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        Emporis Skyscraper Award 2008

        Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

        The winner of the ninth annual Emporis Award for the Best New Skyscraper of the Year is Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, a 50-story school building in Tokyo's main office district. The winning building was chosen from a worldwide pool of 380 eligible skyscrapers (buildings at least 100 meters tall) which were completed in 2008. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower was designed by Tange Associates in Tokyo, who will be receiving the award. The building was constructed by the Shimizu Corporation, also of Tokyo.
        The Silver Award for second place goes to Boutique Monaco in Seoul, a 27-story, 117 meter tower also known as "Missing Matrix" because of the garden-filled voids carved out of its mass. Designed by Minsuk Cho and Kisu Park of the South Korean firm Mass Studies, Boutique Monaco demonstrates a novel way to humanize an extraordinarily dense urban center with architectural spaces that provide the flexibility, variety, and benefits of rural or suburban buildings.
        The Bronze Award was given to Shanghai World Financial Center, currently the second-tallest completed building in the world. Often referred to by its initials, the SWFC features a rectangular hole in its top with a public observatory. Architects of the SWFC were Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The building was developed by the Mori Corporation, and constructed by Shimizu Construction Company, Shanghai Construction General Company, and China State Construction and Engineering Corporation. Shimizu Corporation, remarkably, was involved in the construction of 2 of the 3 winners for 2008.
        Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, View from the southwest - full-height view

        #1 Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (Japan)

        77
        668 ft
        50
        Tokyo
        Tange Associates

        #2 Boutique Monaco (South Korea)

        41
        384 ft
        27
        Seoul
        MASS Studies
        Torre Cepsa, View from the southeast - full-height view

        #4 Torre Cepsa (Spain)

        24
        820 ft
        45
        Madrid
        Bahrain World Trade Centre 1, View from Palace Avenue - exterior photo

        #5 Bahrain World Trade Centre 1 (Bahrain)

        21
        787 ft
        45
        Manama
        The Broadgate Tower, View from the east - full-height view

        #5 The Broadgate Tower (United Kingdom)

        21
        529 ft
        35
        London
        Tornado Tower, From Doha's corniche, view from the south - exterior photo

        #7 Tornado Tower (Qatar)

        17
        627 ft
        52
        Doha
        Grand Lisboa, View from the south - night view

        #8 Grand Lisboa (China)

        12
        846 ft
        47
        Macau

        #9 Pangu Plaza Office Building (China)

        10
        629 ft
        39
        Beijing
        600 North Fairbanks, View from the south - full-height view

        #10 600 North Fairbanks (U.S.A.)

        8
        458 ft
        41
        Chicago