Small Projects Award

For projects that through quality design, creativity and originality managed to work within a relatively small area (with a gross floor area of not more than 170 sqm) and create a noteworthy design that transcends its size; demonstrating that one can achieve remarkable results even with small scale projects. Projects may include small architectural projects or other designs such as installations, temporary structures, playground equipment, street furniture, information kiosks, shading canopies, viewing platforms etc. Projects of all functional types may be considered. This category aims to accommodate projects which may not be competitive if included with larger scale projects in other categories.

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Eligibility Criteria

• Submissions can only be made by a local warranted Perit or a practising firm of Periti; a qualified professional interior designer or an interior designer with over 5 years working within the industry; or students reading for an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral research course at the University of Malta.
• The projects must have been completed between January 2020 and the end of December 2023.
• It is prohibited to submit a project which is part of a much larger project.
• Concept projects are not applicable in this category.

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 what innovative approach was used;
• What measures were taken to reduce the project’s overall environmental impact and how well were those measures carried out;
• Photos of the structure 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 restricted 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 structure 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 structure contributed towards a quality experience?
  • Environmental consideration: What active and passive means were used throughout the project to assure more efficient use of energy and minimise negative impacts on the ecological environment?
  • Innovative: Does the structure 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? Does it punch above its weight?