The most impressive Skyscrapers of the year according to Emporis

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Photo: Renkyol Insaat

Just like every year, world-famous architecture site Emporis assigned the prestigious Emporis Skyscraper Award.
A jury of experts selected the best skyscrapers completed in 2012 choosing from a list of over 300 buildings at least 100 meters (328 ft) tall.

The award, presented for the 13th year, this time went to the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada.
The two towers, 176 (577 ft) and 158 meters (518 ft) tall, were designed by MAD and Burka Architects and are part of a five towers complex. Their structure twists up to 8 degrees per floor, giving the buildings a never-before-seen look.

Aedas Architects’ Al Bahr Towers (Abu Dhabi), 145 meters (475 ft) tall, got the second place.
Al Bahr towers’ skin of the facades can rotate in response to the sun’s position, optimizing the thermal efficiency of the building.

In third position placed Burj Qatar, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and located in Doha and 238 meters tall (780 ft).
This skyscraper’s look becomes even more impressive by night, as its facade can be fully illuminated, giving rise to countless light shapes.

Prepare your self to scroll down the list and discover the amazing buildings of the Emporis Skyscraper Awards top 12. What’s your favorite? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

If you want to know more about the award and the technical specs of the buildings, take a look at the Awards’ official site.

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1. Absolute Towers (Mississauga, Canada)

Photo: Renkyol Insaat
Photo: Renkyol Insaat

2. Al Bahr Towers (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Photo Tony Lee
Photo: Tony Lee

3. Burj Quatar (Doha, Qatar)


4. The Bow (Calgary, Canada)

Photo: Dave Smith
Photo: Dave Smith

5. House on Mosfilmovskaya Block 1 (Moscow, Russia)


6. Pearl River Tower (Guangzhou, China)


7. Varyap Meridian (Istanbul, Turkey)

Photo: Onur T.
Photo: Onur T.

8. Unicredit Tower (Milan, Italy)

Photo: Michal Janski
Photo: Michal Janski

9. Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hote (Barcelona, Spain)

Photo: Almusaiti

9. (tied) Dumankaya IKON (Istanbul, Turkey)

Photo: Tago Architects
Photo: Tago Architects

9.  (tied) Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza (Zhengzhou, China)