The best tall building in the world
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winners of the 16th Annual CTBUH Awards Program, which competed for winning distinctions at the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference from 30 to 31 May at Aqua Tower in Chicago. The CTBUH Awards Jury named Oasia Hotel Downtown the ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’, in addition to recognising the winners of nine individual award categories.
Oasia Hotel Downtown was chosen from among the four regional Best Tall Building winners, including American Copper Building, Best Tall Building Americas; Oasia Hotel Downtown, Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia; The Silo, Best Tall Building Europe; and Zeitz MOCAA, Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa.
The winner of Best Tall Building Worldwide exhibited a number of characteristics that impressed the judges. The visually-striking Oasia Hotel Downtown stands out among the grey and blue high-rises of Singapore with its plant-covered façade of red and green, which connects to the green of the cityscape. Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment, and forms a major part of the development’s material palette, with a total of 54 species of plants climbing along the aluminium mesh façade screen. With a substantial commitment to outdoor communal space through the incorporation of ‘skyspaces’ along its height, the tower provides respite and relief to its occupants, neighbours and city.
CTBUH executive director and awards juror Antony Wood says, “This project won not only because it incorporates 60 stories of green walls along the exterior, but because of its significant commitment to communal space. The tower has given over 40 percent of its volume to open air communal terraces in the sky.”
In addition to the regional and overall Best Tall Building winners, a number of other award recipients were recognised at the conference, including the World Trade Center Master Plan for the Urban Habitat Award; MULTI for the Innovation Award; EY Centre for the Construction Award; New York Times Tower for the 10 Year Award (2007 Completions); and Shanghai World Financial Center for the 10 Year Award (2008 Completions). In all, the 10 awards winners were chosen from a group of 48 finalist projects representing 28 countries from around the world.
The CTBUH Tall Building Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts. The Awards aspire to provide a more comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important structures, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of performance, including those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.
Mirvac’s national construction director, Jason Vieusseux, says, “Mirvac is thrilled to have received global recognition for EY Centre, 200 George Street by winning the construction category at the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards. EY Centre is a triumph of innovative construction and demonstrates that true craftsmanship can be achieved on a high rise scale.”
Mirvac’s general manager of Commercial Development, Simon Healy, says, “The EY Centre, 200 George Street bears testament to the incredible collaboration that Mirvac’s integrated model brings including our in-house capability to construct complex projects, such as this. By working with our partners, including architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and workplace advisory firm Davenport Campbell, we were able to build a cutting-edge workplace with world-leading technology and innovative design. We are proud and delighted to have delivered a building that both enriches its communities and raises the bar for future workplaces in Australia.”
Image courtesy of Mirvac.