International Highrise Award 2014: which is your favorite one?

"Good architecture requires a willingness to take risks and a desire to try things out"

by Cecilia Di Marzo
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The International Highrise Award (IHA) 2014 is entering its decisive phase – the jury has chosen five highrises for the final round. The award comes with prize money of €50,000 and has been organized by the City of Frankfurt/Main together with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank.

The 2014 finalists at a glance:

Bosco Verticale (Milan, Italy) by Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan
These “forested highrises” are an impressive example of a symbiosis between architecture and nature

De Rotterdam
 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.), Rotterdam
It takes its orientation from the idea of a “vertical city” whose manifold functions appear to be visibly stacked

One Central Park (Sydney, Australia) by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris
The successful combination of innovation, sustainability and cost-effectiveness catapulted it into the finalist shortlist

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona, Spain) by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris
Two “highrise disks” standing parallel to each other are the outstanding feature of the building

Sliced Porosity Block (Raffles City Chengdu, Chengdu, China) by Steven Holl Architects, New York
It sets new social, cultural and urban-planning standards

On the finalists:
“Good architecture requires a willingness to take risks and a desire to try things out. All the finalists took this approach – there can be no innovation without experimentation. Our shortlist comprises three different prototypes of the future” sums up Jury Chairman Christoph Ingenhoven.

Which highrise will be the winner?
We have to wait for the Awards Ceremony which will take place at Frankfurt’s Paulskirche on November 19, 2014.

Read the complete press release

    Bosco Verticale 365

    Bosco Verticale

    Milan / Italy / 2014

    De Rotterdam 61

    De Rotterdam

    Rotterdam / Netherlands / 2013

    One Central Park 68

    One Central Park

    Redfern / Australia / 2013

    Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel 7

    Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel

    Barcelona / Spain / 2012

    Sliced Porosity Block 74

    Sliced Porosity Block

    Chengdu / China / 2012