2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award results announced.

Emporis, a famous database keeping informations on skyscrapers around the world has announced the latest recipients of 2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award. The award is being given for the 12th time, and this latest announcement made in the end of 2012 is based on skyscrapers completed in previous year (2011).

8 Spruce Street in New York City is the winner of this renowned architecture prize for new skyscrapers. The winners were chosen from over 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011. 8 Spruce Street, the first skyscraper by the architect Frank Gehry, and also known as The Beekman or New York by Gehry, won over the jury with its magnificent undulating stainless steel facade. Commenting on the choice, the jury said: “8 Spruce Street stands out even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline. It is a major new architectural landmark for New York.”


(An image of 8 Spruce Street. Image source: http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000UNLStLzmYfM/s/880/880/8-Spruce-Street-New-York.jpg)

8 Spruce Street  won over the jury with its facade. The building’s cladding is composed of 10,500 stainless steel panels, some flat, some undulating. The five stories at the foot of the tower have a brick facade since the architect wanted the base to be in the spirit of the neighboring buildings. The building is 265 meters tall, has 76 floors and was completed in 2011 after a construction period of five years. The skyscraper is used as a residential building, but it also includes a school as well as doctors’ offices and shops.


(An image of Al Hamra Tower. Image source: http://www.artinfo.com/sites/default/files/styles/613w/public/Al-Hamra-PROMO1_0.png)


(An image of Etihad Tower. Image source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9fiWC1nln_0/T8naDkBO3-I/AAAAAAAAAgY/x8ADVfLlo60/s1600/Etihad-Towers.gif)

The sculptured form of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Al Hamra Tower earned it second place in the ranking. Despite its great height, the skyscraper fits harmoniously into Kuwait City’s urban landscape. The form of the tower is interesting. The tower is now among the top 15 tallest buildings in the world currently. DBI Design’s Etihad Towers were voted into third place,with the jury praising the complex as a particularly harmonious ensemble of buildings. To check the full top 10 list, here is the table below, with their city, height and number of floors indicated:


It’s quite a good list. Out of the top 10, I like four; 8 Spruce Street, Al Hamra Tower, KK100, and Reflections at Keppel Bay. Out of all these buildings, I have only visited Reflections at Keppel Bay and the complex of buildings look wonderful! However, I prefer to have Reflections at Keppel Bay and KK100 to be in higher standing, while some buildings listed here aren’t that impressive after all. To check out more information and images of buildings mentioned in the winning list, you can go to its website: http://www.emporis.com/awards/2011. Ahh, none of KL’s buildings built in 2011 made it to the list. It is a proof that KL didn’t have new awesomely-designed buildings eventhough the city sees quite a number of building constructions. But then I’m looking forward to Ilham Baru Tower to make it to the list few years later as it is a fantastic-looking tall building to be completed in the city by 2014. You can also check out my post mentioning on details of this tower not far behind.

(Information source: http://www.emporis.com/awards/2011.)


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