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Old December 4th, 2005, 10:48 PM   #1
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Your Top 10 Skyscrapers

Very simple, somewhat boring, somewhat predictable thread that's probably been done before, but what the heck, I got the urge to start it up and see the different tastes of members here all in one post. So, if you will, your Top Ten current skyscrapers in the world...

I could make a top ten list out of NYC skyscrapers alone, but I'm not of the extremely narrow minded on here who think ALL modern or ALL historic, I just find that ridiculous. If you think that way, I respect your opinion and simple taste, of course, but I also think you're missing out on some great stuff in the process. Besides, I'm pretty narrow minded in other ways, as well. I tend to be a complete sucker for height, as well as for the skyscrapers that are located among the most badass skyscraper cities in the world.

1 - Empire State Building, New York City

(By far the most famous skyscraper in history. Reigned as the world's tallest unchallenged for 41 years; 75 years later, it remains among the top ten tallest in the world. That's completely unbelievable, just think about it. As its last years among the top begin to dwindle away with the new wave of extra supertalls, the Empire State has already built itself a legend that will go completely unchallenged by any amount of height. This building will always hold its own, if only by its name and fame.)

2 - Chrysler Building, New York City

(In my opinion, the most beautiful skyscraper in the world. And it was built in 1930. The base could be better, but the laws at the time in NYC left the architect with his hands tied for the most part. Truly unforgettable, the crown jewel of New York City. Masterpiece.)

3 - Bank of China, Hong Kong

(So original, innovative and iconic that I put it right up there with the first two in almost every way. This is and will always be the symbol of the Hong Kong skyline as far as I'm concerned and there are many great towers to be found in that city. HK, you outdid yourselves with this masterpiece before you really even got started.)

4 - Sears Tower, Chicago

(As if the 1,450 ft. height to the roof wasn't impressive enough, I actually really like the design and color as well. I'm a little upset that it cut 1WTC's reign as the world's tallest short, but it was most definitely deserving and was on top for an impressive amount of time.)

5 - GE Building, New York City

(Standing at 259 meters/850 ft., this tower may not be considered "impressive" by some on here, but in NYC it is considered one of the better skyscrapers the city can lay claim to and why not? It is an Art Deco design like the ESB and Chrysler Building, was built in 1933 (making its height much more impressive) and is the centerpiece of the city within a city, Rockefeller Center. If you've ever seen the famous photo "Lunchtime atop a skyscraper" or something of that nature, this was the building that was being constructed in that photo.)

6 - Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong

(Big fan of Cesar Pelli, big fan of HK skyline, big fan of this particular giant that rises to 415 m/1,362 ft. It is equal to the height of the now destroyed 2WTC and it deserves every inch of it.)

7 - Woolworth Building, New York City

(Built in 1913, this building actually rises to the shocking height of 792 feet, and you seriously could've fooled me. It was the world's tallest until 1930. Simply classic neo-gothic architecture, even nicer interior. Pay it a visit if you're in New York!)

8 - The Centre, Hong Kong

(New addition! in replacement of Burj Al Arab)

9 - HSBC, Hong Kong

("Cool".)

10 - John Hancock Center, Chicago

(This building is just pure evil, evil, evil. That's also the reason why I love it so much!)

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Old December 4th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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Im not so sure about the order of mine but
(the obvious top 3)
ESB, NYC
Chrsyler, NYC
Boc, HK
No clue about the order of the rest
Sears, Chicago
BoA, Charlotte
BoA, Seattle
Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Burj al Arab, Dubai
TransAmerica, SF
Library Tower (US Bank isnt as pretty sounding ), LA
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Old December 4th, 2005, 11:06 PM   #3
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1. The Centre, Hong Kong

It might not be the most iconic, or beautiful tower in Hong Kong but I it is truly one of the most under-rated towers in the world. Over-shadowed by 2IFC and CP and out-classed by BoCHK, but there it stands 1,135 ft. Not everyone knows about this tower but I'm pretty sure every city would kill to have it in its skyline. I like the sleek shape of the tower and the unique base and the pinnacle. And it is probably the most beautifully lit skyscraper at night with its color changing neon stripes.



The rest in no particular order:

2. CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou
2. Baiyoke Tower II, Bangkok
4. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumour
5. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
6. Q1 Tower, Gold Coast City
7. Nina Tower, Hong Kong * U/C
8. City Gate, Ramat Gan
9. Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
10. Central Plaza (HK), 2IFC (HK), Taipei 101 amongst many others.

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Not that I'm not a fan of older styles like art deco (ESB, Chrylser, Woolworth, etc.) or the modernist 70's style skyscrapers (WTC, Sears, JHC, etc.). I love almost all styles and eras of buildings (low-rise and high-rise) but when it comes to skyscrapers I find myself to be a sucker for modern and post-modern Asian city skyscrapers. But I also love skyscrapers from around the world and from different ages. If I could, my list of favourites would be endless.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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Hum

1. Sears Tower

2. John Hancock Center (yes, I love Chicago's buildings)

3. Bank of China

4. Commerzbank

5. 63 Building (Yuksam)

6 & 7. Petronas Twin Towers

8. EDF Tower (to put a French scraper)

9. Turning Torso

10. Tokyo City Hall
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Old December 4th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #5
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This isn't easy! hee hee

1. Empire State Building
2. Burg Al Arab
3. Taipei 101
4. Woolworth Tower
5. Chrysler Building
6. Palace of Culture, Warsaw
7. Bank of America Corp.Headquarters, Charlotte
8. One Atlantic Place, Atlanta
9. Smith Tower, Seattle
10. Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

I'm a new member so I'm sure my list will change a bit here and there, as time passes!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 12:03 AM   #6
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My top 10.

1. BoA, Seattle.
It's sleek, tall and original. The design is simple yet beautiful. My favourite skyscraper


2. Tour EDF, Paris
Gorgeous, in my opinion. I love the facade and the design


3. Swiss Re, London
Before my visit to London, I never liked this skyscraper. The unusual scape determined my opinion but the moment I saw it in real from the Gatwick Express I was in love with it. It so sophisticated and perfectly designed, it has a major impact on London's skyline.


4. DB-Turm, Berlin.
Another tower I saw in real. A real eye-catcher at Potsdamer Platz. It's elegant and glassy, so I like it!


5. Banespa Building, Sao Paulo
It's an imposing skyscraper, in my opinion. It looks really old and massive, and I like it.


6. Jing Guang Center, Beijing

Beautiful, simple and elegant.

7. Bank of China, Hong Kong

A true masterpiece. No further explanation

8. Turning Torso, Malmo.

Another masterpiece, seems like multiple towers are following this design.

9. Hansabanka Central Building, Riga

I just love it. Sleek and tall.

10. Torre Mayor, Mexico City
Love that building

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Old December 5th, 2005, 12:15 AM   #7
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My top 10

1. Chrysler Building, NYC

2. Bank of China, HK

3. Petronas Towers, KL

4. Swiss Re, London

5. Bank of America, Charlotte

6. Warsaw Trade Tower, Warsaw

7. Torre Mayor, Mexico City

8. Edificio Italia, Sao Paulo

9. US Bank Tower, LA

10. One Liberty Place, Philadelphia

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Old December 5th, 2005, 01:10 AM   #8
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1. Empire State Building, NYC

2. Sears Tower, Chicago

3. Messeturm, Frankfurt

4. Tokyo Cityhall tower, Tokyo

5. Key Tower , Cleveland

6. Turning Torso, Malmo

7. Highcliff, HK

8. Woolworth Building, NYC

9. Bank of America Center, Houston

10. 225 South Sixth , Minneapolis

And lots more!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 02:44 AM   #9
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1.- Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, Mxico City


2.- Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur


3.- Sears Tower, Chicago


4.-Bank of China Building, Honk Kong


5.-Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit


6.-Bank of america Tower, Miami


7.- Mayor Tower (The tallest in LA), Mxico City


8.- Dataflux Tower, Monterrey Mx.


9.- Emirates Office Tower, Dubai


10.- Total Fina elf, France
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Old December 5th, 2005, 03:05 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Art Deco
Very simple, somewhat boring, somewhat predictable thread that's probably been done before, but what the heck, I got the urge to start it up and see the different tastes of members here all in one post. So, if you will, your Top Ten current skyscrapers in the world...

I could make a top ten list out of NYC skyscrapers alone, but I'm not of the extremely narrow minded on here who think ALL modern or ALL historic, I just find that ridiculous. If you think that way, I respect your opinion and simple taste, of course, but I also think you're missing out on some great stuff in the process. Besides, I'm pretty narrow minded in other ways, as well. I tend to be a complete sucker for height, as well as for the skyscrapers that are located among the most badass skyscraper cities in the world.

1 - Empire State Building, New York City

(By far the most famous skyscraper in history. Reigned as the world's tallest unchallenged for 41 years; 75 years later, it remains among the top ten tallest in the world. That's completely unbelievable, just think about it. As its last years among the top begin to dwindle away with the new wave of extra supertalls, the Empire State has already built itself a legend that will go completely unchallenged by any amount of height. This building will always hold its own, if only by its name and fame.)

2 - Chrysler Building, New York City

(In my opinion, the most beautiful skyscraper in the world. And it was built in 1930. The base could be better, but the laws at the time in NYC left the architect with his hands tied for the most part. Truly unforgettable, the crown jewel of New York City. Masterpiece.)

3 - Bank of China, Hong Kong

(So original, innovative and iconic that I put it right up there with the first two in almost every way. This is and will always be the symbol of the Hong Kong skyline as far as I'm concerned and there are many great towers to be found in that city. HK, you outdid yourselves with this masterpiece before you really even got started.)

4 - Sears Tower, Chicago

(As if the 1,450 ft. height to the roof wasn't impressive enough, I actually really like the design and color as well. I'm a little upset that it cut 1WTC's reign as the world's tallest short, but it was most definitely deserving and was on top for an impressive amount of time.)

5 - GE Building, New York City

(Standing at 259 meters/850 ft., this tower may not be considered "impressive" by some on here, but in NYC it is considered one of the better skyscrapers the city can lay claim to and why not? It is an Art Deco design like the ESB and Chrysler Building, was built in 1933 (making its height much more impressive) and is the centerpiece of the city within a city, Rockefeller Center. If you've ever seen the famous photo "Lunchtime atop a skyscraper" or something of that nature, this was the building that was being constructed in that photo.)

6 - Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong

(Big fan of Cesar Pelli, big fan of HK skyline, big fan of this particular giant that rises to 415 m/1,362 ft. It is equal to the height of the now destroyed 2WTC and it deserves every inch of it.)

7 - Woolworth Building, New York City

(Built in 1913, this building actually rises to the shocking height of 792 feet, and you seriously could've fooled me. It was the world's tallest until 1930. Simply classic neo-gothic architecture, even nicer interior. Pay it a visit if you're in New York!)

8 - HSBC, Hong Kong

("Cool".)

9 - John Hancock Center, Chicago

(This building is just pure evil, evil, evil. That's also the reason why I love it so much!)

10 - Burj Al Arab, Dubai

(Okay, Dubai... I admit, this is an impressive structure, and there are many others deserving of this spot too.)

Man, you have great taste! I cannot think of another building that is more deserving than any of the buildings you chose for the top ten. Excellent. Very eclectic and classy.
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Old December 5th, 2005, 03:23 AM   #11
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1. JHC, Chicago - like the Godfather of all skyscrapers
2. Chrysler - Kingpin's HQ
3. Sears Tower - menacing in every way
4. 2IFC - the top will claw-off your face
5. Empire State Building - the old grandpa that still has something left to teach the world
6. Seagram Building - how more influentional can you get?
7. Wrigley Building - not especially tall, but detailed like no other
8. Burj Al Arab - I hope it doesn't float away
9. Swiss Re - whatever you fantasize it to be
10. US Bank Tower - the crown is eye-catching
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Old December 5th, 2005, 03:32 AM   #12
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Man, you have great taste! I cannot think of another building that is more deserving than any of the buildings you chose for the top ten. Excellent. Very eclectic and classy.
Thanks for the nice comments. The only problem I would admit there being with my top ten is that I don't really make the effort to go outside of the big boy skylines to find the beauty that lies in other individual skyscrapers on the planet. I guess I just feel that if I'm going to use my time to discuss and look at photos of skyscrapers/skylines, I want to be blown away by what I'm looking at and talking about -- right now there are only three cities in the world who can really do that for me, so I tend to take to their skyscrapers much more than anywhere else.
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This is going to be tough...cos I love ALL scrapers....(except for the Lipstick Bldg. in NYC) but here goes.


I dont have a particular order......



1) 30 St. Marys Axe (Swiss Re)-Simply Beautiful, original and classy.

2) Burj Al Arab- So SO innovative, and an instant Icon.

3) Messeturm

4) Albuquerque Plaza

5) Carlton Centre (I know, I know.....its my "guilty pleasure" scraper hehehe)

6) Chrysler Building

7) Petronas Towers

8) 88 on Field

9) Vero Centre

10) Ansteys Tower (so quintisential )

Carnegie Hall Tower sneaks in at number 11.
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1. 2IFC, Hong Kong
--brought my fav skyline to another level.. soaring and pleasing. It's a freaking beast and while it looks pleasant on the sides, you come to the menacing teeth up top... which add a sinister twist. Makes the Bank of China look small.

2. Scotia Plaza, Toronto (powerful, slim and colourful, this one has quality inside and out. It is also HUGE, no spires to enhance height either)
3. Bank of China, Hong Kong (mind boggling, impossible design)
4. Empire State Building, New York City (utterly iconic and inspiring)
5. The Center, Hong Kong (gorgeous at night)
6. Highcliff, Hong Kong (soaring with impossible height-width ratio)
7. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai (looks like it's made of stainless steel)
8. Taipei 101 , Taipei (have the fold out in PopSci and it's incredible, WTB)
9. Burj Al Arab, Dubai (Ok, I like the sail design)
10. US Bank Tower, Los Angeles ( I don't know why but I find it to be quite pleasing)
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Old December 5th, 2005, 11:05 AM   #15
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1 Chrysler (NYC)
2 Bank of China (Hong Kong)
3 333 S.Wacker Drive (Chicago)..favorite "mid-rise" scraper
4 John Hancock (Boston)
5 Woolworth Building (NYC)
6 Terminal Tower (Cleveland)
7 Tribune Tower (Chicago)
8 Transamerica Pyramid (San Fran)
9 John Hancock (Chicago)
10 USX Tower (PIttsburgh) (at least I think that is the one I am thinking of)
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1. Chrysler Building, New York
2. Empire State Building, New York
3. Bank of China, Hong Kong
4. Fountain Place, Dallas
5. Gas Company Tower, Los Angeles
6. Carnegie Hall Tower, New York
7. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
8. OUB Centre, Singapore
9. UOB Plaza, Singapore
10. Q1, Gold Coast City
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Old December 5th, 2005, 11:43 AM   #17
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No particular order...


Landmark Tower, Yokohama




WTC NY




MesseTurm, Frankfurt





Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment




Trasnsamerica SF





Torre Mayor, Mexico City





Sears, Chicago





Fukuoka Tower, Fukuoka





One Liberty Place, Philly






Kingdom Centre, Riyadh


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1.empire state building
2.bank of china
3.turning torso
4.petronas
5.sears tower
6.kingdom centre
7.sabanci center
8.chrysler building
9.emirates
10.taipei 101
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1- 111 South Wacker Drive, Chicago - USA.




2 - The Trump Building, New York City - USA.




3 - Chrysler Building, New York City - USA.



4 - Four Seasons Hotel, Caracas - Venezuela.



5 - 2 IFC, Hong Kong.



6 - Smurfit Stone Building, Chicago - USA.




7 - Le Grand Arche, Paris - France.





8 - Two Prudential Plaza, Chicago - USA.






9 - Antel Tower, Montevideo - Uruguay.





10 - Seagram Building, New York City - USA.

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1-2IFC (Hong Kong)
2-CITIC Tower (Guangzhou)
3-Landmark Tower (Yokohama)
4-Jin Mao (Shanghai)
5-Kingdom Centre (Riyadh)
6-The Center (Hong Kong)
7-Lippo Centre (Hong Kong)
8-Menara Telekom (Kuala Lumpur)
9-Metropolitan Government (Tokyo)
10-Haitong Securities Building (Shanghai)
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