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Old Posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:49 PM
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CTBUH: The 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years

The 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years

https://ctbuh2019.com/other-info/50-...ial-buildings/

- The skyscraper has a history extending back more than 120 years, but it entered a new phase of innovation and acceleration in the late 1960s.

- The tall buildings captured here are selected on the same criteria, through the combined input of the CTBUH Research and Data team, CTBUH Leaders, and a call to the member constituency at large.

- Each represents a milestone in the development of the typology, tracking the development of the tall building from a predominantly commercial office tower with repetitive floor plates, to a “vertical city” with the mix of uses, variation in façade materials, and variety of interior and exterior spaces implied by the title.

- Across these examples, we see the arrival and departure of the distinct International and Post-Modern styles, as well as the overlapping parametricism and contextualism that dominates the contemporary scene.

- We see the transition from symbols of North American corporate power to broadcasting devices for the arrival of entire cities and countries on the global stage.

- The importance of environmental sustainability takes on as important a role as cultural and economic longevity.






1 Bligh Street, Sydney, 2011


4 Times Square (formerly Condé Nast Building), New York City, 1999


30 St Mary Axe (formerly Swiss Re Tower), London, 2004


333 Wacker Drive, Chicago, 1983


550 Madison Avenue (formerly AT&T Building and Sony Tower), New York City, 1983


601 Lexington (formerly Citigroup Center), New York City, 1977


875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly John Hancock Center), Chicago, 1969


Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi, 2012


AMA Plaza (formerly IBM Plaza), Chicago, 1972


Aqua at Lakeshore East, Chicago, 2009


Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama, 2008


Bank of America Tower, New York City, 2009


Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, 1990


Bosco Verticale, Milan, 2014


Burj Al Arab, Dubai, 1999


Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 2010


CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, 2012


Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt, 1997


Doha Tower, Doha, 2012


Hearst Tower, New York City, 2006


Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters, Hong Kong, 1985


International Commerce Centre (ICC), Hong Kong, 2010


Jardine House, Hong Kong, 1973


Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, 1999


Linked Hybrid, Beijing, 2009


Lotte World Tower, Seoul, 2017


MahaNakhon, Bangkok, 2016


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2010


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo, 2008


National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, 1983


One Central Park, Sydney, 2014


One World Trade Center, New York City, 2014


PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore, 2013


Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, 2013


Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, 1998


Post Turm, Bonn, 2002


Salesforce Tower, San Francisco, 2018


Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, 2015


Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, 2008


TAIPEI 101, Taipei, 2004


The Leadenhall Building, London, 2014


The Lloyd’s Building, London, 1986


The Shard, London, 2013


Torre Costanera, Santiago, 2014


Torre Reforma, Mexico City, 2016


Tour First, Courbevoie (Paris), 2011


Transamerica Pyramid Center, San Francisco, 1972


Turning Torso, Malmö, 2005


U.S. Bank Tower (formerly Library Tower), Los Angeles, 1990


Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Chicago, 1974

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Old Posted Oct 15, 2019, 6:27 PM
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower looks amazing
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I'm not happy about their omission of the Inland Steel Building here in Chicago. . . seems like a top 50 "favorite" buildings rather than truly influential. . . I dunno. . .

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I see they mention 1WTC, but they should also acknowledge the original Twin Towers. Putting aside their destruction, they were the worlds tallest from 1972-1974, and Philippe Petit made international attention with his tightrope walk between the two towers. Talk about influential!
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