Swanston Square has been named among the world's best tall buildings for 2015 by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The project was one of 17 buildings shortlisted from 123 nominations received from around the world.
The annual CTBUH Awards are an independent review of new projects judged by a panel of experts. CTBUH issues four regional awards each year (Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and Australasia) and from these regional awards, one project is awarded the honor of overall Best Tall Building Worldwide.
Swanston Square, with its 30-storey façade depicting the portrait of indigenous leader William Barak, became an instantly recognisable part of Melbourne's skyline when it was unveiled earlier this year. Comprising an innovative building material more commonly associated with the building of aircraft and super yachts, the façade features 406 individual panels of Glass Reinforced Plastic, a resin-based composite.
The project was one of six finalists from Asia and Australasia alongside buildings from Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok and another Melbourne building, Dooneree's Phoenix apartments.
The winner from Asia and Australasia, Singapore's Capita Green, is a 34-storey residential tower with vegetation covering 55 percent of the perimeter of its façade. It has a double-skin façade featuring an outer layer of frameless glass and an inner envelope of double-glazed floor-to-ceiling glass. At the top of the tower, a petal-like structure serves as a wind scoop to draw in the cooler, cleaner air from above and channel it though a cool void that penetrates all 34 stories of the building delivering fresh air to tenants.
One World Trade Center, New York
Bosco Verticale, Milan
Middle East and Africa
Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, Abu Dhabi
Asia and Australasia
View all the finalists and more information at the CTBUH Awards website.