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The Tower at PNC Plaza
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Citation Award

Architecture

The 33-story Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has laid claim to be the world's greenest "skyrise". It expands the discourse of sustainability beyond performance metrics and technologies to focus on the simple design tenet of augmenting the human experience. The project is a result of a holistic and collaborative process that started with the question: what if a building could breathe?

The jury commented that it is a careful, deliberate project. It is refreshing to see a project this green refusing to wrap itself in a granola wrapper - the ambitious skin does not feel like a sustainability gimmick. Beautifully detailed and conceived, the subtle sculptural tower volume complements the city rather than celebrating itself.


Architect
Gensler
Photography
Connie Zhou
Branding/Graphics
Gensler
Food Service
Hammer Design Associates
Archeology
Christine Davis Consultants
Traffic
Trans Associates
Sustainability
Paladino
Security
Security Consulting & Engineering
Information Technology
CS Technology
Code
Jensen Hughes
Vertical Transportation
Edgett Williams Consulting Group
Wind Engineering
Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group
Façade Maintenance
Lerch Bates
Façade
Heintges
Rendering
Space Matrix; Tangram 3DS
Audio Visual
TAD
Acoustics
Threshold
Lighting
Studio I, Fisher Marantz Stone
Structural/MEP
Buro Happold
Landscape
LaQuatra Bonci Associates
Interiors
Gensler
Commissioning
Altura Associates; CJL Engineering ESI: Lobby Beacon
General Contractor
PJ Dick
Competition
Design Awards 2016