The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Zeitz MOCAA the Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa. Accepting the award yesterday evening in Chicago were (from left to right) Mark Noble, Development Director of the V&A Waterfront, and Mat Cash, Group Leader of Heatherwick Studio. To their right is Dario de Luca, Awards Main Juror, and President of Pacifica Enterprises.
On the origins of the project, Mark Noble commented: “It was a challenging undertaking, and there were very loud calls for the original structure’s demolition. There’s no surprise as to why – it’s valuable real estate, and much less risky to build something new. But my response to that was, why would you do that? It was the mix of old and new that drew us to the project, and there’s multiple layers of history there. We didn’t want to wipe the slate clean, and what would you replace it with that has this much power?”
See all the winners of the 16th Annual CTBUH Awards here: