CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards

CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards, Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat have announced the winners of the 15th edition of the CTBUH Tall Building Awards. From over 100 submissions, the best buildings from four regions – the Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe and Middle East & Africa – were selected, along with recipients of the Urban Habitat Award, the Innovation Award, the Performance Award and the 10 Year Award. TheCTBUH will pick a global winner from the regional selections later this year.

The towers were chosen by a panel of architects from world-renowned firms and were judged on every aspect of performance, looking in particular for “those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.”

Read on for the list of winners.

Best Tall Building – Americas: VIA 57 West / BIG

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VIA 57 West / BIG. Image © Nic Lehoux

VIA 57 West / BIG. Image © Nic Lehoux

“VIA 57 West is an inspired hybrid of the traditional courtyard block and high-rise tower. Its complex and intelligently orientated architecture maximizes occupants’ views to the Hudson River and activates the New York City waterfront with a dynamic new standard for integrated urban infill development.” – Juror Michael Palladino, Design Partner, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Finalists: 432 Park Avenue / Rafael Viñoly Architects, The Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler, Torre Reforma / LBR&A

The Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler. ImageConnie Zhou Photography, courtesy of Gensler432 Park Avenue / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © DBOXTorre Reforma / LBR&A . Image © Alfonso MerchandVIA 57 West / BIG. Image © Nic Lehoux+22

Best Tall Building – Asia & Australasia: Shanghai Tower / Gensler

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Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Connie Zhou

Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Connie Zhou

“Shanghai Tower shows the greatest commitment to communal space in a tall building since Commerzbank Tower completed in 1997. It contains the world’s first truly ‘inhabitable’ double-skin façade on a skyscraper, which is not only remarkable for its intended greenery, but its incorporation into the tower’s overall ventilation strategy. The sacrifice of valuable floor area to realize this social amenity proves that the aspirations for Shanghai Tower went far beyond mere commercial gain.” – Juror Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH

Finalists: Beach Road / Foster + Partners, Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill , Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Shinsegae International /Olson Kundig, Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects

Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © Edward HendricksLv Hengzhong, courtesy of SOM. ImageBeijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower / Skidmore, Owings & MerrillLv Hengzhong, courtesy of SOM. ImageJiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza / Skidmore, Owings & MerrillBeach Road / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners+22

Best Tall Building – Europe: The White Walls / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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The White Walls / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. ImageYiorgis Yerolymbos, courtesy of Nice Day Developments

The White Walls / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. ImageYiorgis Yerolymbos, courtesy of Nice Day Developments

“The White Walls is a truly groundbreaking exercise in materiality, serving as a successful expression of the architectural and environmental values of the Mediterranean across the vertical axis. Extensive vegetation on the north façade and the presence of loggias on the south façade create a very real connection with nature, while the tower’s punctured concrete walls quite literally ‘bleed green’ with tangles of local plant species.” – Juror Karl Fender, Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects

Finalists: Allianz Tower Istanbul / FXFOWLE, Allianz Tower Milan / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei, ECB – European Central Bank / Coop Himmelb(l)au, Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo Torino / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Esto Photographics. ImageAllianz Tower Istanbul / FXFOWLEAllianz Tower Milan / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei. Image © Alessandra ChemolloGrattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo Torino / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Enrico CanoThe White Walls / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. ImageYiorgis Yerolymbos, courtesy of Nice Day Developments+22

Best Tall Building – Middle East & Africa: The Cube / Orange Architects

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The Cube / Orange Architects. Image © Matthijs van Roon

The Cube / Orange Architects. Image © Matthijs van Roon

“The Cube indicates a clear alternative to the extruded box typology that defines the majority of residential high-rises around the world, instead comprising a stack of completely unique villas in the sky. The tower is particularly successful in its structural design, which features a system of elegantly framed girder walls that add visual flair and allow for completely unobstructed floor plans.” – Juror Hashimah Hashim, Executive Director, KLCC Property Holdings Berhad

Finalist: Iris Bay / Atkins

Iris Bay / Atkins. Image Courtesy of AtkinsThe Cube / Orange Architects. Image © Matthijs van Roon+22

Urban Habitat Award: Wuhan Tiandi Site A

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© Shui On Land

“The Wuhan Tiandi Mixed-Use Development demonstrates that a master plan for a tall building neighborhood can include vibrant public spaces that offer a high level of intimacy, walkability, and social design. The disposition of tall buildings combined with an animated public realm creates a vibrancy that is rarely found in newly created communities. The Wuhan Tiandi complex offers a high quality of life for those that live, work, and visit – a quality of life that rivals long established tall building neighborhoods found elsewhere in the world.” – Juror James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City Planning Department of Toronto

10 Year Award: Hearst Tower / Foster + Partners

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Hearst Tower / Foster + Partners. Image © Hearst Corporation

Hearst Tower / Foster + Partners. Image © Hearst Corporation

“Walking along the base of Hearst Tower, you might not even realize that you are right next to one of New York’s greatest architectural achievements of the 2000s. Built directly on top of a 1920s office relic, the tower made the world reexamine what’s possible in terms of preserving historic low-rise buildings in a dense downtown core. There’s also something cathartic about the juxtaposition between its classically reserved base and contemporary diagrid structure above.” –CTBUH Trustee Timothy Johnson, Design Partner, NBBJ

Performance Award: Taipei 101 / C.Y. Lee

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Taipei 101 / Y.E. Lee. Image © TaipeiFinancial

Taipei 101 / Y.E. Lee. Image © TaipeiFinancial

“It is rare to see a commitment to upgrade an existing building to this level of environmental performance. The extensive documentation of its energy upgrades and sustainability initiatives speaks for itself; TAIPEI 101 has been the subject of a tireless and exhaustive effort to become one of the most sustainable tall buildings in the world, and it has been successful in this mission. In addition to a comprehensive set of green technologies and systems installed throughout the building, a rigorous occupant engagement program really puts this project in a league of its own.” – Technical Juror Bill Browning, Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green

Innovation Award: Pin-Fuse

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Pin-Fuse. Image © SOM

Pin-Fuse. Image © SOM

“The Pin-Fuse system opens the door to realizing increased resilience in buildings constructed in highly active seismic regions. By providing just the right amount of give under pre-determined axial loads, the system is innovative for its tested impact on repair frequency, costs, and structural longevity for buildings that have experienced an earthquake.” – Technical Jury Chair SawTeen See, Managing Partner, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

For more information on the 2016 CTBUH Awards, visit their website here.

The Winners for The 2016 Modernism in America Awards Have Been Announced

The Winners for The 2016 Modernism in America Awards Have Been Announced, Courtesy of Docomomo US
Courtesy of Docomomo US

Docomomo US has announced the winners of its 2016 Modernism in America Awards, which honor projects around the country that highlight and advocate for the restoration of postwar architecture and landscapes.

The Modernism in America Awards is the only national program that celebrates “the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design.”

The 2016 Modernism in America Award winners are:

Design Award of Excellence:

Mellon Square; Pittsburgh, PA

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© Ed Massery 2014 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

© Ed Massery 2014 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Civic/Institutional Design Award of Excellence is given for the restoration of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square. Envisioned as a cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s post WWII renaissance by Richard King Mellon and Mayor David L. Lawrence, this space was collaboratively designed by architects Mitchell & Ritchey and landscape architects Simonds & Simonds. It opened in 1955 as the nation’s first urban plaza designed with an underground garage and retail space as an integral composition. After falling into decline due to weather, system failures, and use, a Preservation, Interpretation & Management Plan was first developed in 2008 that informed the five-year restoration and revitalization project focused on recapturing the original design intent and solving persistent issues of decline. Jury chair, architect Frederick Bland noted, “As one of the nation’s oldest modern urban plazas – and an original component of the success story of Pittsburgh’s mid-twentieth century renaissance – this detailed and comprehensive restoration considers both daytime and nighttime uses, includes an interpretative display to convey the meaning of the design to the public, and establishes a maintenance endowment and public-private operating agreement the ensure the design’s longevity. While some modern urban landscapes around the country are being ripped out, Pittsburgh has found a more enlightened way.” 

Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building; Los Angeles, CA

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© Paul Turang

© Paul Turang

The Commercial Design Award of Excellence is awarded for the restoration of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building in Los Angeles, California. At its completion, both the building and its architect, Paul Revere Williams, were central to the African-American community during the previous century and influenced the history of Southern California. For much of the 20th century Golden State Mutual Life Insurance was the largest black-owned insurance company in the western United States and the first in the region to write insurance policies to all people regardless of color. The company was a pillar of the African-American community, providing hundreds of African- Americans and other minorities stable, middle-class employment, and was front and center in the drive for civil rights as the site of numerous voter drives and community organization efforts, including a visit by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In selecting the project the jury noted, “The renovation of this lesser known modern office headquarters in Los Angeles embodies the ethos of “refreshing” a building rather than replacing (i.e. a light touch rather than a heavy hand).” The interiors have been restored to match the original 1949 design, and the building now serves the community as a center of the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (“SCLARC”) campus. The property is listed on the National Register and as a Historic Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles. 

Frederick and Harriet Rauh Residence; Cincinnati, OH

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© Cincinnati Preservation Association

© Cincinnati Preservation Association

The Residential Design Award of Excellence is given for the restoration of the Frederick and Harriet Rauh Residence. Restoration of the house and property was accomplished through the collective efforts of the Cincinnati Preservation Association and a team of experts and spearheaded by Emily Rauh Pulitzer who had grown up in the house as a child. Her involvement in the restoration included funding the acquisition of the property, funding the restoration, and working closely with the restoration team to establish the appropriate preservation approach to all elements of the project. Mrs. Pulitzer extended the impact of the project by encouraging the educational events such as the recent symposium “Preservation of Modern Architecture in the Midwest.” Though once again a private residence, tours and lectures continue to be held that raise awareness of the issues surrounding the preservation of modern architecture. Speaking on behalf of the jury architect Fred Bland said, “An unusual example of the International Style of modernism in Ohio, this scholarly and holistic approach to the preservation of this severely deteriorated house and site will provide future generations a rich example of the full spectrum of many components of modernism. Not only will the building itself be preserved but also the landscape, furnishings, and art. A laudable added feature, a public outreach program including tours and symposia, is intended to engage and instruct the public.” 

Michigan Modern; Michigan

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© James Haefner

© James Haefner

The Advocacy Award of Excellence for is given to the Michigan Modern project. In selecting the project, the Docomomo US Board of Directors commented, “The role and impact of Michigan in introducing modern design in all aspects of living in the immediate postwar decades is without any precedent even today. The Michigan Modern project re-introduces us to that fact and, as a result, is groundbreaking in concept and approach as well as in its scope and ability to be a springboard for advocacy throughout the state. The project has also important educational components that continue to raise the understanding, knowledge and appreciation for the state’s considerable mid-century resources and design-related heritage. An early example of the project’s importance was the ability of the organizers to save from destruction the architectural records of Yamasaki and Associates and to make these archives of an important American architect available for research through the Archives of Michigan.” With the goal of raising awareness of the significance of the state’s Modern resources and design heritage, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) received a Preserve America grant in 2009. The initial scope included development of a historic context on Modernism in Michigan; survey of 100 significant Modern resources; four architect interviews; and the creation of the Michigan Modern website (michiganmodern.org) to impart the information to the public. The project grew to include an exhibition entitled Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America, a book of the same name due out later this fall, the funding of three National Historic Landmark designations, and has served as the springboard for advocacy and activism. 

Citation of Merit:

Margaret Esherick House; Philadelphia, PA

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© Jeffrey Totaro, courtesy of k YODER design

© Jeffrey Totaro, courtesy of k YODER design

The jury awards a Citation of Merit for the conservation of Louis I. Kahn’s Margaret Esherick House. The jury commented, “a rare residence by the master architect Louis I. Kahn, this house has been restored by owners who painstakingly sought to have the genius of Kahn shape their approach to the restoration. Extraordinary sensitivity to the original details included the services of a paint conservator; restoration of the idiosyncratic, Wharton Esherick designed, original kitchen, long outdated, and made useful by today’s standards by adding contemporary components in an adjacent utility area; and cleverly adapting the spirit of the character-giving shutters during the winter months, allowing a sustainable future for the house.”

The Met Breuer; New York, NY

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© Peter Aaron

The jury awards a Citation of Merit for the restoration of The Met Breuer. Speaking for the jury, Deborah Dietsch and Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED, ID+C stated, “For decades, Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum was threatened with insensitive additions and alterations. A once reviled building that has become a familiar and well-loved icon is one of the finest architectural examples of the brutalist period. Though the building hasn’t been threatened for 20 years, this project epitomizes the best preservation practices by respecting the original architect’s intentions, reinstating the design as conceived and leaving evidence of the architectural patina acquired over time. The Met Breuer is proof to other institutions and cities that such tough modern buildings are beautiful and deserve to be better understood, saved and cherished.” 

The Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office; Phoenix, AZ

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© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux

The jury awards a Citation of Merit for the sensitive restoration of the Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office at the Phoenix Financial Center, South Rotunda. The jury notes, “A lesser-known and exuberant desert gem, the original interior details have been carefully restored and brought back to robust life by a tenant. Development pressures have been avoided and the preservation of this building supports the revival of a city district. This is yet another example of how less is more… how restoration with a light hand values even the patina on original material if that material can be saved and restored, rather than replaced.” 

Houston: Uncommon Modern; Houston, TX 

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© Photo: Rocio Carlon. Catalog Design: Jeffrey Liao

© Photo: Rocio Carlon. Catalog Design: Jeffrey Liao

The jury awards the Survey/Inventory Citation of Merit to Houston: Uncommon Modern project. The jury notes, “Houston has its share of noteworthy mid-century modern buildings, but this project – an exhibition, catalog, tour, and panel discussion – puts a spotlight on “outsider” modern structures in a city notable for the lack of zoning or a robust preservation ethos. This is the kind of preemptive work that can save buildings, sites, and neighborhoods without the fanfare of 11th hour campaigns.” 

Citation of Technical Achievement:

United Nations Campus Renovation of Facades; New York, NY

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© Heintges & Associates (left); Woodruff / Brown Architectural Photography (right)

© Heintges & Associates (left); Woodruff / Brown Architectural Photography (right)

The jury awards a Citation of Technical Achievement to the United Nations Headquarters Campus Renovation of Facades. This world-renown complex by a team of mid-20th century master architects, and in particular the iconic Secretariat building, had failing wall assemblies that were beyond repair and necessitated replacement. This undertaking utilized state-of-the-art design methodologies and rigorous analysis of the original glass and other facade materials, to achieve a historically appropriate visual outcome while meeting today’s energy conservation and security objectives. The project represents a significant addition to the body of knowledge essential for the preservation of early modern glass and curtain wall buildings. 

Tower of Hope, Christ Cathedral; Garden Grove, CA

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© Christian Costea Photography, Inc.

© Christian Costea Photography, Inc.

A Citation of Technical Achievement is awarded to the Tower of Hope, Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Commenting on the project the jury noted, “Seismic upgrades are as necessary as they are expensive, causing some buildings to be lost to demolition rather than to be retrofitted. The success of this project, a dynamic assemblage of low and high buildings by a master architect, rests on patient research and a determination to find and apply creative solutions without compromising preservation goals. The project can serve as a model for others which might be lost to demolition.” 

News and project descriptions via Docomomo US

Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue

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Courtesy of RIBA

Courtesy of RIBA

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked out her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.

Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0Copagri Pavilion ‘Love IT’. Image © Marcela GrassiScottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave MorrisThe Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.+9

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Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue, Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0

Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Santa Caterina Market. Image © Ceramica Cumella

Santa Caterina Market. Image © Ceramica Cumella

Born in Milan, Tagliabue graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in 1989. In the early 1990s, she married Spanish architect Enric Miralles and the pair founded their studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Together, Miralles and Tagliabue designed some of the practice’s most notable works, including the renovation of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona and the enormous edifice of the Scottish Parliament Building – a building which critic Charles Jencks described as “a kind of small city,” reflecting the complexity and intricacy of the Edinburgh streets which it responds to.

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Scottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave Morris

Scottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave Morris

However, following Enric Miralles’ tragically premature death in 2000, Tagliabue took over the firm as a sole director, completing the Santa Caterina market, Edinburgh Parliament and a string of other projects besides. In recent years, the firm’s most striking work has perhaps been the Spanish Pavilion completed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a design which epitomizes their philosophy of continuing curiosity and material experimentation.

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Diagonal Mar Park. Image © Flickr user oh-barcelona licensed under CC BY 2.0

Diagonal Mar Park. Image © Flickr user oh-barcelona licensed under CC BY 2.0

To this day, Tagliabue refers to her late husband as one of her greatest influences, and in 2011 she founded the Foundation Enric Miralles, with the mission of promoting and teaching the philosophies of inquiry and experiment that are fundamental to his legacy.

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The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

See all the works of EMBT featured on ArchDaily via the thumbnails below, and more coverage ofBenedetta Tagliabue below that:

Copagri Pavilion ‘Love IT’. Image © Marcela GrassiScottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave MorrisBarajas Social Housing Blocks. Image © Roland Halbe9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Image © Marcela Grassi+9

Interview with Benedetta Tagliabue: Looking at Buildings as if They Were Decomposing and Becoming New Sketches

Benedetta Tagliabue to Recieve 2013 RIBA Jencks Award

Benedetta Tagliabue Appointed as Newest Pritzker Prize Jury Member

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