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Old March 4th, 2017, 07:53 PM   #1
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Best Skylines Outside Asia

With the exception of New York, Chicago, and Toronto the best skylines in the world are found in Asia. This thread is meant to shine a light on great skylines beyond Asia. What are your favourites from Europe, Australia, Africa, and America? I'll start off with one that I think gets over looked far too much.

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Most of the others would still be in North America, I think a lot of second tier US skyscraper cities like Philly, Seattle, LA, San Francisco etc. are pretty impressive, then maybe Sydney or Moscow or something.

I'm guessing Dubai counts as Asia as well?
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Australia has great skylines. Although a little small, Auckland looks pretty good to me as well.

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Most of the others would still be in North America, I think a lot of second tier US skyscraper cities like Philly, Seattle, LA, San Francisco etc. are pretty impressive, then maybe Sydney or Moscow or something.

I'm guessing Dubai counts as Asia as well?
The UAE is most definitely in Asia. Most of the notable skylines outside Asia would be in north America: New York, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Houston, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Panama City, Mexico City, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary. There are others though: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Moscow, London, Paris, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo.

African skylines need more time but I'm hoping to eventually see some like Johannesburg, Cape Town, etc. here as well.
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This is an excellent thread! I was posting in the DISCUSS: *** World's Best Skyline *** thread earlier today and I saw WHOLE PAGES filled to the brim with photos of Asian cities. I'd like to mention Seattle here:

Seattle Skyline by Nicholas Smith, on Flickr

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Another one of Seattle:
Seattle Skyline by 6th City, on Flickr

I like the lightning. (Well, I don't like lightning but I like the way it looks in the photo.)
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This is an excellent thread! I was posting in the DISCUSS: *** World's Best Skyline *** thread earlier today and I saw WHOLE PAGES filled to the brim with photos of Asian cities.
It's really turned into Asian skylines vs Everybody else.

I love them but it would be nice to see some of these non-Asian skylines all in one place instead of going continent by continent. I quite like Seattle's skyline but on the west coast I'm partial to LA. As we're talking about Seattle, is Mt. Baker that prominent in real life or is that with a zoom lens?
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Most of the others would still be in North America, I think a lot of second tier US skyscraper cities like Philly, Seattle, LA, San Francisco etc. are pretty impressive, then maybe Sydney or Moscow or something.

I'm guessing Dubai counts as Asia as well?
Geography 101... Dubai is a city apart of the capital Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, a country located in Asia continent...
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As we're talking about Seattle, is Mt. Baker that prominent in real life or is that with a zoom lens?
I do not think Mt. Baker is in any of those photos, as it is north of Seattle. Could you have been talking about Mt. Rainier in the second picture, which is about 55 miles south-southeast from Seattle?
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Geography 101... Dubai is a city apart of the capital Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, a country located in Asia continent...
People in the west say Asia to mean East Asia. The Middle East is thought of as a different (sub) continent. No need to be a dick.
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People in the west say Asia to mean East Asia. The Middle East is thought of as a different (sub) continent. No need to be a dick.
We get people in Brampton, Ontario who think Asian means south Asian because 39% of the population in Brampton are of Indian descent with only 2% Chinese. In Markham, Ontario, you run into people who think Asian means east Asian because most of the Asians there are of Chinese descent.

You're talking about people who have no idea what Asia is. They come into contact with Chinese people then assume that's what Asian means. Doesn't make it correct.
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People in the west say Asia to mean East Asia. The Middle East is thought of as a different (sub) continent. No need to be a dick.
Once in a while, u will have to face a dickhead... My turn happens to be today...sigh..
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Perhaps we can get back to skylines.
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I would question whether the premise of this thread is accurate. I'm not sure how 'best' is defined here, but Asian skylines lack many of the qualities that make good skylines. Sure, many are winning on quantity of recent buildings, but many Asian skylines lack overall architectural quality and they lack layers of heritage and the variety in architectural style.

So it's definitely incorrect to assert that the best skylines are in Asia, as interesting as Asian skylines are.
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Best European Skylines

1# Moscow IBC (Russia)









2# Istanbul (Turkey)











3# Paris / La Defence (France)







4# London (United Kingdom)







5# Frankfurt/Main (Germany)









6# Warsaw (Poland)





7# Benidorm | Spain









8# Rotterdam (Netherlands)





9# Milan (Italy)







10. Vienna - Donaucity (Austria)






11. Yekaterinburg (Russia)






12# Madrid (Spain)






13# Naples (Italy)






14# The Hague (Netherlands)






15# Barcelona (Spain)







16# Brussels (Belgium)






17# Amsterdam - Zuidas (Netherlands)
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Those are some excellent non-Asian skylines!
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KlausDiggy: I quite enjoyed those. Thanks for the contribution. Especially like what's happening in Warsaw. I've always liked Rotterdam as well but it doesn't seem to be keeping pace with some of the other skylines in Europe.

steppenwolf: There's a new thread in this section about what people look at when judging a skyline. It's quite interesting. There will always be differing opinions and no right/wrong answers. What one person finds tacky another might find cool. Inversely what I find classic another might find boring. From my 10 years on SSC I would say that most people on here agree with the premise of this thread though.
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Panama City has a World class skyline that has not been properly rated. With Dubai and other cities it has changed a lot in the past decade, and it is still evolving.
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