The Emporis Skyscraper Award was given to the AbsoluteWorldTowers in Mississauga, Canada. The two towers were selected by an international jury of experts from over 300 skyscrapers at least 100 meters (328 feet) tall completed last year. Emporis, an international provider of building data, has presented the award for 13 consecutive years.
According to the announcement, the Absolute World Towers, which form part of a five-building complex and were designed by the architectural practices MAD and Burka Architects, won over the jury primarily through their unmistakable design: “The way the two structures twist organically by up to eight degrees per floor is not just a superb technical achievement, but also a refreshing change to the set forms of high-rise routine,” stated the panel of experts in explaining the choice of the pair of towers, 176 (577 feet) and 158 (518 feet) meters tall, as the winner.
Second place went to the Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, designed by Aedas Architects, while Burj Qatar, a 238-meter (781 feet) tall skyscraper in Doha, finished in third.
The AbsoluteWorldTowers victory marks the second time a Canadian building has won the Emporis Skyscraper Award. In 2001, Vancouver’s One Wall Centre claimed the top spot. The AbsoluteWorldTowers are hardly strangers to recognition, having earned Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal (AGG) magazine’s Inaugural Design Award in late 2012.