.