International Highrise Award

Learn more about the world's first highrise award

The award ceremony for the International Highrise Award 2018  took place on 1st of November 2018 in St. Paul's Church, Frankfurt am Main. The architect L. Benjamín Romano  (LBR&A Arcitectos) won the award for the world´s most innovative highrise "Torre Reforma" in Mexico-City.
The highrise is a classic office building. However, it is only the type of usage that is conventional. The prevailing problem of earthquakes in Mexico City calls for an intelligent support structure concept, which lends the 246-metre-high office tower its striking appearance. In doing so Torre Reforma by L. Benjamín Romano places Mexico’s capital on the world map of ground-breaking highrise architecture.

The City of Frankfurt has awarded the International Highrise Award (IHA) every two years since 2004. The award is promoted, curated and organised in cooperative partnership with the German architectural museum Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank, which provides the main funding for the IHA. In 2015, the three partners agreed to extend the cooperation to 2020. The IHA is awarded for a building that demonstrates excellence in aesthetics, forward-looking design, urban integration, innovative technology, cost effectiveness, marketability and sustainability. The award is decided by an international jury of experts and bestowed jointly on both the architect and client, who receive a statuette by acclaimed artist Thomas Demand and a monetary award of EUR 50,000 which is donated to a good cause.

Award winners to date

L. Benjamín Romano
Torre Reforma 
246 metres
Bjarke Ingels, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
The Durst Organization
VIA 57 West, New York
142 metres
architectural firm Boeri Studio
Hines Italia SGR S.p.A.
Bosco Verticale, Milan
80 and 112 metres
Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus
DEXUS Property Group
1 Bligh Street, Sydney
139 metres
WOHA Architects,
associated architects Tandem Architects
Pebble Bay
The Met, Bangkok
230 metres
Norman Foster
Hearst Corporation
Hearst Tower, New York
182 metres
Jean Nouvel
Layetana Developments
Torre Agbar, Barcelona
142 metres
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
ING Vastgoed
De Hoftoren, The Hague
144 metres
The winner of 2018: “Torre Reforma“ in Mexico-City, © Moritz Bernoully, © Alfonso Merchand, © Santiago Arau  

Statuette by Thomas Demand, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel