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The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

Bati_rieul / L'EAU Design

  • Architects: L'EAU Design
  • Location: 9-12 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Kim Dong-jin
  • Design Team: Jeong Sunjun, Kim Taeyeon
  • Area: 743.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 20058
  • Photographs: Park Wan-soon

© Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon

Dialogue in the Dark Bukchon / Wise Architecture

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Location: 1-29 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area: 390.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim

MVRDV to Transform Abandoned Highway in Seoul into Lush Skygarden

MVRDV has won a competition to transform an abandoned elevated highway next to Seoul's Central Station into a 938 meter-long skygarden. The ambitious project, dubbed the "Seoul Skygarden," aims to "build on the city's ambition to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly," while acting as a catalyst for the surrounding neighborhoods. 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers will take over the overpass, creating a unique "library of plants" organized according to the Korean alphabet. Even more, the skygarden will cut pedestrian commutes to the station by more than half, reducing the walk from 25 to 11 minutes. 

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV

‘The Rock’ Sangsu-dong Office / designband YOAP architects

  • Architects: designband YOAP architects
  • Location: Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architects In Charge: Shin, Hyun Bo; Ryu, In Keun; Kim, Doran
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shin Do Keun

© Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun © Shin Do Keun

Office PARK-NG / IROJE KHM Architects

  • Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
  • Location: Yeouido, 3 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: HyoMan Kim
  • Design Team: Kyung Jin-Jung, SeungHee-Song, Su Kyung-Jang
  • Contractor: Jehyo
  • Area: 304.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: JongOh Kim

© JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim

Residence Hall of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary / SAC International

  • Architects: SAC International
  • Location: Gwangjang-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Kyung-sik Hong
  • Area: 6528.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio

© Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio © Jae-kyung Kim/ jae-kyung Kim Studio

HWA HUN / IROJE KHM Architects

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone

adidas Superstar Hall of Fame / URBANTAINER

  • Architects: URBANTAINER
  • Location: 524-34 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Creative Director: YounjinJeong, Jinyoung Yoon
  • Space Design Team: Sujung Lee, Donhee Yoon
  • Brand Design Team: Minjeong Choi
  • Area: 355.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Young Kim_Indipos

© Young Kim_Indipos © Young Kim_Indipos © Young Kim_Indipos © Young Kim_Indipos

The White Cone House / apparat-c

  • Architects: apparat-c
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Seewoong Lee, Yeonyung Choi, Pedro Ferreira
  • Construction: Yinsigak
  • Area: 331.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Namsun Lee

© Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee

KHVatec Headquarter / _SYSTEM LAB

  • Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
  • Location: 1451-39 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Chanjoong Kim
  • Design Team: Younghwan Kim, Chungryul Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jinman Choi, Jinchul Choi
  • Area: 462.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk

The objective of the "Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk" competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul's "urban-architectural heritage," it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

Suo-jae: The House to Uphold Myself / Studio GAON

  • Architects: Studio GAON
  • Location: 164-11 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Young-chae Park

© Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park

Givenchy Flagship Store in Seoul / Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Client: Givenchy Group
  • Area: 404.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Shin Kyungsub

© Shin Kyungsub © Shin Kyungsub © Shin Kyungsub © Shin Kyungsub

Tropism of Wild Flower / L'EAU design

  • Architects: L'EAU design
  • Location: 49-27 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Dongjin Kim
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Park Wan-soon

© Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon

The Happiness Foundation / THE_SYSTEM LAB

  • Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
  • Location: 60 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design: Chanjoong Kim
  • Design Team: Sanghyun Park,Younghwa Kim, Jinman Chol, Byungsik Lim
  • Structure: RC
  • Area: 1242.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim

Kyung Hee Cyber University ACAPeace Building Renovation / Chiasmus Partners

  • Architects: Chiasmus Partners
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Hyunho Lee AIA, James Wei Ke, Kyungmin Kim, Myung shin Kang, Kiryung Kim, Youngjong Park, Narae Yang
  • Area: 478.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park