Swanston Square in
The 377-foot-high Swanston Square
Apartment Tower with 536 apartments in Melbourne was developed by
Grocon and designed by Arm Architecture.
It has an extremely bold and very
distinctive facade composed of irregularly shaped white fiber-composite
bands that constrast with the black cladding of the tower and form the
face of Aboriginal artist and civil rights leader Elder William Barak,
whose clan, the book, noted, once owned the land.
The podium parking garage also
has an "interpretative facade" of polished aluminum disks that are
arranged within a grid of portholes to spell "Wurundjeri I am who I am"
in Bralle, "referring to Elder William Barak's clan."
The building has a roof deck with dining facilities, spas and a 20-seat
theater. The building also has a gym, bicycle storage and retail
space as well as parking for 222 cars.
Regalia in Sunny Isles
485-foot-high tower in Sunny Isles, Florida, is known as Regalia and
was designed by Arquitectonics. It was developed by Regalia Beach
It has undulating balconies that wrap around all four sides of the
tower and each is different. Each floor has one
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel
297-foot-tall building is the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel located an hour
outside of Beijing on the shore of Yanqi Lake. The elliptical,
scallop-shaped building has 322 luxury hotel rooms.
SkyTerrace @ Dawson
The book provides the
"Its rounded shape is
meant to represent the rising sun....In Chinese culture, sunrise
imagery represents vitality, hope, and strength. Symbolizing
cooperation and luck, 20 vertical wraps bisect and wrap around the
facade at even intervals. From the side, the building is meant to
look like a scallop, another symbol in China, representing luck.
Finally, the entrance to the building is shaped like the mouth of a
fish, representing prosperity."
The building was a "finalist" in the Asia & Australasia region.
467-foot-high apartment complex known as SkyTerrace@Dawson in Singapore
was developed by the Housing and Development Board of Singapore and
designed by SCDA Architects Pte Ltd.
Mohammed Bin Rashid in Abu Dhabi
Its five towers are arranged in two groups, each connected by two
skybridges. It is constructed with precast concrete modular
elements constructed off-site and hoisted into place creating "an
interlocking design that is evocative of traditional Chinese patterns,
inspired by ancient Chinese pottery and scripts. The project
includes numerous duplex apartments to accommodate multi-generational
teanants and the towers and the skybridges have distinctive geometries.
The projects was named a "finalist" in the Asia & Australasia
D'Leedon in Singapore
Another large residential
complex in Singapore was D'Leedon, which was designed by Zaha Hadid
Architects and developed by Capital and Singapore Limited. It was
named a "finalist" for the council's Urban Habitat Award and consists
of seven towers and 12 semi-detached villas with a total of 1,715
The site has been divided into bundled bands created by the
positions of the towers, each tower meets the ground with an extended
petal shape to form private gardens...The pedal-shaped floor plans
change their form along the height of the tower, in relation to the
various configurations of residential unitsw....Car circulation is
minimalized by routing part of the main driveway into the basement
level....The towers taper inward as they reach the ground...their
petal-shaped layout allows for windows on three sides
1,251-foot-high tower is known as Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid and is
located in Abu Dhabi. The second tallest tower in the world when
it was completed in 2014, it was developed by Aldar Properties and
designed by Foster & Partners.
Turning Torso by
Calatrava in Malmo, Sweden
It has a ventilated three-skin facade and operable windows.
Fenchurch Street in London
525-foot-high tower at 30 Fenchurch Street was developed by
Land Securities PLC and the Canary Wharf Group. It was designed
Rafael Vinoly Architects. With its inverted taper form and
top, the building has a three-story skygarden, which became London's
first free high-rise observatory. It was a "nominee" for Best
Tower, right, in the International Business Center on the Moscow River
807-foot-high Evolution Tower at the International Business Center on
the Moscow River was developed by the Snegril Group and designed by
The jury statement noted that "Even those with little interest in
architecture will gaze upon the structure's double-heli form with a
sense of awe." The tower has a two-story mall with a family
entertainment and educational center for children and a connection to
the pedestrian Bagration Bridge and a metro station. It has an
observation deck on its 52nd floor and a rooftop heliport. Each
of its 55 floors are rotated 3 degrees.
far more dramatic and interesting "twisted" tower, "Turning Torso" in
Malmo, Sweden, was erected in 2005 and was declared the "winner" this
year of the council's 10-year award. Developed by HSB Malmo, it
was designed by Santiago Calatrava and the 623-foot-high was the
world's first twisting skyscraper. It rotated 90 degrees in 9
pentagonal sections connected by a steel exoskeleton.
The council's annual Lynn S. Beedle Award for Lifetime Achievement was
given to Minoru Mori, the Japanese developer best known for his
Shanghai World Financial Center in 2008 that is 1,614 feet tall