The first Tall + Urban Innovation conference, coming up in Chicago May 30 and 31, follows up on the annual event organised by CTBUH, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, presenting awards to the world’s most important skyscrapers. Awards are presented in a number of categories, for example by geographic area (Europe, Asia-Australia, the Americas, Africa-Middle East), but there is also a prize, the Urban Habitat Award, acknowledging the impact of tall buildings on their neighbourhoods and cities. The judges assess the contribution skyscrapers make to their urban surroundings in sustainable, cultural and environmental terms. The prize is awarded to buildings completed in the previous two years, so that it is possible to determine their effect on the urban habitat. The candidates for the 2018 awards are: Barangaroo South / International Towers, Sydney; Greatwall Complex, Wuhan; Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore; SOHO Fuxing Plaza, Shanghai; SkyPark, Hong Kong; World Trade Center Master Plan, New York City.
Barangaroo South / International Towers, Sydney - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
International Towers Sydney designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are part of an important regeneration and extension plan for the Barangaroo South waterfront in Sydney due to be completed in 2023. The plan for three skyscrapers, with different heights and specific features to give each building an identity of its own, has helped create a new public space. The attractive transparent lobbies of the buildings become an ideal continuation of pedestrian paths on the site offering users a vast range of different activities.
Greatwall Complex, Wuhan, China - 10 DESIGN
The strong point of 10 DESIGN’s Greatwall Complex is the big podium on which the twin towers stand. The podium’s four levels connected by a series of ramps provide users with a pleasant pedestrian walkway offering a vast range of public services, shops, recreational facilities and food & beverage outlets with a roof garden and an amphitheatre.
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore - WOHA Architects
The Oasia Hotel Downtown building by Woha in Singapore is a "tropical tower" in the concrete jungle of the city. The skyscraper’s metal façade and terraces incorporate typical tropical plants. The project brings biodiversity back to the city by attracting small animals such as squirrels, lizards and butterflies.
SkyPark, Hong Kong - Palmer & Turner
Skypark is a mixed-purpose building in Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated parts of Hong Kong. The skyscraper contains 439 residential units and "The Forest", a shopping centre. The architects knocked down the old base and improved the road front by building a shopping centre based on the "shopping village" model, with internal roadways and green open plazas to create an outdoorsy atmosphere.
SOHO Fuxing Plaza, Shanghai - von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)
A whole city district designed by gmp using the existing urban structure to stitch a part of the city back together.
World Trade Center Master Plan, New York City. Studio Libeskind
Following the tragedy of September 11 2001, Daniel Libeskind’s masterplan for reconstruction with creation of an open public space and skyscrapers for offices and other uses played a fundamental role in promoting the economic regeneration of the entire area.
Images courtesy of CTBUH, photo:
International Towers, Sydney by Brett Boardman Photography
Greatwall Complex, Wuhan © 10-DESIGN and Greatwall Construction Holdings Group Co. Ltd.
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore by Patrick Bingham-Hall
SOHO Fuxing Plaza, Shanghai, by Christian Gahl
SkyPark, Hong Kong © Palmer & Turner
World Trade Center Master Plan, New York © Studio Libeskind