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The winner of the tenth annual Emporis Award for the Best New Skyscraper of the Year is Aqua, an 81-story hotel and residential building in Chicago's Lakeshore East development. The winning building was chosen from a worldwide pool of 305 eligible skyscrapers (buildings at least 100 meters tall) which were completed in 2009. Aqua was designed by Studio Gang Architects in Chicago and developed by Magellan Development Group, who will be receiving the award. The building was constructed by the James McHugh Construction Company, also of Chicago.
The Silver Award for second place goes to 0-14 in Dubai, a 23-story, 102 meter tower named for the numeric designation of its lot, a lagoonside parcel in the massive Business Bay development. Designed by Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C. of New York City and developed by Dubai Properties, 0-14 features an outer shell with round holes of varying sizes, often compared to swiss cheese, which protects the interior from the harsh sun of the Arabian desert. The jury praised its stylish and futuristic sculptural form as well as its unique adaptation to the extreme climate of Dubai.
The Bronze Award goes to The Met, a 69-story, 228 meter residential building in Bangkok which is formed by six towers linked at several points by two-story bridges. The Met was designed by WOHA Architects Pte., Ltd. of Singapore, who extended in this building the climate-specific environmental features used in their Newton Suites project, winner of the 2007 Silver Award from Emporis. The building features skygardens and pools on its many terraces, and its voids, sunshades, and extensive plant cover create a cool, breezy living environment in a hot and congested city. The developer of The Met is HPL Properties Private Limited.