On Wednesday, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winner and finalists for its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. CTBUH's Urban Habitat Award, launched in 2014, recognizes buildings that are both environmentally sustainable, and socially conscious of the setting they inhabit. This year's winner, Parkroyal on Pickering, by WOHA, in Singapore, was selected for its intelligent use of public space and successfully incorporating nature into its design. Located in Singapore's dense city center, Parkroyal makes use of planted valleys, gullies, and waterfalls in order to integrate greenery on both the inside and outside of the building—proving that nature can still be preserved within a city center.
“This project's design has demonstrated how a ‘building-as-a-garden’ can enhance the quality of the city and enrich the human condition,” Karl Fender, Hon. AIA, CTBUH awards juror and the founding director of Fender Katsalidis, said in a press release.
The finalists for the award were: Chatswood Transport Interchange (CTI) by Cox Richardson Architects & Planners in Sydney; d'Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects in Singapore; Jing An Kerry Centre by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in Shanghai; and Tour Carpe Diem by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in Paris.
Read more about the CTBUH 2015 Urban Habitat Award winner, Parkroyal on Pickering, here.