At the beginning of November, trend-setting residential and commercial buildings will once again be awarded the International Highrise Award in Frankfurt's Paulskirche. The finalists have already been announced - our picture gallery shortens the time to the decision.
High-rise construction has been experiencing a real renaissance for some time now. And rightly so, because the ongoing densification in the cities - accompanied by rising land prices - calls for efficient solutions. And when it comes to space efficiency, "upwards" is exactly the right direction.
And yet today's high-rise buildings are much more impressive than efficiency. Architecturally sophisticated, convincing in design, well thought-out in terms of energy, sustainable and social - all this applies to the buildings nominated for the International Highrise Award 2018. 36 projects from all over the world were on the shortlist. Most of them were located in Asian and North American cities, but Mexico City, Beirut, Milan and Frankfurt were also represented. The list of nominees reads like a who's who of the global architecture scene: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Büro Ole Scheeren, Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron and Zaha Hadid Architects are just a few of the most famous names.
The International Highrise Award has been presented every two years since 2004 and was initiated by the City of Frankfurt together with the German Museum of Architecture and DekaBank. Planners and builders receive the prestigious award together. Only projects that are at least 100 metres high and that were completed and handed over within a certain time window before the award ceremony are admitted to the competition. A proactive application is not possible. A seven-member, top-class jury of experts will decide on the winner, who will be chosen this year on 1 November in Frankfurt's Paulskirche. The 5 finalists have just been announced - we present them in more detail in our picture gallery.
Beirut Terraces, Beirut
Torre Reforma, Mexico City
Chaoyang Park Plaza, Beijing
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore