The selection of skyscraper in this note attests a variation is found all around us. In this select we pick out 3 towers in 3 different countries: Canada, USA and México.
1. ABSOLUTE TOWERS – CANADA
Location: Mississagua, Ontario, Canada.
Height: Tower 1= 576 ft (176m), Tower 2= 518 ft (158m)
Architects: Burka Architects and MAD Studio
Key Facts: The “twin” towers won the 2012 Emporis Skyscraper Award as best new skyscraper of the year.
2. DOMINION CENTRE – CANADA
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Height: 731 ft (223 m)
Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, John B. Parkin and Associates, Bregman + Hamann Architects
Aside from these six towers, there is a pavilion at the base of the TD Bank Tower that houses the TD Canada Trust Main Branch
3. LIVING SHANGRI-LA – CANADA
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada.
Height:= 646 ft (197m),
Architects: James K.M. Cheng Architects
The building was featured in the 2010 film Tron: Legacy as the headquarters of the fictional company ENCOM International.
The Shangri-La Spa website claims to draw “inspiration from the origin of the Shangri-La legend.” It’s unclear whether this is meant to refer to the actual origin of the Shangri-La legend, a 1933 paperback by English writer James Hilton, about an emotionally exhausted World War One veteran who finds a utopia in the Tibetan mountains. A Tibetan county has taken similar advantage of the novel’s legacy: Zhongdian renamed itself Shangri-La County in 2001 in order to attract tourists
4. TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID – USA
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Height: 853 FT (260m)
Architect: William L. Pereira & Associates
The pyramidal form lowers the building’s center of gravity and provides the tower with structural stability in geolically active San Francisco.
The muted facade of this skyscrapper ae covered in precast concrete panels with the quartz finish.
5. RAINIER TOWER – USA
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Height: 514 FT (157m)
Architect: Minoru Yakasaki Associates, NBBJ
Rainier Tower was the second tall building that Yakamasaki designed for Downtown Seattle. The square footprints and their vertically striped cladding.
The square footprints and their vertically striped cladding, The Facade is clad in glass and aluminum, the latter in the form of alternating wide and narrow stripes.
6. WILLIS TOWER – USA
Location: Chicago , IL, USA
Height: 1,451 ft ( 442m)
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Bruce Graham and Fazlur Kham had created one of the most distinctive and influential modern skyscrapers. The tower express rational and dramatic.
7. BBVA BANCOMER TOWER – MÉXICO
Location: Ciudad de México, México
Height: 770.66 ( 234.9 m)
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour, Partners, Legorreta + Legorreta
The property has GOLDEN LEED certification, friendly with the environment, saves 40% water and 25% energy.
Upon its completion in 2015 it became the second tallest building in Mexico City at 235 metres (771 ft) and 50 stories high. However by 2018 it is expected to be the fourth tallest in Mexico, after Torre KOI, Torre Reforma and Punto Chapultepec.
8. TORRE MAYOR – MÉXICO
Location: Ciudad de México, México
Height: 740 ft ( 225.4 m)
Architect: Zeidler Roberts
The tower has 30,000 m² of glass on the south facade with thermal and acoustic insulation, plus finished marble inside and granite in common areas and hallways. The architecture of the building is contemporary and international quality. It also has three electric power supplies in average voltage, and it is noteworthy that it is the only building in Latin America that feeds energy from three different points of the city.
The building has received awards from the IMEI, ADI, AISC, Civil Engineering Research Foundation, CERF and Popular Science Magazine.
9. KOI – MÉXICO
Location: Monterrey , Nuevo León, México.
Height: 870 ft ( 265 m)
Architect: VFO Arquitectos
The 64-story building contains 27 floors of office space, and 218 apartments and 18 penthouses across the upper 37 floors, ranging from 130 to 832 square metres (1,400 to 8,960 sq ft). Each apartment has access to its own storage space and 2 or 3 parking spaces. Furthermore, residents enjoy communal amenities on the 22nd floor, which include an infinity pool, a bar, a sauna, a private guest room, and more. The project was certified LEED BD+C Silver in May 2018
10. Other featured projects
- Tribume Tower, Chicago, USA.
- Terminal Tower, Cleveland, USA.
- Flatiron Building, New York, USA.
- Woolworth Building, New York , USA.
- Empire State Building, New York, USA.
- One World Trade Center, New York , USA.
- Chrysler Building, New York, USA.
- CN Tower, Toronto, Canada.
- Calgary Tower, Calgary, Canada.
- The Bow, Calgary, Canada.
- Pemex Tower, México, México.
- Torre Latinoamerica, México, México.
- Torre Insignia, México.