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• Regional winners from Canada, China, UK and UAE
• Lifetime achievement awards: Henry Cobb, Clyde Baker
• 10-Year, Innovation and Overall awards announced next

CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards 2013

CHICAGO, July 1—Highly distinctive towers in Canada, China, the UK and UAE have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2013 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The four regional winners include The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China (Asia & Australia); The Shard, London (Europe); Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Middle East & Africa).

CCTV Headquarters:
China Central Television Headquarters - CTBUH Awards 2013 Best Tall Buildings
photo © Philippe Ruault

An overall winner for the “Best Tall Building Worldwide” 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 Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe. The 10-Year and Innovation awards will be announced separately prior to the ceremony. The Council received more than 60 entries from around the world for the Best Tall Building awards.

Sowwah Square:
Sowwah Square - CTBUH Awards 2013 - Best Tall Buildings
photo © Lester Alio

“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.”

The CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a panel of industry executives. Projects are recognized for making an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.

The Shard:
The Shard Tower London
The Shard photo © Nick Weall

This year the CTBUH Board of Trustees awarded the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry Cobb, founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. His list of tall-building achievements includes Hancock Place in Boston and the Library (US Bank) Tower in Los Angeles. Past winners of the Lynn S. Beedle Award, include Helmut Jahn, Lord Norman Foster, Cesar Pelli, William Pedersen and Adrian Smith.

Henry Cobb:
Henry Cobb - CTBUH Awards 2013 Best Tall Buildings
photo © Emily Nemens – Center for Architecture

“Henry Cobb has demonstrated phenomenal leadership throughout his career, particularly on Hancock Place,” said CTBUH chairman Timothy Johnson. “Cobb’s leadership in smoothing out the difficulties around Hancock Place set the standard for future retrofits and advocated for positive changes to building codes around tall buildings.”

Clyde Baker:
Clyde Baker - CTBUH Awards 2013 - Best Tall Buildings
photo © Philippe Ruault

The Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal went to Clyde Baker, senior principal engineer at AECOM, who has performed geotechnical engineering for seven of the 16 tallest buildings in the world, and a major portion of the high-rise buildings built in downtown Chicago over the past 50 years, including nine with deep basements and slurry walls. “Clyde has contributed so much to our industry,” said Bill Maibusch, CTBUH Trustee. “He has touched a lot of projects and been instrumental in making those projects successful.”

Winners and finalists are featured in the annual CTBUH Awards Book, which is published in conjunction with a major global publisher and distributed internationally each year.

Winner – The Bow, Calgary, Canada
Finalist – Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, USA
Finalist – Tree House Residence Hall, Boston, USA

The Bow Calgary, Canada – architecture news
Design: Foster + Partners with Zeidler Partnership
The Bow Calgary - CTBUH Awards 2013 Best Tall Buildings
image : Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Asia & Australasia
Winner – CCTV, Beijing, China
Finalist – C&D International Tower, Xiamen, China
Finalist – Park Royal on Pickering, Singapore
Finalist – Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China
Finalist – Sliced Porosity Block, Chengdu, China

Central China TV Beijing - CTBUH Awards 2013 Best Tall Buildings
CCTV image courtesy of OMA
CCTV Headquarters Beijing

Winner – The Shard, London, UK
Finalist – ADAC Headquarters, Munich, Germany
Finalist – New Babylon, The Hague, Netherlands
Finalist – Tour Total, Berlin, Germany

The Shard Building
The Shard Tower
photo © Nick Weall

Middle East & Africa
Winner – Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Finalist – 6 Remez Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel
Finalist – Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sowwah Square Abu Dhabi
Sowwah Square
photo © Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure

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About the CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, based at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, is an international organization sponsored by architecture, engineering, planning, and construction professionals, designed to facilitate exchanges among those involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings.

The CTBUH is the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings, and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally. It is the arbiter of tall building height, determiner of the title of ‘The World’s Tallest Building’ and maintains a significant database of built, under construction and proposed tall building. For more information on the Council contact: info@ctbuh.org

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