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30 Nov 2017

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 Winner

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 – Best new skyscraper stands in New York City

Hamburg, November 30, 2017 – The winner of the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award for the best new Skyscraper of the year is spectacular 34-story residential building VIA 57 West in New York City, USA.

VIA 57 West New York City
VIΛ 57 West New York City
photo © Iwan Baan

The winner was picked by an international panel of experts from a worldwide pool of more than 700 eligible skyscrapers which were completed in 2016 and are at least 100 meters tall.

VIΛ 57 West New York City
photo © Iwan Baan

The award, given by Emporis (www.emporis.com), the leading international provider of building data, is being presented for the 17th time this year.

VIΛ 57 West New York Tower Building
photograph © Royce Douglas

The pyramid shaped winner, designed by the Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, was recognized by the award jury for its fascinating and extraordinary shape which breaks new ground in design.

VIΛ 57 West New York Tower Building
photo © Royce Douglas

VIA 57 West is a hybrid between an European perimeter block and a classic American skyscraper. “It’s impressive how the architect rethinks the whole idea of a skyscraper. The building is a fantastic addition to the New York skyline”, one jury member said.

VIΛ 57 West New York Tower Building
photo © Royce Douglas

Claiming the second place is Torre Reforma from Mexico City, Mexico. With a height of 245 meters, it is Mexico City’s tallest skyscraper and also the world’s tallest exposed concrete structure.

Torre Reforma Mexico City tower building
photograph © Alfonso Merchand

The jury specifically praises the intelligent environmental solution for a skyscraper. The building is composed of two exposed concrete walls and one main glass façade.

Torre Reforma Mexico City tower building
photo © Alfonso Merchand

The concrete walls protect the interior from direct sunlight and reduces the cooling load. Mexico City is known for its high seismic activity.

Torre Reforma Mexico City tower building
photo © Alfonso Merchand

For this reason, Torre Reforma has a triangular footprint and combined with the latest engineering knowledge, it is supposed to withstand heavy winds and earthquakes for the next 2,500 years.

Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore
photograph © K. Kopter WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd

In third place the expert jury voted Oasia Hotel Downtown, in Singapore. The project stands out with a remarkable red façade and 21 different species of plants in 1793 planter boxes turning into an urban oasis.

Oasia Hotel Downtown Tower Singapore
photo © K. Kopter WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd

The facade is overgrown with different vines to ensure the building’s facade is always lush and resilient during different weather conditions. Moreover, the tower offers four open sky gardens which allows wind to pass through the building for good ventilation.

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 table

This year buildings from Asia dominate the Top 10 of the Emporis Skyscraper Award. The winners‘ list cotains a total of five Asian projects. New York City, known as the world capital of high-rise architecture, wins the award for the fourth time. The Sofitel in New York was the very first building to receive the sought-after award back in 2000.

MahaNakhon skyscraper building:
MahaNakhon skyscraper building
photo © Alexander Roan

Elbphilharmonie Building in Hamburg:
Elbphilharmonie Building Hamburg
photograph © Tim Bindels

Elbphilharmonie Building in Hamburg
photo © Tim Bindels

56 Leonard Street NYC tower building:
56 Leonard Street NYC tower building
photo © Matt Clarke CC BY 2.0

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre tower:
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre tower
photo © Tim Griffith

The L Tower building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
The L Tower Toronto building
photo © Edvard Mahnic

The L Tower Toronto building
photo © Edvard Mahnic

The L Tower Toronto building
photo © Edvard Mahnic

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower:
Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower building
photo © Lv Hengzong

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower
photo © Lv Hengzong

Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower building:
Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower building
photo © Oscar Hirata

Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower
photo © Oscar Hirata

About Emporis
Emporis is a leading database of information about building and construction projects, based in Germany. For over a decade Emporis has helped companies, organizations and individuals stay informed about the building industry. The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture.

About the Award
The Emporis Skyscraper Award has been given since 2000. The jury is formed of architecture experts from all over the world, who judge nominated buildings according to aesthetic and functional design criteria. Previous winners include Shanghai Tower (2015) in Shanghai, Wangjing SOHO (2014) in Beijing, and The Shard in London (2013).

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Shanghai Tower building
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Wangjing SOHO in Beijing, China
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Absolute World Towers, Canada
Design: MAD and Burka Architects
Absolute World Towers
photo © Edvard Mahnic
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First place of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012:
Absolute World Towers, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Absolute World Towers
photo © Edvard Mahnic

Al Bahr Towers, UAE
Al Bahr Towers
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The Bow, Calgary, Canada
The Bow Calgary
photo : Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

House on Mosfilmovskaya 1 – MosFilm Tower, Moscow, Russia
House on Mosfilmovskaya
photo © Igor Butyrskii

Pearl River Tower, China
Pearl River Tower
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

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Rippling Building New York
photo : Gehry Photos

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Burj Khalifa
photograph : Imre Solt

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New York by Gehry, New York City, USA
Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
Rippling Building
photo : Gehry Photos

Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait
Architect: Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP
Kuwait City Tower
image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Great American Tower, Cincinnati, USA
Architect: HOK
Great American Tower Cincinnati Building
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Reflections at Keppel Bay Singapore, Singapore
Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Reflections at Keppel Bay
image © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd

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