International High-Rise Award 2022/23 – 34 High-Rise Projects Nominated Globally

The buildings nominated for the International High-Rise Award 2022/23 have now been announced. Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has selected them from more than 1,000 new high-rises worldwide dating from the past two years. In autumn, the five finalists will be announced. Then, on November 8, 2022, the winner of the International High-Rise Award will be presented in the Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) in Frankfurt/Main. 

Projects from 13 countries were nominated for the International High-Rise Award 2022/23. The candidates are 23 high-rises from four continents. Four of the towers are located in Europe, two of these in Germany – One and Senckenberg Quartier, both in Frankfurt/Main. In a similar way to the situation two years ago, a considerable decline in high-rises completed was to be observed. In many countries, delays occurred as a result of the COVID- 19 pandemic, along with both the associated supply chain problems and labor shortages. Nevertheless, as in previous years, it was still the case that nowhere in the world were as many high-rises erected as in China. It was here that approximately every third new building which meets the brief of being at least 100 meters high was to be found and nowadays it is increasingly local architectural practices that are being commissioned with the designs. However, in other parts of the world, too, the “high-rise” is becoming an ever- more established type, as is obvious from a glance at the buildings nominated. 

The Award

The International High-Rise Award is presented for a high-rise that combines sustainability, external design, and internal use of space and takes full consideration of social and urban planning-related aspects in order to create an exemplary design. Further criteria are innovative engineering and cost- effectiveness. The International High-Rise Award is considered one of the world’s most important architecture awards for high-rises. It is aimed at architects and developers whose buildings are at least 100 meters in height and were completed over the past two years.

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Deka, the City of Frankfurt am Main and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) have been awarding prizes to forward-looking highrise buildings since 2004. It was initiated in response to the global boom in this key discipline that has been observable since the start of the new millennium. The International High-Rise Award will be presented for the 10th time in November 2022 which makes this a jubilee year for the award.

The nominated projects at a glance

Previous recipients of the IHA:

2020 "Norra Tornen", Stockholm / Sweden, Architects: OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam / Netherlands
2018 „Torre Reforma“ in Mexiko City (Mexico), BR&A Arquitectos as architects and developer.
2016 VIA 57 West“ in New York City (USA), BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and The Durst Organization as the developer.
2014 Bosco Verticale“ in Milan (Italy), Boeri Studio and Hines Italia as the developer.
2012 1 Blight Street” in Sydney (Australia), a cooperation between ingenhoven architects in Düsseldorf and Architectus in Sydney with DEXUS Property Group; DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund, Cbus Property as the developers.
2010 The Met” in Bangkok (Thailand), WOHA in Singapore and Pebble Bay, Thailand as the developer.
2008 Hearst Building” in New York (USA), Foster + Partners and Hearst Corporation as the developer.
2006 Torre Agbar” in Barcelona (Spain), Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Layetana as the developer.
2004 De Hoftoren” in The Hague (The Netherlands), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (International) PA, London and ING Vastgoed as the developer.

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Winner of the International Highrise Award 2020

Twin Tower 'Norra Tornen' in Stockholm wins the International Highrise Award 2020

The Norra Tornen twin towers, the "northern towers", are located at the transition from Vasastaden, a district with residential developments mainly from the 1930s, to the newly emerging district of Hagastaden and create a gate situation to the left and right of the arterial road Torsgatan. A gate formed by two high-rise buildings is a motive traditionally used in Stockholm's cityscape to mark important points.
In the immediate vicinity of the Karolinska Institute, which annually determines the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Hagastaden is currently Stockholm's largest urban development area comprising 96 hectares, about three times the size of the famous old town. By 2030, around 50,000 workplaces and 6,000 new apartments are to be created here, 3,000 on the Stockholm side and 3,000 in the subdistrict of Solna. Norra Tornen is therefore not only situated at the transition of two districts but also of two municipalities, without this being noticeable on the spot.
Norra Tornen marks the transition to the new district and clearly represents a contemporary and sustainable vision for the city. At the same time, the towers are able to incorporate Stockholm's older architectural structure in their color scheme
and rising shape. This mediation between the old and the new is one of the great design strengths of the project.
The sheltered balconies and the cube-like modules alternate in a regular pattern and form a brutalist game of deception. The ribbed structure and coloration of the precast concrete elements were analyzed in many tests. Some versions envisaged uncolored concrete or a manually chipped, rough and jagged rib surface in the style of the design models of 1960s brutalism such as Paul Rudolph's Art + Architecture Building at Yale University in New Haven. With the soft brown of the implemented solution, the façade blends in perfectly with Stockholm's earthy color range, which includes all shades from beige to red.


The "Norra Tornen" have an energy-efficient sandwich façade with 23 cm thick thermal insulation and triple-glazed windows without transoms and mullions to avoid thermal bridges. A natural ventilation of the living spaces is achieved by ventilation elements in the façade panels. Further technical building equipment such as a heat recovery system, heat exchangers in each apartment or commercial unit and the connection to the district cooling system contribute to the sustainability of the towers. The grey water produced is also used for various purposes. The good connection to public transport is an important part of the design of the building ensemble.