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Qatar's Shard wins top honour at 2013 skyscraper award

Dubai’s twisted Cayan Tower also made it into the top five in the Emporis Skyscraper competition

Qatar's Shard wins top honour at 2013 skyscraper award

Western Europe's tallest skyscraper, London’s the Shard, which was built by Qatar's royal family, has been chosen by a panel of international experts as the best skyscraper completed within the 12 month review period, with Dubai’s Cayan Tower picking up fourth place.

Click here to see the top 10 award-winning skyscrapers

The Shard was awarded the Emporis Skyscraper Award from a choice of 300 shortlisted towers, it was announced this week.

The 306m tall winning building, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, won over the jury thanks to its unique glass fragment-shaped form and its sophisticated architectural implementation. "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," stated the expert jury in explaining its decision.

The Shard which has been 13 years in the planning, struggled with financing after the 2008 credit crunch until the Qatari family rescued the project.

The tower is part of a massive redevelopment of the London Bridge area on the south bank of the River Thames, which cuts through the British capital.

While it had been suggested the tower had struggled to attract tenants, it was announced in February that half of the tower was now occupied.

The Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina also made it into the top five and likely won praise for its innovative twisted design which sees each floor, or slab plate, rotate 1.08 degrees around a fixed cylindrical core and giving the complete building a dramatic 90 degree turn.

Click here to see the top 10 award-winning skyscrapers

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Sa1 5 years ago

It is London's Shard

Qatari 5 years ago

It's Qatar's Shard, in London.

MT3 5 years ago

So State of Qatar has fully bought out Sellar Property Group now?