Sizing up the competition

Niki May Young
Tuesday 04 Nov 2008

CTBUH announce tall building award winners to compete for overall prize

The awards that prove that size is everything, the Best Tall Building’ awards presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), have announced this year’s four geographical winners. The awards recognize architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and life safety for its occupants in buildings across the Americas, Europe, Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Australia. Topping out in the Americas is the New York Times Building; in Europe, the Willis Building; in the Middle East/Africa, the Bahrain World Trade Centre and in Asia/Australia is the Shanghai World Finance Centre.

The four buildings will now go on to compete for the prize of “Best Tall Building Overall” which will be announced at an awards Gala on 20 November.

“Each of these breathtaking structures achieves an exceptionally high standard of excellence and quality in its realization of built form,” said Tim Johnson, CTBUH Awards Committee Chairman. “They are models of innovation and creativity, and, given the environmentally responsible elements incorporated into their construction and maintenance, they are significant assets to their respective urban landscapes.”

Also announced was the winner of the lifetime achievement awards which honored Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with the Lynn S. Beedle Award for extraordinary contribution to tall buildings advancement and William F. Baker of SOM with the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal for significant contribution to a discipline for the design of tall buildings and the built urban environment.

Niki May Young

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