From Frankfurt to around the World

Since 2004, the International High-Rise Award has been awarded every two years by the City of Frankfurt. The International High-Rise Award 2003 was initiated jointly by the City of Frankfurt with the German Architecture Museum and DekaBank. Since then, it has been organised and financed in partnership with the German Architecture Museum and DekaBank and was awarded for the eights time in 2018.

The International High-Rise Award is awarded to a building that combines exemplary sustainability, external form and inner space qualities as well as social aspects to form an exemplary design. Planners and builders will receive the prize together – a statuette of the internationally renowned artist, Thomas Demand and a prize money of 50,000 euros.

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International High-Rise Award 2016

The winner of the International High-Rise Award (IHP) 2016 has been decided: the residential high-rise, VIA 57 West in New York wins the 50,000 Euro competition for the world’s most innovative high-rise building. The architect Bjarke Ingels (BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group) and builder Douglas Durst (The Durst Organization) accepted the statuette and the prize money at the ceremony in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche.

In the west, the Hudson River is separated by a multi-lane highway; in the north, is a historically disguised power station; in the south, noise and a new garbage collection centre; to the east, a unusual, blue-glazed, 130 meter-high residential tower, whose view of the Hudson River is not disturbed was the uncharming framework for the project in the very mixed neighbourhood of Hell’s Kitchen. BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group met this with the innovative concept of a “court coach”.

International High-Rise Award 2018

The Torre Reforma office tower in Mexico City wins the € 50,000 competition for the world’s most innovative skyscraper. Torre Reforma was designed by the architect of L. Benjamín Romano.

Torre Reforma is mostly an office building with an additional restaurant and fitness center. The earthquake problem in Mexico City requires a clever structural concept that gives the 246-meter-high office tower its significant appearance – putting Mexico’s capital city on the world map of pioneering skyscraper architecture. That is why the jury chose this office tower as prize winner.

International High-Rise Award 2020

The Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm (Sweden) were designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) from Rotterdam as the winner of the 50,000 euro competition for the world’s most innovative high-rise.

The jury convinced Norra Tornen, in English “northern towers”, with its timeless shape and convincing urban space qualities as a new symbol of the city of Stockholm for its new expansion district. The excellent quality and execution of the precast concrete elements, their skilful assembly, which creates exciting individual loggias, as well as the contrast to the fine details of the interior are an absolutely unique selling point.

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