Global property awards: The highlights
It is property awards season, with the next few months featuring a range of events designed to highlight the very best that the world's architects have to offer. A range of exciting and ambitious buildings have been shortlisted for many different prizes, and it can be difficult to keep up with who has been awarded what.
As such, we have collated the highlights from several of the world's major property awards that will have been given out over the next few months. Buildings from Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand will all be in the running for these prestigious prizes.
The Indonesia Property Awards 2015
A total of 26 prizes were given out at the Indonesia Property Awards Gala Dinner, which will be held at the Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza on September 3rd. The star of the show was PT Ciputra Group, which won Best Office Development, Best Hotel Development and Best Hotel Interior Design, as well as being highly commended in other categories.
The Ciputra World 2 project by Ciputra Group won the Best Mixed-Use Development award. Located on 35,000 sqm of land, the scheme consists of office blocks, a hotel, apartments and amenities including gyms, pools and saunas. All of this will be surrounded by lush gardens in the middle of Jakarta.
Bask Gili Meno by P Bask Gili Meno was the only contender for the Best Hotel Architectural Design award, while Best Retail Architectural Design was won by SOHO @Podomoro City by PT Tiara Metropolitan Indah.
Podomoro City (Flickr/Sumatris Phiong)
The Thailand Property Awards 2015
The tenth Thailand Property Awards are set to be held at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok on September 16th, and industry figures are extremely excited. Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media - the company that organised the awards - said: "Celebrating ten years of the Thailand Property Awards is not only a milestone for us but for the Thai real estate industry as well."
There is a lot of competition for some of the coveted design awards. For example, Best Residential Architectural Design is being contested by four different projects, including the Aqua Samui luxury villas and the impressive Menam Residences (below), a 54-storey tower block with almost 300 apartments and penthouses located in central Bangkok.
Images courtesy of Menam Residences
Similarly, the Best Hotel Architectural Design award is a four-way contest between Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, Anantara Vacation Club, Sala Ayutthaya and Thames Valley Khao Yai. The latter entry is also up for the Best Landscape Architectural Design award, as the development is designed to emulate English countryside hotels and as such features extensive grounds.
2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards
Finally, on October 30th the New Zealand Architecture Awards will be presented at an event at Te Papa, Wellington. In total, 46 buildings have been shortlisted in a range of categories including Enduring Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, and Planning and Urban Design.
The Enduring Architecture award is one of the most interesting, celebrating not new buildings but ones that have lasted over 25 years and are still in service. This year, Buck House in Havelock is up for the prize. The building was designed by the late architect Sir Ian Athfield, and is loved by residents.
Buck House (Flickr/Phillip Capper)
Housing projects feature heavily on this year's shortlist, as over 40 per cent of the nominated developments are residential. Four of these are multi-unit residential developments, which have been praised as welcome additions to the awards by Pete Bossley, architect and the event's jury convenor.
"The range and quality of the projects on the shortlist is impressive and inspiring," he added. "It was tough enough deciding what to leave off the shortlist, and it won't be easy choosing the buildings that will get a New Zealand Architecture Award."
One of the most hotly contested categories this year is the Education award. Finalists this year include buildings from the University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Avondale College, Saint Kentigern College, the Waikato Institute of Technology and Iona College.
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