Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving RWDI

10 Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards, New York City

This building uses four glazing systems to make up the façades; a cable wall, and three types of shingled curtain walls, composed of energy-efficient glass.

111 West 57th Street

111 West 57th Street, New York City

A supertall residential project in midtown Manhattan by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, and designed by SHoP Architects.

150 North Riverside

150 North Riverside, Chicago

Utilizing a unique core-supported structure with a very small footprint at grade, the design resolves considerable site challenges and provides a 54-story Class A office tower.

181 Fremont

181 Fremont, San Francisco

Winner of the 2019 CTBUH Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Awards this mixed-use building uses an exoskeleton structure to allow for open floor plates without columns.

23 Marina

23 Marina, Dubai

23 Marina was the tallest all residential skyscraper in the world when it was completed in 2012.

240 Blackfriars Road

240 Blackfriars Road, London

This building has flush, smooth and fully glazed façade which complements the buildings crystalline shape which is achieved by glass to glass joints.

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London

Rarely does a single building have such a profound impact on the history of the high-rise as 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue, New York City

432 Park Avenue represents a new generation of superslim skyscrapers and is defined by its simplicity and large glass windows set in a regular grid of exposed concrete members.

56 Leonard

56 Leonard, New York City

56 Leonard's irregularly projecting floors, as well as the irregular spacing and location of the balconies throughout its 57 stories have nicknamed the building the "Jenga".

Almas Tower

Almas Tower, Dubai

This 360 meter office skyscraper is located on an artificial island in the Jumeirah Lake Towers Free Zone, and was completed in 2008.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago

Lurie Children's Hospital is one of the top pediatric providers in the Midwest, and is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Aura at College Park

Aura at College Park, Toronto

Standing at 271m, Aura held the title of Canada's tallest residential building upon completion in 2014.

Bay-Adelaide Centre

Bay-Adelaide Centre, Toronto

An office complex located in the Financial District of Toronto, Bay-Adelaide Centre consists of three towers.

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower, Beijing

The Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower’s distinct trapezoidal facade was developed to take advantage of the building’s site positioning and as a means to catch and refract sunlight.

Beijing Yintai Centre

Beijing Yintai Centre, Beijing

Located in the core Beijing central business district, the three towered structure has a central tower rising 250m high.

Broadgate Tower

Broadgate Tower, London

The dramatic and highly visible structural system employed on Broadgate Tower is an innovative solution to the challenge of spanning the pre-existing railways that run under the site.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Undoubtedly one of the wonders of the modern world, Burj Khalifa is graceful and elegant as it reaches upward with seeming ease.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at the site of the old Central Market, a traditional crossroads and meeting point in the city.

Burj Vista Tower

Burj Vista Tower, Dubai

Part of a complex, these residential towers include a variety of amenities: a gymnasium, swimming pools, badminton court, multimedia hall, and play rooms.

CITIC Tower

CITIC Tower, Beijing

Winner of a 2019 Best Tall Building Award of Excellence, this building is integrated into the city’s infrastructure, a hub within a network of pedestrian passages, subways and roadway

CapitaGreen

CapitaGreen, Singapore

With features such as a sky forest and a double-skin façade, CapitaGreen was designed to reduce energy consumption and channel fresh air from its rooftop to cool lower levels.

Capital Market Authority Tower

Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh

The CMA Tower is the tallest of the five structures that make up the plaza of the King Abdullah Financial District.

China Zun

China Zun, Beijing

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the project team aim to use the latest in sustainable technology, materials and engineering concepts.

Comcast Center

Comcast Center, Philadelphia

Taking the form of a faceted obelisk, the tower is clad in silvery high-performance glass with ultra-clear, low-iron glass at the building’s corners and crown.

Comcast Technology Center

Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia

The tower features 13, three-story skygardens that bring vegetation through the height of the tower, as well as a sky bar, 269 meters above ground.

Concord Cityplace Parade

Concord Cityplace Parade , Toronto

Completed in 2013, this residential skyscraper consists of 2 towers connected by a two-story sky bridge connected at the 28th and 29th floors.

Continuum on South Beach

Continuum on South Beach, Miami Beach

The Continuum on South Beach are residential towers located in southern Miami Beach. The South tower opened in 2002, while the North tower opened in 2008.

Eight Spruce Street

Eight Spruce Street, New York City

A beautiful building, elegantly fitting into its Manhattan context, “New York by Gehry” at Eight Spruce Street uses the very latest in computer-enabled construction.

Eleven Times Square

Eleven Times Square, New York City

Eleven Times Square attempts to make a more sustainable model for an urban building.

FKI Tower

FKI Tower, Seoul

FKI Tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The unique skin reduces internal heating and cooling loads and collects energy.

Federation Towers - Vostok Tower

Federation Towers - Vostok Tower, Moscow

When completed in late 2016, the Federation Towers - Vostok Tower claimed the title of Europe's Tallest Building and was the third tallest building to open for occupancy that year.

Four Seasons Place

Four Seasons Place, Hong Kong

The Four Seasons Place offers visitors amenities such as outdoor pools, a cold plunge pool, steam rooms, and a spa.

Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo

Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo, Turin

The Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo building incorporates large environmentally friendly and socially conscious spaces as part of a design objective to experiment with communal urban forms.

Greenland Center North Tower

Greenland Center North Tower, Yinchuan

This mixed-use complex features parallelogram plan geometry with rounded corners, which serves to distinguish the project’s two elegant 984-foot (301-meter) tall towers.

Greenland's Suzhou Center

Greenland's Suzhou Center, Suzhou

The Suzhou Center incorporates passive ventilation techniques in the the design to create a unique interior "lung" that appears as a large opening.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower located adjacent to a large central park and a subterranean retail concourse with transportation interchanges.

Haeundae I'Park

Haeundae I'Park, Busan

The Haeundae I’Park is a high-density mixed-use development which includes three high-rise residential towers on the coast of Busan.

Hanking Center Tower

Hanking Center Tower, Shenzhen

This project has won a 2019 CTBUH Award of Excellence and uses an offset central-core plan to merge public and private spaces and allows for programmatic flexibility.

Hanking Center Tower

Hanking Center Tower, Shenzhen

Hanking Center Tower's pioneering offset core creates a dramatic, slender profile; the tower is the tallest offset-core building in the world.

Hermitage Plaza

Hermitage Plaza, Courbevoie

Hermitage Plaza is a mixed-use project at the entrance of Europe's biggest central district, across from the Seine River.

International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Nanchang

The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza includes two identical towers clad in a sleek glass curtain wall whose shapes morph from base to top.

KL118 Tower

KL118 Tower, Kuala Lumpur

KL118, the first building taller than the Petronas Towers proposed in Kuala Lumpur, is being constructed in the vicinity of Plaza Rakyat.

Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower, Seoul

Taking inspiration from traditional Korean art forms in the design of the various interior spaces, the sleek tapered form will stand out from the city's rocky mountainous topography.

Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg

Designed to be site specific, this building could not be transplanted to another city in the form we see here; making it the perfect response to the homogenization of skylines.

Menara Telekom

Menara Telekom, Kuala Lumpur

Menara Telekom is shaped to represent a bamboo shoot and features 22 skygardens located every three floors.

Northeast Asia Trade Tower

Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon

The Northeast Asia Trade Tower was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 CTBUH Awards where the jury praised its tapering form as being well suited for its mixed-use program.

Ocean Heights

Ocean Heights, Dubai

Ocean Heights, located along the Dubai Marina, features a deliberate twist on three of its faces to maximize views toward the ocean.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, New York City

Part of the ambitious World Trade Center redevelopment, the symbolic 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises on the northwest corner of the Lower Manhattan site.

Panorama Tower

Panorama Tower, Miami

Upon completion in 2018, the mixed-use Panorama Tower became the tallest building in the State of Florida.

Pearl River Tower

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou

The building’s siting and its evocative curving shape are performance driven, and represent an example of a 21st century tower that responds responsibly to local climactic conditions.

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers display a distinctive postmodern style, making it a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur, and the symbol of Malaysia’s success.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected.

Plaza 66

Plaza 66, Shanghai

A commercial and office complex, consisting of a shopping mall and two skyscrapers, Plaza 66 is home to a mix of retail, entertainment, and extensive below-grade parking areas.

River Point

River Point, Chicago

This 52-story building was constructed adjacent to and over active rail lines to enhance the character of this prominent river frontage while concealing the existing rail lines below.

SOCAR Tower

SOCAR Tower, Baku

SOCAR Tower has a free formed shape to follow the basic design concept but uses segmented elements based on the local infrastructure and constructability.

Salesforce Tower

Salesforce Tower, San Francisco

Winning the 2019 CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide Award, this tapering building minimizes shadows and uses many techniques to improve environmental sustainability.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

Sinar Mas Center

Sinar Mas Center, Shanghai

A centerpiece of a neighborhood development, the design features curved surfaces, accentuated by perforated metal light shelves to enhance the building's environmental performance.

Suzhou IFS

Suzhou IFS, Suzhou

A landmark on the city’s skyline in both form and function, the mixed-use high-rise is recognized as the Tallest Building in Suzhou.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101, Taipei

The world's tallest building from 2004 to 2010 has since reinvented itself with a renovation that achieved LEED Platinum making it one of the world's greenest skyscrapers.

Tanjong Pagar Center

Tanjong Pagar Center, Singapore

A mixed-use complex that contains office, residential, retail and hospitality spaces and won a 2019 CTBUH Urban Habitat Award of Excellence.

The Bow

The Bow, Calgary

The Bow is both stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint, especially in the context of a harsh northern climate.

The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building, New York City

The New York Times Building is a 1.5-million-SF, 52-story building on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, anchoring the west side of the redevelopment of Times Square.

The Shard

The Shard, London

The developers of The Shard showed remarkable tenacity in bringing it to fruition.

Torre Costanera

Torre Costanera, Santiago

At 300 meters, Torre Costanera is South America's first supertall building and upon completion was the second tallest building in the southern hemisphere behind Q1 in Sydney.

Trump International Hotel & Tower

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago

Urbanistically and architecturally, Trump Tower represents a high standard of contextual design—fitting very well into the city.

W New York Downtown Hotel & Residences

W New York Downtown Hotel & Residences, New York City

Representing one of Manhattan's most exhilarating projects, W New York Downtown Hotel & Residences opened in 2010.

Wilshire Grand Center

Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles

Winner of a CTBUH 2019 Structural Engineering Award of Excellence, this mixed-use building upon completion, has the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.

About RWDI

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RWDI at CTBUH

CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Tours RWDI Facilities

CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Tours RWDI Facilities

21 Nov 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee visited RWDI's facilities, including the…

CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction

CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction

12 Sep 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a discussion on Modular Design and Construction,…

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CTBUH Canada Hosts "Future Leaders" Committee Inaugural Event

25 Jul 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Canada "Future Leaders" Committee held its inaugural event. Following a…

RWDI at CTBUH

CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Tours RWDI Facilities
21 Nov 2018, Guelph – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee visited RWDI's facilities, including the company's model shop, wind tunnels, and water flume, and viewed several engaging presentations.
CTBUH Canada Hosts Discussion: Modular Design & Construction
12 Sep 2018, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter hosted a discussion on Modular Design and Construction, featuring an overview of existing modular implementations as well as future implications.
CTBUH Canada Hosts "Future Leaders" Committee Inaugural Event
25 Jul 2018, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada "Future Leaders" Committee held its inaugural event. Following a series of presentations, emerging professionals networked and planned future initiatives.
CTBUH Canada Tours YC Condos
21 Mar 2018, Toronto – Tour Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter held a construction tour of YC Condos, a 66-story tower development in downtown Toronto.
Fourth Building Tall Lecture Series: Greening Tall
1 Feb 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and CTBUH hosted a panel discussion on the movement to incorporate green features into tall buildings.
CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto
29 Nov 2017, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held a breakfast event to showcase Toronto's first supertall, The One, which will stand at 307 meters tall and is currently under construction.
CTBUH Sri Lanka Talks Wind Engineering
16-17 Sep 2017, Colombo – Event Report
The CTBUH Sri Lanka workshop on “Advanced Wind Engineering Analysis for High-Rise Buildings Design” was held on the 16th and 17th of September 2017 in Colombo.
Asia Pacific Seminar Series
3-5 Jul 2017 – Event Report
CTBUH Singapore, in coordination with CTBUH Malaysia and CTBUH Thailand, hosted a multi-city seminar on sustainable design in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.
CTBUH Certifies Lotte Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide
4 Apr 2017, Seoul – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has recognized the completion of Lotte World Tower, now the fifth tallest building worldwide at 555 meters.
Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World
27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599 meters it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, second tallest in China, and fourth tallest worldwide.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Imports and Acquisitions: New Tall Buildings in Toronto
11 Oct 2016, Toronto – Event Report
The CTBUH Canada Chapter organized and held its third in a series of seminars about new and imported technologies in high-rise buildings.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
Tall Tales: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders
16 Nov 2015, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta held an event that offered perspectives on tall building issues relating to real estate design and development, wind engineering, and vertical transportation.
Toronto Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Toronto – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Toronto under the lead of CTBUH Canada. The highly successful tour led to many discussion on the lessons learned.
The Current State of Slender Buildings in NYC
30 Jul 2015, New York City – Event Report
SHoP Architects welcomed a group of architects and engineers for a lively discussion and exchange of ideas about slender buildings.
Sky High and The Logic of Luxury
12 May 2015, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held its most recent event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, featuring a presentation by Carol Willis entitled “Sky High and the Logic of Luxury.”
CTBUH Sydney 2015 Opening Event - Design Excellence
29 Apr 2015, Sydney – Event Report
The CTBUH in New South Wales held its opening event for 2015, which was a continuation of the Design Excellence in Sydney, along with a special evening hosted by HASSELL.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Silver+ Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
Wind Engineering Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event
Design adaptation in tall buildings was a main theme in the Technical Workshop, "Wind Engineering," at the Shanghai 2014 Conference.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
CTBUH 2013 London Conference Silver+ Sponsor
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference Sponsor
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.
CTBUH Canada Inaugural Meeting
2 May 2013, Toronto – Event Report
The first event organized by the newly formed CTBUH Canada Chapter was held at the University of Toronto on May 2, to a highly enthusiastic reception.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 1
Mar 2012, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 1 includes 7 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
New CTBUH Trustees Peter Irwin and Tim J. Johnson
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Board of Trustees welcomes the support of two industry leaders: Peter Irwin, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Canada and Tim J. Johnson, NBBJ, USA.

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Peter Irwin

Peter Irwin

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2009 – 2012
Toronto, Canada

Jon Barratt

Jon Barratt

CTBUH Chapter Chair, 2019 – Present
Vancouver, Canada

Anton Davies

Anton Davies

CTBUH Chapter Vice-Chair, 2014 – 2019
Toronto, Canada

CTBUH Leaders at RWDI

Peter Irwin

Peter Irwin

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2009 – 2012
Toronto, Canada

Jon Barratt

Jon Barratt

CTBUH Chapter Chair, 2019 – Present
Vancouver, Canada

Anton Davies

Anton Davies

CTBUH Chapter Vice-Chair, 2014 – 2019
Toronto, Canada

John Kilpatrick

John Kilpatrick

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
Toronto, Canada

Xiangdong Du

Xiangdong Du

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – Present
Shanghai, China

Duncan Phillips

Duncan Phillips

CTBUH Working Group: MEP, 2018 – Present
Toronto, Canada

Jon K. Galsworthy

Jon K. Galsworthy

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
Toronto, Canada

Kevin Peddie

Kevin Peddie

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2011
Sydney, Australia

Ruth Shilston

Ruth Shilston

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Michael Soligo

Michael Soligo

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2017
Sydney, Australia

Kelvin Wong

Kelvin Wong

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2016
Hong Kong, China

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CTBUH Resources Involving RWDI

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Winner

Award of Excellence

China Award Winner

China Award Honorable Distinction

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Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest

6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"
Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers

Interview: Dr. Peter Irwin

6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers

Using Supplemental Damping Systems on High-Rise Buildings

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Xiangdong Du, RWDI

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Plot 17-18 Project: Tall Building Design in “Moscow City”

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Emre Ekici, Renaissance Construction Company

Wind Induced Structure Responses Study on RCCQ Project

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Xiangdong Du, Jon Galsworthy & Greg Thompson, RWDI; Aaron Wang, CapitaLand China

Challenges and Opportunities for the Structural Design of the 123-Story Jamsil Lotte World Tower

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Jong-Ho Kim, Yeonki Jung & Jidong Kim, Chang Minwoo Structural

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Videos

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers
Peter Irwin, one of the founding partners of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, Burj Khalifa, the Trump International Hotel &…
Interview: Dr. Peter Irwin
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. Dr. Peter Irwin, of RWDI Consulting Engineers, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Using Supplemental Damping Systems on High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiangdong Du, RWDI
A considerable number of supplemental damping system implementations are for wind induced motion control of skyscrapers and their performance has been validated through full scale monitoring during wind storms or seismic events. Among the passive…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 08 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Xiangdong Du, RWDI; Yaming Li, ISA Architecture; Kevin Peddie, Windtech Consultants; Peter Soddy, Wirth Research; and Ahsan Kareem, University of…
Interview: Jon Galsworthy
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Jon Galsworthy, RWDI
Jon Galsworthy of RWDI is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Jon discusses the sustainability of tall buildings.
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Kamran Moazami, WSP; John Kilpatrick, RWDI
Historic cities present challenges for tall buildings. There are issues with urban landscape, viewing corridors, adjacent structures, confined access, buildability, and building identity. Below ground there are issues with transport infrastructure,…
Design of Sustainable Asian Supertall Buildings for Wind
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jon Galsworthy, RWDI
This presentation examined a number of Asian supertall buildings as case studies, focusing on the impacts of wind and other climatic factors on their design. The presentation also discussed recently developed regional atmospheric modeling software…
New Frontiers in the Wind Engineering of Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter Irwin, RWDI
Wind Engineering has developed in step with advancements in the design of tall buildings. A significant number of super tall buildings with heights >600m and slenderness ratios >10 have been designed and constructed in the last decade. Applying…
New Frontiers in the Wind Engineering of Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Jon K. Galsworthy, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Wind Engineering has developed in step with advancements in the design of tall buildings. A significant number of super tall buildings with heights >600m and slenderness ratios >10 have been designed and constructed in the last decade. Applying…
Guideline for Wind Tunnel Testing of Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The working group on this guideline has prepared a draft document for comment. The objective of the guideline is to enhance knowledge of wind engineering in the general design community and to promote good practice amongst wind tunnel testing…
New CTBUH Guidelines for Wind Tunnel Testing of Tall Buildings
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Peter Irwin, RWDI ; Graeme Wood, CPP
Wind tunnel testing is a critical part of the design of tall buildings. This situation has highlighted the need for a guideline that helps the non-specialist to gain an understanding of the impacts of wind on tall buildings, the methods used in wind…

Papers/Research

Plot 17-18 Project: Tall Building Design in “Moscow City”
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Emre Ekici, Renaissance Construction Company
Renaissance Construction is one of the common development companies in Russia, planning to build a mixed-use project within Moscow City, a new development area along the Moscow River 5.5 km from the Kremlin. The Plot 17-18 project consists of office…
Wind Induced Structure Responses Study on RCCQ Project
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Xiangdong Du, Jon Galsworthy & Greg Thompson, RWDI; Aaron Wang, CapitaLand China
The Raffles City Chongqing project is one of the largest developments in the world. Located between Chao Tian Men Square and Jiefangbei in Yuzhong District, Chongqing China, it is a curved line of eight towers 182–310 meters tall, bent to resemble…
Challenges and Opportunities for the Structural Design of the 123-Story Jamsil Lotte World Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Jong-Ho Kim, Yeonki Jung & Jidong Kim, Chang Minwoo Structural
The Jamsil Lotte World Tower, a high-rise component of the 2nd Lotte World Amusement Complex, is being constructed at Jamsil, Seoul, Korea. This 123-story building with six underground levels consists of a mall, offices, residences, a hotel, and an…
Using Supplemental Damping Systems on High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Xiangdong Du, Chien-Shen Lee, Bujar Morava & Jon Galsworthy, RWDI
A considerable number of supplemental damping system implementations are for wind induced motion control of skyscrapers and their performance has been validated through full scale monitoring during wind storms or seismic events. Among the passive…
Design of Sustainable Asian Supertall Buildings for Wind
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jon Galsworthy, Duncan Phillips, Peter Irwin & Jiming Xie, RWDI
This paper describes case studies of supertall Asian buildings, focusing on the impacts of wind and other climatic factors on their design. The aerodynamic shape of supertall buildings is critical in avoiding excessive wind loads and building motions…
Human-Induced Vibrations in Buildings
Mar 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 1; Michael J. Wesolowsky, Peter A. Irwin, Jon K. Galsworthy, & Andrew K. Bell, RWDI
Occupant footfalls are often the most critical source of floor vibration on upper floors of buildings. Floor motions can degrade the performance of imaging equipment, disrupt sensitive research equipment, and cause discomfort for the occupants. It is…
Human-Induced Vibrations in Buildings
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Michael J. Wesolowsky, Peter A. Irwin, Jon K. Galsworthy & Andrew K. Bell, RWDI
Occupant footfalls are often the most critical source of floor vibration on upper floors of buildings. Floor motions can degrade the performance of imaging equipment, disrupt sensitive research equipment, and cause discomfort for the occupants. It is…
New Solar Initiatives in Supertall Buildings: The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah
Aug 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Philip Castillo, Murphy/Jahn; Meiring Beyers, RWDI
The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah, located in the United Arab Emirates, through its unique approachto building form and landscape offers opportunities to examine new sustainable strategies.
Friend or Foe - Wind at Height
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Irwin, John Kilpatrick & Andrea Frisque, RWDI
Wind is often regarded as the foe of tall buildings since it tends to be the governing lateral load but Wind has some potential beneficial effects particular to tall buildings.
The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed many aspects of the architectural and structural design. In order to optimize the design for wind an…
Recent Applications of Damping Systems for Wind Response
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Peter Irwin & Brian Breukelman, RWDI
A traditional solution to the problem of excessive motion of tall buildings under wind action is to add more structure so as to stiffen the building and increase the mass. However, another approach is to supplement the damping of the structure. Some…
The Behaviour of Simple Non-Linear Tuned Mass Dampers
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Barry J. Vickery, University of Western Ontario; Jon K. Galsworthy, RWDI; Rafik Gerges, HSA & Associates
The present paper deals with the behaviour of non-linear T.M.D.’s subject to random Gaussian excitation. Attention is limited to two simple non-linear forms that occur commonly in practice. These two forms are dry-friction or constant force dampers…
Analysis and Model Techniques for Determining Dynamic Behaviour of Civil Structures with Various Damping Systems
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; B. Breukelman, T. Haskett, S. Gamble, & P. Irwin, RWDI
Controlling vibrations of structures through the use of damping systems continues to increase as structures become lighter and more slender. As a result, the tools used for design of these supplemental damping systems need to take into account the…

RWDI Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 147 Completed49 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 47 Completed20 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 8 Years
Most Common Function mixed-use, 69 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 90 Buildings
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All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving RWDI

1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
3   Merdeka PNB118 2021 644 m Kuala Lumpur
4   Shanghai Tower 2015 632 m Shanghai
5   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
6   Lotte World Tower 2017 555 m Seoul
7   One World Trade Center 2014 541 m New York City
8   Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre 2016 530 m Guangzhou
9   CITIC Tower 2018 528 m Beijing
10   TAIPEI 101 2004 508 m Taipei
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.