2014’s Best New Skyscrapers

Whether we like expansive and extensive city skylines or not, they’re here to stay. Skyscrapers are the future home and workplace of generations to come. So each year, we keep getting a little more creative with these masterpieces among the clouds. This year, some of best skyscrapers yet are popping up around the world; here’s the countdown according to Emporis.

10. Nanfung Commercial

Photo Courtesy of arabianindustry.com

Photo Courtesy of arabianindustry.com

Located in Guangzhou, China it offers exhibition space, offices, and a hotel with the city’s biggest ballroom.

9. AZ Tower

Photo Courtesy of m.domaci.europravy.cz

Photo Courtesy of m.domaci.europravy.cz

Located in downtown Brno, Czech Republic, the tower houses retail and residential spaces.

8. Ardmore Residence

Photo Courtesy of Archrecord.construction.com

Photo Courtesy of Archrecord.construction.com

The residential building located in Singapore uses energy and water-efficient systems.

7. Mercury City

Photo Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Photo Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

A 75 story building that is designed to use less water and electricity by collecting melting water. It is also the tallest building in Europe and features two high-speed elevators that travel 23 feet per second. Scary stuff.

6. Flame Towers

Photo Courtesy of Today.az

Photo Courtesy of Today.az

The tallest skyscrapers in Baku Azerbaijan are covered in LED lights.

5. One Central Park East

Photo Courtesy of news.domain.com.au

Photo Courtesy of news.domain.com.au

The building features vertical gardens on each floor in Sydney, Australia.

4.  Cayan Tower

Photo Courtesy of Architectmagazine.com

Photo Courtesy of Architectmagazine.com

The 80 story building located in Dubai has a twisted shape to reduce wind forces on the tower.

3. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Photo Courtesy of Chinatours.com

Photo Courtesy of Chinatours.com

In Huzhou, China the Sheraton hotel and resort has 19,000 LED lights that illuminate at night. Its unique shape allows all the rooms to have balconies and views.

2. DC Tower 1

Photo Courtesy of Dailytonic.com

Photo Courtesy of Dailytonic.com

The tallest building in Vienna has water-saving showers and restrooms; it runs entirely on green electricity.

1. The Shard

Photo Courtesy of the-shard.com

Photo Courtesy of the-shard.com

The building located in London is 87 stories high, making it the tallest building in the European Union.

By Roberto Garcia

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