Who has the world’s best new skyscraper? Apparently, that’s us!
The 2015 Emporis Skyscraper Award, “the world’s most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers,” was recently awarded to our very own Shanghai Tower. The jury was understandably impressed by the 632-meter-tall building’s unique spiral design and “extraordinary energy efficiency.” It also doesn’t hurt that the $2.4 billion structure contains the world’s fastest elevator, able to take you to the 119th floor in 55 seconds.
The result of six years of construction, the Shanghai Tower was finally crowned the world’s second tallest building earlier this year. In case you want to see how it all happened, check out this incredible timelapse video of the construction process.
Here are the nine other buildings that the Shanghai Tower beat out for this year’s top prize.
1) Shanghai Tower (China)
2) Evolution Tower (Russia)
3) Il Dritto (Italy)
4) Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza (China)
5) ABODE 318 (Australia)
6) Icon Bay (U.S.A.)
7) D1 Tower (United Arab Emirates)
8) 432 Park Avenue (U.S.A.)
9) Citygate (Austria)
10) ÏCE II (Canada)
In fact, this is the second year in a row that a skyscraper in China has taken home the award. Last year, it was the Wangjing SOHO in Beijing at the top of the list.
The Emporis Skyscraper Award has been around since 2000. Other winners of note include Shanghai’s Plaza 66 (3rd in 2001), Hong Kong’s Highcliff (2nd in 2003), Taiwan’s Taipei 101 (1st in 2004) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (3rd in 2008).