Best Tall Building China Award

This award recognizes a project that has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The 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.

  1. The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. The project must be completed (topped out 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 2016 awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1, 2014 and December 14, 2015.)
  3. Projects must be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 100 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact [email protected] if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  4. The project advances seamless integration of architectural form, structure, building systems, sustainable design strategies, and life safety for its occupants. 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 contributions of the project should be generally consistent with the values and mission of the CITAB and CTBUH.
    Exhibit 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 life.
    • Community – Demonstrates relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located.
    • Economic – The building should add economic vitality to its occupants, owner, and community.
  5. A project is only eligible for consideration of a China 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.
  6. The applying company or institutions should submit corresponding qualification certificates issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction. Foreign investment enterprises should submit the corresponding certificates issued by the related authorities. For projects in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the applicant company or institution should submit the corresponding local certificates.
  7. When a submittal is completed by several design institutions,the applying organizations have agreed with the cooperating organizations the list of all participants to be credited in a “Project Joint Completion Statement.” The Project Joint Completion Statement joint completion report’ shall be chopped by all named parties in the submittal.
  8. The jury selects a number of “Excellence” recipients, which go on to compete for the Best Tall Building China Overall Winner Award. Representatives of the Excellence recipients present their projects at the annual Awards Symposium event, after which the jury convenes to determine the overall winner which is announced at the Awards Ceremony. In addition, the jury selects a number of Honorary Distinction recipients.


 

Chinese Tall Building Legacy Award

Note: This award is selected by the Boards of the CITAB and CTBUH China Office, and is not open for general submission.

This award recognizes proven value and performance over the period of time from China’s economic opening in 1978 to a point up to 10 years preceding the Award year. This award gives an opportunity to reflect back on buildings that have been completed and operational for at least 10 years prior to the date of the award, and acknowledge those projects which have performed successfully long after the ribbon-cutting ceremonies have passed.

  1. The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. In its inaugural year, the building must have a completion date after January 1, 1978 and before Dec. 31, 2005.
  2. The buildings’ performance must be evident, and may include but is not limited to: contribution to urban realm, contribution to culture / iconography, social issues, internal environment / occupant satisfaction, technical/engineering performance (structural engineering, seismic, wind, etc.), environmental performance, fire & safety, vertical transportation, other.
  3. Projects must be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 100 meters, it is unlikely to qualify.
  4. In its inaugural year, ten winners and ten Honorable Distinction recipients will be selected, representing a wide range of completion years between 1978 and 2005.


 

Urban Habitat Award of Chinese Tall Buildings

This award acknowledges that the project can range from a brilliantly executed master plan or urban design which has led to a quality urban environment, or at the scale of a single site or several sites, where the interface between tall building and the urban realm is exemplary. Projects should demonstrate a positive contribution to the surrounding environment, add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings, and represent design influenced by context, both environmentally and culturally.

  1. The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. Submissions can range in scale from urban complex on a single site to a community, city comprehensive functional zone, a complete master plan or urban design of a neighborhood or city, and shall include at least one tall building. Projects with buildings no buildings higher than 100 meters are unlikely to qualify.
  3. The “urban habitat” aspect of the project must have been completed and utilized in the two years prior to the current awards year, to have allowed time for the urban habitat to have established itself (e.g., for the 2016 awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1, 2013 and December 14, 2015); Proposals or visions are not eligible. In the case of a master plan or urban design, a multi-phase plan that is only partially completed will be accepted, but the completed portion must embody the residential building concept must be far enough progressed that its urbanistic vision is evident. This completed portion of the project, or the entire project when a complete project is submitted, shall be completed and approved by related departments and will have been constructed by December 14, 2015. The implementation certification documents shall be provided by the owners.
  4. Projects that are submitted for the China Best Tall Building awards are also eligible to submit to the Urban Habitat award in the same year. Projects that have been submitted to the China Best Tall Building award in the previous year are eligible for submission for the Urban Habitat award in the subsequent year, as long as completion has occurred within the dates as outlined above.
  5. The applying company or institutions should submit corresponding qualification certificates issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction. Foreign investment enterprises should submit the corresponding certificates issued by the related authorities. For projects in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the applicant company or institution should submit the corresponding local certificates.
  6. When a submittal is completed by several design institutions, the applying organization shall have agreed with the cooperating organizations the list of all participants to be credited in a “Project Joint Completion Statement.” , The Project Joint Completion Statement joint completion report’ shall be chopped by all named parties in the submittal.


 

Construction Award of Chinese Tall Buildings

This award recognizes construction excellence in a tall building project, including but not limited to quality in construction, technical innovation, proficiency of execution of a complicated or exacting design, triumph over difficult conditions, superlative speed, efficiency, or scale. Ideally, entries would demonstrate a commendable combination of some or all of the above.

  1. The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. The project must be completed (topped out 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 2016 awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1, 2014 and December 14, 2015).
  3. Projects must be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 100 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact [email protected] if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  4. The project shall have no documented quality / safety problems and social bad records. Its technical complexity should be above that of its peers. The project must clearly demonstrate a specific aspect or aspects of the construction key technologies, system integration and system management, that is new and pushes the construction of tall buildings to a higher level. Its technical and economic, environmental and social achievements should be explicitly clear and at a high level compared to peers. The project should demonstrate an element of adaptability that would allow it to influence construction or operation of future tall buildings in a positive way.
  5. Projects that are submitted for the Best Tall Building China awards are also eligible to have their specific construction aspects submitted to the Awards Program in the same or subsequent years.
  6. The applying company or institutions should submit corresponding qualification certificates issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction. Foreign investment enterprises should submit the corresponding certificates issued by the related authorities. For projects in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the applicant company or institution should submit the corresponding local certificates.
  7. When a submittal is completed by several design institutions, the applying organization shall have agreed with the cooperating organizations the list of all participants to be credited in a “Project Joint Completion Statement” , The Project Joint Completion Statement joint completion report shall be chopped by all named parties in the submittal.


 

Innovation Award of Chinese Tall Buildings

This award recognizes a specific area of recent innovation in a tall building project that has been incorporated into the design, or implemented during construction, operation, or refurbishment. Unlike the China Best Tall Building award, which considers each project holistically, this award is focused on one special area of innovation within the design, construction, or operation of the project – not the building overall. The areas of innovation can embrace any discipline, including but not limited to: technical breakthroughs, construction methods, design approaches, urban planning, building systems, façades, interior environment, etc. The important criteria for judging are that the submission outlines succinctly the area of innovation, in comparison to standard benchmarks.

  1. The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. The Innovation Award can include a project completed (topped out 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 2016 awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1, 2014 and December 14, 2015). The Innovation Award can also include recognition of a breakthrough that may not yet have been implemented in a specific building, but has been thoroughly tested.
  3. Projects must be considered “tall” buildings. If a project is less than 100 meters, it is unlikely to qualify. Please contact [email protected] if you are unsure if your specific project will qualify.
  4. The project must clearly demonstrate a specific area of innovation within the design and/or construction that is new and pushes the design of tall buildings to a higher level. The area of innovation should demonstrate an element of adaptability that would allow it to influence future tall building design, construction or operation in a positive way.
  5. This award is intended to recognize a single element of innovation within a project. If a single project has multiple innovative elements, these must be submitted as separate nominations.
  6. Buildings that are submitted for the China Best Tall Building award are also eligible to have their specific innovations submitted to the Innovation Award in the same or subsequent years.
  7. The applying company or institutions should submit corresponding qualification certificates issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction. Foreign investment enterprises should submit the corresponding certificates issued by the related authorities. For projects in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the applicant company or institution should submit the corresponding local certificates.
  8. When a submittal is completed by several design institutions, the applying organization shall have agreed with the cooperating organizations the list of all participants to be credited in a “Project Joint Completion Statement.” , The Project Joint Completion Statement joint completion report’ shall be chopped by all named parties in the submittal.


 

Outstanding Achievement Award of Chinese Tall Buildings

Note: This award is bestowed by the Boards of the CITAB and CTBUH China Office, and is not open for general submission.

This award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment in China during his or her professional career. These contributions and leadership are recognized by the professional community and have significant effects, which extend beyond the professional community, to enhance cities and the lives of their inhabitants. The individual’s contributions may be well known or little known by the public and may take any form, such as completed buildings, research, technology, methods, ideas, or industry leadership.

The candidate may be from any area of specialization, including, but not limited to: architecture, building systems, construction, academia, planning, development, or management. The award emphasizes the unique, multi-disciplinary nature of the CITAB and CTBUH, and is thus set apart from other professional organizations’ awards for single disciplines.

  1. The candidate must hold a citizenship of the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  2. The personal attributes of the award recipient should be of high professional integrity and the individual’s contributions generally consistent with the values and mission of the CITAB and CTBUH.
  3. The candidate may or may not be a member of CITAB or CTBUH.
  4. Awards are not normally given posthumously, but may be awarded to the deceased in unusual circumstances.