Skyscraper of the Year Awards, by Emporis

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Release Date: May 2014
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Emporis, a firm based in Germany that maintains a worldwide database of building statistics and photographs, released its 2013 Skyscraper of the Year awards last week. The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes outstanding buildings completed during the calendar year that are at least 100 meters (328 feet) tall.

All of 2013’s top 10 projects are located outside North America. The Shard, a 73-story London office, residential and hotel tower designed by Renzo Piano, took first place. Second place went to DC Tower 1, a 60-story office, residential and hotel tower in Vienna. The 27-story ring-shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in Huzhou, China, also known as “the moon hotel,” took third place.

The other top-10 award winners include:

  1. Cayan Tower, a 73-story helix-shaped apartment tower in Dubai, the world’s tallest tower to feature a 90-degree twist;
  2. One Central Park East, a 34-story apartment tower in Sydney, Australia, with vertical gardens on each floor;
  3. Flame Towers, a trio consisting of a residential building, an office tower and a hotel that are joined at the  base by a retail podium, in Baku, Azerbaijan;
  4. Mercury City, a 75-story office and residential tower that architect Frank Williams claims is the first environmentally friendly building in Moscow;
  5. Ardmore Residence, a 36-story condominium tower in Singapore;
  6. AZ Tower, a 30-story residential and office building in Brno, Czech Republic; and
  7. Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex in Guangzhou, China, and Tour Carpe Diem, an office building in Courbevoie, France (a tie).