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The City of Frankfurt, Germany, the Museum of German Architecture and DekaBank have named Stockholm’s Norra Torren, or North Towers, the world’s most innovative building taller than 328 feet. The towers’ prefabricated concrete modules, along with their interior elements, present an “expression of an equal society,” competition judges said.

 

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Stockholm’s Northern Towers, designed by Dutch firm, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has won the 2020 International Highrise Award for the world’s most innovative building over 100m.

The Norra Tornen, in the central Vasastaden district, beat 31 other entries to the €50,000 prize, awarded every two years by the City of Frankfurt, the Museum of German Architecture (DAM) and DekaBank.

The towers used a prefabricated building system, overseen by UK consulting engineer Arup. This allowed one storey to be built a week, and made the project economically feasible for the developer, Oscar Properties.

The competition jury noted the skilful arrangement of the prefabricated concrete elements, the fine details of the interiors, and praised them as “expression of an equal society”.

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