The Shard; Photo Courtesy of Teighmore
For the past 14 years, the world's tallest buildings have been vying for the Emporis Skyscraper Award, and this year the honor went to Renzo Piano's The Shard in London. Chosen by the an international panel of experts, over 300 skyscrapers were up for the award — all of which were finished during the previous calendar year and are at least 100 meters in height (around 328 feet).
Standing at 306 meters (around 1,003 feet) tall, the glass fragment-shaped Shard is comprised of 73 floors and, according to Emporis, is currently the tallest completed building in Western Europe. "Construction of The Shard was complicated by the particularly tight site and therefore needed innovative planning. This makes the result all the more impressive: a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London's new emblem," says the jury.
Second place went to Dominique Perrault Architecture's DC Tower 1 in Austria, which is 250 meters (820 feet) tall and features three mirrored sides and a jagged fourth to bring dimension. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in China won third place, designed by MAD (who got first place last year with their Absolute World 1 Tower in Canada) to replicate a giant ring and stands at 102 meters (335 feet) tall.
Check out the complete list to see what other skyscrapers made the top 10!