Architect who declared war on the skyscraper scoops award

The CCTV headquarters building in Beijing, designed by Rem Koolhaas’s practice OMA, has been named the best tall building in the world.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat spent a year poring over more than 60 entries before narrowing them down to four regional finalists.

The jury picked the CCTV building after listening to presentations from senior representatives of the four shortlisted schemes.

In his presentation Koolhaas admitted that a chapter in his most recent book, Content, was called Kill the Skyscraper.

“Basically it was an expression of disappointment at the way the skyscraper typology was used and applied,” he said.

“I didn’t think there was a lot of creative life left in skyscrapers. Therefore, I tried to launch a campaign against the skyscraper in its more uninspired form.

“The fact that I am standing on this stage now, in this position, meant that my declaration of war went completely unnoted, and that my campaign was completely unsuccessful. Being here, it is quite moving - to be part of a community that is trying to make skyscrapers more interesting. I am deeply grateful, and thank all my partners.”