Criteria for Function Best Tall Buildings Awards

This award recognizes projects that have demonstrated exceptional functional success in terms of the user’s inhabitation of the completed project. Winning projects fulfill the vision of facilitating and enhancing a user’s experience in living, working or otherwise using the building. The design and integration of movement between spaces (vertically and horizontally), the performance of building systems, including but not limited to MEP, vertical transportation, “smart” technology, and so on, will also be evaluated. While not exclusively focused on interiors, it is important to note that this category is not about how the building appears as an object, but rather how it performs. It is concerned with how well the design and operation of the project enables occupants to better achieve their goals and raise their standards of living and working through use of the building. Fundamentally, the project should meet these standards:

  1. The spatial configuration, orientation and programming of spaces support the building’s intended use.
  2. Building systems and operational protocols support energy conservation and human well-being.
  3. The architectural design and building systems work together mutually and seamlessly to support owner and occupant objectives.

Definitions of each function type are described below:

  • Single-function (office, residential/hotel, other): A single-function tall building is one in which one function (such as office, residence, hotel, educational, medical, governmental/legal, etc.) constitutes 85 percent or more of the building
  • Mixed-use function: A mixed-use tall building is one in which two or more functions each occupies 15 percent or more of the building. Note that this 15 percent or greater can be of either: (1) the total floor area, or (2) the total building height, in terms of number of floors occupied for the function. However, care should be taken in the case of supertall towers. For example, a 20-story hotel function as part of a 150-story tower does not comply with the 15 percent rule, though this would clearly constitute “mixed-use.”