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Best Workspaces...

... is the 1st international architecture award for smart working environments. Callwey, Baumeister, USM and Colliers International Deutschland bring together the best projects assessed by an independent jury of experts and network decision-makers, planners & manufacturers, both digitally and live.

ABOUT THE IDEA – OR:
HOW WILL WE WORK IN THE FUTURE?

What do the interiors for this look like? Technical innovations take place almost on a daily basis, and the way we work is constantly changing. Of course, this has an impact on the appearance of our offices, our workplaces, our training facilities – which no longer have to be confined to a fixed location. It is challenging for companies to meet the rapid development of working life in spatial terms. We believe that every business is people’s business. Motivated, creative employees make the difference. Smart working environments ensure the motivation and creativity of employees, and design and architecture play a central role in the creation of smart working environments. But where are these smart working worlds? The bestworkspaces.com platform looks for and awards the best workspaces, presents inspiring ideas, provides access to the most important findings from research and teaching, and networks the decision-makers of companies with designers, planners, and manufacturers dealing with modern working environments.

OUR MISSION

The vision behind bestworkspaces.com is to present the best and internationally pioneering spatial concepts on one platform. They will be identified by an independent architectural competition. An international jury of experts assesses the submitted projects on the basis of predefined criteria in order to ensure maximum transparency. The results are published online. Month after month, the Workspace of the Month is chosen – these 12 projects receive special attention and form the shortlist for the Workspace of the Year award, which is determined once a year by public voting and ceremoniously presented during an event. The presented projects are put into a solution-oriented, architectural, and design context and complemented with relevant scientific findings and research results in the Best Workspaces Magazine.

APPLY NOW!

Clients as well as planners and concept developers (office furniture manufacturers, architects, interior designers, consultants) can submit their projects and face the jury’s vote. If selected, our editorial staff will edit the projects exclusively and list them online with photos, background story, information on planners and products including contact details and services. The visibility of the award-winning projects and thus the attractiveness of the companies and planners improves by implication and sets them apart positively from competitors in the industry and on the job market. The highlight of the year is a conference accompanying the award ceremony for the Workspace of the Year, to which all nominees and pioneers from the fields of business, architecture, and science are invited.

ABOUT THE INITIATORS

Callwey

… was founded in 1884 by Georg D.W. Callwey in Munich, Germany. Today, the publishing house is still family-run in the 4th generation. With our many years of expertise, we create print and online worlds of experience for our readers. As a modern media company, it is our task to give impulses for change. We’ve always considered architecture to be a part of culture.

USM

… is a Swiss family company with worldwide representatives in over 40 countries. Modularity is at the heart of our corporate philosophy. Our international reputation is based on the characteristic range of the design classic USM Haller, the modular furniture system with its diverse, almost infinite combination possibilities. Through technical understanding and artistic inspiration, USM continuously sets new standards in the production of designer furniture. Committed to the highest quality, USM products stand for the future and last a lifetime.

Colliers International Deutschland

… is one of the leading service providers in the commercial real estate sector. As a strategic advisor to real estate users, owners, developers and investors, the company operates locally, nationally and internationally. Recognizing needs and thus understanding the entrepreneurial motives behind customers’ real estate decisions is at the core of Colliers’ activities.

Baumeister

… has been a flagship of architecture publishing for over 114 years. The independent magazine considers the built reality in its cultural, political, and social context. This approach is highly regarded in the professional world and has earned Baumeister numerous awards for excellent journalism and outstanding design.

WHICH ARE THE BENEFITS FOR AWARD PARTICIPANTS?

RANKING
A jury of experts assesses all submissions. Projects ranked 5.0 and higher (max. = 10) will be listed online in exclusive, professionally edited features, leading to continuously evolving “workspaces charts.” Month after month the highest-ranking project is labelled “Workspace of the Month” – thus 12 projects gain special attention each year. They form the shortlist for the “Workspace of the Year” award, which is determined annually by public voting.

REACH
The developers of architectural concepts can make their completed workspace projects accessible to an international online audience. We expect 100,000 unique visitors in the first year. The highest-ranking projects will attract huge media attention. Our goal is to connect decision-makers from companies with planners, consultants and manufacturers in the field of smart working environments and offer them a powerful network.

REPUTATION
The high visibility of the projects and the ranking strengthen the attractiveness of the participating companies and set them apart in the competition for jobs and talents. The label “Workspace of the Month” will be made available to the participants for self-promotion. The highlight of the year is a conference in cooperation with the Orgatec fair. It is held in conjunction with the “Workspace of the Year” award ceremony, to which all nominees as well as thought leaders from business, architecture and research are invited.

WHAT MAKES A WORKSPACE A “BEST WORKSPACE”?

Our jury is evaluating each project according to this criteria:

FLEXIBILITY
How well can the workspace respond to corporate growth and restructuring? Are there any spaces with unspecified usage that can be designed flexibly and uncomplicated?

COLLABORATION
Does the workspace promote teamwork and provide teams with various opportunities for spatial development? Are there adequate conference rooms?

COMMUNICATION
How well does the workspace support the communicative exchange and networking of employees, also across departments and hierarchies?

CONCENTRATION
If necessary, can employees retreat to more secluded areas for focused and concentrated work? How well have acoustic solutions been implemented?

WELLBEING
Are there places for relaxation, regeneration and inspiration? Does the workspace promote physical and mental well-being? Are materials and plants used in a sensible and sensual way?

WHO IS IN THE JURY?

  • PROF. DR. ALEXANDER GUTZMER, Editor-in-Chief, architecture magazine Baumeister
  • PROF. DR.-ING. CHRISTINE KOHLERT, Architect, Managing Director RBSGROUP
  • STEFAN RIEF, Institute Director, Head of Organizational Development and Work Design, Fraunhofer IAO
  • PETER SCHÄFER, Senior Designer, Gensler
  • PROF. HERMANN SCHNELL, Head of Workplace Consulting, Colliers International Deutschland GmbH
  • PROF. RUDOLF SCHRICKER, Interior Designer
  • BERND WAGNER, CEO, USM Deutschland

HOW DOES THE PARTICIPATION PROCESS WORK?

  • Companies/planners/manufactures can submit projects for evaluation on an ongoing basis.
  • Registration on the platform https://award.bestworkspaces.com is free of charge.
  • Any number of projects can be submitted.
  • Projects can be submitted after uploading photos and floor plans as well as completing the online questionnaire.
  • The participation fee of 290 Euro (plus VAT) is only due at the time of submission.
  • Our jury assesses each project online, on the basis of five criteria.
  • Participants will be informed about the outcome no later than a month after submission.

WHAT ABOUT THE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS?

  • The award is open to clients as well as planners and concept developers of working environments (like office furniture manufacturers, architects, interior designers, consultants).
  • The projects to be submitted must have been completed, with the date of completion no more than three years prior to the time of submission.
  • The participant has acquired the utilization rights of the photographic material necessary for participation in the competition and (if eligible) subsequent online publication.
  • The submission fee of 290 Euro per project can only be paid by Paypal or credit card.

WHICH DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

  • 1 exterior shot (or more)
  • 5 interior shots, all areas; resolution 72 dpi, landscape format, with a width of 1920px. Admissible file formats: jpeg, jpg, png.
  • Floor plans 1:200 including furniture
  • Section 1:200, if possible including furniture
  • Single PDF/EPS files in the style of design/presentation plans

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any further questions, please contact awards@callwey.de

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