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              Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015

              The year's best new skyscraper is located in China for the second year in a row

              The winner of the world's most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes to the Shanghai Tower this year. Currently the second tallest building in the world and the tallest skyscraper in Asia was chosen by an international panel of experts from over 300 skyscrapers of at least 100 meters height and which were completed in 2015. China manages to take the crown for the second time in a row since the Emporis Skyscraper Award was established in the year 2000.

              The 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower was chosen as the winner for several reasons, including it's elegant spiraling cylindrical shape which was designed by Gensler Architects. It also impressed the jury with its extraordinary energy efficiency. The double skin facade of the tower is reminiscent of a thermos bottle. Moreover Shanghai Tower is the home of the world's fastest elevator, which can transport people at a speed of 20 meters per second to the viewing platform of 561 meters height.

              Second place in the voting went to the Evolution Tower in Moscow. It was recognized by the award jury for its expressive design. Each floor twists three degrees in relation to one below it. The tower has a rotation from the base to the top by more than 150 degrees. The extravagant design is inspired by St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and Tatlin’s tower.

              The third-placed building is Il Dritto (The Straight One) in Milan. It is a collaboration between Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Italian architect Andrea Maffei. The 210-meter tall tower is also known as Allianz Tower: the german financial services giant Allianz is the owner. The design of the facade is inspired by Constantin Brancu?i′s sculpture “Endless Column”. Besides it`s shape the expert jury praises the facade which is slightly curved to outside. One member of the jury said: “Il Dritto is a major new architectural landmark for Milan and modern Europe.”
              Shanghai Tower - looking up

              #1 Shanghai Tower (China)

              25
              2,074 ft
              128
              Shanghai
              Evolution Tower - full-height view

              #2 Evolution Tower (Russia)

              22
              807 ft
              55
              Moscow
              RMJM, Gorproject, RMJM
              Torre Isozaki - looking up

              #3 Torre Isozaki (Italy)

              18
              680 ft
              50
              Milan
              Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza - exterior photo
              ABODE 318 - facade detail

              #5 ABODE 318 (Australia)

              15
              621 ft
              57
              Melbourne
              Icon Bay - looking up

              #6 Icon Bay (U.S.A.)

              13
              457 ft
              42
              Miami
              Arquitectonica
              D1 Tower, D1 Tower, next to Palazzo Versace, Dubai - full-height view

              #7 D1 Tower (United Arab Emirates)

              10
              932 ft
              80
              Dubai
              432 Park Avenue - Construction

              #8 432 Park Avenue (U.S.A.)

              9
              1,397 ft
              85
              New York City
              Citygate - exterior photo

              #9 Citygate (Austria)

              8
              361 ft
              35
              Vienna
              ?CE II, Looking southeast - exterior photo

              #10 ?CE II (Canada)

              7
              768 ft
              67
              Toronto