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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


- 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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Old Posted Oct 15, 2019, 10:39 PM
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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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Old Posted Oct 15, 2019, 10:49 PM
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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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