Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. The deadline for all submissions is 15 December .
Part 1: Basic Project Information
- Project Name
- Project Address
- Completion Date (year and month)
Part 2: Project Data
- Structural Material
- Building Function
- Height Figures (Architectural, Occupied Floor, To Tip – see criteria here)
- Observatory and Helipad Height (if applicable)
- Number of Floors
- Elevator Information (number, top speed – if known)
- Tower Gross Floor Area
- Number of Apartments, Hotel Room, Parking Spaces – if known
Part 3: Project Team (companies only, not individuals)
- Structural Engineers
- MEP Engineers
- Project Managers
- Main Contractors
- Other Consultants (if applicable)
- Material Suppliers (if known)
Part 4: Written Description
Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts. Note: Submitted projects will be eligible to be featured in the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings book to be published in conjunction with the Awards. Please keep in mind that the text description you enter here will also be referred to in the creation of the book. View sample pages from last year’s book
- Give a succinct overview of the building, including summary of the most important building features. (200 word maximum)
- Describe the design concept of the building, including its approach to the urban context (400 word maximum)
- What are the sustainable strategies and/or areas of innovation within this project? (400 word maximum)
Part 5: Participation Consent
Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- All projects entered are eligible for inclusion in the awards book publication which features all submitted projects in a given awards year. The book is published by CTBUH in conjunction with an international publisher and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
- While it is typical that most submissions are included in the publication, CTBUH reserves the right to determine that a project will not be included for reasons that include, but are not limited to: a project does not meet the eligibility requirements for the award; appropriate, high resolution images were not provided in the submission; the project was submitted for multiple categories and will only be included in the book under one category, etc.
- Finalists are expected to attend and present at the two-day Chicago Conference on their project. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of winners.
- Winners and Finalists are expected to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Chicago Conference, and in the event that the project is named a Winner, collect the awards and give a short acceptance speech.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they will be used in the awards book tentatively titled Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of Skyscrapers, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, and awards announcements for the purpose of promoting the awards events and winners/finalist. Copyright clearance and payment of any fees for artwork is to be organized by the submitter prior to submission. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) confirms that all material will be properly identified with the appropriate copyright notice and credit line, as supplied during the upload process.
Part 6: Drawings & Images
A selection of drawings and images are required. There is no limit to the number of drawings/images that can be submitted as long as they do not exceed the file size constraints as noted below. However, your submission must include the following required images/drawings:
- Overall Exterior – In Context
- Overall Exterior – Close
- Building Entry – Exterior
- Building Lobby – Interior
- Significant interior spaces
- Context Plan
- Ground Floor Plan
- Typical Floor Plan
- Typical Section(s)
At least one section should be annotated to show all three CTBUH defined building heights: Height to Architectural Top, to Highest Occupied Floor, and to Tip (view height criteria/definitions).
Additional optional images could include: Façade details, structural details, night views, construction views, etc. Additional optional drawings could include: Façade details, section details, landscape plan, non-typical floor plans, environmental diagrams, etc.
The submission must include actual photography of the project. Renderings may be submitted, but only as supplements to the photography. Please note that additional final photography can be submitted for inclusion in the Best Tall Buildings book if it becomes available before the publication deadline, no later than March .
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5in x 11in size). Whenever possible, drawings should be submitted as vector based graphics (EPS, PDF).
Supported file formats: JPG, JPEG, TIFF, TIF, EPS, PDF, DWG
Individual file sizes cannot exceed 20 MB each.
Total upload size of all files cannot exceed 500 MB.
Captions, Copyright & Sort Order
Once your images/drawings are added you will be asked to provide copyright information and captions. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions. The jury will review the files in the order you upload them.
Best Tall Building Criteria
These awards recognize projects 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. The winning projects must also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants. Some of 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 criteria. Submissions should demonstrate strengths in areas that are applicable.
- The project advances seamless integration of architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and life safety for its occupants.
- The project exhibits sustainable qualities at a broad level:
- Environment – minimize effects on the natural environment through proper site utilization, innovative uses of materials, energy reduction, use of alternative energy sources, 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.
- The project achieves a high standard of excellence and quality in its realization.
- The site planning and response to its immediate context ensure rich and meaningful urban environments.
- The project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupied) no earlier than January 1st of the previous year, and no later than the current year’s submission deadline. (e.g., for the awards, a project must have a completion date between 1 January and 31 December ). In some cases a project may be complete according to CTBUH completion criteria, but the presence of a crane/hoist for ongoing interior fit-out work may prevent final photography and thus submission to the current year’s awards. In such cases, a one-year grace period to the above date criteria may be granted.
- Projects submitted to the Best Tall Building awards must meet 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 considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 14 stories, or less than 50 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
- The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH.
- A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH Best Tall Building award once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
- From the four regional awards as outlined above, one project is awarded the honor of overall Best Tall Building “Worldwide,” which is judged following the awards symposium and announced at the awards ceremony.
- 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 category.
- Jury selections for all regional winners and the overall building winner must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
- All submissions in this category will be featured in the highly acclaimed annual Best Tall Buildings book.