The results are out for the world’s most respected skyscraper awards, and the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015 goes to the Shanghai Tower. The 632-meter tower, overcame stiff opposition from the 300 entries all of which stand at least 100 meters tall and were completed in 2015. This is the second year in a row that China has claimed the top spot since the inaugural awards back in the year 2000.
10 ICE II, Canada- 234 meters
This impressive 67 floor concrete skyscraper built in a modernist architectural style just about made the list. Constructed in August 2015 it has become a dominant feature in the Toronto skyline and can be seen for miles in the entertainment district of the city.
9 Citygate, Austria- 110 meters
Europe is not known for its tall building by global standards but this 35 floor skyscraper in Vienna is something to behold. It functions as a residential apartment rental complex but also has many shops and entertainment facilities.
8 432 Park Avenue, USA- 426 meters
Park Avenue ranks as only the third tallest building in the States but it is the tallest residential building in the world. It has come under criticism for being an eyesore by the developer has likened it to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, but the gaze is directed at the building, you simply can’t avoid it New York.
7 D1 Tower, UAE- 284 meters
This 80-floor building in Dubai features a skyrise lounge, private cinema, indoor pool, and gym. The primary facade which is a layered glass curtain wall is designed to protect against the harsh environment. Remarkably this is only the 29th tallest tower in Dubai.
6 Icon Bay, USA- 139 meters
The largest residential high-rise in Miami, Florida has room for 300 units on 42 different floors. Lucky residents can enjoy the infinity waterfront pool and fitness center.
5 Abode318, Australia- 189 meters
This skyscraper continues the trend for skinny skyscrapers, marked by a unique exterior illuminated by rose colored glass. The building houses 450 apartments and ranks as the 10th-tallest building in Melbourne.
4 Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, China- 303 meters
Completed by the end of 2015 this impressive skyscraper is a combination of two supertall skyscrapers. Its main usage is for commercial offices. The developers were open to a last minute request from their clients to incorporate a beautiful glass crown on the top, adding a crucial 11 meters in height.
3 IL Dritto, Italy- 207 meters
IL Dritto or the straight one in English is owned by Allianz and was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki who worked with Andrea Maffei the Italian architect. The structure is a combination of concrete and composite.
2 Evolution Tower, Russia- 256 meters
The Russians never like to be left out of top ten lists and here they claim the second place with their skyscraper at the Moscow International Business Center. Earlier this year Transneft bought the tower for $1 billion.
It looks like two ribbons twisting around each other; inspired by the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed, Rodin’s The Kiss and Tatlin’s Tower.
1 The Shanghai Tower, China- 632 meters
China’s 2,073 feet mega tall skyscraper claims the gold trophy this year as the world’s second tallest building one place behind the Burg Khalifa that stands at a superior 828 meters.
But what it does have as the highest is the world’s tallest observation deck at 561 meters and the world’s fastest elevators that can zoom up at 20 m/s or 74 kph. Buckle in.