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Skyscrapers

The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The annual contest was established in 2006 with the aim of recognizing outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's overall winner, the Essence Skyscraper, contains a variety of diverse natural habitats. Read More
MVRDV has good form for producing visually-interesting architecture (take the Glass Farm and Rotterdam Markthal, for example). The Dutch firm is set to continue this trend with a new tower in Vienna that twists dramatically, to produce an almost hourglass-like shape. Read More
Traditional block high-rises generally only afford residents views of the building opposite. A new building in Sydney, Australia, however, is designed to provide more interesting views for those inside. Quay Quarter Tower comprises five stacked rotated sections that allow residents to see much more. Read More
The International Highrise Award recognizes the world's best highrise of the last two years, as according to an expert jury. It claims to be the world’s most important architecture prize for highrises. This year's shortlist features buildings in Milan, Rotterdam, Sydney, Paris, Barcelona and New York. Read More
London's skyline appears to reach ever higher to the sky. Earlier this year it was claimed that 230 new towers were being planned in the city. That figure includes the Leadenhall Building, which sits close to the Gherkin and has a tapering profile so as not to impede views of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read More

The levels of a building are traditionally stacked upon one another with stairs or elevators used as a means of moving between them. A new design by Sure Architecture, however, takes a different approach. The Endless City in Height instead features two low gradient ramps that spiral upwards. Read More

Green structures and buildings are a growing trend. Vertical gardens like the Clearpoint Residencies apartment block in Sri Lanka and The Living's Hy-Fi organic sculpture in New York are two examples. Now, Chartier-Corbasson has designed a concept for a skyscraper that would be built from the recycled waste of its occupants. Read More
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed the four winners of its annual Best Tall Building competition. The winners are split into four categories: the Americas, Asia and Australasia, Middle East and Africa, and Europe. From the current winners, just one will be declared the Best Tall Building Worldwide during a ceremony at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 6. Read More
Though already home to the world's largest building, the Middle Kingdom could soon receive the world's tallest pair of towers too, courtesy of UK-based Chetwoods Architects and its Phoenix Towers concept. Set for Wuhan, Central China, the larger of the two towers reaches a Burj Khalifa-besting 1 km (3,280 ft) in height, and sports an ambitious list of sustainable technology. Read More
A new attraction has been installed at a Chicago skyscraper for visitors with a head for heights. 360 Chicago, formerly the John Hancock Observatory, has installed a viewing platform with a difference. Tilt gradually leans visitors out by up to 30 degrees over a 1000 ft (305 m) drop. Read More
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