Saturday, June 19, 2010

Chicago award for Pinnacle@Duxton

SINGAPORE'S tallest public housing project has gained international recognition - and could now be in line for an even higher award.

The Pinnacle@Duxton - HDB's 50-storey residential project in Tanjong Pagar - was named the 'Best Tall Building' by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat.

It won the accolade for the Asia and Australasia region in the council's annual awards announced on Tuesday.

The three other winners were Europe's Broadcasting Place in Leeds, England, the Americas' Bank of America Tower in New York, and the Middle East and Africa's Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest building.

The buildings were chosen for their 'design and technical innovations, sustainable attributes, and the enhancement they provide to both the cities and the lives of their inhabitants'.

The awards ceremony will be held in Chicago on Oct 21, when an overall winner from the four regional winners will be announced.

The ceremony will also honour two people - Mr Ysrael A. Seinuk of Ysrael A. Seinuk P.C. and Mr William Pederson of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates - for their contributions to tall buildings.

Both of them will be given lifetime achievement awards for their work, which includes contributions to many iconic skyscrapers.

The council, an international group of architects and engineers, which also determines the world's tallest building, noted on its website that The Pinnacle@Duxton 're-defines urban high density living by weaving continuous Sky Gardens on the 26th and 50th stories through all seven of the tower blocks'.

Completed in December last year, the building is 163m high with 1,848 units of public housing on 2.5 ha.

This year's awards drew an unprecedented number of entries, said the awards committee, headed by Mr Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Also on the committee were: Mr Bruce Kuwabara of Canada's KPMB Architects, Mr Ahmad Abdelrazaq of Korea's Samsung, Mr Mun Summ Wong of Singapore's Woha, Mr Peter Murray of Britain's Wordsearch, Mr Matthias Schuler of Germany's Transsolar, and Mr Antony Wood of the council.

Last year's best tall building for the Asia and Australasia region was the Linked Hybrid Building in Beijing, China.

It also won overall best tall building.

Source: Straits Times, 19 Jun 2010

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