About

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, office buildings and products, 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 in a high-quality publication and online. The Workspace of the Year and Solutions of the Year will be ceremoniously presented during an event. The presented projects and products are put into a solution-oriented, architectural, and design context and complemented with informations about products

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Clients as well as planners and concept developers (manufacturers, architects, interior designers, consultants) can submit their projects and products and face the jury’s vote. If selected, our editorial staff will edit the projects exclusively and present them with photos, background story, information on planners and products including contact details and services. The visibility of the award-winning projects and products 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 and Solution 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.

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.

OFFICE ROXX MAG

… is the only German-language magazine for the entire office: for office culture, office furnishings, office technology and office supplies. Competent, compact, complete.

OFFICE ROXX BLOG

… provides information about all the important facets of the modern office. The blog presents news, product recommendations and comparisons, user and trade fair reports, tips, tests, reviews and much more.

OFFICE DEALZZ

…provides information on all areas of the office industry and beyond. The offer is aimed at industry and trade. OFFICE DEALZZ is a “hub for manufacturers and retailers”. The portal sees itself as a bridge between producers and sellers.

baunetz interior | design

baunetz interior | design – the magazine for interior and design is the interface between the disciplines, combines journalistic content from interior architecture and design and mediates between the protagonists: designers and manufacturers find a platform on baunetz-id.de, which introduces, lists and networks relevant professionals. The editorial team is dedicated to the most exciting interior projects and design finds in numerous dossiers and stories and focuses on people and their inspiration.

WHICH ARE THE BENEFITS FOR AWARD PARTICIPANTS?

The award-winning architects and clients presented in the book receive a comprehensive package of media formats for corporate communication:

  • Editorial publication in the yearbook
  • Own microsite on the website
  • Award winners seal for website, newsletter, letters, etc.
  • Short clips for online communication
  • Prize trophy
  • Rights of use for text material from the publication and image material from the award ceremony
  • Possibility of participating in the gala dinner with a festive award ceremony
  • Exhibition in an architecture museum
  • 10 copies of the yearbook valued at 980 euros and a 30% discount on reorders
  • Submissions will be accepted via our online tool Awardforce up to and including August 3, 2021.

For manufacturers:

  • Chance to win the “Solution of the Year” award
  • Prize trophy and seal for website, newsletter, letters, etc.
  • Advertorial in the yearbook with 2 pages
  • Own microsite on the website
  • Award-winner-short-clip for communication
  • Editorial connection to presented projects in the book
  • 10 copies of the yearbook valued at 980 euros and a 30% discount on reorders
  • Possibility of participating in the gala-dinner with a festive award ceremony
  • Exhibition in an architecture museum

WHAT MAKES A WORKSPACE A “BEST WORKSPACE”?

Our jury is evaluating each project in the category “Workspace” according to this criteria:

  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Wellbeing

In the category “Office Buildings”:

  • Innovation
  • How contemporary is the building?
  • Design
  • Dialogue with the surroundings

 

WHO IS IN THE JURY?

  • DR. FABIAN PETERS, Editor-in-chief, BAUMEISTER magazine
  • PROF. DR.-ING. CHRISTINE KOHLERT, Architect, Managing Director RBSGROUP
  • PETER SCHÄFER, Senior Designer, Gensler
  • PROF. RUDOLF SCHRICKER, Interior Designer
  • DR. ROBERT NEHRING, Editor-in-chief OFFICE ROXX MAG and BLOG and OFFICE DEALZZ

HOW DOES THE PARTICIPATION PROCESS WORK?

  • Companies/planners/manufactures can submit projects and products for evaluation until August 03 2021.
  • Registration on the platform https://award.bestworkspaces.com is free of charge.
  • Any number of projects and products can be submitted.
  • Projects and products can be submitted after uploading photos and floor plans as well as completing the online questionnaire.
  • The fees of 1.900 Euros (workspaces), 4.900 Euros (office buildings) and 2.900 (Solution of the Year) (plus VAT) is only due at the time of submission.
  • Our jury assesses each project.
  • Participants will be informed about the outcome after the jury session.

WHAT ABOUT THE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS?

  • The award is open to clients as well as planners, concept developers and manufacturers.
  • 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 fee will be invoiced by the publisher.

WHICH DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

In the category “Workspaces”:

  • 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

In the category “Office Buildings”:

  • 4 exterior shots (or more)
  • 8 interior shots; resolution 72 dpi, landscape format, with a width of 1920px. Admissible file formats: jpeg, jpg, png.
  • Location map
  • Floor plans, all relevant floors
  • Floor plan of exemplary residential unit

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

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

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