2012: Reimagining Tall Competition Results

2nd Annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition
September 20, 2012

The Second Annual CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition was held in conjunction with the 2012 Shanghai World Congress and kindly sponsored by KONE.

Alexis De Bosscher presents his winning project "Mosaic Habitat" to the jury

The competition received 357 submissions from 89 countries. Twenty-five projects were selected as "Semi-finalists" and were displayed in a special poster exhibition at the Congress. Of these, five "Finalists" were chosen to fly to Shanghai for the Congress and present to the jury during a special session. Prizes were then awarded during the Congress Dinner on the evening of Day 2. KIT Karlsruhe student Alexis De Bosscher earned first-place honors for his project “Mosaic Habitat,” which took a novel approach to redeveloping high-rise tenements in Istanbul.

2nd Prize - Urban Forest 3rd Prize - Postitalo Torni: Parasitic Residential Tower 4th Prize (Tie) - Woven 4th Prize (Tie) - Healing High-rise

Participants were free to site their projects anywhere in the world, and to determine the size, height, function, accommodation, and responsibilities of the building. The intention was that these freedoms on site and program would maximize the diversity and creativity of the responses. Second prize was awarded to "Urban Forest", designed by a group of Hefei University of Technology students in China. Their project took a radical inversion of the typical skyscraper form to put large floor plates at the highest levels, and fill them with urban green space. Taking third place, UCLA student, Gabriel Huerta's "Postitalo Torni" scheme adds a dramatic residential tower to an existing urban structure.

Projects on display during the Congress The jury hears project presentations from the five finalists

The jury was unable to choose between the remaining finalists and awarded a dual fourth place award: Shawna Hammon of North Carolina University designed a hotel tower for Chicago's Wolf Point site which utilizes a timber structure; and a group of University of Nottingham students designed a "Healing High-Rise" in which both environmental and social sustainability were addressed.

Student competition finalists are recognized during the Congress dinner

The competition jury was on hand at the Conference Dinner to help congratulate the winning finalists. Jury Chair Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architecture, UK, and competition sponsor representative, Johannes De Jong of KONE bestowed prizes to the winners as congress dinner attendees looked on. The other 2012 Jurors included: Craig Gibbons, Arup, Australia; Gordon Gill, AS+GG Architecture, USA; David Malott, KPF, USA; and Anne Stenros, KONE, Finland.


All 25 Semi-Finalist projects can be viewed in more detail here.