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        Emporis Skyscraper Award 2014

        China wins Emporis Skyscraper Award for the first time

        The winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award is finally official: The building complex Wangjing SOHO in Beijing was chosen by an international panel of experts from more than 300 skyscrapers of at least 100 meters' height and which were completed during the previous calendar year. The award, given by Emporis is now into its fifteenth year.

        Winner Wangjing SOHO, consisting of three unique skyscrapers with a height of 118 meter, 127 meter and 200 meter each, impressed the jury by its excellent energy efficiency and its distinctive design, which gives the complex a harmonious and organic momentum. The soft and fluid forms were designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, making Wangjing SOHO an architectural landmark of the metropolis Beijing.

        Second-placed Bosco Verticale ("vertical forest"), however, stands out through its "green" architecture, which marks a milestone in the field of sustainable construction. The facade and balconies of the two towers designed by Boeri Studio are covered with more than 700 trees and 90 different species of plants, which help to reduce smog and attenuate noise, while simultaneously producing oxygen and controlling the temperature inside the 105 meter and 78 meter tall towers.

        The expert jury voted Tour D2 in Courbevoie into third place. Its elegant shape is defined by an external diagrid structure that spans the 171 meter tall oval tower in full height: The extravagant diamond design gives the skyscraper its characteristic appearance and makes the facade sparkle in the sunlight. On the roof, the steel mesh merges together to form an imposing dome above what is called the "Cloud Garden", a 500m2 large green oasis in the heart of the business center.
        Wangjing SOHO - exterior photo

        #1 Wangjing SOHO (China)

        31
        Beijing
        Bosco Verticale, This view is from Gae Aulenti Square. - Construction

        #2 Bosco Verticale (Italy)

        27
        Milan
        Boeri Studio
        Tour D2 - Topped Out

        #3 Tour D2 (France)

        26
        561 ft
        37
        Courbevoie
        One World Trade Center - looking up

        #4 One World Trade Center (U.S.A.)

        18
        1,776 ft
        104
        New York City
        The Leadenhall Building, Richard Rogers designed and due for completion mid 2014. This stunning building also known as the Cheesegrater will be home to insurance broker Aon and Insurance group Amlin. - exterior photo

        #5 The Leadenhall Building (United Kingdom)

        17
        737 ft
        48
        London
        Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid - full-height view

        #6 Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid (United Arab Emirates)

        13
        1,253 ft
        92
        Abu Dhabi
        Finansbank Tower - exterior photo

        #7 Finansbank Tower (Turkey)

        12
        554 ft
        35
        Istanbul
        One57 - exterior photo

        #8 One57 (U.S.A.)

        10
        1,005 ft
        75
        New York City
        Infinity - full-height view

        #9 Infinity (Australia)

        9
        816 ft
        81
        Brisbane

        #10 KKR Tower (Malaysia)

        8
        574 ft
        37
        Kuala Lumpur