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10 most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.

10 most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.

According to the results of the recently held prestigious European architectural competition “The Emporis Awards”, 10 of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world were selected — I propose to evaluate and discuss the choice of experts. I note once again that this is a subjective list, which may vary from source to source according to the ratings of different organizations. If you think that it is worth adding to it, or replacing something, please unsubscribe in the comments.
The house of William Beaver.
In total, European experts needed to carefully study 305 skyscrapers from around the world, the construction of which was completed last year. As a result, they put the William Beaver House — an unusual residential building in New York-on the 10th place of the list.
This 47-story residence is located in the historic district, the business center of New York, and includes 320 apartments, various layouts, including 2 penthouses with terraces that offer magnificent views of the city and the river.
William Beaver House features an innovative design: the contrast of bronze and gray brick is emphasized by glazed yellow brick panels and large window spans. The interior of the apartments at William Beaver House is carefully designed for the most luxurious stay. All apartments and apartments are connected to cable TV and the Internet.
Millennium Tower, San Francisco.
The 9th place in the list of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world is occupied by the Millenium Tower residential complex in San Francisco.
The skyscraper was opened in April 2009. Now people coming to San Francisco from Canada on the Bay Bridge will be able to notice from afar the top of the translucent gray-blue crystal that decorated the city’s skyline. The 197-meter tower became the fourth largest skyscraper in San Francisco.
In fact, the Millennium Tower consists of two towers. Between the main 60-storey building and the small 12-storey building next to it, there is a 2-storey glass atrium.
The residences and Grand Residences of the Millenium Tower complex have become the most expensive on the entire West Coast.
Diamond Tower, Dubai.
The Diamond Tower (Almas Tower), built in Dubai, is in the 8th place. The height of this giant is 363 meters. The Almas tower has 74 floors, of which 70 are used for commercial purposes, and 4 are technical.
The building is located on an artificial island located in the center of the Jumeirah Lake Towers area, and is the tallest in this area. It was built from 2005 to 2008.
The Bank of America skyscraper.
the 7th skyscraper in the list of the most beautiful buildings is the Bank of America Tower in Bryant Park in New York. This 54-storey office building with a spire reaches a height of 366 meters. After the installation of the spire, the tower became the second tallest structure in New York after the Empire State Building.
Bank of America Tower has been recognized as one of the most spectacular and environmentally friendly buildings in the world.
The tower reached its maximum height on December 15, 2007, when the final part of the structure was assembled. But it took another 2 years to fully complete the construction.
Red Apple, Rotterdam.
6th place is occupied by the 128-meter Rotterdam Red Apple (Red Apple). This 40-storey residential building caused the most contradictory assessments even during construction — as always in the case of something new, out of the general picture, opinions were divided and two irreconcilable camps were formed: “fans” and ardent opponents of the project. The Red Apple is built in the so-called “wine harbor”, on an island located in the center of Rotterdam on the Meuse River.
In the high-rise part of the skyscraper there is a residential complex, and the infrastructure serving it is located in a multi-level 21-meter podium, where there are shops, cafes and household services.
Compositionally, the complex is designed so that if you look at it from different points, it looks different. So, from the embankment, it resembles a stylized sailing ship that has just arrived in port and has not yet lowered its sails: the 128-meter high part rises above the 53-meter superstructure in the stylobate, extending beyond the island and overhanging the channel, resembling the stern of a Spanish galleon.
Viewed from a distance, the complex looks like a bright red rectangle. But it is worth looking closely, and it becomes noticeable that the facades of the vertical stripes at a height of smoothly bend. This seemingly uncomplicated technique dramatically changes the impression of the project — from a standard rectangular ” box ” the building turns into a work of art.
Trump Tower.
Building number 5-the Trump International Hotel and Tower, also known as the Trump Tower, is a super-modern skyscraper in Chicago.
The remarkable feature of Chicago’s Trump Tower is, first of all, the height, as this skyscraper is one of the most majestic buildings in the world. The Trump International Hotel and Tower has 96 floors (including underground), and the total height from the ground surface to the tip of the spire is 415 meters.
Trump Tower is a mixed-use building. On the first levels there are shopping areas, lobbies and Parking for 1000 cars. The territory from the 14th to the 27th floor is occupied by a 5-star hotel with 339 rooms, and levels from 29 to 89 inclusive are reserved for residential apartments. The last, 89th floor of the Tower is occupied by the residence of Donald Trump himself. The tycoon paid $ 28 million for his 14,000-square-foot apartment!
There are 27 high-grade passenger elevators in Trump Tower. The building boasts huge 12-foot windows, literally from floor to ceiling. In addition, the Tower has its own park and a coastal area adjacent to the Chicago River. Surprisingly, the residents of Trump Tower even have their own private territory for walking dogs.
The Pillars of Hercules.
In the 4th place, Emporis experts put the Pillars of Hercules (Torres de Hercules) in Spanish Andalusia. Of course, this is not such a giant as the other high-rise buildings on the list, but due to its appearance, this office building could not fail to be included in this list.
Two towers, united by a glassed-in passage, rush 126 meters high. At the same time, at the base of each of them there is a pool filled with water.
The 20 floors of the buildings house many offices, branches of world banks, travel agencies, and the last floor is occupied by a restaurant with a breathtaking panoramic view of Gibraltar.
Also interesting is the fact that the intricacies of the facade patterns encode the words of the well-known Spanish saying “Non Plus Ultra” (“Nowhere further” or “There is nothing else”), and the patterns themselves go several tens of meters above the last floor, protecting the roof terrace.
The Metropolitan Skyscraper, Bangkok.
The top three “leaders” opens the building of The Metropolitan in Bangkok, although I would, to be honest, do not attribute this high-rise to the 10 most beautiful and unusual skyscrapers-compared to the other buildings, the Metro looks somehow poor and ordinary, but since the experts decided to put it on their list-let’s try to figure out what so “bribed”them.
The Metropolitan is a 69-storey building with a height of 228 meters, divided into three vertical sections. It belongs to the chain of design hotels. But its interior interiors, as it turned out, are of particular value.
The interior design of the Metro was turned into a special art. The color, shape and location of each detail is precisely thought out. This is the realm of beautiful things and refined style. The rooms are decorated with minimalism and soft pastel tones. White pillows, beige walls, curtains, and bedspreads the color of a fading rose.
The paintings decorating the rooms are made by talented Asian artists. The furniture design is created by the leading masters in this field. Even fine Mediterranean cuisine is served in the elegant hotel restaurant with a special taste.
High-rise O-14, Dubai.
“Silver” went to the office high-rise O-14 in the business district of Dubai. The building is a 22-story commercial skyscraper, the construction of which was spent $81.9 million.
A special feature of the O-14 is the external walls with round holes (there are more than 1000 of them in the project), made of concrete with a thickness of 400 mm.
This architectural solution also has a functional value, the holes serve as windows, allowing a limited amount of sunlight to pass through. Between the walls and the glazing of the building there is an air layer that creates the effect of a chimney, cooling the glass surface and thereby creating a passive cooling system.
The most beautiful skyscraper — Aqua in Chicago.
The most beautiful skyscraper in the world according to The Emporis Awards was recognized as the Chicago high-rise Aqua. This huge 250-meter giant from a distance does not stand out from the general Chicago “landscape”, but as soon as you get closer, it turns into a real waterfall, striking the imagination with the unreality of its design — it seems as if some fabulous ice colossus has grown up in the middle of the city.
250 meters of high-rise buildings are divided into 81 floors. The Aqua building houses the hotel and the usual living quarters. The facades of the skyscraper are decorated with real “lakes”, the role of water in which the windows play, skillfully accentuated by hiding the rest of the windows with elongated uneven projections of the facade.
The Aqua skyscraper impressed Emporis experts with its ” original design solution combined with environmentally sound design”. And here I fully agree with them-Aqua stands out qualitatively from all the buildings in this list and definitely deserves to be called the best of the currently built ones.