Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

CTBUH 10th Annual Awards, 2011

Awards Ceremony & Dinner Overview, 3 November 2011

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Read an overview of the afternoon's Symposium that preceded this event


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced KfW Westarkade (Frankfurt, Germany) by Sauerbruch Hutton architects as the 2011 Overall “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at its 10th Annual Awards Ceremony.

Over 320 guests attended the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner in S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago

“As we design for a sustainable future, we desperately need a new definition of beauty that goes beyond skin deep,” said 2011 CTBUH Awards Chair, Rick Cook of Cook+Fox Architects of the building. “Already being touted as one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world, KfW Westarkade stands out as a shining example of a truly environmentally-responsible project. The building has been carefully integrated into its context, forming relationships with its neighboring buildings, streets and parkland, while simultaneously standing out through the playful use of color. Whereas many buildings use color as a way to mask an otherwise unremarkable building, here it contributes an additional rich layer to what is already a remarkable building. Germany already has a strong reputation for achieving natural ventilation in tall office buildings, and Westarkade can now be added most positively to that list.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the KfW Westarkade project team was Axel Hinterthan from building owner KfW Bankengruppe. Joining Axel on stage to collect the award were the project’s architects Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton.

The Council issues four regional Best Tall Building Awards annually to give recognition to projects 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 KfW Westarkade project was also recognized as the Best Tall Building in the Europe region. Also recognized at the ceremony were: Eight Spruce Street, New York which took the Best Tall Building Americas award, Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou took the Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award, and The Index, Dubai took the Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa award.

Axel Hinterthan accepts the award for 2011 Best Tall Building Worldwide with building architects Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton. CTBUH 2011 Awards Chair, Richard Cook, Cook+Fox (right) presents the Best Tall building Americas award to Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies (left).
Guangzhou IFC team accpets the Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award. From left to right: Dominic Bettison, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Michael Kwok, Arup; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; and Peter Murray, 2011 Juror who presented the award.
Index Team accepts Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Award. From left to right: Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners; Thomas Wiegand, Union Properties; Werner Sobek, 2011 Juror who presented the award; and Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners.


“2011 has been an exceptional year for tall buildings,” said CTBUH Executive Director and 2011 Awards Juror Antony Wood. “For probably the first time any of the four regional winners could easily have taken the Overall award and there was intense debate on the jury regarding the elegant simplicity of Guangzhou International Finance Center, the sustainable strategies of The Index, and the sublime organic skin of Eight Spruce Street. In the end, however, we felt that KfW Westarkade had it all, including a clever stitching together of the urban habitat.”

Also honored on the evening were the Council’s two 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture won the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, recognized for his 40 years of designing supertall buildings including the current World’s Tallest, Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Dr. Akira Wada was awarded the Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal for his extensive impact on tall building design around the world, especially in the field of seismic design. Also recognized at the ceremony were the Council’s 2011 Fellows: Ron Klemencic of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Brett Taylor of Bornhorst & Ward, and John Zils of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Adrian Smith accepts the Lynn S. Beedle Award from CTBUH Trustee Peter Irwin of RWDI.

Dr. Akira Wada accepts the Fazlur R. Khan Medal from CTBUH Trustee Bill Baker of SOM.

Held on Thursday November 3rd in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, The Awards Ceremony & Dinner was attended by an international audience of 320 tall building professionals from around the world. For the second year, the Ceremony was preceded by an afternoon’s Symposium with over 600 delegates attending to hear  presentations from all the award winners.

All of the 2011 Award Winners, Finalists and Nominees are published in the 2011 Awards Book, featuring building profiles with images, detailed drawings and plans, and an in-depth account of the building’s design. Further information can be accessed at the CTBUH webshop.



Image Gallery
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson offers welcoming remarks
2011 Awards & Certificates

Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award winner Adrian Smith presented by Trustee Peter Irwin

Fazlur R. Khan Medal winner Dr. Akira Wada presented by Trustee William Baker

CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson awards Ron Klemencic as a CTBUH Fellow

CTBUH Chair Timothy Johnson awards John Zils as a CTBUH Fellow

IIT College of Architecture Dean Donna Robertson recognized for her efforts with the CTBUH

Eight Spruce Street Team accepts award for Best Tall Building Americas

Guangzhou IFC Team accepts award for Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia

KfW Westarkade Team accepts award for Best Tall Building Europe

The Index Team accepts award for Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

Opening cocktail reception

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner
2011 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood offers closing remarks

Dinner attendees receive their copy of the 2011 Awards Book