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        Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012

        Absolute World Towers in Mississauga win the Emporis Skyscraper Award

        The world's most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes this year to the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada. The two towers were selected by an international jury of experts from over 300 skyscrapers at least 100 meters tall completed last year. The award, given by Emporis, is being presented for the thirteenth time this year.

        Absolute World Towers, which form part of a five-building complex and were designed by the architectural practices MAD and Burka Architects, won over the jury primarily through their unmistakable design: "The way the two structures twist organically by up to 8 degrees per floor is not just a superb technical achievement, but also a refreshing change to the set forms of high-rise routine," stated the panel of experts in explaining the choice of the pair of towers, 176 and 158 meters tall, as the winner.

        The second-placed project is Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, designed by Aedas Architects. Due to its innovative facade, the skyscraper complex convinces in terms of both climate and design criteria. The outer skin of the facades is rotated by computer in response to the sun's position, leading to a substantial reduction in thermal energy inside the buildings. In designing the towers, the architects drew inspiration from Arab mashrabiya windows – sun and privacy screens found in traditional Islamic architecture.

        The expert jury voted Burj Qatar, a 238 meter tall skyscraper in Doha, into third place. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, it is the building's exceptional facade design that stands out. The metal mesh facade, whose design – as with Al Bahr Towers – draws on traditional mashrabiya windows and is intended to contribute to protection from the sun, reveals a complex pattern at close quarters. The imposing effect of the ornamental facade reaches its full expression under the dome that tops the cylinder-shaped skyscraper.
        Absolute World 1, Looking northeast - full-height view

        #1 Absolute World 1 (Canada)

        51
        591 ft
        56
        Mississauga
        Al Bahr Towers - full-height view

        #2 Al Bahr Towers (United Arab Emirates)

        45
        Abu Dhabi
        Burj Qatar, View from the west - full-height view

        #3 Burj Qatar (Qatar)

        24
        781 ft
        46
        Doha
        The Bow, Exposed diagrid structure - looking up

        #4 The Bow (Canada)

        23
        779 ft
        58
        Calgary
        House on Mosfilmovskaya Block 1, House on Mosfilmovskaya 1 (Moscow, Russia) - full-height view

        #5 House on Mosfilmovskaya Block 1 (Russia)

        18
        700 ft
        53
        Moscow
        Pearl River Tower - full-height view

        #6 Pearl River Tower (China)

        17
        1,016 ft
        71
        Guangzhou
        Varyap Meridian, Varyap Meridian complex photo with almost best view angle - full-height view

        #7 Varyap Meridian (Turkey)

        15
        Istanbul
        RMJM
        UniCredit Tower, Unicredit Tower (the new headquarters of Unicredit) - full-height view

        #8 UniCredit Tower (Italy)

        14
        714 ft
        33
        Milan
        Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel - full-height view

        #9 Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel (Spain)

        11
        344 ft
        26
        Dumankaya IKON - full-height view

        #9 Dumankaya IKON (Turkey)

        11
        489 ft
        41
        Istanbul
        TAGO Architects
        Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza - full-height view

        #9 Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza (China)

        11
        919 ft
        56
        Zhengzhou