12 November 2014
One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, has been named "Best Tall Building Worldwide" by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
As part of an almost year-long selection process across 88 entries, the awards jury initially selected a Best Tall Building in four regions: the Americas, Middle East and Africa, Europe and Asia and Australasia.
Senior representatives of each of these four winners then gave a presentation at the CTBUH Awards Symposium this month at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in the US. The jury convened immediately afterwards. The winner was announced at the following awards dinner.
One juror, Antony Wood, executive director of CTBUH, said: "There have been major advances in the incorporation of greenery in high-rise buildings over the past few years - but nothing on the scale of this building has been attempted or achieved. One Central Park strongly points the way forward, not only for an essential naturalisation of our built environment, but for a new aesthetic for our cities - an aesthetic entirely appropriate to the environmental challenges of our age."
Bertram Beissel, a partner at architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel, said: "This project was about the visibility of sustainable design. If we do all these sustainable things and no one can see them, do they really exist? The choices we make for a sustainable future cannot be made in the future. They must be made today."
Earlier this year, the International Commerce Centre (ICC), a 484 metre-high office tower in Hong Kong, won the inaugural Performance Award from the CTBUH.
Information collection and sharing is one of the key reasons ICC was this year's winner.
Completed in 2010, the ICC is Hong Kong's tallest building, but was being recognised for its management team's devotion to managing the facility from a commercial, environmental and community standpoint.
ICC's energy performance in 2013 placed it among the top 90th percentile of energy-efficient tall commercial buildings.
The ICC uses a combination of a computerised building management system, a policy of replacing underperforming mechanical equipment, and incorporating measurement and reporting into its high-service business model.
Each tenant is assigned its own account manager, who provides responsive service, but also encourages tenants to participate in, and undertake their own, energy-saving initiatives.
"As an economic/commercial validation of this approach, the building is 98 per cent occupied," according to the CTBUH.