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Frank Gehry tower wins global skyscraper award

5 December 2012 No Comment

Skyscraper architecture has been celebrated in a prestigious awards ceremony, which ranked the world’s greatest towers, thenational.ae reports. German skyscraper data firm Emporis considered over 220 buildings, all of which were completed in 2011 and stand at above 100 metres in height. It then drew up a shortlist of ten.

8 Spruce Street: ‘A major new architectural landmark for New York’

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Of them, New York’s 8 Spruce Street was crowned the best. Judges praised the Frank Gehry-designed, 870ft tower as ‘a major new architectural landmark for New York’. The panels was reportedly wowed by Gehry’s ‘wavy facade of stainless steel’ that allows the building to stand out against the Manhattan skyline, bild.de writes.

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The skyscraper is the third winner from New York City. The very first award went to the Sofitel New York Hotel and the Hearst Tower claimed victory in 2006.

2nd place went to Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait

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Kuwait City’s Al Hamra Tower was listed second. Designed to blend in sympathetically with its surroundings, the building incorporates limestone elements to help protect against ‘the harsh desert sun’.

Commended in 3rd place Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Towers complex in Abu Dhabi was commended with a third place prize. The development of five skyscrapers, comprising 885 residential apartments, an up-market shopping centre, office space and the Jumeriah Hotel was honoured for its curved design, which was based on ‘billowing sails’.

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The most prestigious international prizes for high-rise construction

The Emporis Skyscraper Awards were founded in 2000, with awards presented based on the opinions of a panel of architects and experts. The awards are widely considered as one of the most prestigious international prizes for high-rise construction.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 04 December 2012

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