Ten buildings were selected as being representative of contemporary architecture in an appraisal that was released last Sunday, and three of Shanghai’s very own made the list. Spoiler: the Oriental Pearl Tower was not on it.
Initiated by the Architecture and Culture Society of China (ACSC) and Peking University on April 15, the appraisal sought to “discover and promote the kind of architecture that best suits China’s current development at a time when cities are dominated by outlandish skyscrapers,” reports China Daily.
“We want to draw attention to issues like environmental impact, the preservation of ancient architecture and resource conservation. The point is not to evaluate the past, but to illuminate the future,” said Liu Linghong, deputy secretary-general of the Architecture and Culture Society of China.
The selection process ran as follows: a shortlist of 20 buildings was chosen from a pool of about 1,000 skyscrapers built or currently under construction between 1994 and 2014. The 10 top dogs were finally selected by online public votes (40 percent) and a jury (60 percent) composed of experts from the architectural sector and the real estate industry as well as public opinion leaders.
Here are the champs.
1. China Zun, a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Beijing.
2. The National Stadium or Bird’s Nest, Beijing.
3. Central Park Plaza, Beijing.
4. Xiangshan campus at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.
5. The Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai.
6. Taipei 101, previously named Taipei World Financial Centre, Taipei.
7. Canton Tower, Guangzhou.
8. China World Trade Center Tower III, Beijing.
9. Zendai Himalayas Centre, Shanghai.
10. The Shanghai Tower, which, in our humble opinion, should’ve ranked higher up. Especially after the show these two Russians put on.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via Chuck Andersen and Ecns.cn]