On May 30th, 35 of the world's best development projects were recognized and awarded in Moscow, Russia against the backdrop of the FIABCI 70th World Real Estate Congress.
The awards presentation ceremony which was held during a gala dinner on May 30th was attended by 400 professionals of the real estate industry from all over the world, including FIABCI World President Assen Makedonov, FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Committee President Professor Chen Ming Cheu, FIABCI World President Elect Walid Moussa from Lebanon, FIABCI World Vice President, Florentino Dulalia, among others.
In total, 35 awards were given at the ceremony including 16 World Gold Awards and 19 World Silver Awards respectively from Taiwan, Malaysia, Hungary, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Russia, United Kingdom, and a first-timer, Austria.
World Gold Winners:
Affordable Housing Category: PopUp dorms (Austria)
Environmental Category: Lyu-Chuan Restoration (Taiwan)
Heritage Category: Depre Club House (Russia)
Heritage Category: Culture Factory Project-Ózd (Hungary)
Hotel Category: Four Seasons Hotel (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Industrial Category: Technopark Skolkovo (Russia)
Master Plan Category: Desa ParkCity (Malaysia)
Mixed-Use Development Category: UPPER WEST (Germany)
Office Category: Univention Landmark (Taiwan)
Public Infrastructure/Amenities Category: National Taitung University Library & Information Centre (Taiwan)
Purpose Built Category: Setia SPICE (Malaysia)
Residential (High Rise) Category: New Futura (Singapore)
Residential (Mid Rise) Category: Happiness Gendii (Taiwan)
Residential (Low Rise) Category: Village @ Pasir Panjang (Singapore)
Retail Category: Raffles City Hangzhou (China)
Sustainable Development Category: Collections & Research Centre of the Tyrolean State Museums (Austria)
World Silver Winners:
Affordable Housing Category: Citra Maja Raya (Indonesia)
Heritage Category: Caffe Diem @ Pekan Cina (Malaysia)
Hotel Category: Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield (India)
Hotel Category: Conrad Bangalore (India)
Industrial Category: ELI-ALPS Research Center (Hungary)
Industrial Category: i-Park @ Indahpura (Malaysia)
Master Plan Category: Celadon City (Vietnam)
Master Plan Category: Ciputra Hanoi International City (Vietnam)
Office Category: Green Office Park 9 (Indonesia)
Office Category: PKNS Headquarters (Malaysia)
Public Infrastructure/Amenities Category: New Taiwan Metropolitan Park (Taiwan)
Purpose Built Category: Ludovika Campus Project (Hungary)
Residential (High Rise) Category: Parque Melbourne (Australia)
Residential (High Rise) Category: The Greens TTDI (Malaysia)
Residential (Mid Rise) Category: Wine House Elite Residential Quarter (Russia)
Residential (Mid Rise) Category: Circus West Phase 1 @ Battersea Power Station (United Kingdom)
Residential (Low Rise) Category: upTownhouses (Germany)
Retail Category: Metropolitan Mall Cileungsi (Indonesia)
Sustainable Development Category: Green Office Park 9 (Indonesia)
Speaking at the awards ceremony, FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards Committee President Professor Chen Ming Cheu praised the winning projects for their creativity and innovation and was thrilled to see an increment in the total number of projects. Topping up his excitement was the participation of Austria, a first-timer in the competition this year who had also taken a big leap to organize their first and very own Chapter Awards on October 18th last year.
He further elaborated that the entire process took two steps, first by the judges then by the oversight panel, involving 54 judges from more than 29 countries in total, with the call-for-entry beginning in July and ending in December 31st every year. He mentioned the projects are judged not only for the architectural, design and construction aspects, but also on their impact on the community and environment, as well as their financial and marketing success.
Additionally, in a continuous effort by the award committee to keep up with the property market trend, a new award category has been added this year: Mixed-use Development. Professor Chen Ming Cheu added that in 27 years of history, this is the first year FIABCI World President took part in the oversight panel judging meeting.
Assen Makedonov, FIABCI World President 2018–19, said in his speech that the winners are worthy of being ranked as world excellence by helping the world to become a better place to live, work and enjoy.
He further added that there are 19 FIABCI Chapters that organize their local or Chapter awards. Such endeavours create extraordinary synergies in promoting knowledge and networking within the real estate industry.
Mr. Makedonov pointed out that recognising achievement in property development is just one way through which FIABCI embodies this ideal.
He added it is projected that by 2050 about 2.5 billion more people will inhabit our cities and nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
“This urban growth represents greater challenges for our urban centres and the property industry has a responsibility to contribute to the solutions,” Mr. Makedonov said.
He thanked the awards committee, secretary general, judges, oversight panel, auditor, sponsors, the prix secretariat, as well as the organising committee of the 70th FIABCI World Real Estate Congress for their time and effort in staging a successful congress and awards ceremony.