Shanghai is Home to the Best Skyscraper in The World
Maybe it’s not the highest skyscraper in the world, but it is definitely the best according to the 2015 Skyscraper Awards.
The Shanghai Tower was recently awarded first place in the 2015 Skyscraper Awards. In case you’re not familiar with this award, winning is comparable to getting an Oscar for Best Picture. But in this case, the award is for architectural excellence as a skyscraper.
The buildings are judged based on their design and functionality.
Both factors were mastered in this building, with its spiral design from the floor up 632 meters. It managed to impress the jury with its architectural excellence. Not only that, but the excellent functionality within the building also played a big part in winning the prize.
The 127-story skyscraper impressed the jury thanks to its energy efficiency and world’s fastest elevator, which takes you to the 119th floor in just 55 seconds. It also features the world’s highest restaurant, shops, a swimming pool with an amazing view, offices, and more.
Nothing less is expected from a six-year construction with a cost of $2.4 billion.
The traditional linear tower seems like a design of the past, as many other tall buildings and skyscrapers are adopting the trend of a twisted design, especially in the Middle East and Asia.
So, as designs and perspectives of architectural beauty change, who knows how our technologically advanced cities will look like 100 or 200 years from now.