Commercial & Public Buildings Award

For projects related to social, educational and religious buildings or factories, tourism accommodation, offices and leisure facilities. Project needs to showcase how the holistic design of the building contributed towards quality architecture and a people-oriented approach. Where the building is of a commercial nature, the submission needs to also clearly indicate how a high-quality working environment for employees was provided for. Nominations must also highlight how the project enriched the context within which it is located.

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Eligibility Criteria

• Submissions can only be made by a local warranted Perit or a practising firm of architects;
• The projects must have been approved by the Planning Authority after the 1st January 2018 and built, completed and commissioned by the end of December 2023.

*All projects that were granted a permit prior to the 1st of January 2018 but benefitted from the 2-year permit extension during covid are also eligible to be submitted.

Compulsory Entry Requirements

• An abstract of the project describing the design concept intention, also supported by a statement outlining the purpose for which the project is intended and why the project is being submitted as an entry for the particular selected category.
• Documentation on innovative materials used in the project, or their innovative application;
• What measures were taken to reduce the project’s overall environmental impact and how well were those measures carried out;
• Photos of the building in its wider context, showing how the project has positively contributed to its surroundings (before and after);
• Photos of the completed project.

Judging Criteria

  • Form: Through its materiality, shape and detailing, is the project clearly recognizable and relevant through its response to its site, audience and intent?
  • Function: Does the design positively contribute to making the project work well for the intended use, including for its client, users, and the public at large?
  • Impact: Does the building have a positive impact on its context and allow it to respond better in its relationship to its surroundings? Does the holistic design of the building contributed towards quality architecture and a people-oriented approach.
  • Environmental consideration: What active and passive means were used through to assure more efficient use of energy and minimise negative impacts on the ecological environment?
  • Innovative: Does the project have originality of concept and thinking? Has the project taken a fresh approach? Does it work to improve existing practices? Does it push material and conceptual boundaries?