The event, which will take place in Chicago on 31 May 2018, showcases the best urban design from around the world. The winner of the Best Tall Building regional prize will go on to be shortlisted for the international prize.
The three towers form the anchor piece of RSHP’s Barangaroo south masterplan, weaving organically into the existing CBD’s rich fabric and community. Workers and locals enjoy the wide variety of shops and restaurants available in the district, and the streets are fully pedestrianised to create a welcoming atmosphere.
The towers have received the prestigious 6 star “Green Star Office Design” v3 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, highlighting the success of the range of advanced sustainability techniques employed. The buildings are also designed for employee wellbeing, encouraging social interaction and providing a layout which maximises views out and light in.
The vertical fins provide the buildings with their distinct, individual identities, and also help prevent solar gain. Day-lit lift lobbies, panoramic prows, 100% fresh air, 2.9m high ceilings, and large open vertical spaces throughout the buildings all combine to promote a state-of-the-art workplace.
Ivan Harbour, senior partner at RSHP, and the building’s lead designer said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for these two awards. The design of the urban fabric surrounding International Towers was as important as the buildings themselves, and they are intimately woven together into the fabric of the local area. I believe that being shortlisted for this award highlights the value that good design can add to a new development for everyone who engages with it, living or working locally.”
The towers were developed by LendLease, and two of the three towers are now owned by Jones Lang LaSalle.
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About Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.
The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk, designer of the award-winning Leadenhall Building, and Ivan Harbour, designer of the Stirling prize winning West London Maggie’s Centre. The practice now has 13 partners, with several long-standing members of the practice being named partners in 2015. Together, they represent the inherent continuity and consistency of the philosophy which the practice applies to all its work.