LEAF Award

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The ABB LEAF Awards is an annual international architectural prize. It recognises innovative architectural design that sets the benchmark for the international architectural community of the next generation.

The LEAF Awards program is operated by the Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF), founded in 2001. LEAF brings together leading international architects and designers operating in Europe and beyond to share knowledge, to network and to develop new partnerships.[1]

Entry is open to all architects worldwide and buildings located anywhere in the world and completed between January 2010 and May 2011 are eligible for LEAF Awards 2011.

It’s been hosted on five occasions by the BBC presenter Rick Kelsey.[2]


LEAF Awards 2015 will consist of the following thirteen categories and the Overall Winner:

  • Mixed – Use Building of the year
  • Residential Building of the year - Single and Multiple Occupancy
  • International Interior Design Award
  • Commercial Building of the year
  • Hospitality Building of the Year
  • Refurbishment of the year
  • Public Building of the year
  • Best Sustainable Development
  • Best Future Building
  • Urban Design
  • Best Façade Design & Engineering
  • Developer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement of the Year

LEAF Awards 2011 consisted of the following twelve categories and the Overall Winner:

  • Residential Building of the Year (single occupancy)
  • Residential Building of the Year (multiple occupancy)
  • Commercial Building of the Year
  • Public Building of the Year
  • Mixed-Use Building of the Year
  • International Residential Interior Design Award
  • International Commercial/Public Interior Design Award
  • International Offsite Construction Project of the Year
  • Best Structural Design of the Year
  • Young Architect of the Year
  • Best Sustainable Technology Incorporated into a Building
  • Best Sustainable Development in keeping with its Environment


The location of the award ceremony changes from year to year.

Overall winners[edit]

Year Laureate Building Location
2019 Mozhao Architects
Zishe·Planting Pavilion and Planting Terrace Shenzhen,
2014 Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects
 France  Australia
One Central Park Sydney,
2013 archi5
Mediatheque Mont-de-Marsan,
2012 Sou Fujimoto Architects
Musashino Art University Museum & Library Tokyo,
2011 OBR Open Building Research
Milanofiori housing complex [https://www.obr.eu/project/milanofiori-residential-complex/] Milan,
2010 Boogertman + Partners & Populous
 South Africa
Soccer City National Stadium Johannesburg,
 South Africa
2009 Woods Bagot
Qatar Science & Technology Park Doha,
2008 schmidt hammer lassen
Performers House Silkeborg,
2007 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
 United States
ARB Bank Riyadh,
 Saudi Arabia
2006 David Chipperfield
 United Kingdom
America's Cup Building Valencia
2005 Henning Larsen Architects
IT University of Copenhagen Copenhagen,

Category winners[edit]


The category winners in 2019 were:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Best Arts and Culture Building Project: OPEN Architecture, ‘UCCA Dune Art Museum’, Qinhuangdao, China
  • Best New Start Up Practice Project: Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks, ‘Ruins Studio’, Dumfries, Scotland, UK
  • Best Tall Building Project: Zaha Hadid Architects, ‘Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre’, Nanjing, China
  • Best Regenerative Impact Project: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, ‘Ford Point Revitalization’, Richmond, California US
  • Best Mixed Use Building Project: West-line Studio, ‘Up to the Mountain and Down to the River’, Fuxing Town, China
  • Best Residential Building Project – Single Occupancy – Sponsored by Laufen: Fujiwara Muro Architects, ‘House in Toyonaka’, Osaka, Japan
  • Best Residential Building Project – Multiple Occupancy – Sponsored by Laufen: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, ‘Manhattan Loft Gardens (The Stratford)’, London, UK
  • Best Interior Design Project: Design Studio MAOOM, ‘Coffee Nap Roasters 2nd’, Seoul, Korea
  • Best Commercial Building Project: TCHOBAN VOSS Architects, ‘Große Bleichen 19’, Hamburg, Germany
  • Best Hospitality Building Project: STUDIO QI, ‘Annso Hill’, Tengchong, China
  • Best Refurbishment Project: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, ‘Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center’, San Francisco, California US
  • Best Public Building Project: Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, ‘Hong Kong West Kowloon Station’, Hong Kong
  • Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project: LUO studio, ‘Longfu Life Experience Centre’, Puyang County, China
  • Best Future Building Under Construction Project: ODA New York, ‘Postkantoor’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Best Urban Design Project: MOZHAO ARCHITECTS, ‘Zishe·Planting Pavilion and Planting Terrace’, Shenzhen, China
  • Best Façade Design and Engineering Project – Sponsored by Inox-Color: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, ‘Center Street Parking Garage’, Berkeley, California US


The category winners in 2015 were:

  • Residential Building of the Year – Single Occupancy: Architect Robby Cantarutti/ Project: Riverside Cabin
  • Mixed – Use Building of the Year: Kavellaris Urban Design KUD/ Project: 2 girls Building
  • Residential Building of the Year – Multiple Occupancy: Studio MK27/ Project: V_Itaim
  • International Interior Design Award of the Year: Innocad/ Project: HQ ÖBB
  • Commercial Building of the Year: LAN Architecture/ Project: Euravenir Tower
  • Hospitality Building of the Year: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP co. Ltd/ Project: Ribbon Chapel
  • Refurbishment of the Year: Nikken Space Design LTD/ Project: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hiroshima Chapel
  • Public Building of the Year: Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu/ Project: Dakar Congress Center Steven Holl Architects with JMArchitects Project: Seona Reid Building – Glasgow School of Art
  • Best Sustainable Development of the Year: Kaunitz Yeung Architecture/ Project: Wanarn Clinic Henning Larsen Architects, Campus Kolding, SDU, University of Southern Denmark
  • Best Future Building of the Year – Drawing Board: Sanjay Puri Architects/ Project: Reservoir 3TI Progetti Spa – 3TI LAB Srl/ Project: Civic Centre
  • Best Future Building of the Year – Under Construction: Andrew Bromberg of Aedas/ Project: The West Kowloon Terminus under the Hong Kong Section of the Express Rail Link/ project
  • Urban Design of the Year: Henning Larsen Architects and Tredje Natur/ Project: Vinge Train Station
  • Best Façade Design and Engineering of the Year: Logon Architecture/ Project: Shanghai Museum of Glass
  • Developer of the Year: Battersea Power Station/ Project: Battersea Power Station
  • Lifetime Achievement Winner: Moshe Safdie
  • Overall Winner: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd/ Project: Ribbon Chapel


The category winners in 2011 were:[9]

  • Mixed Use Building: Todd Architects for The Boat
  • Residential Building (Multiple Occupancy): OBR Open Building Research S.r.l. for Milanofiori Residential Complex
  • Residential Building (Single Occupancy): Studio mk27 for Punta House
  • Commercial Building: Estudi Massip-Bosch Arquitectes for Diagonal Zero Zero Telefonica Tower
  • Public Building: Joint winners: Diaz & Diaz Arquitectos for Building of Control CCS and Steven Holl Architects for Cité de l'Océan et du Surf
  • International Interior Design: RHWL Architects for St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
  • Master Planning & Landscaping: URBE Architects for Estoril Open Space Strategy
  • Young Architect: dEMM arquitectura – Paulo Fernandes Silva for Living Foz Porto
  • Structural Design: schmidt hammer lassen architects for The Crystal
  • Best Sustainable Technology Incorporated into a Building: JSWD Architekten for Q1 Building, ThyssenKrupp Quarter
  • Best Sustainable Development in Keeping with its Environment: LAN for EDF Archives Centre
  • Overall winner: OBR Open Building Research S.r.l. for Milanofiori Residential Complex


The category winners in 2010 were:[10]

  • Mixed Use Building: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for Broadcasting Place
  • Residential Building (Multiple Occupancy): Henning Larsen Architects for The Wave
  • Residential Building (Single Occupancy): Mount Fuji Architects Studio for PLUS
  • Commercial Building: Hassel and Lend Lease design for ANZ Centre, Melbourne
  • Public Building: Boogertman + Partners & Populous for Soccer City National Stadium
  • International Interior Design: Isay Weinfeld Arquitetura for Bar Número
  • Master Planning & Landscaping: URBE Architects for Estoril Open Space Strategy
  • Young Architect: Arquitecturia for Ferreries Cultural Centre
  • Structural Design: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for Burj Khalifa
  • Sustainable Development: Ben Nakamura for Nanasawa Kibonooka Elementary School


The category winners in 2009 were:[5]

  • Mixed-Use Building: EAA-Emre Arolat Architects for 7800 Çe?me Residences & Hotel
  • Residential Building: David Chipperfield Architects for Ninetree Village
  • Residential Building: Studio mk27 for Paraty House
  • Commercial Building: Woods Bagot for Qatar Science & Technology Park
  • Public Building: GPY arquitectos for La Cisnera Community Centre
  • International Interior Design: Atelier Brückner GmbH for BMW Museum
  • Master Planning & Landscaping: Strootman Landscape Architects & Palmbout Urban Landscapes for Wieringen Passage
  • Young Architect: John Pardey Architects for Hind House [11]
  • Best Sustainable Development: Chetwoods Architects for Blue Planet, Chatterley Valley
  • Structural Design: Amanda Levete Architects for Spencer Dock Bridge
  • Grand Prix Winner Winner: Woods Bagot for Qatar Science & Technology Park


Category winners in 2008 were:[12]


The category winners in 2007 were:[13]


The category winners in 2006 were:[14]


The category winners in 2005 were:[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "LEAF Awards 2011". LEAF International. Archived from the original on 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
  3. ^ a b "LEAF Awards 2006 call for entries announced". AMEinfo. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  4. ^ "Shortlist Announced for Emirates Glass LEAF Awards in Tightly Fought Contest". WAbeta. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  5. ^ a b "The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2009 - A Night to Remember". zawya.com. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  6. ^ "LEAF Awards 2010". LEAF International. Archived from the original on 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  7. ^ "LEAF Awards 2011". LEAF International. Archived from the original on 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  8. ^ "LEAF Awards 2014". LEAF International. Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  9. ^ "The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2011". archdaily. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  10. ^ "Winners of the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2010". Bustler. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  11. ^ "Hind House Interview". Slashstroke Magazine. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  12. ^ "Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2008". detail.de. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  13. ^ "Emirates Glass LEAF Awards Winners 2007". nuildingtalk. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  14. ^ "LEAF Awards 2006 Review". designbuilding-network.com. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-15.

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