Frankfurt has an excellent skyline. This could soon be literally true, as one of Frankfurt's skyscrapers is one of this year's finalists for the International Highrise Award (IHP). In total, the jury has selected five buildings, three from Europe and two from Asia, from a total of 31 nominated high-rises from 14 countries.
The IHP is considered the world's most important architecture prize for high-rise buildings. The winner will be awarded on Thursday, October 29, at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the event will be broadcast live on the internet. The IHP is awarded by the City of Frankfurt am Main together with the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank and comes with a statuette by internationally renowned artist Thomas Demand and prize money of 50,000 euros.
The 2020 finalists at a glance:
- Omniturm (Frankfurt am Main/Germany) by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen/Denmark, New York/USA
.- Eden (Singapore) by Heatherwick Studio, London/UK
- Norra Tornen (Stockholm/Sweden) by OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam/Netherlands
- The Stratford (London/UK) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, London/UK
- Leeza SOHO (Beijing/China) by Zaha Hadid Architects, London/UK
Jury's rationale for nominating the Omniturm:
With the Frankfurt Omniturm by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group from New York / Copenhagen, the first hybrid high-rise in a German city centre has made it to the finalists. For jury member Ina Hartwig, the tower lives up to its name. It combines gastronomy, offices, apartments and shops under one roof. This puts the Omni Tower at the cutting edge of international urban development.
The International Highrise Award is aimed at architects and developers whose buildings are at least 100 metres high and have been completed in the past two years. The jury consists of architects, structural engineers, real estate specialists and architecture critics. They judge the nominated projects according to the following criteria: forward-looking design, functionality, innovative construction technology, urban integration, sustainability and economic viability.
We will keep you posted on who will be awarded at the end of October.