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Old December 27th, 2004, 08:12 PM   #41
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swiss re, taipei 101, triumph palace, tower palace three
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Old December 27th, 2004, 09:17 PM   #42
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I am 100% certain that SwissRe was officially completed in 2004!

I followed this building's construction from the laying of its foundations, right through to the official opening ... and I can assure you it was completed in 2004.

If you need any further proof, then just look at the prize it won from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). It won the best architecture prize in October, given to buildings completed this year.

Emporis is wrong, unless they are talking about when SwissRe was "topped out" (i.e. construction crews reached the final floor).
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Old December 27th, 2004, 10:02 PM   #43
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I am 100% certain that SwissRe was officially completed in 2004!

I followed this building's construction from the laying of its foundations, right through to the official opening ... and I can assure you it was completed in 2004.

If you need any further proof, then just look at the prize it won from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). It won the best architecture prize in October, given to buildings completed this year.

Emporis is wrong, unless they are talking about when SwissRe was "topped out" (i.e. construction crews reached the final floor).
Allright, I also checked Foster's website, the date of completion given there is 2004 so you seem to be right. But I'll leave my list as it is because Swiss Re seems to win the competition anyway, just let's bring in some intrigue
Nonetheless I think Swiss Re is absolutely the best high-rise building of the year, perhaps even of a decade, saw it recently from nearby, it looks really incredible, the way to go for London

A picture by me, not very high quality because of bad lighting but still it shows Swiss Re, I'll go to see it again by the first chance I'll get
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Old December 27th, 2004, 10:22 PM   #44
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Too hard too decide, a lot of towers are perfect
But the most innovative design is maybe the Torre Agbar in Barcelona, just take a look at these awesome pics taken by Mmateoca:
(my other 2 choices are Swiss Re, and Felix Tower in Brisbane)





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Old December 27th, 2004, 10:26 PM   #45
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IMO swiss re is average, and Taipei 101 is ugliest tower of year 2004 for me. But on the other side Time warner centre is pure beauty, triumph palace looks massive and impressive, allthough it s not anything special beautifull it has some of spirit of old times.

no offence, but not everybody likes swiss re
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Old December 27th, 2004, 10:36 PM   #46
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^ only everyone that counts

Seriously though, triumph place has a facade straight out of cold war. Not good...
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Old December 27th, 2004, 10:57 PM   #47
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Taipei 101
Goldman Sachs Tower
Time Warner Center
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Old December 27th, 2004, 11:23 PM   #48
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IMO swiss re is average, and Taipei 101 is ugliest tower of year 2004 for me. But on the other side Time warner centre is pure beauty, triumph palace looks massive and impressive, allthough it s not anything special beautifull it has some of spirit of old times.

no offence, but not everybody likes swiss re
If Swiss Re is "average" then kill me but I won't find a skyscraper in the world which would be at least slightly "above average"! Man, Swiss Re is not average, it's a fu**ing masterpiece!
Agreed about Taipei 101 though.
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Old December 27th, 2004, 11:45 PM   #49
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John, thing i dunno like @SwissRe is the fact it looks a bit... hm... dildish
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Old December 28th, 2004, 12:25 AM   #50
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John, thing i dunno like @SwissRe is the fact it looks a bit... hm... dildish
Let's just say it looks a bit... sexy
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Old December 28th, 2004, 02:05 PM   #51
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21st Century Tower, Dubai
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Old December 28th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #52
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dxb_raptor, come on! The 21st Century Tower was completed in November 2003
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Old December 28th, 2004, 04:41 PM   #53
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swiss re, London
taipei 101, Taipei
torre agbar, Barcellona (or time warner center, NY)
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Old December 28th, 2004, 04:44 PM   #54
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The Gherkin (Swiss RE) but not Tapei 101. Its ugly. Canary Wharf towers as well because they still look new and good even though they're not- good architects mean these skyscrapers never age!
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Old December 28th, 2004, 07:51 PM   #55
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Swiss Re, London

Frost Bank Building, Austin, Texas

Langham Place, Hong Kong
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Old December 28th, 2004, 08:49 PM   #56
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I'll vote for the most elegant of all: Triumph Palace
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Old December 28th, 2004, 09:57 PM   #57
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For my last nomination, I guess I'll go with Goldman Sachs Tower, Jersey City...

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Old December 28th, 2004, 10:13 PM   #58
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Goldman sach tower looks like wannabe Two International Finance Centre in HK
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Old December 28th, 2004, 10:39 PM   #59
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01 Swiss RE

02 Goldman Sachs Tower

03 Buckhead Grand, Atlanta GA USA:

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