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Best New Tall Building Prize – New High-Rise Architecture: PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore
23 Jul 2015
CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner in 2015
CTBUH Names Urban Habitat Award Winner for 2015
July 22, 2015, CHICAGO – This week the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released the names of the Urban Habitat Award winner and finalists, the next in a series of announcements for the CTBUH Awards. The 2015 winner of the CTBUH Urban Habitat Award is the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore, remarkable for its extensive greenery throughout, and its porous, pedestrian-oriented integration with the ground plane.
Acknowledging that the impact of a tall building is far wider than just the building itself, the Council launched the Urban Habitat Award in 2014, as part of the overall CTBUH Awards program, to recognize tall buildings’ improvements to the urban realm as a whole. This year’s Urban Habitat winners and finalists were chosen for their exemplary designs that are intelligently influenced by both their environmental and cultural context, and which add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings.
PARKROYAL on Pickering is located in the midst of Singapore’s high-density city center, and features extensive greenery carefully integrated throughout the building’s design. A contoured podium responds to the street scale, and draws inspiration from terraced landscapes, such as rice paddies, which are critically vital in the area.
These contours create dramatic outdoor plazas and gardens, which flow seamlessly into the interiors. Greenery from nearby Hong Lim Park is drawn up into the building in the form of planted valleys, gullies, and waterfalls.
“PARKROYAL demonstrates that public space can occur in a skillful way across multiple levels,” said James Parakh, CTBUH Awards Juror, Chair of CTBUH Urban Habitat Committee, and Manager of Urban Design for the City of Toronto Planning Division.
PARKROYAL on Pickering stood out to the jury for its well-executed elevated gardens, which illustrate how greenery may be conserved in a built-up high-rise city center, but also multiply it vertically in a manner that is architecturally striking and sustainable. Several publicly accessible green spaces adorn the hotel’s exterior on multiple levels. “This project’s design has demonstrated how a ‘building-as-a-garden’ can enhance the quality of the city and enrich the human condition,” said Karl Fender CTBUH Awards Juror, and the founding Director of Fender Katsalidis.
The jury also recognized the following projects as finalists for their notable contributions to their urban environments (see CTBUH Urban Habitat Award website for further details):
Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) – Sydney, Australia
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Jing An Kerry Centre – Shanghai, China
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Tour Carpe Diem – Paris, France
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This year’s Urban Habitat winners and finalists were chosen for their exemplary designs that are intelligently influenced by both their environmental and cultural context, and which add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings.
The winners and finalists will be celebrated at the CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Symposium, to take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, on November 12, 2015. The Symposium itself will feature an exciting series of presentations from the owners and architects of each building. Winners and finalists will also be featured in the annual CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Book, published in conjunction with Images Publishing and distributed internationally each year.
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 Performance Award and the Innovation 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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