Three of the Best Tall Buildings in Europe

- Leadership - Jul 09, 2014

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has awarded De Rotterdam as the best in Europe and placed it among the nominees for the globes finest, to be presented in November.

It saw off stiff competition from London and Vienna in the respective form of the NEO Bankside and DC Tower. Here is an introduction to all three contenders.

De Rotterdam

De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city at the Wilhelminapier on the edge of Rotterdam’s Maas River. Its three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodate offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes.

The project began in 1997 and construction started at the end of 2009 with completion in November 2013. The towers reach a height of 150m, with a gross floor area of approximately 162,000 square metres, making it the largest building in the Netherlands.

NEO Bankside

This Southwark building may only be ranked as the 46th tallest in London, but its design gets it a place in the CTBUH list.

NEO Bankside comprises 217 residential units in four buildings ranging from 12 to 24 stories. Its four hexagonal pavilions have been arranged to provide residents with generous accommodation, stunning views and maximum daylight.

The steel and glass pavilions take their cues from the immediate context. Carillion PLC was the major contractor behind the build.

DC Tower

Renowned for its historical architecture, Vienna is now being recognised for its 21st century buildings. It is the 22nd tallest in Europe and the outright tallest in Austria standing at 220 metres.

It has become an invaluable landmark of the Donau-city in Vienna, and comprises an entirely new urban district with a diverse range of functions: offices, a four star hotel, apartments, a sky bar, a public open space, restaurants, and a fitness center.

The folds contrast with the no-nonsense rigor of the other three façades, creating a tension that electrifies the public space at the tower's base.

The façade's folds give the tower a liquid, immaterial character, a malleability constantly adapting to the light, a reflection or an event. Dancing on its platform, the tower is slightly oriented toward the river to open a dialogue with the rest of the city, turning its back on no one, neither the historic nor the new Vienna. 

More on all of these projects can be found here: http://www.ctbuh.org/Awards/AllPastWinners/2014Awards/PR_RegionalWinners/tabid/6445/language/en-US/Default.aspx#finalists

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