Emporis, the world-renowned building data provider, announced its pick for the world’s best new skyscraper for 2012.
The jury’s choice left some a little stunned, not because of the design (which is undeniably awesome), but the skyscraper’s location. Absolute World, designed by MAD architects and Burka Architects Inc., towers over the City of Mississauga, the large suburb of 713,000 located to the west of Toronto.
A surprising choice? Yes. A great choice? Absolutely!
Emporis has been busy bestowing its coveted World’s Best Skyscraper award since 2000, recognizing the world’s best high-rise architecture from the heart of Manhattan to Malmo, Sweden. We thought it would be a nice trip down memory lane to look back on some of the winners from previous years.
2011’s Winner: Eight Spruce Street by Gehry Partners, LLP, Manhattan
2010’s Winner: Hotel Porta Fira by b720 Fermin Vazquex Arquitectos and Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, Barcelona
Photo: David Palleja/Flickr
2009’s Winner: Aqua by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
20008’s Winner: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower by Tange Associates, Tokyo
Photo: Xevi V/Flickr
2007’s Winner: Het Strijkijzer by AAArchitecten, The Hague
Photo: Roel Wijnants/Flickr
2006’s Winner: Hearst Tower by Foster + Partners, Manhattan
Photo: Milton CJ/Flickr
2005’s Winner: HSB Turning Torso by Santiago Calatrava S.A., Malmo
Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr
2004’s Winner: Taipei 101 by C.Y. Lee & Partners, Taipei
Photo: Francisco Diez/Flickr
2003’s Winner: 30 St Mary Axe by Foster + Partners, London
2002’s Winner: Kingdom Centre by Ellerbe Becket Inc. and Omrania & Associates, Riyadh
Photo: Wajahat Mahmood/Flickr
2001’s Winner: One Wall Centre by Busby + Associates Architects, Vancouver
2000’s Winner: Sofitel New York Hotel by Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects, Manhattan
Absolute World photo by Marc Gautier/Flickr