CTBUH, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has announced the 2018 pool of winners from its 16th Annual Tall Buildings Award Program. Out of nearly 50 finalists from 28 countries, the awards jury selected the American Copper Buildings in New York City for the top honor.
Located in Kips Bay at 626 First Avenue, the residential complex is comprised of two angular, bending structures that are joined by a suspended skybridge on floors 27 through 29. The taller tower rises 540 feet or 47 floors, with its sibling rising 470 feet over 40 floors. Both are designed by SHoP Architects and are the tallest copper-clad buildings in the world.
Designed by Polish architecture firm Studio Libeskind, the World Trade Center Masterplan was awarded the 2018 Urban Habitat Award, which acknowledges the social and cultural impact of tall buildings in the urban realm.
While still under development, the grounds of the new World Trade Center are perforated by two deeply-set reflecting pools that form symbolic, empty vessels where the Twin Towers once stood. Surrounding the reflection pools is a sprawling public plaza that is surrounded by four massive towers, Santiago Calatrava’s iconic Oculus retail pavilion and transportation hub, a visitor’s center, and memorial museum.
Completed in 2007, the New York Times Tower achieved CTBUH’s 10 Year Award recognizing the building’s contribution to the urban fabric of New York City, quality of design, and structural performance. Designed in collaboration by architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FX Collaborative (formerly FXFowle), the tower is clad in a distinctive white ceramic grille from the ground floor to its pinnacle. Designed as a shading system, the facade helps reduce glare from the illuminated, billboard-clad structures surrounding the tower, and also reduces the energy required to warm and cool occupied space within.