9 towers that dominate city skylines

From Britain's Shard tower to Sweden's Turning Torso, these majestic structures make skylines stand out.

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The Shard has an imposing presence on downtown London. The Shard has an imposing presence on downtown London. (Photo: s4svisuals/Shutterstock)

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The Shard: London, England

Star architect Renzo Piano designed this jewel, which reaches a height of more than 1,000 feet and dominates London's skyline – no small feat considering the iconic buildings that dot it.

In 2014, The Shard claimed first place at the Emporis Skyscraper Awards. The Emporis judges hailed the building as "a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London's new emblem."

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