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Since 2004, the International High-Rise Award has been awarded every two years by the city of Frankfurt am Main. 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 seventh time in 2016.

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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Winner 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”.

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The International High-rise Award (IHP) is awarded every 2 years by the City of Frankfurt am Main and DEKA Bank. The award ceremony takes place in the Paulskirche.

The first prize was awarded in 2004. Since then, the architecture prize has been awarded 7 times.

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