CTBUH Skyscraper Award

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) annually announces eleven Tall Building Awards: nine awards for skyscrapers, and two lifetime achievement awards for individuals.[1]

  • Best Tall Building Overall Award
  • Best Tall Building Award – Americas
  • Best Tall Building Award – Asia & Australasia
  • Best Tall Building Award – Europe
  • Best Tall Building Award – Middle East & Africa
  • Urban Habitat Award
  • Tall Building 10 Year Award
  • Tall Building Innovation Award
  • Performance Award
  • The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal
  • CTBUH conferred a new "Global icon award" on 25 October 2010, the first recipient of this award was Burj Khalifa.[2]

The awards committee selects awards from each category, while the Best Tall Building Overall is selected from the four regional winners. Initially only the special awards such as The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, and Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal were given. In 2007 the CTBUH started awarding the skyscraper awards and in 2012 added a new award (Innovation Award). In 2013 a new 10 Year Award was added. In 2014 the Urban Habitat and Performance awards were issued for the first time.

Awards Criteria[edit]

The CTBUH uses the following award criteria for skyscrapers.[1]

  • The project must be completed and occupied (topped out architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupied), no earlier than 1 January of the previous year, and no later than 1 October of the current awards year.
  • The project advanced architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and provides life safety for its occupants.
  • The project must exhibited sustainable qualities at a broadest level.
  • The project must have achieved a high standard of excellence and quality.
  • The site planning and response to its immediate context must ensure rich and meaningful urban environments.
  • The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urabn Habitat (CTBUH).

The criteria for the Innovation Award:[1]

  • Demonstrate a specific area of innovation within design or construction.
  • Should be applicable to other tall building projects.
  • Single innovative element (single project can be nominated multiple times for different innovations)
  • Building can also be submitted for Best Tall Building Award

The criteria for the 10 Year Award:[1]

  • Demonstrate successful performance over time.
  • Must have been completed between 10–12 years since the current award year (In the inaugural year submissions of buildings completed between 10–15 years since the current award year will be considered).

The criteria for The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award:[1]

  • The award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall building and the urban environment during his or her professional career.
  • The candidate may be from any area of specialization, including, but not limited to: architecture, structure, building systems, construction, academia, planning, development or management.
  • The contributions of the award recipient should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH and its founder, Dr. Lynn S. Beedle.
  • The award is not intended to be awarded posthumously, although it may be so awarded in some cases.

The criteria for Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal:[1]

  • The award recognizes an individual for his/her demonstrated excellence in technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to a discipline for the design of tall buildings and the built urban environment.
  • The candidate may or may not be a member of the Council.
  • The personal attributes of the award recipient should be of high professional integrity and individual’s contributions generally be consistent with the mission of the CTBUH.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat bestowed a new award for Burj Khalifa at its annual “Best Tall Buildings Awards Ceremony” on 25 October 2010 when Burj Khalifa honored as first recipient of CTBUH’s new Tall Building “Global Icon” Award. According to CTBUH the new “Global Icon” award recognizes those very special supertall skyscrapers that make a profound impact, not only on the local or regional context, but on the genre of tall buildings globally. Which is innovative in planning, design and execution, the building must have influenced and re-shaped the field of tall building architecture, engineering, and urban planning. It is intended that the award will only be conferred on an occasional basis, when merited by an exceptional project perhaps every ten or fifteen years.[2]

Former CTBUH Awards Chair Gordon Gill, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture said:

"There was discussion amongst members of the jury that the existing ‘Best Tall Building of the Year’ award was not really appropriate for the Burj khalifa. We are talking about a building here that has changed the landscape of what is possible in architecture a building that became internationally recognized as an icon long before it was even completed. ‘Building of the Century’ was thought a more appropriate title for it."[2]

2002[edit]

Award Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Lynn Beedle

2003[edit]

Award Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Charles DeBenedittis

2004[edit]

Award Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Gerald D. Hines
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Leslie E. Robertson

2005[edit]

Award Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Alan Davenport
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Prof. Werner Sobek

2006[edit]

Award Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Ken Yeang
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Srinivasa 'Hal' Iyengar

2007[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Lord Norman Foster
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Dr. Farzad Naeim
Best Tall Building Award The Beetham Hilton Tower United Kingdom Manchester
Best Sustainable Tall Building Hearst Tower United States New York City

2008[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award Cesar Pelli
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal William F. Baker
Best Tall Building Overall Award Shanghai World Financial Center China Shanghai
Best Tall Building Award Americas The New York Times Building United States New York City
Best Tall Building Award Asia and Australasia Shanghai World Financial Center China Shanghai
Best Tall Building Award Europe 51 Lime Street United Kingdom London
Best Tall Building Award – Middle East & Africa Bahrain World Trade Center Bahrain Manama

2009[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award John Portman
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar
Best Tall Building Overall Award Linked Hybrid Building China Beijing
Best Tall Building Award Americas Manitoba Hydro Tower Canada Winnipeg
Best Tall Building Award Asia and Australasia Linked Hybrid Building China Beijing
Best Tall Building Award Europe Broadgate Tower United Kingdom London
Best Tall Building Award – Middle East & Africa Tornado Tower Qatar Doha

2010[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award William Pedersen
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Ysrael A. Seinuk
Best Tall Building Overall Broadcasting Place[3] United Kingdom Leeds
Best Tall Building Americas Bank of America Tower United States New York City
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Pinnacle @ Duxton Singapore Singapore
Best Tall Building Europe Broadcasting Place United Kingdom Leeds
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Burj Khalifa United Arab Emirates Dubai
Global Icon Award Burj Khalifa[2] United Arab Emirates Dubai

2011[edit]

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards for 2011 on June 15, 2011.[4]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Adrian Smith
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Dr. Akira Wada
Best Tall Building Overall KfW Westarkade Germany Frankfurt
Best Tall Building Americas 8 Spruce Street United States New York City
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Guangzhou International Finance Center China Guangzhou
Best Tall Building Europe KfW Westarkade Germany Frankfurt
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa The Index United Arab Emirates Dubai

2012[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Helmut Jahn
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti
Best Tall Building Overall Doha Tower Qatar Doha
Best Tall Building Americas Absolute Towers Canada Mississauga
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia 1 Bligh Street Australia Sydney
Best Tall Building Europe Palazzo Lombardia Italy Milan
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Doha Tower Qatar Doha
Tall Building Innovation Award Al Bahar Towers United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

2013[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Henry Cobb
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Clyde Baker
Best Tall Building Overall CCTV Headquarters China Beijing
Best Tall Building Americas The Bow Canada Calgary
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia CCTV Headquarters China Beijing
Best Tall Building Europe The Shard United Kingdom London
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Sowwah Square United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Tall Building Innovation Award (Co-Winners) Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) Prefabricated Construction Process China Changsha
KONE UltraRope Finland Espoo
10 Year Award 30 St Mary Axe United Kingdom London[5]

2014[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Douglas Durst
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Peter Irwin
Best Tall Building Overall One Central Park Australia Sydney
Best Tall Building Americas Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building United States Portland
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia One Central Park Australia Sydney
Best Tall Building Europe De Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Cayan Tower United Arab Emirates Dubai
Urban Habitat Award The Interlace Singapore Singapore
10 Year Award Post Tower Germany Bonn
Tall Building Innovation Award BioSkin
Performance Award International Commerce Centre China Hong Kong

2015[edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Minoru Mori
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Nicholas E. Billotti
Best Tall Building Overall Bosco Verticale Italy Milan
Best Tall Building Americas One World Trade Center United States New York City
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia CapitaGreen Singapore Singapore
Best Tall Building Europe Bosco Verticale Italy Milan
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Urban Habitat Award PARKROYAL on Pickering Singapore Singapore
10 Year Award Turning Torso Sweden Malmö
Tall Building Innovation Award HOLEDECK®
Performance Award Chifley Tower Australia Sydney

2016[6][edit]

Award Building/Person Location
Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award Koon Hean Cheong
Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal Award Ron Klemencic
Best Tall Building Overall To Be Announced
Best Tall Building Americas VIA 57 West United States New York City
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Shanghai Tower China Shanghai
Best Tall Building Europe The White Walls Cyprus Nicosia
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa The Cube Lebanon Beirut
Urban Habitat Award Wuhan Tiandi Site A China Wuhan
10 Year Award Hearst Tower United States New York City
Tall Building Innovation Award Pin-Fuse
Performance Award TAIPEI 101 Taiwan Taipei

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "CTBUH Awards Criteria". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Burj Khalifa won "Global Icon" Award". Council on Tall Buildings And Urban Habitate. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Best Tall Building Overall - Broadcasting Tower, Leeds". Council on Tall Buildins and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Winners of Annual "Best Tall Building" Awards for 2011". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.ctbuh.org/Awards/AllPastWinners/tabid/857/language/en-US/Default.aspx
  6. ^ "2016 Awards Announcement". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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