CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2013

Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / © Philippe Ruault

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named four distinctive towers from Canada, China, the UK and UAE as the best tall buildings in the world for 2013. Each winning project, judged by a panel of industry executives, has been selected for their “extraordinary contribution in the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, as well as for achieving sustainability at the broadest level.”

“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 2013 winners are…

Winner: The Bow; Calgary, Canada / Foster + Partners © Nigel Young

Winner: The Bow; Calgary, Canada / Foster + Partners
Finalist: Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, USA
Finalist: Tree House Residence Hall, Boston, USA

Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA © Philippe Ruault

Asia & Australasia:
Winner: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA
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

Winner: The Shard; London, UK / Renzo Piano © Sellar Property Group

Winner: The Shard; London, UK / Renzo Piano
Finalist: ADAC Headquarters, Munich, Germany
Finalist: New Babylon, The Hague, Netherlands
Finalist: Tour Total, Berlin, Germany

Winner: Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, UAE / © Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure

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

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.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2013" 04 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=398339>
  • fedd

    So the all-time winners won again. What a surprice!

  • cmrhm

    I worked on pearl river tower before while I was in SOM chicago. Too bad this building couldn’t get this award. I think time will prove the architecture design and the technology supporing this tower will be beneficial and innovative for next decade.