The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has recently announced the winners of its 16th annual CTBUH Awards, where finalists competed for acknowledgement at the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference held in Chicago.
While Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore as the ‘2018 Best Tall Building Worldwide’, the awards programme further recognises projects in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East and Africa.
The Best Tall Building from the Middle East and Africa was awarded to Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa. Formerly a grain storage facility, the historic structure was given new life as an art museum and hotel, while retaining its industrial charm, according to a statement released by CTBUH.
It added that the top portion of the taller building was transformed into a luxury hotel, while the bottom portion of the elevator building and the storage annex would become Africa’s first international museum dedicated to contemporary African art. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the original structure is the addition of glass windows inserted into the geometry, which by night transform the building into a glowing beacon on Table Bay.
“It was a challenging undertaking, and there were very loud calls for the original structure’s demolition,” said Mark Noble, development director at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. “There’s no surprise as to why – it’s valuable real estate, and much less risky to build something new. But my response to that was, why would you do that? It was the mix of old and new that drew us to the project, and there’s multiple layers of history there. We didn’t want to wipe the slate clean, and what would you replace it with that has this much power?”
The Best Tall Building in Europe was awarded to The Silo in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the award for the Americas went to American Copper Buildings in New York.
Winners were also selected from finalists in the following award categories: urban habitat, innovation, construction, and 10 year award (for 2007 and 2008).
About Oasia Hotel Downtown, CTBUH executive director and award juror Antony Wood said, “This project won not only because it incorporates 60 stories of green walls along the exterior, but because of its significant commitment to communal space. The tower has given over 40 percent of its volume to open air communal terraces in the sky.”