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Emporis Skyscraper Award 2018

Outstanding architecture: The year's best new skyscraper stands in Macau

This year the world's most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, has been awarded to the MGM Cotai in Macau. The impressive $3.4 billion casino-hotel-resort was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and is located on the Cotai Strip, the heart of Macau’s gambling industry.

When selecting the MGM Cotai, the jury was especially fascinated by its innovative design. The unique structure is based on the idea of nine Chinese jeweler's boxes stacked upon each other, forming two interconnected towers. The asymmetrical design and golden coloring create a dynamic and glamorous appearance, which fits the atmosphere of Macau.

The second place goes to La Marseillaise in Marseille, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. It impressed the jury with its ecological construction features and its extraordinary facade which is painted in 30 different colors reflecting the diversity of the city. Moreover, it is fitted with awnings for sun protection, giving the tower a unique appearance that sets it apart from the usual smooth facades that often dominate modern skyscraper architecture. An exceptional component of the building from an ecological point of view is the unconventional air conditioning system. It is connected to a seawater cycle, making it possible to cool the tower almost without additional electricity consumption by using cold water from the sea.

The third place goes to 52 Lime Street, located in the heart of London. What makes the skyscraper special is its clear and narrow geometric shape and the reflective facade, that give the building the look of a sharp knife and earned it the nickname "The Scalpel". In addition to its shape, the skyscraper also impresses with its sustainability. For example, water consumption is 45% lower than in comparable buildings and energy consumption has also been significantly reduced, earning 52 Lime Street an “excellent” rating under the BREEAM sustainability standard.
MGM Cotai - exterior photo

#1 MGM Cotai (China)

45
495 ft
35
Macau
La Marseillaise - exterior photo

#2 La Marseillaise (France)

41
443 ft
31
Marseille
52 Lime Street - exterior photo

#3 52 Lime Street (United Kingdom)

37
624 ft
39
London
Nan Shan Plaza - exterior photo

#4 Nan Shan Plaza (Taiwan)

36
892 ft
48
Taipei
1144 Fifteenth - exterior photo

#5 1144 Fifteenth (U.S.A.)

33
603 ft
40
Denver
Monde, Looking east - full-height view

#6 Monde (Canada)

30
492 ft
44
Toronto
Vincom Landmark 81 - exterior photo

#7 Vincom Landmark 81 (Vietnam)

28
1,513 ft
81
ARO - exterior photo

#8 ARO (U.S.A.)

27
738 ft
62
New York City
CetraRuddy, Inc.
CITIC Tower - exterior photo

#9 CITIC Tower (China)

26
1,732 ft
108
Beijing
414 Light Street, View from the northeast - exterior photo

#10 414 Light Street (U.S.A.)

24
500 ft
44
Baltimore