An enormous office tower in San Francisco was named the best building in the world for 2019.
The 1,070ft (326m) Salesforce Tower received the gong from the Chicago-based Council On Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which awards awards every year to the high-rise buildings that, according to it, are creatively designed and improve cities and towns. the lives of their inhabitants.
Scroll down to see the award-winning, breakneck buildings from around the world that have won gongs.
Best Tall Building Worldwide and Best Tall Building from 300 to 399 meters – Salesforce Tower, San Francisco
The Salesforce tower in San Francisco, pictured, proclaimed the best tall building in the world by the Council On Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) for 2019
At an incredible 1,070 feet high, the Salesforce Tower is now the tallest building in San Francisco.
It won the prize for the best tall building in the world because it & # 39; robust seismic design & # 39; according to the jury members.
They were also impressed with how the building made a & # 39; significant connection to the surrounding urban habitat & # 39 ;.
Best Tall building under 100 meters – Forma Itaim, São Paulo
The striking Forma Itaim tower, a residential complex in São Paulo, won the prize for the best tall building under 100 meters thanks to the quirky facade
The striking Forma Itaim tower in the Brazilian city of São Paulo was built to meet the middle-class demand in the city for residential real estate.
And the quirky façade helped it win the prize for the best building under 100 meters.
The jury members were impressed by the vibrant color-coated terracotta upholstery and the perforated double skin of aluminum.
Best Tall Building 100 to 199 meters – Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul
The Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul is the winner of the best tall building between 100 and 199 meters. It houses an art museum, an auditorium, a library and a restaurant
With a cube design, the Amorepacific headquarters in the South Korean capital Seoul is home to the largest beauty company in the country.
Judges awarded it for the best tall building between 100 and 199 meters after praising the height of the facade and the entrance level, which they say opens & opens to the city and draws the public into a spacious atrium & # 39 ;.
The building also has a mix of public facilities, from an art museum and an auditorium to a library and restaurants.
Best Tall Building 200 to 299 meters – Shenzhen Energy Headquarters, Shenzhen
The judges were impressed by the oscillating facade of the Shenzhen Energy Headquarters building, which was named the best tall building between 200 and 299 meters
Located in Shenzhen, the center of China's Chinese technology, the striking headquarters is located in Shenzhen Energy.
The facade of the building fluctuates between transparency and coverage – to reduce the solar heat.
The north and south towers are connected by an eight-storey stage with the main lobby, commercial spaces, conference centers and a cafeteria.
Best Tall Building more than 400 meters – Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen
The Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen is the second tallest building in China and the winner of the prize for the best tall building of more than 400 meters
The Ping An Finance Center, located in the new central business district of Shenzhen, is the tallest building in the city at 599 meters (1965 feet).
It took seven years to build and is also the second tallest building in all of China.
It has more than 100 floors with office space and a large podium with shops and conference room. The project also connects to adjacent commercial and residential properties and public transportation.
Best office building – European patent office, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
The European Patent Office in the Netherlands has a roof sky garden and a double-skin façade. It is the winner of the prize for the best office building
The new building of the European Patent Office represents the largest single investment in its 40-year history in the Netherlands.
Judges praised the series of solar panels on the roof garden that provide a source of renewable energy.
It also has a double-walled façade that houses beautiful hanging gardens.
Best residential or hotel building – 277 Fifth Avenue, New York City
The winner of the prize for the best residential building is 277 Fifth Avenue in New York, with a wide view of the city
Transparency, glass and panoramic views are the defining characteristics of this residential building on the famous Fifth Avenue in New York.
And that is why it won the prize for the best new residential or hotel building.
Judges were impressed by how the building was self-supporting over an existing five-storey brown spot.
Best mixed-use building and the best scale for one location – Kampung Admiralty, Singapore
The Kampung Admiralty complex in Singapore, pictured, is designed for retirees. It won the prizes for the best mixed-use building and the best single site
The Kampung Admiralty complex in Singapore is a community specially designed for retirees.
It is described as a vertical village and contains apartments for the elderly, a community square, a medical center and a city farm.
The complex won the prize for the best mixed-use building, with judges who believe it was specially designed for an aging society. It was also named as the best single-site scale for seamless integration of social housing and commercial services.
Best district / master plan scale – Central Park, Sydney
Some of the buildings included in the new Central Park project in Sydney. It was named as the best scale for a district / master plan
A former brewery site in Central Park in Sydney has been injected with new life and transformed into an autonomous urban village.
It comprises 11 buildings, more than 2,000 residential apartments, more than 1,000 student residences and two daycare centers.
Judges praised the project for including all of these facilities, which are gathered around a vast park.
Renovation Award – Chao Hotel, Beijing
The prize for the best renovation went to the Chao Hotel in Beijing. Judges were impressed by the fact that the original structure was retained while modern design elements were introduced
The transformation of the Chao Hotel in Beijing has been named as the best renovation project.
The judges were under the impression that the original building construction was preserved, while a modern fiberglass-reinforced concrete enclosure, expressed as a dynamic zigzag, was introduced.
Façade elements alternate between light gray and glass panels, which look like a Chinese folding fan.
Interior Space Award – Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul
The & # 39; clean concrete & # 39; the judges impressed at the Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul
Winning a second prize – this time for its interior space – is the Amorepacific Headquarters in Seoul.
That is because the central atrium is made of clean concrete, which, according to the jury members, exudes a sense of sophistication.
It is also praised for its dramatic openings with stumps that create air gardens everywhere, and other facilities such as a library and a public art museum that attracts even more pedestrians.
Build price – Atira La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Atira La Trobe Street is made of prefabricated, interchangeable components that are locked in place & # 39 ;. The judges noted that this offers exceptional stability
Atira La Trobe Street is a student complex in Melbourne that has won the construction prize.
The building consists of prefabricated, interchangeable components that ensure a fast and efficient construction and that can be locked in place after assembly & # 39 ;.
Judges noted that this provides exceptional structural stability and easy adjustment during the construction process.
Best architectural and geotechnical engineering – 181 Fremont, San Francisco
This building can immediately restore functionality after a huge earthquake, thanks to the seismic design process used to make it
The 181 Fremont building was home to luxury apartments overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and was named as the best for structural and geotechnical engineering.
The building was designed using an innovative seismic design process, including a lateral force-resistant system, which means that the tower can immediately restore functionality after a major earthquake.
Judges praised the building's engineers for having met the challenge of a highly seismic and complex geological environment. Forty-two shafts were drilled over 75 meters in rock, reducing the amount of structural steel needed to protect this tower from earthquakes by 25 percent.
Best mechanical, electrical and plumbing technology – Britam Tower, Nairobi
The Britam Tower has a strategic balance between rainwater collection, ventilation strategies and passive heat control strategies that save 39 percent on energy bills and 50 percent on water use compared to a typical building
The Britam Tower, an office building in Nairobi, the tallest building in Kenya, has the best mechanical, electrical and sanitary engineering.
Judges liked that it has a strategic balance between rainwater collection, ventilation strategies and passive heat control strategies that save 39 percent on energy bills and 50 percent on water use compared to a typical building.
The judges said: & # 39; The veil facade solution – consisting of 50 mm square ceramic rods for a full-length glass curtain wall with & # 39; selective & # 39; glass – lets in considerably more light than heat. & # 39;
Best facade engineering – Azrieli Sarona Tower, Tel Aviv
The Azirieli Sarona tower saves 27.5 percent more energy than the required baseline
The Azirieli Sarona tower is the tallest building in Israel at 238 meters (780ft) and the winner of the prize for best facade technology.
Judges were impressed by the juxtaposition of the two layers of a double-walled façade that creates a dramatic facade design.
They said: & # 39; The precise engineering strategy, designed to reduce glowing heat, saves 27.5 percent more energy than the required baseline. & # 39;
Best fire and risk engineering – Morpheus, Macau
The Morpheus building won the prize for the best fire and risk technology
The Morpheus building, which houses a hotel, dominates the Macau skyline and has won the prize for the best fire and risk technology.
To ensure effective fire suppression, four layers of sprinkler lines were installed at different levels of the spectacular atrium.
The jury noted: & # 39; With a rotating geometric façade interrupted by three holes, this hotel has provided a fire-technical challenge. & # 39;
10 Year Award – The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore
The Pinnacle @ Duxton in Singapore is a residential complex that opened in 2010 and has the two longest air gardens in the world
The awards also recognize tall buildings that are still impressive long after they are completed.
This year's prize is the Pinnacle @ Duxton in Singapore, a residential complex that opened in 2010 and has the two longest air gardens in the world. Both are 500 meters long.
The judges said that the 12 celestial gardens in this complex with seven towers function as an extension of the living environment for residents, and form almost a hectare of new land – in the air.
She added that the orientation of the towers creates urban windows that frame the city skyline, eliminating visibility between units and optimizing the view.