Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Winning Skyscrapers

When is a skyscraper not a skyscraper? When it is the winner of the "Best Tall Building Worldwide" for 2015. This year's winner is "Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) by Stefan Boeria Architetti, located in Milan. I love the way it brings the forest to the people, making an intensive multi-use building that incorporates nature right in the middle of the bustling city.

Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy takes the forest and brings
it up into the sky. 

There were a total of more than 100 entries into the competition, from four regions: the America's, Asia & Australasia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa. The entries were decided by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)  a not-for-profit resource for skyscraper design. The other regional winners were:

The crystal spire and environmental parameters of One World
Trade Center made it the winner for the America's. I love
the reflective surface bringing all of New York into its aura. 

One World Trade Center in New York City for the America's,

CapitaGreen in Singapore is topped by a huge rooftop garden
featuring multi-layered greenery and this wonderful multi-story
red glowing futuristic "plant" growing above the roof line. It's
quite striking. 

CapitaGreen by Toyo Ito & Associates in Singapore for the Asia & Australasia area.

The sleek and angled cylinders of the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
Towers were the winner in the Middle East & Africa area. Of course,
Dubai is becoming well known for innovative urban architecture. 

The Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower by Foster + Partners for the Middle East & Africa.

One of my favorites that didn't win was this - the Evolution
Tower in Moscow, Russia. The sinuous, twisting shape
reminds me of the DNA helix and I'm sure that was
the basis for the design and the name. 

Some of the other buildings in the running (like the Evolution Tower above) were really spectacular too. I'll try to pick a few others to show you tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday and don't forget to look around you - innovative architecture is everywhere. For those of you watching "The Voice", who's going to win this tonight? Laith Al-Saadi, Hannah Huston, Alisan Porter or Adam Wakefield? All four put in strong performances last night. I know who I voted for ... Final show of Season 10 is tonight when the winner will be revealed.

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