This award recognizes projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall structures as distinctive landmarks with a significant impact on the surrounding context, yet do not satisfy the formal CTBUH definition of a “building” according to the CTBUH Tall Building Criteria.

  1. The project must not qualify as a building according to CTBUH Tall Building Criteria. To be considered a building, at least 50 of its heigh must be occupiable in conditioned space which is designed to be safely and legally occupied by residents, workers, or other building users on a consistent basis.
  2. The project must exhibit a quality of “tallness” as defined in the CTBUH Tall Building Criteria. If a structure can be considered as subjectively relevant to one or more of the below categories, then it can be considered “tall.”
    • Height Relative to Context: A 50-meter structure may not be considered ‘tall’ in a high-rise city such as Chicago or Hong Kong, but in a provincial European city or a suburb this may be distinctly taller than the urban norm.
    • Proportion: There are numerous structures that are not particularly high but are slender enough to give the appearance of ‘tallness.’ Conversely, there are numerous big/large-footprint structures that are quite high, but their width/site area rules them out of being classed as ‘tall.’
    • Embracing Technologies Relevant to ‘Tallness’: A structure containing technologies which may be attributed as being a product of “tall” (e.g., damping technologies, structural wind bracing as a product of height, etc.).
  3. For the 2022 and 2023 awards, the project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupiable) within the past 60 months (1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2022 for the 2022 award, and 1 Jan 2019 – 31 December 2022 for the 2023 award). For the 2024 awards, the eligibility window is the preceding 36 months, as with other CTBUH awards. 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.
  4. It should also be noted that, though materials should be sufficient to inform and inspire the jury in making their decision on “Award of Excellence” winners, supplementary, final photography and other materials can be submitted prior to the final category judging at the conference event. If photography showing the project’s construction as substantially complete, both exterior and interior, is not available by the submission deadline, it is strongly advised to hold your submission until the following year.
  5. The contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CTBUH. While these projects do not need to include all of the previous qualities, they should exhibit environmental, social, and economic sustainability and/or should highlight remarkable technical skills and innovations in design, engineering, construction, etc.