Oasia Downtown Hotel named “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2018

Oasia Downtown Hotel named “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2018

Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat named 2018 Best Tall Building Worldwide, among 9 other awards

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) have announce the winners of the 16th Annual CTBUH Awards Program, which competed for winning distinctions at the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference from 30-31 May at Aqua Tower in Chicago.

The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Oasia Hotel Downtown the “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, in addition to recognising the winners of nine individual award categories. The visually striking Oasia Hotel Downtown stands out amongst the grey and blue high-rise buildings in Singapore with its plant-covered façade of red and green, which connects to the green of the cityscape.

Landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment, and forms a major part of the development’s material palette, with a total of 54 species of plants climbing along the aluminum mesh façade screen. With a substantial commitment to outdoor communal space through the incorporation of “skyspaces” along its height, the tower provides respite and relief to its occupants, neighbours and city.

“This project won not only because it incorporates 60 storeys of green walls along the exterior,” said CTBUH executive director and awards juror, Antony Wood, “but also because of its significant commitment to communal space. The tower has given over 40 per cent of its volume to open air communal terraces in the sky.”  

In addition to the regional and overall Best Tall Building winners, a number of other award recipients were recognised at the conference, including the World Trade Center Master Plan for the Urban Habitat Award; MULTI for the Innovation Award; The EY Centre for the Construction Award; New York Times Tower for the 10 Year Award (2007 Completions); and Shanghai World Financial Center for the 10 Year Award (2008 Completions). In all, the 10 awards winners were chosen from a group of 48 Finalist projects representing 28 countries.

The CTBUH Tall Building Awards is an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts. It aspires to provide a more comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important structures, while advocating for improvements in every performance aspect, including those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.

Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore, won Best Tall Building Worldwide after being awarded Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia earlier in the night. The project team that took the stage to accept their award include Hong Wei Phua (Director, WOHA Architects); Wanling Lee (Development Manager, Far East Organization); Mun Summ Wong (Founding Directors, WOHA Architects); and Jianping Gu (General Manager, Shanghai tower Construction and Development Co.).


About CTBUH
The CTBUH Awards recognises projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and have achieved sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The objective of this awards programme is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these buildings while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest effect on the people who use these buildings each day. This often means that the buildings highlighted are often not the tallest in a given year, but represent the best qualities and innovations in the typology.

The CTBUH Awards recognises projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and have achieved sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The objective of this awards programme is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these buildings while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest effect on the people who use these buildings each day. This often means that the buildings highlighted are often not the tallest in a given year, but represent the best qualities and innovations in the typology.


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