London architects Kohn Pederson Fox have won the first International Highrise Award for the 144 m high ‘Hoftoren’ building in The Hague, the residence of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The award was presented on 2 April and is accompanied by a monetary award of € 50,000.
This was the first time the International Highrise Award was presented. The € 50,000 prize is being awarded by the City of Frankfurt am Main, financed by the DekaBank and handled by the Deutsches Architektur Museum (Frankfurt am Main).
The jury, consisting of prof. Jörg Schlaich (Stuttgart), Dominique Perrault (Paris), Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (London), prof. Willi Alda (DekaBank, Frankfurt am Main), dr. Hans-Bernhard Nordhoff (Frankfurt am Main), has judged 38 submittances from 14 countries in Europe, Asia, USA and Latin America. The jury praised the ‘Hoftoren’ building for its aesthetics, its design and the innovative technology. The International Highrise Award prize-giving ceremony will be held in the Paulskirche Frankfurt on 11 June 2004.
The International Highrise Award is being bestowed for a building that stands out for its special aesthetics, pioneering design, integration into town planning, sustainability, innovative technology and cost-effectiveness. Architects can submit competition entries for highrises that are over 100 meters in height. The prize will be awarded every other year.