The International Beautiful Tall Buildings Challenge
Worldwide, a growing proportion of residential development is in tall buildings.
However, designing beautiful tall buildings is challenging. The combination of structural limitations and vertical repetition often leads to tall buildings not being as successful aesthetically as other built forms. Tall buildings are also frequently subject to objections from the community, who point out concerns about their aesthetics and rigidity.
We are looking to learn from great real-life examples of beautiful tall buildings.
Is there a tall residential building that makes you pause and take a longer look? Take a photo or snap a screenshot from Google Street View and enter it into our competition for a chance to win CAD $500.
The intent of this competition is to build a catalogue of well-designed tall buildings that look great in real-life (and not just in artist impressions!) from across the world.
We were looking for design approaches that could be applied to regular residential projects and help guide the design of the large number of tall buildings being built every year.
- Include a snip from Google Street View or a similar service, or a photo. Professional photography will not be accepted. You can add a second photo if you want to highlight some details.
- Write 50-200 words explaining why the design looks great.
Applicants are encouraged to submit more than one entry.
Building Selection Criteria
- The building exists.
- It is residential in urban context.
- Height is approximately or generally between 20 to 50 storeys.
- If the units in the building have outdoor space (like balconies), it is an advantage.
- The design is not so expensive that it cannot be used in regular projects (we don’t ask to know the construction cost – we just want to avoid designs that cannot be reused)
The deadline for this competition was April 14, 2023. We announced the winners on our social media pages on May 23, 2023. The prize for 1st place was $500 CAD, 2nd place was $200 CAD, and 3rd place is $100 CAD. All winners received their prize.
Enter the competition by sending the image and the filled form to email@example.com. The competition is anonymous, and no name or identifying feature is to be included in the form or image.
Meet the Jury:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CTBUH Advisory Group Member
City of Toronto Planning Department, Urban Design Manager