Kirsten Bucher

Tuesday evening’s gala in Frankfurt named Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri Architetti of Milan as the recipient of the International Highrise Award. The award’s sixth recipient since 2004 was granted a €50,000 (approximately $62,750) prize and commemorative statuette designed by an internationally renowned artist.

Bosco Verticale is composed of two residential high rises with greened façades that stand in a park between Via Gaetano de Castilla and Via Federico Confalonieri in the north of Milan. They are part of “Metrobosco”, a revitalization project initiated by the City of Milan. Situated around a central core building, the ledges of the stories project out over the façades, where they form patios and balconies adorned with plants and trees.

This year’s five finalists were selected from 26 nominees in 17 countries. The award is bestowed every two years, and honors excellence in recently constructed buildings that stand a minimum of 100 meters (328 feet) tall.

The panel, which consists of architects, architectural critics, real estate experts, and structural engineers, jury projects based on seven categories: future oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost effectiveness.

Follow the link for more on the finalists and winning project.


Kirsten Bucher

Bosco Verticale, Stefano Boeri Architetti/Hines Italia, Milan


Ossip van Duivenbode

De Rotterdam, Office for Metropolitan Architecture/ De Rotterdam CV, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Simon Wood

One Central Park, Ateliers Jean Nouvel/ PTW Architects/Frasers Property/ Sekisui House, Sydney

Roland Halbe

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel/Hoteles Catalonia, Barcelona

Iwan Baan

Sliced Porosity Block, Steven Holl Architects/CapitaLand, Chengdu, China