Best Tall Buildings in the World for 2012

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a group of architects, structural engineers, and builders of tall buildings that monitors tall building projects around the world, recently named the best tall buildings in the World for 2012. The group chose the best buildings in each of four regional categories: the Americas, Asia and Australia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. There's an additional innovation award given to the most innovative building. Criteria include sustainability, innovation, and design.

The Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada, a fast-growing suburb of Toronto, were named the best tall buildings in the Americas. The towers earned the nickname "Marilyn Monroe" for their curvaceous figures. The residential towers are completed in August, reachs a height of 179.5 meters and 158 meters

1 Bligh Street was named the best tall building in Asia & Australia. This 28-story elliptical tower stands out from the boxy structures nearby, in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. The centerpiece of 1 Bligh Street is the glass- and aluminum-lined atrium. full height of the building is 135 meters. This innovative building has a double-skin, naturally-ventilated glass façade and a hybrid system using gas and solar energy to generate cooling, heating and electricity for the building.

Palazzo Lombardia, in Milan, was named the best tall building in Europe. It is 40-story government building. The Palazzo Lombardia offers a variety of open spaces and passageways. The building's central piazza is covered by a curved glass roof and is meant to evoke the city's famed Galleria. The building embraces sustainability, with green roofs and active climate walls with vertical blades that rotate to provide shade.

The Doha Tower in Qatar was named the best tall building in the Middle East and Africa. The 46-story tower has a distinct cylindrical shape. The multi-layered patterns adorning the facade evoke ancient Islamic screens designed...
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