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Bosco Verticale Best Tall Building Worldwide

Milan Tower Architecture, Italy – design by Architects Boeri Studio

18 Nov 2015

Bosco Verticale Best Tall Building Worldwide

CTBUH Names Bosco Verticale “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2015

Design: Boeri Studio, Architects

CHICAGO, November 2015 – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury selected Bosco Verticale, Milan, as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 14th Annual CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner held November 12 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Bosco Verticale
photo © Paolo Rosselli

The final decision was the culmination of a nearly year-long juried selection process considering 123 entries representing a total of 33 countries. In July, the CTBUH Awards Jury named a winner from each of the four competing regions in the world: Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe, and Middle East & Africa. The Regional Winners were One World Trade Center, New York City, United States; CapitaGreen, Singapore; Bosco Verticale, Milan, Italy; Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Senior representatives of each of the winners gave presentations at the Awards Symposium at Hermann Hall, with the jury convening immediately afterwards to determine an overall winner. IIT Dean Wiel Arets then had the honor of awarding the title of overall “Best Tall Building Worldwide” to Bosco Verticale at an elegant Ceremony & Dinner held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic masterpiece S.R. Crown Hall.

Bosco Verticale
photo © Elena Giacomello

Although the CTBUH International Best Tall Building Awards program is ostensibly centered on a single building type, the diversity in this year’s winning submissions was remarkable. Awards Jury Chair, Mun Summ Wong, Co-Founder, WOHA Architects, shed light on the challenge of selecting this year’s winner, “How do you start to compare a building like Bosco Verticale, which has trees all over it and is just over 100 meters tall, with One World Trade Center – sleek, elegant, poised, and more than five times taller than the former? One is where people live, and the other where they work.”

Bosco Verticale
photo © CTBUH

The jury applauded Bosco Verticale, which translates to “Vertical Forest,” for its extraordinary implementation of vegetation at such scale and height. The building supplants traditional cladding materials with screens of greenery such that the plants act as an extension of the tower’s exterior envelope, creating a distinct microclimate. The building’s intensive “living façade,” incorporating numerous trees and 90+ species of vegetation, is an active interface to the surrounding environment. Along with creating a beautiful appearance, the living green façade concurrently stimulates interaction with the surrounding environment while also protecting against it, in fact enhancing the sustainability of the project. The jury called this exploration of the viability of greenery at such heights groundbreaking.

Bosco Verticale was also the focus of the 2013 International CTBUH Seed Funding Initiative, sponsored by Arup, in which Dr. Elena Giacomello monitored the vegetation of the towers and built a database in support of a new framework for the green design of tall buildings. The findings were published by CTBUH in Vertical Greenery: Evaluating the High-Rise Vegetation of the Bosco Verticale, Milan.

Bosco Verticale
photo © CTBUH

Stefano Boeri, Founding Partner of Boeri Studio Architteti, graciously accepted the award at last night’s ceremony. He offered the audience an inspirational message, saying, “Yesterday I was giving a lecture here [at IIT], and it was very strange because the subject of the lecture was failures. I was trying to think about why architects are not used to talking about their failures – we prefer to hide, to remove our flubs, our fiascos, and our failures. Honestly, the reason we were able to do the Bosco Verticale was because we were able to learn from failures . . . and what I hope is that other attempts will learn from the mistakes we made with the Bosco Verticale.”

Bosco Verticale
photo © CTBUH

The CTBUH Awards Jury recognized Singapore hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, for the Urban Habitat Award, which WOHA Architects Co-Founder Richard Hassell accepted. To note, as Mun Summ Wong’s had team worked on the project, he recused himself from the Jury when they deliberated this award. Santiago Calatrava, accepted the 10 Year Award on behalf Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers for the Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. Sydney’s Chifley Tower won the Performance Award for its exceptional energy efficiency upgrades undertaken in 2008, 16 years after the building’s 1992 completion. Maria Ramirez and Alberto Alarc on accepted the Innovation Award for their company’s coffee concrete slab solution, HOLEDECK®.

Bosco Verticale Milan
photos © B Plessi

The CTBUH Board of Trustees also awarded two special Lifetime Achievement Awards that evening. Mrs. Mori accepted the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the late Minoru Mori for his transformative impact on the Tokyo skyline, and recited a beautiful acrostic poem. Nicholas E. Billotti, Turner Construction accepted the Fazlur R. Khan Award on behalf of the work he’s done over his 39-year career at Turner Construction. The Board of Trustees also named three new CTBUH Fellows, celebrated for their contribution to the Council over a period of time, and in acknowledgment of their work and knowledge in the design and construction of tall buildings and the urban habitat: . William Maibusch, Project Executive, Andersen Construction, Simon Lay, Global lead, Fire & Life Safety Consulting, AECOM and Robert Pratt, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Design & Construction, Tishman Speyer.

The CTBUH Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts. The Awards aspire to provide a more comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important structures, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of performance, including those that have the greatest positive effect on the people who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.

Bosco Verticale


photos © CTBUH

CTBUH Awards Best Tall Buildings Worldwide

CTBUH Awards – Americas

Winner – One World Trade Center:
One World Trade Center
photo © James Ewing | OTTO

Baccarat Hotel and Residences:
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Torre Virreyes:
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Winner – Capita Green:
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The Leadenhall Building:
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Winner – Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, Abu Dhabi:
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About the CTBUH Awards Jury

The Awards Juries are formed of industry leaders in their respective fields, and are thoroughly multidisciplinary and geographically diverse. The Main Jury selects the four regional Best Tall Building winners (and from those, the Worldwide winner), and the Urban Habitat award winner. The Technical Jury is responsible for selecting the Innovation Award and the Performance Award winners.

About the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. A not-for-profit organization, founded in 1969 and based at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology, CTBUH has an Asia Headquarters office at Tongji University, Shanghai, and a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy. CTBUH facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings through publications, research, events, working groups, web resources, and its extensive network of international representatives. The CTBUH also developed the international standards for measuring tall building height and is recognized as the arbiter for bestowing such designations as “The World’s Tallest Building.”

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