16.11.2008 – 04.01.2009

The exhibition showcases the 2008 International Highrise Awarded, which is being bestowed for the third time by the City of Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with DAM and DekaBank. Over 20 of the outstanding high-rises built worldwide over the past two years have been nominated for the prize. An international jury of architects, real estate experts and architecture critics has selected five finalists, and for the first time there is to be a special award for sustainability. 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.

The exhibition showcases the winner of the 2008 International Highrise Award as well as nominated highrises and all the finalist projects in numerous plans, photos, models and film material, among them ground-breaking examples from Asia and the USA, as well as Europe and Australia. With the International High-Rise Award, which is awarded every two years, the City of Frankfurt, DAM, and DekaBank aim to accompany the development of this important and indispensable type of building in the 21st century. The finalist projects in this year’s exhibition illustrate that global highrise construction is not just about height and spectacle. It is primarily quality features such as sustainability, integration in the existing context, as well as innovative technology and construction which, in conjunction with the design, play an outstanding role.

The finalists beside Hearst Tower:

  • Missing Matrix Building, Seoul, Mass Studies
  • Newton Suites Wohnhochhaus, Singapur, WOHA
  • New York Times Building, New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Television Cultural Centre, Peking, OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Special distinction for sustainable urban development, energy use and social awareness:

  • WestendDuo, Frankfurt am Main, KSP Engel und Zimmermann
Herausgeber: © Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43, 14.11.2018