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World's best new skyscrapers [slideshow]

The Bow in Calgary and CCTV Headquarters in Beijing are among the world's best new high-rise projects, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. 

July 10, 2013 |
A jury of high-rise design and construction professionals has selected four regional winners in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2013 Best Tall Building Awards, which honor the world's best new skyscrapers each year. One of the four projects will be named “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner, November 7 in Chicago.
The four regional winners are: The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV in Beijing, China (Asia and Australia); The Shard in London, United Kingdom (Europe); and Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Middle East and Africa). The winners were selected from a pool of 60-plus entries.
“The winners and finalists include some of the most striking buildings on the global landscape,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and Principal of Studio Gang Architects. “They represent resolutions to a huge range of contemporary issues, from energy consumption to integration with the urban realm on the ground.”
Here's a look at the four regional winners (images and descriptions courtesy CTBUH):

The Bow


Location: Calgary
Height: 779 feet; 58 stories
Function: Office
Completed: 2012
Building Team
Owner/Developer: H+R Reit
Design Architect: Foster + Partners
Associate Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
MEP Engineer: Cosentini
Project Manager: Matthews Southwest Canada
Main Contractor: Ledcor Construction Ltd.
Other Consultants: RWDI; Otis Elevator Company




CCTV Headquarters


Location: Beijing
Height: 768 feet; 54 stories
Function: Office
Completed: 2012
Building Team
Owner: China Central Television
Developer: General Office of CCTV New Site Construction & Development Program
Design Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Associate Architect: ECADI
Structural Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners; East China Architectural Design and Research
MEP Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Project Manager: Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Main Contractor: China State Construction
Other Consultants: RWDI


Al Khatem Tower


Location: Abu Dhabi
Height: 509 feet
Function: Office
Completed: 2012
Building Team
Owner/Developer: Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure
Design Architect: Goettsch Partners
Structural Engineer: Oger International
MEP Engineer: Oger International
Project Manager: Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure
Main Contractor: Oger Abu Dhabi

The Shard


Location: London
Height: 1004 feet
Function: Mixed use (residential, office, hotel)
Completed: 2013
Building Team
Owner: London Bridge Quarter Ltd
Developer: Sellar Property Group
Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Associate Architect: Adamson Associates
Structural Engineer: WSP Group
MEP Engineer: Arup
Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
Main Contractor: Mace
Material Suppliers: Permasteelisa Group
Other Consultants: RWDI, KONE, Dow Corning Corporation, AECOM
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