Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum named 2022's best tall building

The 10-storey David Rubenstein Forum in Chicago designed by US studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been awarded the 2022 prize for Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Completed in 2020, the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago was named the overall winner at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards last week.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum
David Rubenstein Forum has been named the world's best tall building

Designed by a team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro project director Sean Gallagher, the distinctive tower is located on the University of Chicago's campus alongside the Midway Plaisance park near the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

It consists of six stacked blocks that each cantilever out from a central spine, with a 12-metre cantilever sheltering the building's entrance.

Skyscraper next to Midway Plaisance park
It stands next to Midway Plaisance park

The 9,000-square-metre building contains a 285-seat auditorium along with lecture halls and numerous multipurpose rooms for teaching.

As each of the cantilevered blocks has glazed ends, the majority of these spaces have views north to downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan or south across the university's campus.

Glass facade of David Rubenstein Forum
The building has large glazed facades

The building achieved a sustainability certification of LEED Gold and its large glazed facades include "bird safe technology" to make the glass visible to birds as it is located on the Mississippi Flyway Zone.

It was named Best Tall Building Worldwide at the CTBUH's awards, where it also won the prize for Best Tall Building under 100 meters.

"With the United Nations projecting nearly 70 percent urbanization by 2050, the demand is growing for healthier, more sustainable, and socially just urban environments tall buildings and other smart, resilient approaches to population density are an integral part of the solution," said CTBUH CEO Javier Quintana de Una.

"The projects selected for our yearly Award of Excellence competition represent the most advanced concepts and technologies currently employed around the world, and the David Rubenstein Forum in particular exemplifies the diversity of interdisciplinary ingenuity required to address the complex needs of students, workers, communities and the public in general."

View from a University of Chicago lecture hall
The rooms have views of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Also at the awards, Olderfleet in Melbourne by Grimshaw Architects was named Best Tall Building between 100-199 metres, One Dalton in Boston by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners won the award for Best Tall Building between 200-299 metres and The St Regis in Chicago by Studio Gang Architects was named Best Tall Building between  300-399 metres. One Vanderbilt in New York City by Kohn Pedersen Fox won the prize for Best Tall Building over 400 metres.

Other winners included 111 West 57th Street in New York City by SHoP Architects, which was named Best Tall Residential Building and BIG's Copenhill power plant and ski slope, which won the award for Best Tall Non-building.

Building with multiple cantilevered blocks
The building was made from stacked, cantilevered blocks

Led by Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin, US studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro is one of the world's best known architecture studios.

Other projects completed by the studio include the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Coloradothe renovation of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.

The photography is by Brett Beyer.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum
Diller Scofidio + Renfro's David Rubenstein Forum