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Arup wins five global CTBUH 2019 Best in Category Awards

Jackie Wei-Green Jackie Wei Green Senior Communications Leader,Los Angeles
16 April 2019

Arup’s work on high-rises earned five top accolades at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Annual Awards, which recognise contributions in the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment.

Competing against 65 other world-class finalists, five of our projects received a “Best in Category” award at the event in Shenzhen, China, on April 10. CTBUH is the world’s leading resource on tall buildings for architects, engineers and builders of skyscrapers.

Photo of winning team Photo of winning team

The Arup winners include:

  • 181 Fremont, San Francisco, California — Structural Engineering

  • 181 Fremont, San Francisco, California — Geotechnical Engineering

    • This mixed-use tower rises over 802ft above street level with a total of 56 stories. It is celebrated as the most resilient tall building on the West Coast of the United States and the third tallest building in San Francisco. Working with Heller Manus Architects and Jay Paul Co, Arup provided innovative structural and geotechnical services, along with resilience consulting services.

  •  Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul, Korea — Best Tall Building 100–199 Meters

    • The cubic building has a distinctive central void and three large openings that maximise natural ventilation and daylight, while providing arresting views. The beauty group’s headquarters is clad in a unique skin of differently sized vertical steel fins, helping regulate sunlight and providing a textural façade. Working with David Chipperfield Architects, Arup led the structural engineering together with vertical transport, fire, wind and building services, building physics, façade, acoustics and lighting design.

  • Morpheus Hotel & Resort at City of Dreams, Macau, China — Fire & Risk Engineering

    • Working with Melco Resorts and Entertainment and Zaha Hadid Architects, we adopted a total fire engineering approach to address the challenges posted by the building’s unique architectural form and the very tall atrium with three holes punctuated at high level. Our solution takes a balance between the competing demands of design innovation, sustainability, functionality and fire safety.

  • Shenzhen Energy Headquarters, Shenzhen, China — Best Tall Building 200–299 Meters

    • As the headquarters of the Chinese state-owned Shenzhen Energy Group, the complex features a unique façade system that both passively and actively reduces the energy consumption of the buildings. Arup provided total engineering services including structural, MEP, building sustainability design and fire engineering.

Additionally, our projects were awarded with 17 Awards of Excellence, and we are proud to have provided geotech and geoseismic consulting for the Salesforce Tower, which was named “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2019.

The CTBUH awards aspire to provide a more comprehensive view of these important structures, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of performance, including those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit. The annual awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts.

 The see the full list of winners from each category, visit CTBUH