There’s almost nothing that China likes more than a good building. With that in mind, the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB) and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) have decided to start handing out awards for the best of the best.
Since it’s really impossible to pick just one the inaugural China Tall Buildings Awards chose four buildings as China’s best tall buildings of the year. They also recognized winners in categories of innovation, urban habitat integration and construction.
To pad out the list a bit, they also choose a group of “legacy award winners” from China’s past, featuring some of China’s most iconic structure. As you might expect, Shanghai sorta dominated the list. Check out the winners:
Best Tall Building China
Asia Pacific Tower & Jinling Hotel, Nanjing / P&T Group
Bund SOHO, Shanghai / von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects
Hainan Road Lot 10, Shanghai / Kengo Kuma and Associates
Wangjing SOHO, Beijing / Zaha Hadid Architects
China Urban Habitat Award
Jing An Kerry Center, Shanghai.
China Innovation Award
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai.
China Construction Award
Hang Lung Plaza, Shenyang.
Legacy Award Winners
Bank of China, 1990, Hong Kong.
HSBC Main Building, 1985, Hong Kong.
Two IFC, 2003, Hong Kong.
Jin Mao Tower, 1999, Shanghai.
Shanghai Centre, 1990, Shanghai.
Taipei 101, 2004, Taipei.
White Swan Hotel, 1983, Guangzhou.
Shun Hing Square, 1996, Shenzhen.
While beautiful tall buildings are nice and all, we have to admit that we will miss China’s characteristic “weird architecture” that was formally banned last month. Take a look back at some of China’s ugliest buildings here.
[Images via Wikipedia / CITAB]