Winner
Morphosis - Hanking Center Tower
The Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, is a mixed-use commercial building that reflects a flexible approach to circulation, social, and work spaces. The structural steel skeleton, faceted façade, and offset core configuration posed significant challenges for the intercontinental project team. Morphosis, as the North American-based design architect responsible for developing the project, implemented a comprehensive BIM strategy that created a clearinghouse for design data and documentation.

AECOsim Building Designer’s BIM advancements allowed the engineering team and the local design institute in China to access up-to-date 3D models, coordinate changes, and review construction documents. The integrated 3D design process, seamless workflow, and cross-platform interoperability among architect, consultants, and subcontractors enabled unprecedented design exploration and comprehensive systems coordination. Iterative modeling expedited the optioneering and rapid prototyping that ensured constructability of this 350-meter-tall tower.

Finalist
China Aerospace Construction Group Co., Ltd. - Inner Mongolia Ethnic Minorities Cultural Sports Center
The CNY 720 million Inner Mongolia Ethnic Minorities Cultural Sports Center in Hohhot, China, will establish the region as a world-class destination for cultural and sporting events. The facilities include a grand stand, racetrack, stables, performance hall, wrestling arena, sports museums, and parking plaza. China Aerospace Construction Group and Chongqing Liansheng Construction Project Management provided overall project management and integration of design and construction.

AECOsim Building Designer’s BIM advancements provided 3D project control, enabling multi-discipline design coordination, building optimization, pipeline coordination, and material quantity reduction, which reduced project costs. In one case, optimization reduced earthwork from 370,000 to 70,000 cubic meters, saving more than CNY 20 million. The building design software also reduced design time, errors, and rework rates. Conducting 4D construction simulations from the model helped to choose a rational construction scheme.

Finalist
Johnson Pilton Walker - 5 Martin Place
The AUD 185 million renewal of 5 Martin Place by Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) Architects, in collaboration with Heritage Architects TKD, transformed Australia’s first steel framed high rise building by adding nine levels and more than 8,000 square meters of world class high performance workspace to the existing building. To avoid unwanted impacts on the existing heritage fabric, and reinstate the original light court that had been infilled in the 1980s, the new space is cantilevered over the 1912 building.

AECOMsim Building Designer equipped the project team with powerful tools to develop and refine concepts and strategies at every stage, from planning approvals documentation through to verification of steel fabrication details and cross checking site issues.

As the project’s central collaborative platform, AECOMsim not only brought together a range of specialist disciplines with a common vision, but enable the client and contractors to share in, and realise this vision.