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Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016

Best new skyscraper stands in New York City

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.

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. VIA 57 West is a hybrid between an European perimeter block and a classic American skyscraper.

Claiming the second place is Torre Reforma from Mexico City, Mexico. With a height of 804 feet, it is Mexico City’s tallest skyscraper and also the world’s tallest exposed concrete structure. 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. The concrete walls protect the interior from direct sunlight and reduces the cooling load. Mexico City is known for its high seismic activity. 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.

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. 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.
VIA 57 West - full-height view

#1 VIA 57 West (U.S.A.)

30
142 m
34
New York City
BIG
Torre Reforma - exterior photo

#2 Torre Reforma (Mexico)

27
245 m
57
Mexico City
LBR Arquitectos
Oasia Hotel Downtown - exterior photo

#3 Oasia Hotel Downtown (Singapore)

25
190 m
27
Singapore
MahaNakhon - exterior photo

#4 MahaNakhon (Thailand)

23
314 m
77
Bangkok
Elbphilharmonie, View from the west. - Topped Out

#5 Elbphilharmonie (Germany)

18
110 m
25
Hamburg
56 Leonard Street - exterior photo

#6 56 Leonard Street (U.S.A.)

17
250 m
57
New York City
CTF Finance Centre - representation

#7 CTF Finance Centre (China)

13
530 m
111
Guangzhou
The L Tower, From the southwest - exterior photo

#8 The L Tower (Canada)

12
205 m
59
Toronto
Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower - exterior photo

#9 Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower (China)

10
260 m
55
Beijing
Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower, View from the northwest - full-height view

#10 Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower (Japan)

7
231 m
43
Tokyo