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Outstanding Structure Award

The IABSE Outstanding Structure Award (OStrA) was established in 1998. It is one of the highest distinctions awarded by IABSE and recognises, in different regions of the world, some of the most remarkable, innovative, creative, or otherwise stimulating structures. Sustainability and respect of the environment is also an important factor.

The Awards are restricted to a maximum of one Award per year in each one of the two categories:

• Buildings and other structures

• Bridges and other infrastructures

The Award may be used by the owner or other entities involved in design and construction of the awarded structure for public relations purposes, under the condition that the IABSE logo and/or full name are clearly mentioned and will appear in a prominent place.

Diplomas are given to the owner of the awarded structure for distribution to parties involved in the planning, design and construction of the awarded structure, e.g. to the engineers, the architects and the contractors. A maximum of ten diplomas are provided free of charge.

The winning structure and the finalists are presented in SEI or another IABSE printed media and on the IABSE website and by means of posters at the annual Symposium or Congress of IABSE.

Information to submit nomination

Standing Orders



Winner in ‘Building or Other Structure’ category:
Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal, China

Winner in ‘Bridge or Other Infrastructures’ category:
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow, Ireland

2020: Hong Kong Zhuhai Macao Bridge, China

The Finalists:
Cheonsa Bridge, Korea
Halogaland Bridge, Norway
Samuel De Champlain Bridge, Canada

2019: Mersey Gateway Bridge, UK

The Finalists:
Widening of the bridge over the Rande Strait, Spain
Mukogawa Bridge, Japan

2018: Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Turkey

The Finalists:
Circle Bridge, Denmark
Viaduct over River Almonte, Spain
Queensferry Crossing, UK

2017: Phoenix Centre, Beijing, China

The Finalists:
Birmingham Gateway Project: The Transformation of Birmingham New Street Station
Port of Valencia Lighthouse, Spain
Dandeung Bridge, South Korea

2016: Shanghai Tower, China

The Finalist:
Viaduct over River Ulla, Spain

2015: The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span, USA

The Finalists:
Abeno Harukas, Japan
Xiamen North Railway Station Building, China
Nanjing Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge, China

2014: Taizhou Bridge, Jiangsu Province, China

The Finalists:
Kings Cross Western Concourse Roof, UK
Canton Tower, Guanzhou, China
Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain

2013: 2012 Olympic Velodrome, London, UK

Yi Sun-sin Bridge, Gwangyan, South Korea

2012: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Finalists:
The Busan-Geoje Fixed Link, Korea
Xihoumen Bridge, China

2011: Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai, UAE

The Finalists:
Moses Mabhida 2010 Soccer Stadium, Durban, South Africa
Pont Gustave Flaubert Lift Bridge, Rouen, France
Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong, China

2010: The National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, China

The Finalists:
The Heathrow T5A, UK
The Spiral Towers, Japan
The Sutong Bridge, China

2009: The Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Fatima, Portugal

Tri-Countries Bridge, Weil am Rhein, Germany, and Huningue, France

2008: The Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark

The Shanghai Lupu Bridge, China

2007: The New Roof of the Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

2006: The Central Bus Station Hamburg, Germany

The Rion-Antirion Bridge, Greece

The Millau Viaduct, France

2005: The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK

2004: Milwaukee Art Museum Addition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Funchal Airport Extension, Madeira Island, Portugal

2003: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Bras de la Plaine Bridge, Reunion Island, France

2002: Miho Museum Bridge, Japan

Stade de France, Paris, France

Oeresund Fixed Link, Denmark – Sweden

2001: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Sunniberg Bridge, Klosters, Switzerland

2000: Glass Hall of Leipzig, Germany

Keyence Corporation Head Office and Laboratory, Osaka, Japan

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