Since 2000, an international jury of experts in architecture It rewards the best skyscrapers in the world, that is, those that accumulate more merits or are more innovative. As you can imagine, during these almost 15 years the award has become a reference in the sector.
According to the company organizing the contest, Emporis, specialized in building data, to qualify for the awards it is necessary for the skyscraper to have a minimum height of 100 meters, a condition that this year's winner has more than met. Do you want to know which skyscraper has won the first prize? We give you a clue: It is in London!
A London icon
This year's award for best skyscraper went to The shard, a 360 meter high building, a spectacular tower that in a few months has become an icon of London. Among other things, the building houses the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, restaurants, shops and a spectacular view that is not cheap at all, since the entrance for adults costs around £ 24.95, just over 30 euros. And that is not as innovative as the vertigo viewpoint that we showed you yesterday.
A particularly difficult place
The building began construction in 2009 and was completed in 2012, although it was not until February 2013 that the opening official. As explained by the jury, apparently, the construction was complicated due to the particularly difficult place, which required innovative planning, carried out by the Renzo Piano studio.
The tallest building in the European Union
The Shard is the tallest skyscraper in the European Union, although not the one in Europe, since in Russia there is a 339-meter building: the Mercury City Tower from Moscow.
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