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1. The Chase Tower
With over 40 floors, the Chase Tower has been the tallest building in Phoenix since 1972. Designed by Los Angeles based architectural firm Welton Becket and associates, the tower has a striking concrete and glass façade and is currently used as an office space.
2. S. Bank Center
Constructed in 1976, this building has a total of 31 floors. Thomas F. Marshall Associates was the principal architecture firm for the project. This was the first high rise to be built with an automatic fire sprinkler system, making it unique.
3. Centurylink Tower
With a total of 25 floors, this is the 3rd tallest building in Phoenix. The structure can be identified by its distinctive pyramid-shaped turquoise-color crown.
4. Alliance Bank Tower/ Cityscape Tower 1
As the name suggests, this building is used as an office space. The construction of the structure was completed in 2010. It is identifiable due to its attractive glass façade and modernist architectural style.
5. 44 Monroe
44 Monroe is the tallest residential structure not just in Phoenix, but in the whole of Arizona with a total of 34 floors. The building’s exterior, as well as interior design, were inspired by the ‘Five Elements’ painting by artist Jennifer Jones.
6. Viad Tower
Also known as the BMO Tower, this structure has a total of 24 floors. It is one of the most conspicuous skyscrapers in Phoenix due to its prime location. This modernist building was designed by HKS, Inc. in the year 1991.