Courtesy Gensler/ CTBUH

On Nov. 4, during the 15th iteration of its Annual Awards Ceremony, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the Shanghai Tower in China as the "Best Tall Building Worldwide." Designed by global firm Gensler, this ambitious project was selected out of 132 entries from around the world. Completed in 2015, the 2,073-foot-tall, 133-floor mixed-use building contains commercial, office, retail, and hospitality spaces and features multi-story atriums between the tower’s double-skin façade to help with the overall ventilation of the structure. Additionally, the tower's twisting form serves not only an aesthetic purpose, but also reduces the structure's needed to resist wind loads by 24 percent. “Shanghai Tower shows the greatest commitment to communal space in a tall building since Commerzbank Tower completed in 1997 ... The sacrifice of valuable floor area to realize this social amenity proves that the aspirations for Shanghai Tower went far beyond mere commercial gain.” said Antony Wood, a jury member and executive director at CTBUH. Previous winners of CTBUH's honor include Bosco Verticale in Milan (2015), One Central Park in Sydney (2014), and CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2013). [CTBUH]

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