The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat celebrated a crop of new buildings and urban developments around the world at its 17th Annual CTBUH Awards Program in Shenzhen. The CTBUH Awards Jury has now announced the winners across 20 award categories, including the top-billed "Best Tall Building Worldwide" distinction, which was given to San Francisco's Salesforce Tower.

Salesforce Tower, image by Jason O'Rear via CTBUH

Best Tall Building Jury Chair Karl Fender, Founding Partner of Fender Katsalidis Architects, described the Salesforce Tower as a "building that gives back." The supertall structure's heightened focus on occupant health, sustainability, structural efficiency, and overall integration with the surrounding urban environment earned points with the jury. The building stands within a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighbourhood on a site formerly occupied by a dated transit centre. 

Category winners were selected from a group of 65 Award of Excellence Winners representing 20 countries and 33 cities around the world. The list of winners is highlighted below. A complete list of winners, including Award of Excellence winners, can be found here.

Best Tall Building <100 Metres

Forma Itaim, Sao Paulo

Forma Itaim, image by Kelson Kon via CTBUH

Best Tall Building 100-199 Metres

Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul

Amorepacific Headquarters, image by Namsun Lee via CTBUH

Best Tall Building 200-299 Metres

Shenzhen Energy Headquarters, Shenzhen

Shenzhen Energy Headquarters, image by Chao Zhang via CTBUH

Best Tall Building 300-399 Metres

Salesforce Tower, San Francisco

Best Tall Building ≥400 Metres

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center, image by Tim Griffith via CTBUH

Best Tall Office Building

European Patent Office, Rijswijk

European Patent Office, image by EPO + Ossop Van Duivenbode via CTBUH

Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building

277 Fifth Avenue, New York City

277 Fifth Avenue, image by Victor Nomad via CTBUH

Best Tall Mixed-Use Building

Kampung Admiralty, Singapore

Kamping Admiralty, image by K. Kopter via CTBUH

Urban Habitat: Single-Site Scale

Kampung Admiralty, Singapore

Urban Habitat: District/Master Plan Scale

Central Park, Sydney

Central Park, image by Dig It Photography via CTBUH

Innovation Award

Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD)

Viscoelastic Coupling Damper, image by Kinetica via CTBUH

Renovation Award

CHAO Hotel, Beijing

CHAO Hotel, image by Christian Gahl via CTBUH

Interior Space Award

Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul

Construction Award

Atira La Trobe Street, Melbourne

La Trobe Street Student Accommodation, image by Hickory Group via CTBUH

Structural Engineering Award

181 Fremont, San Francisco

181 Fremont, image by Arup via CTBUH

MEP Engineering Award

Britam Tower, Nairobi

Britam Tower, image by Chapmanbdsp via CTBUH

Geotechnical Engineering Award

181 Fremont, San Francisco

181 Fremont, image by Malcolm Drilling via CTBUH

Facade Engineering Award

Azrieli Sarona Tower, Tel Aviv

Azrieli Sarona Tower, image by Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners via CTBUH

Fire & Risk Engineering Award

Morpheus, Macau

Morpheus, image by Ivan Dupont via CTBUH

10-Year Award

The Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore

Pinnacle@Duxton, image by ARC Studios via CTBUH

"Between expanded and reconfigured Best Tall Building categories and seven new Awards categories, this year’s Award of Excellence Winners, more than any year prior, truly communicate the breadth of expertise and collaboration required to create the world’s foremost urban developments," said Fender. "Recognizing these projects at an international forum of tall building thought leaders sparks unique conversations and connections that will continue to critically shape future urban environments."

The CTBUH Annual Awards Program was held at the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference from April 8 to 10 in Shenzhen. It recognizes projects and individuals that have made significant contributions to the advancement of tall buildings, the urban environment and sustainability. 

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