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May 20, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT (1942 HKT)
Tying for 10th place in the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Tour Carpe Diem in Courbevoie, France, uses geothermal wells as an energy source and has a sustainable design strategy that includes solar water heating and a heat recovery system. The bar on the building's rooftop garden offers views over Paris and the Seine. Greenery can also be found inside: The main lobby is augmented by a 17-meter-high winter garden.
<strong>Architects: </strong>Robert A.M. Stern Architects, SRA Architectes Tying for 10th place in the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Tour Carpe Diem in Courbevoie, France, uses geothermal wells as an energy source and has a sustainable design strategy that includes solar water heating and a heat recovery system. The bar on the building's rooftop garden offers views over Paris and the Seine. Greenery can also be found inside: The main lobby is augmented by a 17-meter-high winter garden. Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, SRA Architectes
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10.= Tour Carpe Diem (France)
10.= Nanfung Commercial (China)
9. AZ Tower (Czech Republic)
8. Ardmore Residence (Singapore)
7. Mercury City (Russia)
6. Flame Towers (Azerbaijan)
5. One Central Park, East Tower (Australia)
4. Cayan Tower (U.A.E.)
3. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort (China)
2. DC Tower 1 (Austria)
1. The Shard (UK)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Emporis Skyscraper Award given to buildings completed in the last 12 months that are higher than 100 meters
  • This year no North American buildings are acclaimed, despite winning in previous two years
  • Panel of architecture experts award rankings according to aesthetic and functional design criteria

(CNN) -- London's The Shard has taken top honors in the annual Skyscraper Award from Hamburg-based building and construction data company Emporis.

The awards, announced annually since 2000, are chosen by an "international jury of architecture experts" who select nominated buildings completed in the last year and are at least 100 meters tall, according to "aesthetic and functional design criteria," an Emporis spokesperson said in a statement.

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"Construction of The Shard was complicated by the particularly tight site and therefore needed innovative planning," said Emporis.

"This makes the result all the more impressive: a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London's new emblem."

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DC Tower 1 in Vienna, Austria, designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture, took second place.

It was lauded for "the contrasting way in which its facade is treated: three mirror-smooth sides are broken by a craggy, jagged fourth that gives the building a strength of expression and sense of solidity, despite its slim stature."

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Third place went to the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, on Lake Tai near Shanghai, China.

"Its daring design is further accentuated by its illumination at night, which creates imposing reflections of the building in the lake," said Emporis.

That hotel became known as "The Donut" after being featured in several media reports at the time of its completion.

No North American buildings made the top 10 this year, while five European buildings were celebrated, the most since 2008.

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