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CN Tower receives 2017 Prix du XXe siècle

25 April 2017

WZMH Architects is very pleased to announce that the CN Tower has been honoured by The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), in partnership with The National Trust for Canada, as a recipient of the 2017 Prix du XXe siècle, recognized for its enduring excellence and national significance to Canada’s architectural legacy.

Piercing the Toronto skyline at 553.33 metres, the CN Tower held the title of the world’s tallest free-standing structure for more than 30 years. Completed in 1976, the Tower was originally conceived as a telecommunications facility to serve Toronto and the surrounding region. Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Architects and John Andrews Architects International worked with engineers and contractors to design and build the structure.

The jury citation noted the Tower is one of Canada’s most iconic structures and wrote, “The CN Tower is an incredible achievement of Canadian engineering and construction that pushed the boundaries of concrete technology.”

The Prix will be presented at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place May 24 to 27 in Ottawa. Recipients will also be acknowledged at the National Trust for Canada’s national conference and awards in Ottawa on October 13.

The RAIC and National Trust bestow the Prix du XXe siècle to promote public awareness of outstanding Canadian architecture and landmark buildings of the 20th century.

The CN Tower joins a short list of just 17 iconic Canadian structures to have received this honour.

(Photograph: Tom Arban)