Best Tall Building Awards

by Ron Bernthal

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Award of Excellence winners of its Best Tall Building awards for 2020-2021, with Asian, Australian and American projects among this year’s standouts.

The CTBUH Annual Awards program recognizes projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The annual CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference will take place in May, 2021, where winning entries will collect their awards.

The objective is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important buildings, spaces, and technologies, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest impact on the people who use them each day. This means that the buildings highlighted are often not the tallest in a given year, but represent the best qualities and innovations in the typology.

The total number of skyscrapers completed in 2020 fell by 20 per cent as the coronavirus pandemic affected construction, with 106 buildings over 200 metres tall completed compared to 133 in 2019. The year 2021, however, marked the completion of the Extell Development Company’s 131-story, 1,549-foot (472 metres) high Central Park Tower (on West 57th Street in Manhattan), now the tallest building in the world.

Some of the other 28 building categories in the annual competition include Best Tall Office Building; Best Tall Residential or Hotel Building; and Best Tall Mixed-Use Building. There were additional categories in engineering, construction, innovation and interior design.

All images below courtesy The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Best Tall Building under 100 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)  Best Tall Building under 100 meters▲ 25 King, Brisbane (top left), Arc by Crown Group, Sydney (top right), UTS Central, Sydney (bottom left), Walan, Brisbane (bottom right).

25 King
Brisbane (AUS)

271 Spring Street
Melbourne (AUS)

Arc by Crown Group
Sydney (AUS)

Asia Financial Centre
Beijing (CHN)

Vancouver (CAN)

Gala Avenue Westside
Shanghai (CHN)

White Tree
Montpellier (FRA)

Amsterdam (NL)

Infinity by Crown Group
Sydney (AUS)

River City 3
Toronto (CAN)

Siamese Exclusive 31
Bangkok (THA)

U.S. Embassy
London (UK)

UTS Central
Sydney (AUS)

Brisbane (AUS)

Best Tall Building 100-199 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 100-199 meters▲ 60 Martin Place, Sydney (top left), Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok (top right), Vancouver House, Vancouver (bottom left), Changsha Hua Centre, Changsha (bottom right).

18 Robinson
Singapore (SGP)

Changsha Hua Centre Phase II
Changsha (CHN)

Singapore (SGP)

K11 ATELIER King’s Road
Hong Kong (HKG)

San Francisco (USA)

Museum Tower Kyobashi
Tokyo (JPN)

Frankfurt (DEU)

Rosewood Bangkok Hotel
Bangkok (THA)

SHUIBEI International Centre
Shenzhen (CHN)

60 Martin Place
Sydney (AUS)

Sky Green
Taichung (TWN)

ToHA Tower 1
Tel Aviv (ISR)

Tour Saint-Gobain
Courbevoie (FRA)

Vancouver House
Vancouver (CAN)

Best Tall Building 200-299 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 200-299 meters▲ One Barangaroo, Syndey (top left), Leeza Soho, Beijing (top right), One Thousand Museum, Miami (bottom left), Aro, New York (bottom right).

110 North Wacker
Chicago (USA)

New York City (USA)

Atrio North Tower
Bogota (COL)

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
Dubai (UAE)

Leeza SOHO
Beijing (CHN)

Telus Sky
Calgary (CAN)

Maike Centre
Xi’an (CHN)

NEMA Chicago
Chicago (USA)

London (UK)

One Barangaroo
Sydney (AUS)

One Thousand Museum
Miami (USA)

Best Tall Building 300-399 metres

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 300-399 meters▲ One Manhattan West, New York City (top left), Zhuhai Tower, Zhuhai (top right), Poly Pazhou, Guangzhou (bottom left), Comcast Technology Centre (bottom right).

Comcast Technology Centre
Philadelphia (USA)

Hanking Centre
Shenzhen (CHN)

Hengqin Financial Centre
Zhuhai (CHN)

Jumeirah Gate
Dubai (UAE)

One Manhattan West
New York City (USA)

Poly Pazhou
Guangzhou (CHN)

Raffles City Chongqing
Chongqing (CNH)

Zhuhai Tower
Zhuhai (CHN)

Best Tall Building 400 metres and above

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building 400 meters and above▲ The Exchange 106, Kuala Lumpur (top left), Wuhan Centre Tower, Wuhan (top right), Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin (bottom left), Central Park Tower, NYC (bottom right).

Central Park Tower
New York City (USA)

Beijing (CHN)

Lakhta Centre
St. Petersburg (RUS)

Suzhou IFS
Suzhou (CHN)

The Exchange 106
Kuala Lumpur (MYS)

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Tianjin (CHN)

Wuhan Centre Tower
Wuhan (CHN)

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