absolute world 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

8 spruce street Photo: Wikimedia

2010’s Winner: Hotel Porta Fira by b720 Fermin Vazquex Arquitectos and Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, Barcelona

hotel porto fira Photo: David Palleja/Flickr

2009’s Winner: Aqua by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago

aqua chicago Photo: rytc/Flickr

20008’s Winner: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower by Tange Associates, Tokyo

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower Photo: Xevi V/Flickr

2007’s Winner: Het Strijkijzer by AAArchitecten, The Hague

Het Strijkijzer

Photo: Roel Wijnants/Flickr

2006’s Winner: Hearst Tower by Foster + Partners, Manhattan

hearst tower

Photo: Milton CJ/Flickr

2005’s Winner: HSB Turning Torso by Santiago Calatrava S.A., Malmo

hsb turning torso

Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr

2004’s Winner: Taipei 101 by C.Y. Lee & Partners, Taipei

taipei 101

Photo: Francisco Diez/Flickr

2003’s Winner: 30 St Mary Axe by Foster + Partners, London

30 St Mary Axe

Photo: Aurelien/Flickr

2002’s Winner: Kingdom Centre by Ellerbe Becket Inc. and Omrania & Associates, Riyadh

Kingdom Tower

Photo: Wajahat Mahmood/Flickr

2001’s Winner: One Wall Centre by Busby + Associates Architects, Vancouver

one wall centre

Photo: Blazzzinred/Flickr

2000’s Winner: Sofitel New York Hotel by Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects, Manhattan

450px-Sofitel_New_York2 Photo: Wikimedia

Absolute World photo by Marc Gautier/Flickr

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