Tall Building Interior Space Award Criteria

Note: Projects are considered for two levels of recognition: (1) “Award of Excellence” winners, based on the online submission, (2) all “Award of Excellence” winners then go forward to live presentation judging at the annual innovation conference, for consideration of the category winner overall.

This award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall building interior spaces, and that take the solutions and possibilities for these interior spaces to the next level. The criteria for submission are outlined below. It is important to note that, with the exception of the two points regarding completion date eligibility and tall building definitions, a project does not necessarily need to meet every listed criterion. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable.

  1. The project advances innovative interior space, achieving seamless integration of architectural form and internal function.
  2. The project exhibits sustainable qualities at a broad level:
    • Environment – minimize effects on the natural environment through the innovative uses of materials, energy reduction, and reduced emissions and water consumption.
    • People – has a positive effect on the inhabitants and the quality of human lives.
    • Community – demonstrates relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located.
    • Economic – adds economic vitality to its occupants, owner, and community.
  3. The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
  4. The space planning and internal organization enable the best possible outcomes regarding the intended use of the space and the desires of the occupier/user.
  5. The award may recognize a particular innovative single “volumetric” space (e.g., a multi-story space of unusual size or prominence, such as a sky garden or atrium) or an approach to a collection of spaces, such as innovative workplace or residences. This award is not intended to recognize a small-scale, individual residential/office/hotel unit.
  6. The interior project may be a new-build fit out, refurbishment, or renovation, and may be located in a building of any age, as long as the below criteria are satisfied regarding the completion of the interior work itself.
  7. The interior project must be completed within the 24-month eligibility window for a given year. For the  awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1,  and December 31, .
  8. Projects submitted for the Interior Space Award must be located in a building that meets the CTBUH definition requirements for a “building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible for CTBUH awards. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area. Projects must also be located in “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 14 stories, or less than 50 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact awards@ctbuh.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  9. The contributions of the interior project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.
Additional Notes:

  • A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH award in a specific category once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program for the same category regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
  • A single project can submit for consideration across multiple award categories, in the same or consecutive year, though each submission needs to be crafted differently, according to the specifics of the particular awards category criteria.
  • Awards in some categories may not be conferred on an annual basis if the criteria cannot be clearly met or demonstrated.
  • If a juror is connected with a nominated project, he/she will not be involved in the judging of that project.
  • Jury selections for all winners must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
  • All projects entered to the CTBUH awards will also be eligible for inclusion in CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global overview of tall building completion annually. The book is published by CTBUH and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
  • “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
    • Representatives of the project (for Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, and Renovation categories this must be both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner) must present at the two-day Innovation Conference to be held in Shenzhen, China from April 08-10, for consideration of also winning the category overall, with all speakers representing the project needing to be CTBUH organizational members. These presentations will form the basis for the jury’s selection of Overall Category Winners.
    • Attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Innovation Conference to collect the award(s).
    • Support the Council, who do not charge any fees to administer the awards program, by all speakers paying the subsidized speaker registration rate at the Conference.