CTBUH Names Three NYC Skyscrapers in the 2018 Tall Buildings Awards

American Copper Buildings, rendering by MARCH

CTBUH, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has announced the 2018 pool of winners from its 16th Annual Tall Buildings Award Program. Out of nearly 50 finalists from 28 countries, the awards jury selected the American Copper Buildings in New York City for the top honor.

Located in Kips Bay at 626 First Avenue, the residential complex is comprised of two angular, bending structures that are joined by a suspended skybridge on floors 27 through 29. The taller tower rises 540 feet or 47 floors, with its sibling rising 470 feet over 40 floors. Both are designed by SHoP Architects and are the tallest copper-clad buildings in the world.

Rendering of American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue (Credit: SHoP Architects)

Designed by Polish architecture firm Studio Libeskind, the World Trade Center Masterplan was awarded the 2018 Urban Habitat Award, which acknowledges the social and cultural impact of tall buildings in the urban realm.

While still under development, the grounds of the new World Trade Center are perforated by two deeply-set reflecting pools that form symbolic, empty vessels where the Twin Towers once stood. Surrounding the reflection pools is a sprawling public plaza that is surrounded by four massive towers, Santiago Calatrava’s iconic Oculus retail pavilion and transportation hub, a visitor’s center, and memorial museum.

Rendering of the completed office towers of the World Trade Center. Credit: DBOX

Rendering of the completed office towers of the World Trade Center. Credit: DBOX

Night view from 3 World Trade Center. Credit: Joe Woolhead

Night view from 3 World Trade Center. Credit: Joe Woolhead

World Trade Center Transit Hub

World Trade Center Transit Hub on January 19th, image via EarthCam

Completed in 2007, the New York Times Tower achieved CTBUH’s 10 Year Award recognizing the building’s contribution to the urban fabric of New York City, quality of design, and structural performance. Designed in collaboration by architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FX Collaborative (formerly FXFowle), the tower is clad in a distinctive white ceramic grille from the ground floor to its pinnacle. Designed as a shading system, the facade helps reduce glare from the illuminated, billboard-clad structures surrounding the tower, and also reduces the energy required to warm and cool occupied space within.

Completed structure and facade of the New York Times Building (Credit: CTBUH)

Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail

Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews

TFC Horizon

4 Comments on "CTBUH Names Three NYC Skyscrapers in the 2018 Tall Buildings Awards"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Looked at the last minute, it’s really beautiful twin.

  2. Jack Liberman | June 5, 2018 at 10:35 am | Reply

    About Copper Building it’s a new 2 tower complex, and it’s well deserving CBTUH award, but WTC master plan is still years from completion, still no words about final design and completion of 2 WTC, is not yet constructed Art and Performance Center, not yet finished Church, only 4 of 5 office towers (WTC towers 1,3,4,7), WTC 3 is topped out and glassed but not yet finished, Oculus is transportation hub and mall, and is not a “high rise”, so this award is probably for 17 years of design and not finished construction to replace WTC site emptiness after 9/11 Tragedy, and still years from being fully completed. Now a word for third award finalist, a fully brutalist modern with poor judgement for skirted facade, now started from 3rd floor, 52 storey “supertall” tower, is actually fake supertall, since 1055 feet tall with over 300 feet metal stick (spire) over it’s roof, have been only 728′ to her rooftop!!! Wonder “supertall” with not designed 30 or something floors, well deserved this fake award, sorry Copper Building, only one who really deserved from this “trio”!!!!

    • Howard Miller | June 19, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Reply

      Completely agree 100%!

      The American Copper Building is eminently deserving of the CBTUH Award!

      It’s instantly iconic, and given its location along the East River, is a much welcomed and prominent addition to our city’s skyline.

      Folks, this is what a 21st century “Wow!” looks like.

      See, it can be done…even here in NYC!

      As to the WTC Mall/Oculus, I ❤️ it – inside and out…it’s one of my favorite additions to the city in decades…

      …as it SHOULD be for the countless billions of dollars it cost to build it, not to to mention the incalculable loss of human lives of our beloved family, friends, even perfect strangers, that happened on that horrific day on 9/11 that this building represents, in part, given its location adjacent to the Twin Towers (and other nearby buildings), and the many lives, lost there.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.