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CTBUH Selects the 4 Best Tall Buildings for 2013
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 |

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced the four regional winners in the race for the title Best Tall Building Worldwide 2013. The top regional towers include The Shard in London (Winner Europe); CCTV in Beijing (Winner Asia and Australia); Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi (Winner Middle East and Africa); and The Bow in Calgary (Winner Americas).

The overall Best Tall Building winner will be named from the four regional winners at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Illinois Institute of Technology, November 7, in the iconic Mies van der Rohe-designed Crown Hall. The 10-Year and Innovation awards will be announced separately prior to the ceremony.

Winner - Europe: The Shard in London, UK by Renzo Piano Building Workshop © Sellar Property Group

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Winner - Europe: The Shard in London, UK by Renzo Piano Building Workshop © Sellar Property Group

“The winners and finalists include some of the most striking buildings on the global landscape,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and principal of Studio Gang Architects. “They represent resolutions to a huge range of contemporary issues, from energy consumption to integration with the urban realm on the ground.”

These are the Council's four regional Best Tall Buildings for 2013:

Winner Europe: The Shard
London, United Kingdom

Height (Architectural): 306.0 meter / 1,004 feet (59th tallest in the world, tallest in Europe)
Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Associate Architect: Adamson Associates
Structural Engineer: WSP Group

Winner Asia and Australia: CCTV Headquarters
Beijing, China

Height (Architectural): 234.0 meter / 768 feet (324th tallest in the World, 4th tallest in Beijing)
Design Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Associate Architect: ECADI
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners; East China Architectural Design and Research

Winner - Asia and Australia: CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China by OMA © Philippe Ruault

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Winner - Asia and Australia: CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China by OMA © Philippe Ruault

Winner Middle East and Africa: Al Khatem Tower/Sowwah Square
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Height (Architectural): 155.0 meter / 509 feet (202nd tallest in Middle East)
Design Architect: Goettsch Partners
Structural Engineer: Oger International

Winner - Middle East and Africa: Al Khatem Tower/Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi, UAE by Goettsch Partners © Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure

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Winner - Middle East and Africa: Al Khatem Tower/Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi, UAE by Goettsch Partners © Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure

Winner Americas: The Bow
Calgary, Canada

Height (Architectural): 237.5 meter / 779 feet (303rd tallest in the World, tallest in Calgary)
Design Architect: Foster + Partners
Associate Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles

Winner - Americas: The Bow in Calgary, Canada by Foster + Partners © Nigel Young

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Winner - Americas: The Bow in Calgary, Canada by Foster + Partners © Nigel Young

The additional Tall Building Finalists in each category are as follows:

Europe

Finalist - Europe: ADAC Headquarters, Munich, Germany by Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten © Jan Bitter

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Finalist - Europe: ADAC Headquarters, Munich, Germany by Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten © Jan Bitter

Finalist - Europe: New Babylon Tower, The Hague, The Netherlands by MVSA Architects © MVSA Architects

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Finalist - Europe: New Babylon Tower, The Hague, The Netherlands by MVSA Architects © MVSA Architects

Finalist - Europe: Tour Total, Berlin, Germany by Barkow Leibinger © Johannes Foerster

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Finalist - Europe: Tour Total, Berlin, Germany by Barkow Leibinger © Johannes Foerster

Asia & Australasia

Finalist - Asia & Australasia: Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu, China by Steven Holl Architects © Shu He

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Finalist - Asia & Australasia: Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu, China by Steven Holl Architects © Shu He

Finalist - Asia & Australasia: C&D International Tower, Xiamen, China by Gravity Partnership © Gravity Partnershop

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Finalist - Asia & Australasia: C&D International Tower, Xiamen, China by Gravity Partnership © Gravity Partnershop

Finalist - Asia & Australasia: Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China by Skidmore Owings & Merrill © Pearl River Tower Properties Co., Ltd.

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Finalist - Asia & Australasia: Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China by Skidmore Owings & Merrill © Pearl River Tower Properties Co., Ltd.

Finalist - Asia & Australasia (no photo): PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore by WOHA Architects.

Middle East and Africa

Finalist - Middle East and Africa: 6 Remez Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel by Moshe Zur Architects and Town Planners © Moshe Zur Architects

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Finalist - Middle East and Africa: 6 Remez Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel by Moshe Zur Architects and Town Planners © Moshe Zur Architects

Finalist - Middle East and Africa: The Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE by Arquitectonica © Sorouh

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Finalist - Middle East and Africa: The Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE by Arquitectonica © Sorouh

Americas

Finalist - Americas: Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, USA by Pickard Chilton © Simon Hurst

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Finalist - Americas: Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, USA by Pickard Chilton © Simon Hurst

Finalist - Americas: Tree House Residence Hall, Boston, USA by ADD © Peter Vanderwarker

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Finalist - Americas: Tree House Residence Hall, Boston, USA by ADD © Peter Vanderwarker


Comments:
Boston
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
With the exception of a few, this list collects some of the worst highrises to be completed recently.

Living nearby the Boston ADD INC. project above I can attest that it is a perfect example of poor urban planning and terribly misguided expression in its facade. (It is a residential building for MASSART, apparently it is supposed to be 'artsy'; see: lime green accents and window projections.) It has been coined the 'lumber liquidators tower' and much worse.

The blatant disregard for its context exhibited by the Al Khatem Tower/Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi forced the planners of the island to draft new architectural guidelines to stop projects like this from being built in the future.

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