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CTBUH Picks 2015 Winners

The CTBUH has named what it considers to be the best tall buildings of 2015. The competition, although ultimately a bit of good fun, does also have the very serious purpose of highlighting the cutting edge of skyscraper design and development as decided by the Committee for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, with the latest trend indicated from two of the winners that are literally green thanks to the plants they incorporate.

Rather predictably the winner for the Americas is One World Trade Centre. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill and built around the remains of the previous World Trade Centre, and rising 1,776 feet into the air (because 1776 means freedom), the CTBUH jury chose the tower for its elegant tapering look that evokes earlier art deco skyscrapers which New York is so famous for, and the sheer importance that the landmark tower has to the United States.

RSP Architects have designed the winner for Asia and Australia - CapitaGreen. It's a tower standing in Singapore that has a distinctive facade that is covered 55% in greenery proving that tall buildings can be vertical gardens. Even the roof of the building suggests horticulture with a structure looking like a flower that actually serves as a way of channelling wind through the tower.

In Europe first place goes to the Milanese skyscraper designed by the Boeri Studio, Bosco Verticale, which means "vertical forest". Although another green skyscraper, this one takes a different approach and has 13,000 plants, including 480 large and medium sized trees, arranged around the projecting balconies.

The Foster + Partners designed Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower is the winner for the Middle East and Africa. Built in Abu Dhabi, the supertall tower rises 381 metres in height. Covered in a triple layer of slick glazing and with an aerodynamic shape that reduces wind loads, it hosts 474 apartments, but with a traditional Arab souk located at the base.
One World Trade Centre
One World Trade Centre