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Behind the Scenes at the 2018 International Highrise Award

09:00 - 31 December, 2018
Behind the Scenes at the 2018 International Highrise Award, Torre Reforma, Mexico City. Image
Torre Reforma, Mexico City. Image

One of the world’s most important architectural prizes for tall buildings, the International Highrise Award is presented every two years to the project that best exemplifies the criteria of future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Awarded by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), the honors this year went to the Torre Reforma in Mexico City by L. Benjamin Romano, celebrated for its intelligent structural design in response to the prevailing problem of earthquakes in the city.

Torre Reforma Wins the 2018 International Highrise Award

13:00 - 1 November, 2018
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand

The office building Torre Reforma in Mexico City has won the prize for the world’s most innovative high rise awarded by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM). One of the world’s most important architectural prizes for tall buildings, the International Highrise Award is presented every two years to the project that best exemplifies the criteria of future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

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Benjamín Romano: "I Focus on Improving the Building"

09:30 - 23 February, 2018
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand

Visiting Mexico City several times in recent months enabled me to get to know a number of leading architects there. In the process, I was in turn directed to other architects that were new to me, whom I then discovered were, in fact, the leading and most revered architects in the country according to the local architectural community. I am particularly referring to Alberto Kalach and Mauricio Rocha, whose interviews were published in this column last year, and Benjamín Romano, whose name came up when I asked a number of architects to cite their favorite building from recent years in Mexico City. Along with the absolute favorite, Vasconcelos Library by Kalach, another structure stood out: Torre Reforma, a 57-story office tower, the tallest building in the city. The following conversation with Romano, its architect, took place inside this unusually powerful and inventive structure.

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Torre Reforma / LBR + A

12:00 - 4 August, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Paseo de la Reforma 483, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., México
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Benjamín Romano
  • Area

    89657.27 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
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CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards

16:15 - 22 June, 2016
CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards, Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat have announced the winners of the 15th edition of the CTBUH Tall Building Awards. From over 100 submissions, the best buildings from four regions – the Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe and Middle East & Africa – were selected, along with recipients of the Urban Habitat Award, the Innovation Award, the Performance Award and the 10 Year Award. The CTBUH will pick a global winner from the regional selections later this year.

The towers were chosen by a panel of architects from world-renowned firms and were judged on every aspect of performance, looking in particular for “those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.”

Read on for the list of winners.

Tres Picos Tower / LBR + A

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
Tres Picos Tower / LBR + A, © Alfonso Merchand
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Arquimedes, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Benjamín Romano
  • Design Team

    Carlos Espinosa, Gerardo Galicia
  • Project Area

    3905.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
© Alfonso Merchand
© Alfonso Merchand
  • Architects

  • Location

    Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Benjamín Romano
  • Collaborators

    Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
  • Area

    3755.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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