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Hongkong, China 69 20.41%
Chicago, USA 37 10.95%
New York, USA 63 18.64%
Shanghai, China 15 4.44%
Singapore, Singapore 14 4.14%
Tokyo, Japan 6 1.78%
Toronto, Canada 20 5.92%
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 13 3.85%
Shenzhen, China 1 0.30%
Seattle, USA 11 3.25%
Dubai, Emirates or Arab 18 5.33%
Seoul, South Korea 1 0.30%
Sydney, Australia 20 5.92%
San Francisco, USA 7 2.07%
Frankfurt, Germany 43 12.72%
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Old August 27th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Vote: World's Most Beautiful Skyline

Elements assessed:

1. Visual Vertical Impact Index
2. Height
3. Density
4. Style & Organization
5. Feats & Marvels
6. Uniqueness
7. Surroundings & Topography

Hongkong, China
The city of Hong Kong has the greatest skyline in the world! Hong Kong has a whopping 43 buildings over 200 metres tall, 30 of which were built in the year 2000 or later!!! There are also an number of residential condominiums with 60 stories. It also boasts four of the 17 tallest buildings in the world… That's 20% of the top 20, all in one city! Egbert Gramsbergen and Paul Kazmierczak have dubbed Hong Kong "The tallest city in the world" in their online Skyscraper Cities Ranking List which is referenced in the Almanac of Architecture in 2006. Contrary to common belief, Hong Kong’s skyline shows a large selection of distinct sky-reaching towers, rather than block-style apartments. At night, the skyline is glimmers with lighting and reflections. This city exemplifies the post-modern skyscraper and skyline. Finally, the mountainous backdrop makes this skyline the greatest on the planet!




Chicago, USA
Chicago is the birthplace of the modern skyscraper. When Chicago built its first steel high-rise in 1885, it was not the tallest structure in the world but the first example of a new form of engineering that would change nearly every city on earth. Chicago has 20 buildings over 200 metres tall (three of which are among the top 20 tallest buildings in the world, including the tallest in North America). Chicago has some of the finest mid-century architecture and examples of modern skyscrapers. This skyline has many distinctive views, changing it's pattern ever so subtly at each angle you choose to look at it from. Like Hong Kong and New York, Chicago's skyscraper's really do create a line, stacked up along the shoreline, creating a true, skyline effect. Best View(s): Adler Planetarium or Montrose Point or US Cellular Field




New York, USA
New York City has one of the densest and most diverse skylines, with a huge collection of buildings and building styles. Thanks to artist's and Hollywood’s obsession with the city, it is also the most easily recognizable skyline in the world. New York City has an amazing collection of 48 buildings that stand over 200 metres - the most in the world! New York city probably has the greatest heritage in terms of skyscrapers, building the world's first commercial super-tall. The four tallest buildings in NYC were all built in the early 1930s! Home of the famous, now destroyed World Trade Center Towers, the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations, New York City is the financial capital of the western world. New York's skyline probably has the most compact and overwhelming collection of architecture from almost any point in the city. New York skyscrappers pattern do create a skyline effect against a horizon, but it is probably a better view from the inside looking out and about rather than looking at it from afar. Best View(s): NJ's Liberty State Park, Fulton Street Pier Under Brooklyn Bridge, Staten Island Ferry




Shanghai, China
Not to be mistaken for a space station, Shanghai is a real city! China's biggest and most advanced city, Shanghai was said to be one of the most modern cities at the turn of the 20th century, but lost its glory, due to a long standing repressive rule. It is now quickly regaining its position as one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world. Shanghai is becoming a showcase of modern architecture and is quickly amassing a collection of sky reaching buildings decked along the edges of the semi-circular shoreline in Pudong district. In Shanghai you’ll find 35 structures that are over 200 metres tall and two over 400 metres including two that are insanely tall , the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (468m) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (492m).




Singapore, Singapore
One of the best (urban) planned and cleanliest metropolitan cities in the world, Singapore looks like an architectural city model come to life. The buildings cannot be higher than 280 metres due to air traffic control restrictions, but that has added a tall (but not too tall) and consistent building height and space pattern that makes this skyline unique: Three buildings are exactly 280 metres tall and 6 others (11 total) stand at just over 200 metres. The buildings are mostly light-coloured and there is a large expanse of greenery dotted around the city core. This South-Eastern city is definitely in a league of its own.




Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the world's most populated city and considered by many to be the capital of the Eastern world. Its skyline has a number of unique characteristics that set it apart from other big city skylines, among them 18 structures at over 200 metres tall (including the Tokyo Tower which changes colors every night). But because of the density and vast size of the city, every corner appears to have its own skyline. With the height restrictions and the required red lights that flash atop all mid to tall-sized buildings make the city look spectacular at night. Tokyo is filled with neon lighting and unique, contemporary architecture, and like New York City is also often portrayed in movies for its aesthetic and eye-catching cityscapes. The Mt. Fuji range in the distant view, adds that technology meets nature contrast. Interesting fact: Tokyo houses the world's largest fleet of helicopters to get around town if traffic gets too crazy.




Toronto, Canada
Toronto is a meeting place, a crossroads of many cultures and ethnicities. . Toronto has 7 structures in its skyline that stand at over 200 metres, including the astonishingly tall 553 metre, CN Tower, which is often referred to as the tallest free-standing structure in North America. Currently, the CN Tower possess the world's highest observation deck, making this city's skyline one of the most immediately identifiable. Toronto, also contains a diverse collection of renowned architecture, including it's city hall. Toronto also has one of the densest financial districts in North America only beaten by New York and Chicago. Toronto is still experience a condo boom where 30 storey condos have been springing up along the lakeshore and in the suburbs. Best View(s): Centre Island or Polson Pier




Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This is probably the most impressive city worldwide that has less than 2 million residents. Marvelous modern buildings reach the sky here, and while the skyline is not exactly the densest, it does allow buildings to soar and stand out. Kuala Lumpur has 10 structures standing over 200 meters tall with three of them being in the 25 tallest buildings worldwide. Kuala Lumpur is also home to the tallest twin buildings, the Petronas Towers as well as the peaking, 420 meter Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. Along with Singapore are said to be the frontier cities to boom from the Southeast Asian economic revolution.




Shenzhen, China
What was a tiny fishing village on the border of Hong Kong in 1970 is now a buzzing metropolis of over six million people! Already containing 20 buildings at over 200 meters tall, including the Shun Hing Square (the 8th tallest building in the world), the development is not stopping. There are photos of Shenzhen floating around the Web that appear so surreal, experts and enthusiast argue whether or not they doctored or real. Shenzhen is a spectacle of lights and neon signs after sunset, you can’t help but ask yourself... if you are in a video game or in a real city. The only downfall of the Shenzhen skyline is it is often criticized for its high levels of smog.



Seattle, USA
Seattle is the commercial, cultural and advanced technology hub of the Northwest USA and a major port city for Pacific and European trade. Home 4 buildings over 200m and the famous 184m Space Needle observation tower, Seattle is surrounded by mountains and water and offers some picture-perfect views. Seattle is commonly referred to as the Emerald City and renowned as a great social and corporate city with infrastructure. The planning is spectacular, as it helped create the hill-like effect on the skyline's silhouette, add the mountain backdrop and this city is almost a picture perfect. Best View(s): Kerry Park (Franklin Place)




Dubai, United Emirates
Is this a mirage in the Middle East? Seemingly out of nowhere emerges a city in the middle of a desert. This is Dubai, a city that produces only the best modern architecture in the world. Already home of the world's tallest all-hotel building and the 2nd tallest all-residential building in the world, AND currently is building the world's tallest structure, this skyline might just leap to the number 1 spot in the near future. Well, maybe not. Although there is a lot of hype around the city, experts agree it still lacks that certain mature socio-cultural infrastructure and a pattern to the skyline that gives a city that certain fingerprint. As a skyline it can't compete with the larger cities, however the individual buildings in this city are by far the greatest examples of modern architectural accomplishments. All 33 structures in this city over 200 metres tall were built in 1999 or later - that's how new this city is!



Seoul, South Korea
This city's skyscrapers are divided into many clusters, spread amongst the main businesses and residential districts. Most of the recent growth in Seoul's skyline, however, has been of residential towers over 60 storeys high that are shooting up like blades of grass! There are 11 buildings in Seoul over 200 meters tall and much of the mid-rise to high-rise structures are lined up in a linear fashion, creating a "wall" of buildings like no other. Seoul's CBD is cluster about cluster of buildings facing in every direction. Seoul is where the ancient Eastern world collides with the modern West. Seoul is seen by many to be a one of the most technologically advanced cities on earth.




Sydney, Australia
Australia’s showcase city, Sydney has one of the most recognizable skylines due to its world-famous harbour, often referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. The Sydney Harbour has many bays and inlets. It is spanned by the monumental Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House sits on the shoreline like a white flower. The Sydney skyline is world-class with hundreds of skyscrapers in the central business district and many more high-rise buildings in the outlying neighbourhoods. Sydney has 8 buildings over 200 metres tall.




San Francisco, USA
Although SF has a large population in outlying regions, "The City", itself is densely packed into a compact area of a peninsula. This makes it the second densest city in the USA, next to NYC. Another North American skyline with little recent development, but still home to the classic Transamerica Pyramid (an architectural classic) is one of the three 200 towers over 200 metre. The famous golden gate bridge and surrounding water and mountains makes this skyline dazzling from almost any angled it is looked at from.




Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt is Europe's only entry in the top 15. Certainly one of Europe's most interesting cities in terms of skylines, Frankfurt is home to five structures that are over 200 metres tall. These modern skyscrapers are marvels compared to those other, mostly non-existent ones scattered across other European cities. The contrast here is interesting: The city combines low-rise, high-density traditional European architecture (some of which is over 1,000 years old), with modern towers that stick out like sore thumbs. The Commerzbank Tower is often ranked as one of the best skyscrapers in the world, amongst polls and experts alike.


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The pictures are quite old, some of the skylines are much bigger now, like Toronto, Shanghai or Honk Kong (no IFC)..

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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #4
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We don't need this thread, sorry to say.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #5
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Here we go again. The next nonsense thread. Im looking forward to so funny conversation, like:

"SCANDAL! WHERE IS MY CITY? If Frankfurt is in the list, why isn't there blablablub?"

"What already 5 Votes for Frankfurt? So stupid! Are there only germans here?"

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Old August 27th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #6
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frankfurt is no competition for new york, toronto, chicago and such.
even germans are fully aware of the fact.

other than that your frankfurt pic is not the newest and beside that incomplete.

just a comparison...
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Sure it's not. But funnily enough, Frankfurt is leading the competition so far


Let's just wait some time, this might get interesting. Then it'll get closed.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #8
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Frankfurt of course, this thread rocks!
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The damned Nazi-Germans all voting for their own city. They are destroying this wonderfull poll. Hitler failed to conquer the world, so the nazis are trying to conquer this poll! Someone has to ban all those Nazi-Germans from the SCC and close thier sub-forum, too!
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I'm all for it Fight those inglorious basterds!
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The pics aren't updated.
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ROFL LOL! Hong Kong beating Frankfurt! This poll is ridiculous!!
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San Francisco!!
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its called United Arab Emirates NOT "Emirates or Arab" !!!

and the Dubai pic is bit old

HK is the best for sure.
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Too many Asian Cities, yes they may have modern skylines and skyscrapers to die for, but its not a BEAUTIFUL SKYLINE, its a MODERN SKYLINE.....

The only real Asian "Beautiful Skylines" (arguable) are Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Dubai.
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Sydney. I 'm don't looking for height. I looking for beauty and armony. New York is a good one, but is composed by only millions of buildings without order. That pic of Sydney (the day one) is a bad one. Here is a better one. Sydney, with its opera house and its bridge, takes the 1rts place.

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Frankfurt is the best Europe has to offer but is it a match for Asian, North American and Australian skylines?
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Hong Kong is my favorite.
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Where did you get the source of the poll from?

For info the pics of Singapore date back from 2000 and 2003 respectively. The skyline has grown since then, with One George Street, One Raffles Quay, The Sail, MBFC and Sands adding to it.
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