Quay Quarter Tower may be the best in the world, but Sydneysiders still aren’t convinced

Quay Quarter Tower by 3XN and BVN Architects may have been voted the world’s best building and skyscraper, but it didn’t take the top prize in a poll of nearly 3,400 Herald readers

In a vote for the best skyscraper of the 10 award winners, the city’s second-tallest skyscraper, Salesforce Tower by architects Foster and Partners, came out on top with nearly a third of the 3,400 votes cast as of Wednesday at 5 pm

Quay Quarter came in second, with around 18 percent of the vote.

Readers continue to have an irritating relationship with its tallest and brightest building, One Crown at Barangaroo. She came in third with 14 percent of the vote in an online poll that asked readers to nominate her favorite building. Australia Square, by the late architect Harry Seidler, received 11 percent of the vote.

The poll is not scientific and readers can vote more than once. The International Towers at Barangaroo and the Greenland Center received the fewest votes, respectively, three percent and one percent of the vote.

Central Greenland.

In emails sent to the HeraldHowever, more than 50 per cent nominated One Crown, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, as the worst building in Sydney. They called it a parody; his mastery of the skyline was a plague on “a once-beautiful city”, and he desecrated a treasured peninsula, Barangaroo.

Many readers wrote saying they regretted the change in the Sydney skyline. Others called for a halt to the hideous vegetation and soaring horizons that had created sunless, windy canyons.

The city was once called the Paris of the Pacific, readers said by email and in comments. “Now it’s like any other big city crowded with people and no depth in architectural history or community,” one reader said in an email to the newspaper.

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