The Emporis Skyscraper Awards for 2018 have been awarded to the top 10 completed towers, and no buildings in Canada made the list this year. Still, we’d like to highlight the top three and share the incredible photos of the rest of the top 10 skyscrapers!
Tim Griffith (as well as feature image)
Taking the top spot this year is Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea. It is the tallest completed tower in Seoul, standing at 555 metres. It features the highest glass-bottomed observation deck in the world and also has a record breaking elevator that travels 600 metres per minute.
"The design combines modern elements with classical forms from Korea's art and cultural history, making Lotte World Tower a particularly harmonious skyscraper," says the jury. The tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Baum Architects.
The second spot is taken by Generali Tower in Milan, which was designed by the late Zaha Hadid. The tower is known as “Lo Storto,” which translates to the “Twisted One.” Qualifying for LEED Platinum, Lo Storto is highly energy efficient with features like a double skin facade and sophisticated sunscreen.
Placing third is 150 North Riverside in Chicago, designed by Goettsch Partners. This tower found its way into the top three mostly because it’s a “masterpiece of structural engineering.” The narrow site that it occupies was thought to be impossible to develop for years because of its small size, but Goettsch figured it out!
See below for the rest of the winners of the Emporis Skyscraper Award:
Raffles City Hangzhou
61 and 59 storeys
Jersey City, USA
Arquitectonica, Haines Lundberg Waehler
Tel Aviv, Israel
David Azrieli Group, Moshe Zur Architects and Town Planners Ltd.
Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.
Ping An International Finance Center
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, China Construction Design International
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
GAPP Architects Western Cape, Triad Architects