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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:41 AM   #1
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You havta love a well balanced skyline

I'm one of those people who appreciate a well balanced skyline where the tallest skyscrapers are around the same level of height. There will be some scrapers that are taller/shorter but the difference isn't that great. Or lets say the tallest building are around the same level.

Here are some perfect examples

Tokyo (Shinjuku)
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Manila (Makati)


Jakarta (CBD)


Frankfurt


Paris (La Defense)


Atlanta (downtown and midtown)


Compared them to this

HK


Shanghai (Pudong)


New York (Lower Manhattan with the WTC)
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #2
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Don't forget Singapore!


The three tallest are all 919'.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #3
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Don't forget Singapore!
The three tallest are all 919'.
SG's tallest are the same height but they still are of big difference in height compared to its neighbouring scrapers.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:06 AM   #4
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SG's tallest are the same height but they still are of big difference in height compared to its neighbouring scrapers.
True, true, but the height difference doesn't overwhelm the balance IMO.


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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #5
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Don't think HK's skyline is considered balanced. IFC2 sticks out quite significantly, and the skyline develops in peaks from Central to Admiralty, and even moreso beyond.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #6
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frankfurt has one of the better well-balanced skylines IMO
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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:09 AM   #7
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LA has an almost perfectly balanced skyline.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #8
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Don't think HK's skyline is considered balanced. IFC2 sticks out quite significantly, and the skyline develops in peaks from Central to Admiralty, and even moreso beyond.
That's why I used HK as a comparison. HK isn't well balanced. The same with cities such as Shanghai, New York or Kuala Lumpur
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Old January 14th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #9
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I much prefer balance too. I'd have to say the worst offender is Taipei. Taipei 101 simply looks ridiculous in it's setting. Unfortunately, I find my own city guilty of this too. At 1815 feet, he CN Tower is almost twice as high as the next tallest building, First Canadian Place which is 978 feet.

Toronto mitigates this imbalance, somewhat, because of a sea of tall buildings. A few well place towers closer to CN's height would do wonders for balance. Some locals like the contrast. I love the CN Tower, but prefer, as you do, more balance.

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Old January 14th, 2008, 03:36 PM   #10
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Sydney's skyline is quite well balanced.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #11
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doesn't matter for me if the skyline is well balanced or not
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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #12
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True, true, but the height difference doesn't overwhelm the balance IMO.


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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #13
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Riyadh

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True, true, but the height difference doesn't overwhelm the balance IMO.


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Riyadh, it's on the building in the center.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #14
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Riyadh only has two towers.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #15
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Montreal's is pretty balanced:



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Old January 15th, 2008, 10:39 PM   #16
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i like them both! Balitmore is an example of balanced - too balanced for not having a height restriction imo



however, the balance will definently change soon!
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Old January 16th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #17
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i think toronto has the best out of all of them because you have a well devlope section and then you have the cn tower not to far away i would liek to see a 1300 footer in the down town area though heh

compaired to citys like new york chicago hong kong whitch has nothing but huge buildings all over the place












and this building is my fav



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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #18
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so after looking at the top submissions...what is your idea of a balanced sky line?
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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #19
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We have the east end of the CBD (collins street cluster).







but the rest can look very all over the place, depends where u view the CBD from.



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