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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The 10 Next Hot Skyscrapers You Won't Find in Dubai

When it comes to tall buildings, all eyes are on the Burj Dubai. That's because this month it became the tallest structure in the world—and it's not even done yet. But across the world architects have already come up with mega engineering plans vying to be equally mind-blowing. From shortest to tallest, here are our favorite 10 favorite skyscrapers under construction whose radical designs and eco-friendly architecture make up for a lack of height.

10. The Bow Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Bow
Designer Foster + Partners Height 774 feet
Floors 58 Estimated Completion 2011

The Bow gets its name from the tower's unique, curving shape. When it's completed it will be Calgary's first steel skyscraper, which means it'll use significantly less material, as a steel frame does away with the need for a multitude of weaker supports built into load-bearing walls. It will also be Calgary's tallest building, and the green-minded team at Fosters and Partners built it to be environmentally sustainable. Three sky lobbies spaced about 18 floors apart divide it into three zones for business, shopping and leisure, and a southward atrium spans the entirety of the Bow's facade, which will expose the inside to plenty of sun and help warm it during Canadian winters. Energy is also saved by the amount of light the Bow's heavily-windowed structure lets in, meaning more natural illumination and less of the artificial stuff.

While it won't even make the list of the 100 tallest buildings in the world at a modest 774 ft., The Bow still stands tall—and curved—as an example of environmentally-minded architecture.

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The Bow
10. The Bow
Beekman Tower
9. Beekman Tower
Tower Verre
8. Tower Verre
Sinosteel International Plaza
7. Sinosteel International Plaza
Al Hamra Tower
6. Al Hamra Tower
Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower
5. Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower
International Commerce Centre
4. International Commerce Centre
Federation Tower
3. Federation Tower
Chicago Spire
2. Chicago Spire
Shanghai Tower
1. Shanghai