Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009

Aqua wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

The winner of the tenth annual Emporis Award for the Best New Skyscraper of the Year is Aqua, an 81-story hotel and residential building in Chicago's Lakeshore East development. The winning building was chosen from a worldwide pool of 305 eligible skyscrapers (buildings at least 100 meters tall) which were completed in 2009. Aqua was designed by Studio Gang Architects in Chicago and developed by Magellan Development Group, who will be receiving the award. The building was constructed by the James McHugh Construction Company, also of Chicago.
The Silver Award for second place goes to 0-14 in Dubai, a 23-story, 102 meter tower named for the numeric designation of its lot, a lagoonside parcel in the massive Business Bay development. Designed by Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C. of New York City and developed by Dubai Properties, 0-14 features an outer shell with round holes of varying sizes, often compared to swiss cheese, which protects the interior from the harsh sun of the Arabian desert. The jury praised its stylish and futuristic sculptural form as well as its unique adaptation to the extreme climate of Dubai.
The Bronze Award goes to The Met, a 69-story, 228 meter residential building in Bangkok which is formed by six towers linked at several points by two-story bridges. The Met was designed by WOHA Architects Pte., Ltd. of Singapore, who extended in this building the climate-specific environmental features used in their Newton Suites project, winner of the 2007 Silver Award from Emporis. The building features skygardens and pools on its many terraces, and its voids, sunshades, and extensive plant cover create a cool, breezy living environment in a hot and congested city. The developer of The Met is HPL Properties Private Limited.

#1 Aqua (U.S.A.)

86
859 ft
86
Chicago

#2 O-14 (United Arab Emirates)

61
347 ft
24
Dubai

#3 The Met (Thailand)

43
756 ft
69
Bangkok

#4 Torres de Hércules (Spain)

38
328 ft
21
Los Barrios

#5 Trump International Hotel & Tower (U.S.A.)

36
1,388 ft
98
Chicago

#6 The Red Apple (Netherlands)

34
420 ft
40
Rotterdam
KCAP

#7 Bank of America Tower (U.S.A.)

32
1,200 ft
58
New York City

#8 Almas Tower (United Arab Emirates)

16
1,191 ft
68
Dubai

#9 Millennium Tower (U.S.A.)

13
645 ft
58
San Francisco

#10 William Beaver House (U.S.A.)

10
523 ft
44
New York City