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CTBUH Awards 2014 Winners

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20 Jun 2014

CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards 2014

CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2014

• Many projects show strong sustainability commitment, including greenery at height
• Older buildings re-energized by thoughtful renovations
• Eccentric shapes, new programs and uses challenge traditional perceptions of tall buildings
• Urban Habitat, 10-Year, Innovation, Lifetime Achievement and Worldwide awards announced next

CHICAGO, June 19 – Four buildings, from the United States, Australia, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2014 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The four regional winners are:

• The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, USA (Americas)

• One Central Park, Sydney, Australia (Asia & Australia)

De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
De Rotterdam CTBUH Best Building
image : Richard John Seymour

Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE (Middle East & Africa).
Canyan Tower CTBUH Best Building
image : Tim Griffith

An overall winner for the “Best Tall Building Worldwide” will be named from the four regional winners, following presentations from the owners and architects of each building, at the CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Symposium, which will take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 6. The symposium will be followed by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the iconic Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe. The 10-Year, Urban Habitat, Lifetime Achievement, Building Performance and Innovation awards will be announced in the coming weeks, and will also feature at November’s awards events.

The Council received 88 entries from around the world for the Best Tall Building awards. The largest number of entries was from Asia, with a significant number also from Europe.

This year’s group of entries was remarkable in that it contained a number of fantastic renovation projects (including Winner, The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland; and Finalist, United Nations Secretariat Building, New York), projects that incorporated vertical greenery in new and exciting ways (including Winner, One Central Park, Sydney; and Finalists, Abeno Harukas, Osaka and Ideo Morph 38, Bangkok), and a variety of programs and uses that have historically not been accommodated in buildings, such as higher education (including Finalist, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong). New horizons in form were pushed aggressively, yielding towers in “wheel” or “doughnut” shape and playing off proximity to water (see Finalist, Sheraton Tai Lake Resort, Huzhou), a twisting helix (see Winner, Cayan Tower, Dubai), and towers that curve in all dimensions (see Finalist the Point, Guayaquil, Ecuador).

“The submissions this year reflect the incredible diversity of tall buildings being built around the world,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and founding principal of Studio Gang Architects. “Even more so, they reflect the dawning of a global recognition that tall buildings have a critical role to play in a rapidly changing climate and urban environment.”

The CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a panel of industry experts. Projects are recognized for making an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.

Winners and finalists are featured in the annual CTBUH Awards Book, which is published in conjunction with a major global publisher and distributed internationally each year.

Winner – Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, USA
Finalist – The Point, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Finalist – United Nations Secretariat Building, New York, USA

The Point, Ecuador
Design: Christian Wiese
The Point CTBUH Best Building
image : Christian Wiese

Asia & Australasia
Winner – One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Finalist – 8 Chifley, Sydney, Australia
Finalist – Abeno Harukas, Osaka, Japan
Finalist – Ardmore Residence, Singapore
Finalist – FKI Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Finalist – Ideo Morph 38, Bangkok, Thailand
Finalist – Sheraton Tai Lake Resort, Huzhou, China
Finalist – The Interlace, Singapore
Finalist – The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong, China
Finalist – Wangjing SOHO, Beijing, China

8 Chifley, Sydney, Australia
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
8 Chifley CTBUH Best Building
image : Brett Broadman

Winner – De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Finalist – DC Tower, Vienna, Austria
Finalist – NEO Bankside, London, UK

DC Tower, Vienna, Austria
Design: Dominique Perrault Architecture
DC Tower 1 - 2
image : Michael Nagl

Middle East & Africa
Winner – Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE

Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE
Design: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Canyan Tower Dubai CTBUH Best Building
image from architect

CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards 2014 information from CTBUH

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Location: Chicago, IL, USA

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Doha Tower, Qatar, by architect Jean Nouvel
Doha Tower
image Courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel

CTBUH Awards 2011
Rippling Building
image © dbox

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image from Emaar
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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. For more information on the Council contact: [email protected]

Chicago Skyscrapers
Chicago Skyscrapers
photo courtesy of Jan Klerks

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall – 2010 : Burj Khalifa


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Burj Dubai, Dubai
Burj Dubai
image from Edelman

Absolute Tower, Canada
Absolute Tower
image from architect

CTBUH Best Tall Building Overall 2010 : Burj Khalifa Skyscraper in Dubai, UAE

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