The winner of the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award for the best new Skyscraper of the year is the 34-story residential building VIA 57 West in New York City, USA.

The pyramid-shaped building, designed by the Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, was recognized by the award jury for its fascinating and extraordinary shape which breaks new ground in design. VIA 57 West is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a classic American skyscraper.

West 57th Street-BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Via West 57 (USA) by BIG, 1st place in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 ©BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Claiming the second place is Torre Reforma from Mexico City, Mexico. With a height of 804 feet, it is Mexico City’s tallest skyscraper and also the world’s tallest exposed concrete structure. The jury specifically praises the intelligent environmental solution for a skyscraper. The building is composed of two exposed concrete walls and one main glass façade. The concrete walls protect the interior from direct sunlight and reduce the cooling load. Mexico City is known for its high seismic activity. For this reason, Torre Reforma has a triangular footprint and combined with the latest engineering knowledge, it is supposed to withstand heavy winds and earthquakes for the next 2,500 years.

Torre Reforma (Mexico) by LBR&A, 2nd place in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016

Torre Reforma (Mexico) by LBR&A, 2nd place in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 ©LBR&A

In third place the expert jury voted Oasia Hotel Downtown, in Singapore. The project stands out with a remarkable red façade and 21 different species of plants in 1793 planter boxes turning into an urban oasis. The facade is overgrown with different vines to ensure the building’s facade is always lush and resilient during different weather conditions. Moreover, the tower offers four open sky gardens which allows wind to pass through the building for good ventilation.

Oasia Hotel Downtown (Singapore) by WOHA, 3rd place in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016

Oasia Hotel Downtown (Singapore) by WOHA, 3rd place in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016 ©WOHA

The Emporis Skyscraper Award is a prize for high-rise architecture and has been awarded on an international basis every year since 2000. The primary criteria in awarding the prize are excellence in aesthetic and functional design. Every year, a jury of experts selects the winner. Buildings must have a minimum height of 100 meters and have been completed during the previous calendar year.

The list of the top-ten winning skyscrapers of the latest Emporis Skyscraper Award is available here.

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