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Last updated 16:07 25/06/2014

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One of Sydney's most distinctive residential tower blocks is also getting a name as one of the world's best.

One Central Park, designed by French architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel in collaboration with Australian firm PTW, has been voted the best tall building in the Australasia region by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based in Chicago.

It is now in the running for the title of world's best at the council's awards in November.

But it faces some stiff competition.

The winner of the Middle East and Africa region was the twisted Cayan Tower in Dubai. The helical-shaped building turns 90 degrees over the course of its 304-metre height. 

The best tower to come out of Europe last year was De Rotterdam, in Rotterdam. With a height of 150 metres and a total area of 162,000 square metres, it is now the largest building in the Netherlands.

To take out the top prize, Central Park will also have to beat the winner from the Americas region. The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Oregon, USA, is an environmentally friendly retro-fit of a 1970s "energy hog".

Recently, Central Park was voted the fifth best building built in 2014 at the Emporis Skyscraper Awards in Hamburg.

The building is made up of two towers, east and west, with the taller 34-level east tower reaching 116 metres.

In both cases, the judges were won over by the eye-catching vertical gardens and cantilevered heliostat on the east tower that reflects sunlight down into other parts of the site.  

The executive director of the CTBUH Anthony Wood said: "There have been major advances in the incorporation of greenery in high-rise buildings over the past few years - but nothing on the scale of this building."

Central Park is being developed by Sekisui House and Frasers Property Australia of the old Carlton and United Brewery site.

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