The International Highrise Award is being bestowed every two years on a world-wide basis of nominations for a completed building that stands out for it special aesthetics, pioneering design, integration into its urban context, sustainability, innovative technology and cost efficiency.
The International Highrise Award is bestowed jointly on the developer and the planner in the form of a certificate, accompanied by a monetary award of EUR 50,000 and a sculpture by renowned artist Thomas Demand. The prize money is not to be divided. The International Highrise Award is open to planners, planning groups and other legal entities directed by architects or engineers. The projects to participate in the competition are to be nominated by the jury and the DAM. The international highrise database is a consultant in this process.

The International Highrise Award 2008

Winner of the International Highrise Award 2008 is the Hearst Tower, New York City by Foster + Partners as project designer with Adamson Associates as Architect of Record (Shell + core) and Gensler (Fit out). The prize was awarded to Lord Norman Foster on November 14 at an official prize giving ceremony in Paulskirche in Frankfurt.

Only high-rise buildings that are 100 meters (328 foot) or more in height and that have been completed after January 1st, 2006 and handed over to the owner/client before latest by April 1st, 2008 were accepted for participation in the competition.

Members of the 2008 jury:
- Alejandro Zaera Polo (jury chairperson) / Foreign Office Architects, London
- Layla Dawson / architect, author and critic, Hamburg
- Manfred Grohmann / Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Frankfurt / Vienna
- Suzanne Stephens / Deputy Editor, Architectural Record, New York
- Franz Lucien Mörsdorf / Head of DekaImmobilien, Frankfurt
- Felix Semmelroth / Cultural Mayor, City of Frankfurt
- Peter Cachola Schmal / DAM, Frankfurt

Substitutional Members:
- Klaus Bollinger / Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Frankfurt am Main / Vienna
- Patricia Tratnik / Cultural Department, City of Frankfurt

An international jury of architects, engineers, real-estate specialists and architecture critics selected five finalists from a total of 26 nominated highrise projects from eleven countries. They were competing for the award which comes with prize money totaling EUR 50,000 and was bestowed by the City of Frankfurt and its partners Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank, an award officially presented on November 14, 2008 in a special ceremony in the Frankfurt Paulskirche. In conjunction with the awards ceremony, an exhibition was held from November 16th 2008 to January 4th 2009. A publication was also produced coinciding with the exhibition.

The best five beside Hearst Tower are: the Missing Matrix Building (Seoul) by Mass Studies; the Newton Suites residential tower (Singapore) by WOHA; the New York Times Building (New York) by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; and the Television Cultural Centre (Beijing) by OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which burnt down on 9 February 2009 (see link). The Jury awarded a special distinction for sustainable urban development, energy use and social awareness to the WestendDuo (Frankfurt/Main) by Frankfurt architects KSP Engel and Zimmermann.

The five finalists’ projects demonstrate the scope of uses and specific nature of the locations in contemporary international highrise architecture. In opting for the New York Times Tower by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Hearst Tower by Foster + Partners as Project designer with Adamson Associates as Architect of Record (Shell + core) and Gensler (Fit out), both in New York, the Jury selected media centers with innovative design qualities. By contrast, Newton Suites residential tower in Singapore by WOHA is a model for eco-friendly living in the tropics, which transfers the vision of a green city with improved living conditions to a highrise dimension.

The finalists of the 2010 International Highrise Award will be announced in August 2010. The prize-giving ceremony will be held on 5 November in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt.

Financing for the International Highrise Award is being generously furnished by DekaBank.
Office of the International Highrise Award:

DAM – Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43
60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 69-212-31326
Facsimile: +49 (0) 69-212-36386



Organisation of the International Highrise Award, Curator of the exhibition: Michaela Busenkell
Tel. +49-(0)69-212-31326 / Facsimile: +49-(0)69-212-36386, michaela.busenkell (at)

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: Paul Andreas
Tel. +49-(0)69-212-36318 / Facsimile: +49-(0)69-212-36386, paul.andreas (at)

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale:

Project Management / Social Engagement: Silke Schuster-Müller
Tel. +49(0)69-7147-3414, Facsimile: +49-(0)69-7147-2718,
External Communication: Dr. Daniela Gniss
Tel. +49(0)69-7147-2188,


Herausgeber: © Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43, 22.04.2019