The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), based in Chicago, is a non-profit organization which studies and reports on the planning, design, and construction and development of tall buildings. It is widely considered to be an authority on measuring the official height of tall buildings.
Shanghai Tower won CTBUH’s “Best Tall Building Worldwide” award for 2016 at a ceremony in Chicago on November 3, 2016.
Jury members comment on Shanghai Tower: As the tallest building in China upon completion, Shanghai Tower has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for its modern emergence on the global stage, but also points the way forward for technical innovation accomplished within the parameters of a Chinese cultural identity. Powerful in form yet delicate in appearance, Shanghai Tower would be a graceful addition to any skyline, but its function, identity, and symbolism are firmly rooted in the needs of its specific site. Shanghai Tower shows the greatest commitment to communal space in a tall building. It contains the world’s first truly ‘inhabitable’ double-skin façade on a skyscraper, which is not only remarkable for its intended greenery, but its incorporation into the tower’s overall ventilation strategy. The sacrifice of valuable floor area to realize this social amenity proves that the aspirations for Shanghai Tower went far beyond mere commercial gain.