Frankfurt in the final for the world’s best high-rise

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The finalists of this year’s International Highrise Award (IHA) have been
determined. The jury selected five buildings, three from Europe and two from Asia,from a total of 31 nominated high-rise buildings from 14 countries.

The IHA is considered the world’s most important architecture award for high-rise buildings. The winner will be honored on October 29th in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be broadcast live on the Internet.

The International Highrise Award (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 50,000 euros.

The 2020 finalists at a glance: 

Omniturm (Frankfurt am Main/Germany) by BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen / Denmark 

Eden (Singapore) by Heatherwick Studio, London / UK 

Norra Tornen (Stockholm / Sweden) by OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam / Netherlands 

The Stratford (London / UK) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, London / UK 

Leeza SOHO (Beijing/China) by Zaha Hadid Architects, London / UK

The International Highrise 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 consists of architects, structural engineers, real-estate experts, and architecture critics. It judges the nominated projects according to the following criteria: future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Previous recipients of the IHA:

2018 „Torre Reforma“ in Mexiko City (Mexico), BR&A Arquitectos as architects and developer.

2016 „VIA 57 West“ in New York City (USA), BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group and The Durst Organization as the developer.

2014 „Bosco Verticale“ in Milan (Italy), Boeri Studio and Hines Italia as the developer.

2012 “1 Blight Street” in Sydney (Australia), a cooperation between ingenhoven architects in Düsseldorf and Architectus in Sydney with DEXUS Property Group; DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund, Cbus Property as the developers.

2010 “The Met” in Bangkok (Thailand), WOHA in Singapore and Pebble Bay, Thailand as the developer. 2

008 “Hearst Building” in New York (USA), Foster + Partners and Hearst Corporation as the developer.

2006 “Torre Agbar” in Barcelona (Spain), Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Layetana as the developer.

2004 “De Hoftoren” in The Hague (The Netherlands), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (International) PA, London and ING Vastgoed as the developer.

As you may know, Frankfurt is the city of the skyscrapers, and these include 19 of the 20 tallest skyscrapers in Germany.

List pf all skyscrapers in Frankfurt can be found here

High-rise buildings Frankfurt am Main – All Skyscrapers in Mainhattan

Will the International Highrise Award (IHA( 2020) stay in Frankfurt this time?


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