FIABCI Prix d’Excellence 2003 – recognising the best in world real estate

The international real estate industry recently honoured 6 outstanding real estate developments with the coveted FIABCI Prix d’Excellence awards. The winners of the 2003 Prix d’Excellence, created and managed since their inception in 1992 by FIABCI â€" The International Real Estate Federation, were recognised for the excellence they showed in all the disciplines involved in their creation, and the awards were bestowed at a prestigious ceremony during the annual FIABCI World Congress, held this year in Berlin, Germany. Organised in marketing association with The Wall Street Journal, the winners of these highly coveted awards gain access to unique international platforms through the 65-country strong FIABCI network.

The winners of this year’s awards are :

Leisure Category :
Winner â€" The Fullerton Square Project (Singapore) entered by Far East Organization / Sino Land.

Originally known as the Fullerton Building, it dates from 1924 and it reopened in 2001 after 3 years of restoration which transformed it from a civic building into a world class 400-room hotel. Successfully combining tradition with technology, the hotel is today an icon of modern Asian hospitality, strategically located at the mouth of the Singapore River and in the heart of the Central Business District

Special Recognition was given in this category to the Genting Highlands Resort (Malaysia) entered by First World Resorts Bhd and the Sutera Harbour Resort (Malaysia) entered by Sutera Harbour Bhd.

Office/Industrial Category :
Winner : The Telenor Centre (Bergen, Norway) entered by Telenor Eiendom Holding AS

This office development was built by the Telenor company with the objective of gathering all its employees under one roof to reduce costs and to increase cooperation and creativity. The architecture reflects both urban and traditional styles, although the building’s use of high technology installations and advanced electronic control systems brings it firmly into the 21st century. With an energy consumption rate of less than 100kWh/m2 per year, the Telenor Centre is the most energy-efficient office building in Norway.

Special Recognition was given in this category to the Capital Tower (Singapore) entered by CapitaLand, Dataran Maybank (Malaysia) entered by UDA Holdings Bhd and Dorottya Udvar (Hungary) entered by AP Sundance.

Residential Category :
The Trump World Tower (New York, USA) entered by the Trump Organization

The Trump World Tower is located on the United Nations Plaza in New York City. Designed by architect Costas Kondylis, the glass skyscraper is the tallest residential tower in the world, standing at 262m high. Consisting of a reinforced concrete frame structure clad with a bronze-tinted glass curtain wall, all rooms have floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views of the city skyline and the East River.

Special Recognition was given in this category to Ardmore Park (Singapore) entered by Marco Polo Developments and Park Avenue Olympian City (China) entered by Sino Land.

Public Sector Category :
Szabo Ervin Library (Budapest, Hungary) entered by Maszer Rt.

Originally housed in the 19th century historic Weinckeim Palace, the municipal library needed more space as its collection grew and plans were made to link it to new buildings while restoring the palace as a national monument. The modernised library now covers around 13,000 m2 and houses Budapest’s largest public collection of books with a capacity for 1,100,000 volumes.

Special Recognition was given in this category to the Millennium Centre (Hungary) entered by CEH and Out of the Shadows (Brazil) entered by Grupo Spenco.

Retail Category :
Mammut Center (Budapest, Hungary) entered by Mammut Rt.

This 15-hectare development in the central Buda area was built on the brownfield site of an derelict factory in one of the most neglected areas of Budapest. The developers had several specific challenges to overcome, notably decontaminating the soil, incorporating the renovation and maintenance of a 300m2 memorial site to

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