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Durst's Via 57 named best new skyscraper in annual awards.

The Durst Organization's pyramid-shaped Via 57 West has been named the best new skyscraper in the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award.

The 34-story residential building was picked by an international panel of experts from a worldwide pool of more than 700 eligible skyscrapers which were completed in 2016 and are at least 100 meters tall.

Designed by the Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Via 57 was recognized by the award jury for its fascinating and extraordinary shape, which breaks new ground in design.

The building is a hybrid between an European perimeter block and a classic American skyscraper. "It's impressive how the architect rethinks the whole idea of a skyscraper. The building is a fantastic addition to the New York skyline," one jury member said.

Claiming the second place is Torre Reforma from Mexico City, Mexico. With a height of 804 fit., it is Mexico City's tallest skyscraper and also the world's tallest exposed concrete structure.

In third place, the jury voted Oasia Hotel Downtown, in Singapore. The project stands out with a remarkable red facade and 21 different species of plants in 1,793 planter boxes turning into an urban oasis. The facade is overgrown with different vines to ensure the building's facade is always lush and resilient during different weather conditions.

Moreover, the tower offers four open sky gardens which allows wind to pass through the building for good ventilation.

This year, buildings from Asia dominate the Top 10 of the Emporis Skyscraper Award. The winners' list cotains a total of five Asian projects.

New York City, known as the world capital of high-rise architecture, wins the award for the fourth time. The Sofitel in New York was the very first building to receive the sought-after award back in 2000.

Caption: The pyramid-shaped tower was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.

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Date:Dec 6, 2017
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