Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)November 2016
Architectural Design of the Year by American Architecture PrizeOctober 2016
Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)September 2016
Top 125 most important works by Architectural Record since its inaugural issueSeptember 2016
The mega-suspended curtain wall won China Innovation Award by CITAB-CTBUHMay 2016
People’s Choice Award by MIPIM (the world’s leading property market)March 2016
Emporis Skyscraper Award by Emporis, a world-leading building information database2015
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), based in Chicago, is a non-profit organization which studies and reports on the planning, design, and construction and development of tall buildings. It is widely considered to be an authority on measuring the official height of tall buildings.
Shanghai Tower won CTBUH’s “Best Tall Building Worldwide” award for 2016 at a ceremony in Chicago on November 3, 2016.
Jury members comment on Shanghai Tower: As the tallest building in China upon completion, Shanghai Tower has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for its modern emergence on the global stage, but also points the way forward for technical innovation accomplished within the parameters of a Chinese cultural identity. Powerful in form yet delicate in appearance, Shanghai Tower would be a graceful addition to any skyline, but its function, identity, and symbolism are firmly rooted in the needs of its specific site. Shanghai Tower shows the greatest commitment to communal space in a tall building. It contains the world’s first truly ‘inhabitable’ double-skin façade on a skyscraper, which is not only remarkable for its intended greenery, but its incorporation into the tower’s overall ventilation strategy. The sacrifice of valuable floor area to realize this social amenity proves that the aspirations for Shanghai Tower went far beyond mere commercial gain.
On March 17, Shanghai Tower was honored with the People’s Choice Award of the year by MIPIM, the world-renowned real estate investment trade fair, in Cannes, France. It is the first time that the award went to China and Shanghai Tower was the only non-European project in the fray.
The 2016 MIPIM brochure describes Shanghai Tower with the following accolades: “It is the tallest green landmark in the world, with a Platinum award from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and certified with the Green Building Label (GBL) in China at the same time. The 632-meter tower is more than just a building. A series of green sustainable development technologies has set a bold example for a vertical city. Daily needs can be met without leaving the building. It has integrated the garden, commerce sector, office zone, hotel and cultural site. Unlike most office buildings, Shanghai Tower is open to the public. The number for people getting in and out of the building reaches 30,000. Shanghai Tower sure is a mini city in this metropolis.”
The China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB) was established on September 20, 2013, as an academic organization attached to the Architects’ Division of the Architectural Society of China.
In collaboration with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), CITAB launched the annual CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards which aim to promote technological developments and continuous innovation of design, construction and operation of tall buildings in mainland China and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions.
The inaugural CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards ceremony was held at Shanghai Tower in May 2016. Shanghai Tower won the CITAB-CTBUH 2016 China Innovation Award for its mega-suspended glass curtain wall.
Headquartered in Sweden, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is an international construction body consisting of more than 100 nations and regions as members. The award is globally recognized as one of top honors for structural engineering.
Shanghai Tower was bestowed the Outstanding Structure Award 2016 by IABSE.
Architectural Record is a well-known US architecture magazine which introduces famous and special buildings around the globe, and features articles on architects as well as their designs, technologies and business.
On September 9, editors of Architectural Record chose to honor 125 of the most important works of architecture built since the magazine’s founding in 1891 to commemorate the its 125th anniversary. Shanghai Tower was chosen as the most important architecture of 2015.。
The American Architecture Prize (AAP) is given out by the AAP committee and other authorized institutions and media organizations, including Yale University, Harvard University and the New York Times, to the world’s most creative designs of architecture, interior design, landscape and planning, which promote the development of the industry and improve people’s life.
In October 2016, Shanghai Tower won the annual AAP’s “Architectural Design of the Year” award. This is what AAP said about Shanghai Tower: Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for its modern emergence on the global stage, but also points the way forward for technical innovation accomplished within the parameters of a Chinese cultural identity.
The Emporis Skyscraper Award was set up by a German global real estate research institute in 2000. Each year it selects one skyscraper from among the 100-plus meters tall newly constructed structures for the award in recognition of its aesthetics and outstanding functionality.
Shanghai Tower stood out from more than 300 candidates that competed in 2015 and came first in the Top 10 after a review by an international panel of experts.
The experts cited the following reasons for honoring Shanghai Tower:
Beautiful and elegant shape, extraordinary energy efficiency, double-skin façade reminiscent of a thermos bottle and the fastest elevator in the world.