New York's 8 Spruce Street tops 10 skyscrapers of 2012
The top ten skyscrapers of the year have been named, with a stunning New York residential block taking top spot, it has been revealed.
Eight Spruce Street in Manhattan picked up the Emporis Skyscraper Award where judges chose the best buildings which were completed in 2011.
The 76-storey tower, designed by Frank Gehry, is the 12th largest tallest residential block stretching 265-metres into the sky, the Daily mail reported.
Its stunning design consists of cladding made up of 10,500 stainless steel panels, almost all of them different shapes.
This means that as you move around, its shape constantly changes - with judges saying that the building "stands out even in Manhattan's already remarkable skyline."
Spruce Street beat a field of 220 in the annual "Oscars of Architecture" with the 412-metre high Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait taking second place.
The tower was praised for the way it was engineered to take account of the blistering heat with the south facade, with limestone elements cladding a concrete wall, protects the building from the searing desert sun.
Judges were also impressed with both the building's architectural and functional points of view.
With lifts operating at the speed of an Olympic sprinter, the Al Hamra was praised for its deep sculpted, angled windows in the south wall which give views across the city and peninsula to the desert.
Third place went to the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, with the huge complex made up of three residential towers, one office tower and one hotel tower which houses the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel.
And the KK100 in Shenzhen, China took top spot with the 441-metre high tower the tallest building ever realised by a British firm.
KK100, designed by Terry Farrell and Partners, has a curved shape which is intended to "evoke a spring or fountain" and therefore symbolise the area's wealth and prosperity.
The Chinese skyscraper shared fourth spot with the Victoria Tower in Stockholm and Great American Tower in Cincinnati.
Costing 322 million dollars, the 202-metre Great American Tower was inspired by a photograph of a tiara worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Emporis, which is a German database of information on building and construction projects, has been holding the awards since 2000.
The top ten towers completed in 2011 are:
8 Spruce Street, New York City - 265.1 metres, 76 stories
Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City - 412 metres, 80 stories
Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi - 217.5 - 305.3 metres, 56 -79 stories
KK100, Shenzhen - 441.8 metres, 100 stories
Victoria Tower, Stockholm - 117.6 metres, 34 stories
Great American Tower, Cincinnati - 202.69-metres, 41 stories
F and F Tower, Panama City - 242.9 metres, 52 stories
Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon - 308 metres, 68 stories
Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore - 120 - 178 metres, 21-41 stories
Tianjin Global Financial Centre, Tianjin - 336.9 metres, 72 stories