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15 Nov 2013

World’s Most Colourful Towers

An end to gray monotony – The world’s most colorful high-rises

Hamburg, November, 2013 – High-rises don’t have to get lost in the gray concrete jungle: some are a real riot of colour, with vivid facades in scarlet, turquoise or canary yellow – or even combining all the colors of the rainbow. Facades such as these break the drabness of so many concrete tower blocks, and their creative designs stimulate the imagination. A list of the world’s most colorful high-rises has now been compiled by Emporis (www.emporis.com), the international provider of building data.

Varyap Meridian
World's Most Colourful Towers
photograph © Atakan Esser

In the case of Colorium, probably the best-known building in Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen (“Media Harbor”), the name says it all: the building’s exceptional aluminum ribbon window facade, consisting of over 2,200 panels of glass, was screen-printed with 17 different geometric patterns of single or up to four colors. The top floor juts out well over the harbor basin and particularly catches the eye with its signal-red coloring and night-time illumination.

Broadcasting Tower
Broadcasting Tower
photo © Dibyendu Rout

The most colorful high-rises

Building Name / City / Country / Height / Architects / Year

Al Attar Tower / Dubai / UAE / 130 m / Al Turath Engineering Consultants / 1997

Broadcasting Tower / Leeds / Great Britain / 69 m / Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects LLP / 2009

Colorium / Düsseldorf / Germany / 62 m / Alsop & Störmer / 2001

F&F Tower / Panama City / Panama / 243 m / Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos / 2011

First World Hotel / Genting / Malaysia / 140 m* / AIB Associates Architects Sdn Bhd / 2002

Herkules-Hochhaus / Cologne / Germany / 102 m / Peter Neufert / 1969

Hotel Porta Fira / L’ Hospitalet de Llobregat / Spain / 113 m / Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects; b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos / 2010

Mercury City / Moscow / Russia / 339 m / Frank Williams & Partners; M.M.Posokhin; G.L. Sirota / 2013

Oficinas en el Parque / Monterrey / Mexico / 98 – 115 m / GDU / 1998

The Arlington / Charlotte / USA / 94 m / LS3P Associates / 2002

Torre Net / Padua / Italy / 80 m / LVL architettura S.r.l. / 2008

Varyap Meridian / Istanbul / Turkey / 100 m – 188 m / RMJM; Dome Partners / 2012

William Beaver House / New York City / USA / 159 m Tsao & McKown; Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron / 2009

Source: www.emporis.com *Estimate

Al Attar Tower
Al Attar Tower
photo © Axel Schmies

Broadcasting Tower
Broadcasting Tower
photo © Lieke Ongering

Colorium
Colorium
photo © Michiel van Dij

F&F Tower
F&F Tower
photo © catoledo

The positively idyllic-seeming First World Hotel in Genting, Malaysia, radiates joie-de-vivre, fun and – not least – rest and recuperation from humdrum routine from every inch of its luminous bright facade. It is hardly surprising, then, that the almost five-hectare First World Plaza in and around the hotel complex has a comprehensive range of entertainments on offer, including an amusement park, casino, theater stage and further attractions.

First World Hotel
First World Hotel
photo © Eqdoktor
Herkules-Hochhaus
Herkules-Hochhaus
photo © William Sen
Hotel Porta Fira
Hotel Porta Fira Building
photo © Jaume Castañé
Mercury City
Mercury City
photo © Igor Butyrskii

The shimmering copper-colored facade of Mercury City in Moscow, on the other hand, might not be able to compete with the fascinating play of colors at the First World Hotel, but, with its imposing and noble visual appearance, succeeds in demonstrating that a brilliant show is perfectly possible with just the one color. The skyscraper, which measures just under 339 meters, stands out on the skyline of the Russian capital and also impresses through its environmental friendliness and sustainability.

Oficinas en el Parque
Oficinas en el Parque
photo © Carlos Tomás Chávez Cámara
The Arlington
The Arlington
photo © clearskyimages.com
Torre Net
Torre Net
photo © Marco Sarain
Varyap Meridian
Varyap Meridian
photo © Atakan Esser

Colorful buildings do not just provide a welcome change from uniform-appearance blocks: bright colors also have a positive effect on the mood and on the memory and reaction times of those looking at them, as researchers at the University of Essex in England have recently discovered. Particularly during the cold time of year, when the weather is often gray, radiant colors in a vibrant cityscape can indeed help to drive away the winter blues.

William Beaver House
William Beaver House
photo © Tectonic Photo

Additional images:

Al Attar Tower
Al Attar Tower
photo © Axel Schmies
Broadcasting Tower
Broadcasting Tower
photo © Dibyendu Rout
Hotel Porta Fira
Hotel Porta Fira Building
photo © David Guija
The Arlington
The Arlington
photo © Chris Patriarca
The Arlington
The Arlington
photo © Chris Patriarca
Torre Net
Torre Net
photo © Daniele Ceccato
William Beaver House
William Beaver House
photo © Nate Lindsey
William Beaver House
William Beaver House
photo © Nate Lindsey

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