The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named four international projects as the best tall buildings in the world for 2014. Winners were selected from 88 entries.
“The submissions this year reflect the incredible diversity of tall buildings being built around the world,” Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and founding principal of Studio Gang Architects, said in a statement. “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 recipients are:
Best Tall Building Americas
Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building – Portland, Oregon
Design architect: Cutler Anderson Architects
Architect of record: SERA Architects
Built in 1974, this 18-story office building underwent a mechanical upgrade and full replacement of the building envelope — including a shading façade — to improve energy performance.
Photo copyright Nic Lehoux
Best Tall Building Europe
De Rotterdam — Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Three interconnected mixed-used towers form The Netherlands’ largest building, which houses offices, apartments, a hotel, shops, restaurants, and conference facilities.
Copyright OMA/photo by Richard John Seymour
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia
One Central Park — Sydney, Australia
Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Architect of record: PTW Architects
This skyscraper uses hydroponics to enshroud itself in lush greenery that saves cooling energy, while heliostats direct sunlight for heating and lighting into away from the building and the adjoining park.
Photo by Murray Fredericks. Image courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa
Cayan Tower — Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Design architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Architect of record: Khatib & Alami
This luxury apartment building twists 90 degrees over the course of its 75 stories. Identical in plan, each floor is set 1.2 degrees clockwise from the floor below to create the structure’s distinct helical shape.
Photo copyright 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, taking place November 6 in Chicago.