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 December 14, 2015.
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: This year’s submitted projects will be featured in the 2015 CITAB-CTBUH Best China 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 CTBUH Best Tall Buildings 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: Documents, 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.
A number of certifications are also required. Please upload these certifications as PDF files.
- Project completion certification documents (with official stamps of the organizations)
- Project joint completion statement (with official stamps of the organizations), if project is being submitted by multiple organizations
- Submitting organization’s qualification certificates (with official stamps of the organizations)
- 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.
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. We advise starting with images, going from a broad view to details, then drawings, from context to details.
- The submitting organization should be responsible for all the project data. Post-submittal adjustments and revisions will not be accepted once reviewing has begun. The results of the judging shall be accepted by the submitting organization.
- Incomplete or non-compliant applications will not be accepted.
- In order to facilitate a smooth application, all submitting organizations should designate a single point of contact for all awards correspondence.
China Best Tall Building Criteria
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.
- The project must be physically located in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
- 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 November 30, 2015.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.