World's best new skyscraper: Sydney's vegetated One Central Park honored by CTBUH

The Jean Nouvel-designed tower tops the list of 88 entries in the 13th annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards.

November 07, 2014 |
Photo: Sardaka via Wikimedia Commons

The title of Best Tall Building Worldwide Award was presented to One Central Park, Sydney, Australia at the 13th annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Ceremony and dinner. An awards jury selected a Best Tall Building in four regions: the Americas, Middle East and Africa, Europe and Asia and Australasia. The process took nearly a year with 88 entries being considered.

An audience had the opportunity to vote via text message. Votes were kept from the jury until their verdict had been announced and were synonymous.

"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," said juror Anthony Wood, executive director of CTBUH. "One Central Park strongly points the way foward, not only for an essential naturalization of our built environment, but for a new aesthetic for our cities - an aesthetic entirely appropriate to the environmental challenges of our age."

One Central Park used two technologies for its building, hydroponics and heliostats, allowing for plant growth around the all levels of the building, with the heliostats directing sunlight for heating and lighting into and away from the building and adjoining park.

Read more about the project and CTBUH awards.

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