On March 4 CTBUH, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, announced the winners of a number of prizes in the lead-up to the Tall + Urban Innovation Conference coming up April 8 through 10 in Shenzen. Two awards for lifetime achievement were assigned: the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award went to James Goettsch, chairman of Goettsch Partners, well-known designers of tall buildings who created 150 N. Riverside in Chicago, while the second award for lifetime achievement, the "Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award", goes to structural engineer Israel David, founder of David Engineers, with many years’ experience behind him in the structural design of skyscrapers, primarily in Israel.
The 10 Year Award of Excellence is awarded by CTBUH to skyscrapers that have become landmarks for the community they belong to. Buildings are assessed ten years after their construction to determine whether the architectural choices made at the time have yielded the expected results in terms of environmental performance and technological efficiency. The winners of 2019 awards are Broadcasting Place, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Leeds, UK, Linked Hybrid, designed by Steven Holl Architects in Beijing, and the Pinnacle@Duxton, designed by ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd in Singapore.
Broadcasting Place was built in Leeds ten years ago and quickly became an important urban landmark. The judges’ motivation states that Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ project brilliantly responds to the challenges represented by the site, with an important traffic artery crossing the city centre flanking the building. The architects designed a series of volumes arranged along the perimeter of the middle area with the same heights as the buildings that previously stood there, culminating in a tower on the southern side of the site.
The Linked Hybrid housing development in Beijing designed by Steven Holl Architects is composed of a series of mixed-use towers joined by pedestrian bridges suspended between the buildings. Completed in 2009, the project offers an alternative to the urban development plans currently being implemented in China. Steven Holl built a porous new public space, an "open city within a city" with numerous passageways crossing the project on different levels.
The Pinnacle@Duxton in Singapore was designed by ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd. The judges noted that the complex soon became a "model" for other residential skyscrapers built in the city. Its “unusual” shape was determined by the irregular shape of the lot provided for the project. The architects came up with a complex of tall buildings linked by horizontal volumes on the 26th and 50th floors, effectively creating a significant new landmark for the city.
Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios fcbstudios.com
Location: Leeds, UK
Images courtesy of CTBUH, photo by: Awarrwn10, Paul Stevenson, Cloud9Photography
Architects: Steven Holl Architects www.stevenholl.com
Location: Beijing, China
Images courtesy of CTBUH, photo by: Iwan Baan, Shu He.
Architects: ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism with RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd.
Images courtesy of CTBUH, photo by: David Phan