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Napolean Complex for Renzo: Shanghai Wins Tallest Building

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Kohn Pedersen Fox's Shanghai World Financial Center was named the "Best Tall Building Overall" by the aptly-named Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, who happen to take tall buildings very, very seriously thankyouverymuch. According to the firm's archibabble, the Shanghai WFC's design is not based on a bottle opener, but rather "a square prism (used by the ancient Chinese to represent the earth) is intersected by 'cosmic arcs,' accentuating the building's vertical ascent." Right. Losers include Renzo Piano's Times Tower/spidey web; The Willis Building by Foster + Partners, London; and the Bahrain World Trade Center by Atkins, Bahrain.
· KPF takes it tall [World Architecture News]