Tornado Tower, a unique 52-storey commercial office tower in West Bay, Doha, has been awarded the 2009 prodigious accolade for Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Tornado tower is being developed by Qatar Investment Projects and Development Holding Company (Qipco), a leading shareholding company in the country. The tower stands 200 meters high with total leasable area of 58,029 sq m.

It is one of four tall buildings in the world to receive recognition from the awards committee of CTBUH, the world’s leading authority on the design, construction and development of tall buildings, a Qipco statement said.

The other areas being The Americas – Manitoba Hydro Place in the city of Winnipeg, Canada; Europe – The Broadgate Tower in the city of London, UK; Asia & Australasia – Linked Hybrid Building, Beijing, China.

This high-level award is a global testimony to the distinguished architecture and urban development Qatar is witnessing today, said a top official.

The principle criteria used by CBTUH to form their judgement for these awards, is based on the projects displaying extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings, bringing fresh ideas and innovative processes which would not only help advance the profession of design but also, improve the ambiance and the well-being of the inhabitants of the cities where they have been constructed, it said.

The ‘Overall Winner for the Best Tall Building in the world’ from the four Regional Awards will be given the award at a gala dinner on October 22 in Chicago, US – the city accredited with the title ‘cradle of sky-rise buildings’.

Also during the evening the CTBUH, chaired by Gordon Gill will announce the recipients of the two Lifetime Achievement Awards for architect and designer. The Lynn S. Beedle Award will be given to John C. Portman, while The Fazlur Rhaman Khan Medal will go to Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar, it added.

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