The LEAF Awards has been running for over 18 years and all shortlisted entries and winning projects are known for their contribution to the international architectural design industry. We celebrate each new building project created over the last eighteen months, rewarding and recognising them for their original design concept in its appropriate category.
We have been honoured to have on board a truly diverse, esteemed and experienced judging panel. It is their expertise and vision for the future of architecture and design that helps us to create the ABB LEAF Awards.
For 2019, once again we have received a record number of international entries spanning all corners of the globe, including the UK, USA, Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Turkey and of course mainland Europe.
Shortlisted projects came from leading and international architectural names such as Nikken Space, OPEN architecture, 5+Design, Zaha Hadid, SOM, UN Studio, INNOCAD, DP Architects, Office Untitled, Pascall & Watson, Aedas, Yazgan Design and many more......
For 2020, the LEAF Awards are proud to announce once again Headline Partner and Trophy Patron ABB.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years. Today ABB focuses on digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
Within the electrification business ABB´s German daughter Busch-Jaeger Elektro is one of the world´s leading suppliers of electrical solutions for the building sector and its expertise can be found proven in numerous hotels, condominiums, offices, retail-, public-, cultural- and residential buildings around the globe.
Solutions provided include the whole range of products: from innovative, design oriented wiring accessories to the control of building-functions via touch panels, smart-phones, - tablets as well as voice control.
The ABB Busch-Jaeger portfolio stands for maximizing the comfort and safety in buildings for building users and minimizing energy consumption and overall ecological footprint.
ABB´s “Mission to ZERO” campaign 2019/20 draws worldwide attention to ABB´s cutting edge technological portfolio.
This new category will explore the way innovative smart, digital, experiential (light and sound) or unique engineering solutions in the design of buildings, urban places, and environments can shape and positively impact human experience. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January between January 2018 and May 2020.
The project must show evidence of making a distinct contribution to the local culture, and setting national standards for design excellence within the Netherlands. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020 All Dutch based projects entered in any of our categories will be automatically submitted into the National Project of the Year FREE of charge!
This new category recognises more specifically those building projects intended for arts & cultural purposes. Building projects can include but are not limited to: museums, theatres, concert halls and art galleries. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January between January 2018 and May 2020.
This new category is designed to recognise upcoming talent from younger generation architects in smaller practices around the world. Entries for this category must be from a newly established architectural practice not older than 5 years. In particular the judges are keen to look at projects by emerging practices who have demonstrated new experimental creative ideas and techniques within their project(s).
To enter this category, practices can submit up to two buildingprojects of any type that have been completed between January 2015 and May 2020. Entries for this category are £150 per entry.
The ABB LEAF Best Façade Design & Engineering focuses on façade design. This being one of the most important elements when evaluating the aesthetics of a building, as well as its technical performance. The award will take into account the overall building envelope of the project in context of the building design, genre and façade performance in achieving enclosure of the building between January 2017 and May 2019.
The ABB LEAF Tall Building Award recognises projects of 75 metres in height or higher. This award is for tall buildings of all functions that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Best Regenerative Impact Award recognises architecture that has had a transformative, positive effect upon its surrounding community and milieu. Judges are keen to see projects that may have been completed sometime ago but since its completion have acted as a catalyst for regenerating the local area. This award is for projects that have been completed between January 2011 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Mixed Use Building Award recognises projects that blend two or more distinct functions within the building. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and 2020.
The ABB LEAF Residential Building Award recognises projects that are specifically used for residential purposes, intended for Single Occupancy. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Residential Building Award recognises projects that are specifically used for residential purposes, intended for Multiple Occupancy. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Interior Design Award focuses on Interior Design for either a new-build project or a new refurbishment project completed between January 2018 and May 2020. It can be any type of building.
The ABB LEAF Commercial Building Award recognises projects that are specifically used for commercial purposes. This can be an office, building/factory, premises/shopping mall/retail park. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Hospitality Building Award celebrates the interior design and structural design of any hospitality building project. Whether it is a hotel, a restaurant, or a bar, it will be assessed on the merits of all design aspects within that project. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Refurbishment Award highlights the best new concept of an existing building. The award encompasses interior design, building use, and creative use of materials and space to highlight change within an exciting building. This award will look at refurbishments completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Public Building Award recognises projects that are specifically used for public purposes. These can include but are not limited to sports stadia, and healthcare, industrial and educational buildings. This award is for buildings that have been completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The ABB LEAF Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Award focuses on design and architectural innovation relating to the durable and efficient use of materials, technology and effective energy consumption in a new or refurbished building. Entries into the Best Achievement in Environmental Performance category should comprise projects that have completed between January 2018 and May 2020. All projects submitted in this category must be submitted with BREEAM, LEED certification evidence or equivalent environmental accreditation and diagrams.
The ABB LEAF Best Future Building Award celebrates innovative thinking and approaches to design for building projects. Entries into the Best Future Building category should comprise of projects that have been tendered and won, and under construction. *Please provide evidence that the project is currently under construction.
The ABB LEAF Urban Design Award recognises projects for the design and planning of a group of buildings and/ or public space, including landscape projects within a city, town or village area. These should be completed between January 2018 and May 2020.
The accolade recognises an individual or architectural practice that has made outstanding and lasting contributions to international architecture, transforming the way we discuss and process our built environment.
The ABB LEAF Awards overall winner will be chosen from the shortlisted projects in the categories below to recognise the project that represents the most iconic architectural landmark in 2020 that is most likely to have the greatest significance in its field on an international basis.
Meet the Judges
2020 Venue TBC - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The ABB LEAF Awards 2019 Trophies were created and designed by Benedikt von Amerongen. The trophies have been fabricated from heavy crystalline glass, serving as perfect beautiful symbols for all of our winners.
Created and designed by one of ABB’s 150,000 worldwide employees Ms Samantha Meyer. Made from 100% concrete, they are heavy, durable, and extremely beautiful with a down-to-earth attitude, they are the perfect symbol for the winners of the 2018 ABB LEAF Awards.