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10 award-winning skyscrapers from around the world that show height isn't all that matters

Samantha Grindell 

Oct 29, 2019, 5:52 PM


The Emporis Skyscraper Awards just announced its 2019 winners.

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Emporis, a database for building and construction projects, has hosted an annual Skyscraper Awards since 2000.

It just announced the top 10 skyscrapers for 2019, which were picked by a jury of architecture experts from around the world.

The buildings had to be a minimum of 328 feet tall (100 meters). Close to 500 buildings were considered.

The MGM Cotai skyscraper in Macau, China, topped the list because of its unique stacked look inspired by Chinese jewelry boxes.

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Skyscrapers usually conjure images of tall, thin structures - but the newest developments in architecture are proving that's not always the reality.

The real estate research company Emporis conducts an annual Skyscraper Awards to celebrate the newest innovations in vertical design, and it just announced the top 10 buildings for 2019 after receiving close to 500 nominations.

Take a look at some of the most impressive skyscrapers in the world.

10. 414 Lightstreet Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland

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This sleek skyscraper is an innovative apartment complex that rethinks vertical living.

It stands at 500 feet and features 44 stories, according to an Emporis press release. Inside the development, you will find 394 units, 11 of which are penthouses.

Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenzv drew inspiration from Baltimore's historic skyline when designing the building, aiming to usher the city's downtown into the modern era with his project, according to the 414 website.

9. China Zun in Beijing, China

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China Zun is the tallest finalist on the list, measuring in at 1,732 feet. It's also Beijing's tallest skyscraper, according to the architecture website Dezeen.

With its curved design and dramatic height, China Zun is a focal point of the Beijing skyline.

The building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, TFP Farrells Limited, and Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.


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