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CTBUH Awards World’s Best Tall Buildings 2019


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed the winners of its 2019 Awards Program.

Winners were announced at the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in Shenzhen.

The winning project in each category represented the very best tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations emerging in cities around the world.

Winners were selected across a variety of categories, with projects in the “best tall building” category falling into five height thresholds and a range of categories including urban habitat, innovation, renovation, interior space, and construction, alongside five categories focused specifically on engineering.

Related: The Urban Developer Awards 2018: Winners


Best Tall Building Worldwide 2019

Salesforce Tower - San Francisco
Salesforce Tower - San Francisco


Salesforce Tower, formerly known as the Transbay Tower, in San Francisco took home the award for Best Tall Building Worldwide.

The 61-storey tower, which stands at 326 metres, was developed by Hines Interests Limited Partnership and designed by architect César Pelli.

Salesforce Tower was desribed by Best Tall Building jury chair Karl Fender, founding partner of Australian architecture firm Fender Katsalidis, as a “building that gives back”.

The Tower was recognised for its multi-pronged focus on occupant health, sustainability, structural efficiency, and a significant level of integration with the surrounding urban habitat.

“The building stands as the centrepiece of a new transit-oriented, mixed-use neighbourhood recently freed up for development following the demolition of an ageing transit centre,” Fender said.

“The result is not just a contribution to the city skyline, but a highly successful exercise in human-centric and resilient design for tall buildings.”

The crown of the tower features a nine-story electronic sculpture, “Day for Night”, created by artist Jim Campbell that features low resolution, abstract videos of San Francisco that are filmed each day.

Two Australian projects were recognised as part of the awards program: Central Park in Sydney winning best Urban Habitat - District/Master Plan Scale, as well as La Trobe Street Student Accommodation building in Melbourne's CBD taking out the 2019 Construction Award.

Related: The Urban Developer Awards 2018: Winners


Best Tall Building 100-199 metres

Best Tall Building 100-199 metres

Forma Itaim - São Paulo (Best Tall Building 100-199 metres)
Forma Itaim - São Paulo (Best Tall Building 100-199 metres)
Amorepacific Headquarters - Seoul (Best Tall Building 100-199 metres)
Amorepacific Headquarters - Seoul (Best Tall Building 100-199 metres)

Best Tall Building 200-299 metres

Best Tall Building 300-399 meters

Shenzhen Energy Headquarters - Shenzhen (Best Tall Building 200-299 metres)
Shenzhen Energy Headquarters - Shenzhen (Best Tall Building 200-299 metres)
Salesforce Tower - San Francisco (Best Tall Building 300-399 meters)
Salesforce Tower - San Francisco (Best Tall Building 300-399 meters)

Best Tall Building 400 metres and above

Best Tall Office Building

Ping An Finance Center - Shenzhen (Best Tall Building 400 metres and above)
Ping An Finance Center - Shenzhen (Best Tall Building 400 metres and above)
European Patent Office - Rijswijk (Best Tall Office Building)
European Patent Office - Rijswijk (Best Tall Office Building)

Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building

Best Tall Mixed-Use Building

277 Fifth Avenue - New York City (Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building)
277 Fifth Avenue - New York City (Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building)
Kampung Admiralty - Singapore (Best Tall Mixed-Use Building)
Kampung Admiralty - Singapore (Best Tall Mixed-Use Building)

Urban Habitat - Single Site Scale

Urban Habitat - District/Master Plan Scale

Kampung Admiralty - Singapore (Urban Habitat - Single Site Scale)
Kampung Admiralty - Singapore (Urban Habitat - Single Site Scale)
Central Park - Sydney (Urban Habitat - District/Master Plan Scale)
Central Park - Sydney (Urban Habitat - District/Master Plan Scale)

Innovation Award

Renovation Award

Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (Innovation Award)
Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (Innovation Award)
CHAO Hotel - (Renovation Award)
CHAO Hotel - (Renovation Award)

Interior Space Award

Construction Award

Amorepacific Headquarters - Seoul (Interior Space Award)
Amorepacific Headquarters - Seoul (Interior Space Award)
Atira La Trobe Street - Melbourne (Construction Award)
Atira La Trobe Street - Melbourne (Construction Award)

Structural Engineering Award

MEP Engineering Award

181 Fremont - San Francisco (Structural Engineering Award)
181 Fremont - San Francisco (Structural Engineering Award)
Britam Tower - Nairobi (MEP Engineering Award)
Britam Tower - Nairobi (MEP Engineering Award)

Geotechnical Engineering Award

Façade Engineering Award

181 Fremont - San Francisco (Geotechnical Engineering Award)
181 Fremont - San Francisco (Geotechnical Engineering Award)
Azrieli Sarona Tower - Tel Aviv (Façade Engineering Award)
Azrieli Sarona Tower - Tel Aviv (Façade Engineering Award)

Fire & Risk Engineering Award

10 Year Award

Morpheus - Macau (Fire & Risk Engineering Award)
Morpheus - Macau (Fire & Risk Engineering Award)
The Pinnacle@Duxton - Singapore (10 Year Award)
The Pinnacle@Duxton - Singapore (10 Year Award)

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