The Most Beautiful Tall Buildings of the Year


As their site explains, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the niche, non-profit organization that’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film, is “the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally.” Fittingly, their criteria is used to determine which building can lay claim to the title of tallest building in the world.

As we learned over at Kottke, the group has just released its annual roundup of the year’s best tall buildings. From an innovative tall building with computer-controlled sunscreens in Abu Dhabi to a naturally ventilated office building with a rooftop garden in Australia to a curvaceous tower nicknamed Marilyn Monroe in Mississauga, Canada, click through to check out the best vertically superior design in the world today. Tell us about your favorite tall building in the comments.

The Best Tall Building in The Americas: Absolute Towers aka “Marilyn Monroe” by MAD Architects — Mississauga, Canada

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The Best Tall Building in Asia and Australia: 1 Bligh Street by Ingenhoven Architects — Sydney, Australia

Image credit: HG Esch

The Best Tall Building in Europe: Palazzo Lombardia by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners — Milan, Italy

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The Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa: Doha Tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel — Doha, Qatar

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The Most Innovative Tall Building: Al Bahar Towers by Aedas Architects — Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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