The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Mohammed bin Rashid Tower as its Middle East and Africa category winner of its Best Tall Buildings for 2015 awards.
The 88-floor, 381 metre-high tower was built as part of the new World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi complex, which was completed by Arabian Contracting Company for developer Aldar Properties last year. It was designed by UK architect Foster + Partners.
It was named the regional winner ahead of another Abu Dhabi tower – the new Al Hilal Bank headquarters at Al Maryah Island – and the BSR Towers apartments blocks in Tel Aviv.
The building will now be submitted alongside winners from three other regions in order to ascertain which will be named as the world’s Best Tall Building for 2015 at the Chicago-based organisation’s annual symposium in November.
It will be up against New York’s One World Trade Centre (Americas), Singapore’s CapitaGreen (Asia and Australasia) and Milan’s Bosco Verticale tower complex (Europe).
Mohammed bin Rashid Tower is one of two that has been built on the site of the former Central Market in Abu Dhabi as part of the 400,000 sq m World Trade Centre complex.
It contains 474 apartments. A second, smaller tower contains a 59-storey office building that was leased by Arabtec in 2013.
“The Burj adds a beautiful form to the Abu Dhabi skyline, which can be seen from quite a distance,” said awards jury chair Summ Wong of Singapore-based Woha Architects.
“The building incorporates thoughtful design elements to increase its energy efficiency, such as solar collectors and the ventilated three-skin facade. I also appreciate the traditional marketplace integrated with the base of the structure.”
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