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Thread Starter 
How about a thread on your favorite skyscrapers?

Mine in no particular order-

Bank of America Tower, Charlotte


Bank of America Center, Miami (my favorite building when I lived in Miami)


Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo


Emirates Towers, Dubai


21st Century Tower, Dubai


Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong


Two International Finance Center, Hong Kong (building on the left obviously)

Let's hear some of your favorites, I know many of us have different architectural tastes so this should be interesting

JB
post #2 of 136
Number one for me... Seagrams Building, NY
post #3 of 136
Mostly my tastes run to things like the NYC's Woolworth and [now gone] Singer Buildings, but this is pretty cool:

http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2006/cctv.html
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Do non-executed buildings count? The ultimate skyscraper for me: "Mile High" or "The Illinois", Frank Lloyd Wright 1956:
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I like Koolhaas. The Seattle Public Library not so much: But the aforementioned CCTV looks very promising. In Austin, we have the Gotham-esque Frost Tower: But perhaps my favorite contemporary architect is Calatrava. Milwaukee Art Museum: Turning Torso (Sweden): Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (Valencia): Fordham Spire (Chicago, planned): In China, the aforementioned Bank of China tower is my favorite, the best of I.M. Pei's works. I find Two International Finance Center to be nothing special, just very tall. In Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl I find rather ponderous: But the Jin Mao Tower is the best of the new buildings:
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post #7 of 136
Yokohama Landmark Tower
post #8 of 136
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post

The Chicago Tribune Tower competition is an amazing compendium of early 1920s architecture.

I also let the way they included entries from the newspaper's own cartoonists.

The winning design by Hood & Howells was the famous gothic water tower, but the entries formed an exhibition that toured and gave people lots of ideas.
post #9 of 136
Thread Starter 
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But the Jin Mao Tower is the best of the new buildings:
Ah, forgot all about Jin Mao. Thank you for pointing that out; it is certainly a beautiful building.

I love the International Finance Ctr simply because of its size and sleekness. I've always liked huge buildings, just the fact that you can stand next to it and feel so small is amazing. Engineering at its best.

JB
post #10 of 136
View from 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower from the base
post #11 of 136
Is it just my ill-informed notions, or have we as a country fallen behind the rest of the world in skyscraper design?
post #12 of 136
Thread Starter 
Roppongi Hills Mori is impressive, although a little bulbous for my tastes. Is that some kind of park on the bottom of your photo from the upper floor, Slim? JB
post #13 of 136
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post
Is it just my ill-informed notions, or have we as a country fallen behind the rest of the world in skyscraper design?
Asia seems to be in the lead, which is understandable considering the growth of those economies, especially in Dubai, Shanghai and India. Some are quite dubious, such as the Beijing National Theater -- dubbed the "alien egg", truly an affront to The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Singapore's Esplanade -- aka "The Durian" -- I like a bit better though: But the US has some exciting new projects, such as the 80 South St Calatrava residential tower in New York, which has been approved recently:
post #14 of 136
With the exception of the Bank of China building, I am completely unmoved by the buildings Jetblast posted. There's nothing there to match the sights you would see from a short wander round NY or Chicago.
post #15 of 136
Thread Starter 
More proof we have different tastes. I, for one, believe the NYC project Kent posted looks like a bunch of cardboard boxes, but I will admit that these buildings are 100 times more impressive in person than in pictures.

JB
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