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CTBUH Awards 2010 : Best Tall Buildings

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15 Nov 2010

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) would like to clarify that Broadcasting Place did not beat Burj Khalifa to the ‘CTBUH 2010 Best Tall Building 2010 Overall’, as has been stated in several items of media coverage. The Burj Khalifa was honored with a higher award, named the ‘Global Icon Award’.

25 Oct 2010

CTBUH Best Tall Building Award

Burj Khalifa honored as first recipient of CTBUH’s new Tall Building “Global Icon” Award

Chicago – October 25, 2010. In a surprise move, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) bestowed a new award on the Burj Khalifa Tower at its annual “Best Tall Buildings Awards Ceremony” on Thursday evening, 21st October.

The new “Global Icon” award recognizes those very special tall buildings that make a profound impact, not only on the local/regional context, but on the genre of tall buildings globally. Innovative in planning, design and execution, the building must have influenced and re-shaped the field of tall building architecture, engineering, and urban planning. It is intended that the award will only be conferred on an occasional basis, when merited by an exceptional project – perhaps every 10 or 15 years.

As explained by CTBUH Awards Chair Gordon Gill, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture: “There was discussion amongst members of the jury that the existing ‘Best Tall Building of the Year’ award wasn’t really appropriate for the Burj. We are talking about a building here that has changed the landscape of what is possible in architecture – a building that became internationally recognized as an icon long before it was even completed. ‘Building of the Century’ was thought a more apt title for it.”

Burj Khalifa – World Tallest Building:
Burj Khalifa - World Tallest Building CTBUH Awards 2010
image from Emaar

Burj Khalifa, a mixed-use office/residential/hotel that towers 2,717 feet (828 meters) above the Dubai skyline, had already won the award for the Best Tall Building in the Middle East & Africa region on the night, and was eligible for the Council’s Best Tall Building “Overall” award against the three other regional winners (Bank of America Tower, New York for the Americas; Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore for Asia & Australasia; and Broadcasting Place, Leeds, UK for Europe).

With Burj Khalifa already recognized through the new icon award, Broadcasting Place took the 2010 “Best Tall Building Overall” award. Broadcasting Place – a cor-ten clad student housing tower – succeeds on many levels, addressing city and urban design, respect for surrounding heritage buildings, and a richness of architectural design. The award was accepted by George Downing, of the building’s owner-developer, Downing; and Alex Whitbread of the building’s architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

World Tallest Buildings
image from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

“Since the late 1880s, only 16 buildings have claimed the title of ‘World’s Tallest’,” said CTBUH Executive Director and awards jury member Antony Wood, “In one’s lifetime the title may thus only pass hands two or three times, so witnessing the completion of the Burj is something very special. In addition, in the history of the world’s tallest, no building has ever surpassed another by more than 200 or so feet [63 meters], but the Burj has surpassed its predecessor by 1,050 feet [320 meters]. It is almost as tall as placing the Empire State Building on top of Petronas Towers. It is a remarkable achievement for all involved.”

CTBUH Chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim of Korea University added: “Burj Khalifa has redefined a region and a people, created a sense of place for Dubai, advanced the technologies of supertall buildings and established a new benchmark for the integrated practice of architecture and engineering. It is perhaps the greatest architectural and engineering achievement in my lifetime.”

Burj Khalifa skyscraper – formerly known as Burj Dubai Skyscraper

World’s tallest building

16 Jun 2010

CTBUH Names “Best Tall Buildings – 2010”

Four Skyscrapers Named Regional “Best Tall Buildings” for 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

“Best Tall Building Overall” to be announced at October Awards Ceremony; “Lifetime Achievement” winners William Pedersen and Ysrael Seinuk also to be recognized.

Bank of America Tower
Bank of America Tower
picture © David Sundberg-Esto

Asia & Australasia
Pinnacle @ Duxton
Pinnacle @ Duxton
image © C)ARCStudio

Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place
image © Cloud9Photography
Broadcasting Place

Middle East & Africa
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
photograph : Imre Solt
Burj Khalifa

CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards

Chicago – June 15, 2010. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards for 2010. These awards recognize outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions, and this year are awarded to: Bank of America Tower, New York (Americas); The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore (Asia & Australasia); Broadcasting Place, Leeds (Europe); and Burj Khalifa, Dubai (Middle East & Africa). These buildings were selected for their design and technical innovations, sustainable attributes, and the enhancement they provide to both the cities and the lives of their inhabitants.

With an unprecedented number of entries this year, the CTBUH Awards Committee had much to deliberate. Led by Awards Chairman, Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the committee included: Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung (South Korea); Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects (Canada); Peter Murray, Wordsearch (UK); Matthias Schuler, Transolar (Germany); Mun Summ Wong, WOHA (Singapore); and Antony Wood, CTBUH (USA).

The jury also selected the 2010 recipients of the Council’s two lifetime achievement awards: William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award) and Ysrael A. Seinuk, Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C. (Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal). Both men were selected for their lifetime’s work to the advancement of Tall Buildings, with their portfolios including many seminal, iconic skyscrapers.

This year’s winners will be recognized, and the awards conferred, at the CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, Chicago, on the evening of Thursday 21st October. All the winning projects and finalists will be celebrated at this gala event. Additionally, from the four regional best tall building winners, one “Overall” winner will be chosen and announced at the ceremony. All dinner attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the CTBUH 2010 Awards Book on the night.

This year the awards dinner will take place in conjunction with an afternoon Symposium which will be focused on the four regional best tall buildings, and the two lifetime achievement award winners. This Symposium will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology close to the awards dinner venue, during the afternoon prior to the dinner.

For further information on the CTBUH Awards Dinner & Ceremony and Symposium please visit http://awards.ctbuh.org.

About the CTBUH
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international organization sponsored by architecture, engineering, planning, and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.

The CTBUH is the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings, and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally. It is the arbiter of tall building height, determiner of the title of ‘The World’s Tallest Building’ and maintains a significant database of built, under construction and proposed tall building.

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