Five Projects in Running for 10th International High-Rise Award

John Hill
29. September 2022
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York NY, USA: Vancouver House, Vancouver, Canada (Photo: Laurian Ghinițoiu / Westbank Corp / BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group)

The handful of finalists for IHA 2022/23 were culled from 34 nominated buildings from 13 countries. The finalists, ranging in height from 106 to 206 meters, were completed between summer 2019 and spring 2022. The winner of the prestigious award will be named during a ceremony at Paulskirche Frankfurt on November 8. An exhibition by DAM on the award will open at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt on November 10.

The award recognizes the client and the architect, with the winner receiving a statuette by artist Thomas Demand and prize money of 50,000 euros. Recent winners of the IHA award have included Norra Tornen in Stockholm by OMA (2020), Torre Reforma in Mexico City by L. Benjamín Romano of LBR&A (2018), and VIA 57 West in New York by BIG (2016).

The jury deciding the finalists and winner for 2022/23 is chaired by Sven Thorissen (MVRDV) and includes Eike Becker (Eike Becker_Architekten), Melkan Gursel (Tabanlıoğlu Architects), Bart Lootsma (University of Innsbruck, Eindhoven University of Technology), Matthias Schuler (Transsolar KlimaEngineering), Peter Cachola Schmal (DAM), Andrea Jürges (DAM), Ina Hartwig (City of Frankfurt / Main), and Victor Stoltenburg (DekaBank).

The five finalists are highlighted below, in alphabetical order by name, with texts excerpted from today's announcement and links to the project pages on the website of the International High-Rise Award.

The Bryant

David Chipperfield Architects, London, UK: The Bryant, New York NY, USA (Photo: Simon Menges)
The Bryant

  • Location: New York, NY, USA
  • Architect: David Chipperfield Architects, London
  • Client: HfZ Capital Group
  • Function: Residential, hotel
  • Height: 115 m
  • Completion: June 2021

David Chipperfield Architects, London, UK: The Bryant, New York NY, USA (Photo: Simon Menges)

"Surrounded by historical neighbors such as the New York Public Library, the hotel and residential tower stands at the south west corner of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, where it blends in with the buildings alternating in height along 40th Street."

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David Chipperfield Architects, London, UK: The Bryant, New York NY, USA (Photo: John Hill)

Quay Quarter Tower

3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark: Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney, Australia (Photo: Adam Mørk)
Quay Quarter Tower

  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Architect: 3XN, Copenhagen,
  • Client: AMP Capital
  • Function: Offices, retail
  • Height: 206 m
  • Completion: April 2022

3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark: Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney, Australia (Photo: Adam Mørk)

"The Quay Quarter Tower is an identity-generating part of the redevelopment of Sydney’s central business district, the Circular Quay Area. It adjoins Sydney Cove, the bay behind the famous opera house."

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3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark: Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney, Australia (Photo: Adam Mørk)

Singapore State Courts

Serie Architects, London, UK; Multiply Architects, Singapore, CPG Consultants, Singapore: Singapore State Courts, Singapore (Photo: Khoogj)
Singapore State Courts

  • Location: Singapore
  • Architect: Serie Architects, London + Multiply Architects, Singapore, with CPG Consultants, Singapore
  • Client: State Courts Singapore
  • Function: Courthouse
  • Height: 178 m
  • Completion: August 2019

Serie Architects, London, UK; Multiply Architects, Singapore, CPG Consultants, Singapore: Singapore State Courts, Singapore (Photo: Khoogj)

"The new Singapore State Courts complex is three times the size of the existing courts building from the 1970s. The preservation of the octagonal building and the relatively small site area made it necessary to stack the 53 courtrooms and 54 hearing rooms. To allow more daylight into the building, the complex was divided into two slender 35-story towers connected by glazed foot bridges up to twelve meters long."

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Serie Architects, London, UK; Multiply Architects, Singapore, CPG Consultants, Singapore: Singapore State Courts, Singapore (Photo: Khoogj)

TrIIIple Towers

Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna, Austra: TrIIIple Towers, Vienna, Austria (Photo: Christian Pichlkastner)
TrIIIple Towers

  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Architect: Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna
  • Client: ARE Austrian Real Estate Developement, Soravia Investment Holding
  • Function: Residential, hotel
  • Height: 119 m, 115 m und 106 m
  • Completion: October 2021

Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna, Austra: TrIIIple Towers, Vienna, Austria (Photo: Christian Pichlkastner)

"Located in Vienna’s 3rd district, directly on the Danube Canal, the high-rise ensemble consists of three residential towers in dialog with each other. The towers are connected by a two-story podium that links the TownTown Business Park with the Danube Canal. The podium contains a wide range of communal areas, restaurants, stores, and a kindergarten, benefiting both residents and neighbors."

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Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna, Austra: TrIIIple Towers, Vienna, Austria (Photo: Christian Pichlkastner)

Vancouver House

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York NY, USA: Vancouver House, Vancouver, Canada (Photo: Laurian Ghinițoiu / Westbank Corp / BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group)
Vancouver House

  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York, USA
  • Client: Westbank Corp.
  • Function: Residential, retail
  • Height: 156 m
  • Completion: February 2020

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York NY, USA: Vancouver House, Vancouver, Canada (Photo: Laurian Ghinițoiu / Westbank Corp / BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group)

"Vancouver House, an ensemble of mixed-use podium and slender residential tower, is located at the main entry point to downtown Vancouver, just off the freeway approach to Granville Bridge, forming a gateway to the city. The design aimed to preserve existing sightlines through the city at this location, while at the same time revitalizing the previously unattractive surroundings."

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