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Australians win best tall buildings awards

Oasia Hotel Downtown by WOHA.

Oasia Hotel Downtown by WOHA.

Image: Patrick Bingham-Hall

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winners of its 2018 Tall Buildings Awards.

The Oasia Hotel Downtown designed by Singapore-based practice WOHA, headed by Australian Richard Hassell, was named Best Tall Building Worldwide by the jury.

The building features landscaping as an architectural surface treatment, with 54 species of plants climbing over its red aluminium mesh-screen facade. It also includes outdoor communal spaces at various point along the height of the building.

“This project won not only because it incorporates 60 storeys of green walls along the exterior, but because of its significant commitment to communal space,” said Antony Wood, juror and executive director of CTBUH. “The tower has given over 40 percent of its volume to open-air communal terraces in the sky.”

Oasia Hotel Downtown was also named Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia, as one of four regional best tall building winners.

EY Centre by FJMT.

EY Centre by FJMT.

Image: FJMT

Elsewhere, Sydney’s EY Centre by FJMT won the Construction Award, which recognizes construction excellence through technical innovation and execution of an exacting design.

“The EY Centre employs a world-first timber-and-glass closed-cavity facade (CCF) system, made possible by innovation in digital technologies, that helps the building achieve impressive sustainability standards while creating an approachable office space for tenants. Attention to detail was critical in the project’s delivery,” said the jury.

Other Australian projects were also among the finalists, including: International Towers by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, shortlisted for Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia; the Lumiere tower by Foster and Partners and Peddle Thorp and Walker, shortlisted for the 10 Year Award; and International Towers Sydney Tower 1 in Barangaroo South, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, shortlisted for the Urban Habitat Award.

The winners are:

Best Tall Building Americas

American Copper Building – SHoP Architects

Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia

Oasia Hotel Downtown – WOHA

Best Tall Building Europe

The Silo – Cobe

Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa

Zeitz MOCAA – Heatherwick Studio

Urban Habitat Award

The World Trade Center Master Plan – Studio Libeskind

Innovation Award

MULTI rope-free elevator system – Thyssenkrupp Elevator

Construction Award

EY Centre – FJMT

10 Year Award

2007 Winner

New York Times Tower – Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with FXFowle Architects

2008 Winner

Shanghai World Financial Center – Kohn Pedersen Fox

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