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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives International Architecture Award for Seville tower

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives International Architecture Award for Seville tower

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects receives International Architecture Award for Seville tower

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Feb. 20, 2009)–Torre Cajasol, a project designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, was among the winners recognized in 2008 International Architecture Awards program. The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd., which co-presents the awards with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, announced the winning projects and urban schemes.

Located on the site of the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, Spain, the Torre Cajasol development consists of a 37-story, multi-tenant office tower combined with a 4-story podium containing office and retail space. Designed for Edificio Triana S.A. and planned for completion in 2011, the new 51,000-square-meter tower will define the new skyline of Seville. The building is designed to be harmonious with important city landmarks and to engage in a dialog with La Giralda, church spires and the masts along the bridges that contribute to Seville’s rich character. The building includes sustainable design strategies such as a green roof on the podium buildings, a retractable canvas awning, and shading devices of reconstituted wood throughout the façade.

The International Architecture Awards is the only global Awards Program in architecture of its kind, which was conceived and presented by the Museum and in partnership with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies to give an important overview of design and architecture on a world scale.
The Awards Program draws important public and professional focus for the celebration and recognition of the most important key buildings produced in this decade, underscoring the highest level of imagination and inspiration of the “best of the best” architectural minds practicing design today. The selected projects challenge new approaches to design that are beyond the envelope of the everyday, while providing cities with key civic building that celebrate and harmonize architecture as a high art while finding answers to the complicated problems of environment, social context, improving quality of life, and sustainability.

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