For the second year in a row, China wins the world’s most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award. More specifically, the award went to the Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest building (the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai being the tallest). “The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the only prize for high-rise buildings awarded annually and on a global basis. Nominees and winners are chosen by Emporis editors, who are architecture experts from all over the world. Since 2000, the award has been given to recognize excellence in both aesthetic and functional design,” explains Exporis, a provider of building data and construction projects worldwide.
The Shanghai Tower
Designed by Gensler, an American design and architecture firm headquartered in San Francisco, the Shanghai Tower is a 2,073-ft, 127-story skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. Construction work had begun back in 2008. While the building was scheduled to open to the public in June 2015, most of the building is still closed. The observation deck is functional, however.
The jury selected the Shanghai Tower as the winner of the 2016 Emporis Skyscraper Award for a number of reasons, including its elegant spiraling cylindrical shape and its energy efficiency.Sustainable features like double-layered insulating glass, wind turbines to power exterior lighting and a rainwater collection system that feeds into the building’s air conditioning and heating setup also won points with Emporis judges.
The Shanghai Tower is also the home of the world’s fastest elevator. It was designed by Edgett Williams Consulting Group. Steve Edgett, the lead consultant, and his team worked closely with Gensler to create an elevator system in which office floors are served via four sky lobbies each served by double-deck shuttle elevators.
Past Emporis Skyscraper Award Winners
The award is now into its 16th year. Winners for the past 5 years were:
- Wangjing SOHO, Beijing, China
- The Shard, London, UK
- Absolute World Towers, Mississauga, Canada
- 8 Spruce Street, New York City, US
- Hotel Porta Fira, Barcelona, Spain