On Wednesday, June 21st, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced two SOM projects as winners in the Urban Habitat and Innovation categories of the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, with two other SOM projects as Finalists. An independent review by a panel of experts, the annual awards provide a comprehensive assessment of important new structures around the world, while advocating for improvements in all areas of performance.
As an exemplary model of urban regeneration development, SOM’s Wuhan Tiandi Site A won the Urban Habitat Award category. The master plan has transformed an underutilized district in Wuhan, China, into a unique destination that is sustainable, transit-oriented, and pedestrian friendly, with walkable blocks and courtyard housing, elements rarely seen in new developments in China. The project is registered as a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® pilot project for Neighborhood Development.
SOM’s Pin-Fuse Seismic System won the Innovation Award. The Pin-Fuse is a system of high-performance seismic structural mechanisms—the Pin-Fuse Joint® and the Pin-Fuse Frame™—designed to protect buildings in areas of high seismic activity. These devices operate mechanically during a seismic event, allowing the building to respond flexibly when subjected to extreme ground movement, thereby maintaining structural elasticity while providing a safe, cost-effective, and sustainable structural solution.
Two other SOM-designed projects—Beijing Greenland Center and Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A—were Finalists in the Best Tall Buildings in Asia and Australasia Award category.
Anchoring Beijing’s Dawangjing business district, the mixed-use Beijing Greenland Center is a highly sustainable landmark building. The 260-meter-tall, 55-story tower prioritizes sustainability and efficiency, and is clad in a prismatic trapezoidal glass facade that generates self-shading to enhance the building’s environmental performance.
Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A is a mixed-use complex that anchors a zone of new development in Nanchang, the capital of the Chinese province Jiangxi. The project encompasses four buildings: a pair of low-rise structures housing retail and conference functions, and an identical pair of 303-meter-tall office towers that are the tallest buildings in Nanchang.
The projects will be officially recognized on November 3rd, 2016 at the CTBUH 15th Annual Awards Symposium, held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and will be featured in CTBUH's 2016 Best Tall Buildings book.