Best Tall Buildings Award (CTBUH): An appropriate location for such an occasion ‘The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’ announced the winners of its “Best Tall Building” awards for 2011 in Chicago, home of the historic first steel framed Sky Scraper. This prestigious award is made annually and celebrates the design of outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions. Europe, America, Asia/Australasia, and the Middle East/Africa
Eight Spruce Street by Gehry
The 2011 awards went to: ‘New York by Gehry’ at Eight Spruce Street, New York (Americas); Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou (Asia & Australasia); KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt (Europe); and The Index, Dubai (Middle East & Africa). The variety of designs displayed in the winning designs is indicative of the considerable energy being invested in creating outstanding contemporary architecture on a global scale. The criteria used in selecting each prestigious building were based on: design and technical innovations, sustainable qualities, and how each building enhanced its immediate environment and the lives of its inhabitants.
Guangzhou International Finance Center
Richard Cook, (of Cook + Fox Architects), the Awards Committee Chairman said that: “Not only has this been a record-breaking year for the Best Tall Building Awards in terms of the number of buildings submitted, the quality overall is perhaps the best we have seen. There were very strong contenders for the winner in each regional category, and several projects would, I’m sure, have been winners in other years.”
KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt am Main
The 10th annual award ceremony took place at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, along with a symposium which focused on presentations by the four winning architects, and the two life time achievement award winners. Finally, the ultimate accolade for the best tall building in 2011 went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, by Sauerbruch Hutton Architects. Of this Richard Cook said: “As we design for a sustainable future, we desperately need a new definition of beauty that goes beyond skin deep,” Cook also recognized that the prize winning building is “…..one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world…” and that, “KfW Westarkade stands out as a shining example of a truly environmentally-responsible project.