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International High-Rise Award 2022/23 In the jubilee year: projects from four continents in the final for the world’s best high-rise

by | Thursday, 29. September 2022

The finalists of this year’s International High-Rise Award (IHA) have been determined. The jury selected five buildings from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America from a total of 34 nominated high-rise buildings from 13 countries. In making its selection, the jury focused on the buildings’ responsibility for the environment and future generations. In this year, the award is being conferred for the tenth time.

The IHA is considered the world’s most important architecture award for high-rise buildings. The winner will be honored on November 08th in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche. In addition, the event will be broadcast via live stream.

The IHA is presented by the City of Frankfurt am Main together with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank and is endowed with a statuette of the internationally renowned artist Thomas Demand and prize money of EUR 50,000.

The IHA 2022/23 finalists at a glance

Vancouver House, Vancouver, Canada
Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York NY, USA

TrIIIple Towers, Vienna, Austria
Architects: Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna, Austria

The Bryant, New York NY, USA
Architects: David Chipperfield Architects, London, UK

Singapore State Courts, Singapore
Architects: Serie Architects, London, UK + Multiply Architects with CPG Consultants, Singapore

Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney, Australia
Architects: 3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark

The International High-Rise Award is aimed at architects and developers whose buildings are at least 100 meters high and have been completed in the past two years. The jury evaluates the nominated projects with the criteria: future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

The IHA 2022/23 jury
The international jury is made up of experts from architecture and engineering practice, education and the partners of the IHA, namely DekaBank, the City of Frankfurt, and Deutsches Architekturmuseum.

Sven Thorissen
, Director and Architect MVRDV, Rotterdam – jury chairman

Eike Becker
, Architect / Founding Partner Eike Becker Architekten, Berlin

Peter Cachola Schmal, Director Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt/Main

Melkan Gürsel, Architect / Partner Tabanlioglu Architects, Istanbul

Dr. Ina Hartwig, Deputy Mayor in Charge of Culture and Science

City of Frankfurt / Main, represented by Andrea Jürges, Deputy Director, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt/Main

Bart Lootsma, Professor for Architectural Theory, Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck

Victor Stoltenburg, Managing Director Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH, represented by Horst R. Muth, Head of Real Estate Management, Deka Immobilien GmbH, Frankfurt/Main

Matthias Schuler, Managing Partner / Founder Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart

Jury statements / About the finalists

The jury agreed that the nominated buildings met the criteria with particular attention to the aspect of responsibility. Or, as the jury chair Sven Thorissen (Director and Architect MVRDV, Rotterdam) phrased it: “What is the signal for the future?” In this context, after much debate, the category of sustainability was given highest priority. This resulted in the shortlist of five projects:

A slender residential tower with mixed-use base (Vancouver House), an ensemble for diverse office systems and residential concepts (TrIIIple Towers), a mixed-use tower with classic composition of a New York tower (The Bryant), a vertically arranged courthouse with garden terraces (Singapore State Courts), and the transformation of an existing 1970s high-rise (Quay Quarter Tower).

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group implemented Vancouver House on an inhospitable remaining site on the main access road into the Canadian metropolis of Vancouver. The shape of the sculptural residential building evolved from the surrounding parameters. Once again, the architects succeeded in transforming aggravating external factors into a distinctive concept. Andrea Jürges (Deputy Director, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main) and Horst R. Muth (Head of Real Estate Management, Deka Immobilien GmbH, Frankfurt/Main) agree on this. According to Jürges, BIG has created something out of nothing, in revitalizing a dead zone, and in the process transforming a non-place into an urban center. For Muth, the building virtually “floats” in the air, gaining more space from floor to floor with high-quality and well-designed floor plans.

The only European project among this year’s finalists is the TrIIIple Towers in Vienna by local firm Henke Schreieck Architekten. Located directly on the Danube Canal, the ensemble consists of three cubic, flexibly planned residential towers that seem to communicate with each other, thereby dissolving the transition between inside and outside. Sven Thorissen (Director and Architect MVRDV, Rotterdam) highlights the differentiated building volume, the well-organized apartment layouts and the diversity of (communal) outdoor spaces as exemplary.

David Chipperfield Architects from London planned a less conspicuous residential tower in New York. Like a neighbor that has always been around, The Bryant blends considerately into the surrounding high-rise landscape of Midtown Manhattan. It impresses with its clear design vocabulary and elegance, combined with exemplary understatement. Melkan Gürsel (Architect / Partner Tabanlioglu Architects, Istanbul) emphasizes that the building conveys a sense of integrity. “This is where normalcy meets refinement,” says Bart Lootsma (Professor for Architectural Theory, Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck).

The Singapore State Courts by Serie Architects from London with Multiply Architects and CPG Consultants represents a new, special typology of a vertical courthouse. In addition to the courtrooms and offices, the air-permeable façade encloses extensively planted open spaces. For Peter Cachola Schmal (Director Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main), it’s “a very welcoming and pleasant architecture for a vertical courthouse with innovative typology.”

The Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney by 3XN embodies the successful transformation of a existing building. Reflecting the demand for reduced carbon emissions, the carbon footprint of building constructions and their material becomes more and more important. Matthias Schuler (Managing Partner / Founder Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart) therefore thinks that 3XN’s strategy of preserving the building structure of an existing building and enhancing it through an extension is an exemplary approach.

International High-Rise Award (IHA)

The International High-Rise Award was jointly initiated in 2003 by the City of Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank. Since then, it has been organized and financed in partnership and cooperation between Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank and will be awarded for the tenth time in 2022.

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