2021 — 4WALLS Visionary Buildings Design Competition 

Residential, Commercial and Mixed Use Buildings and Complexes  |  New Home Communities
Hotels and Restaurants | Future Projects  | New Construction and Renovations

Celebrating the year’s most impressive buildings, the 4WALLS Competition recognizes projects designed as public or private spaces. Four adjoining walls may make a space inhabitable, but after evolving through the construction process realized buildings become activated with purpose and narrative. This competition highlights the region’s built milieu without limits on scale, function or form. Open to hospitality projects, commercial buildings, multi-unit condominiums and complexes, public spaces, structures and parks, mixed use buildings, new home communities and future projects, SRQ MEDIA aims to highlight the best of the built environment of the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. Each year, judges from around the country jury buildings and planned neighborhoods submitted by builders, architects and engineers to celebrate the 4WALLS Visionary Design Awards in Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Call for Entries  Friday, August 27, 2021

Voting for the 4Walls Readers' Favorites opens on October 1, 2021.


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Buildings that meet the following criteria by September 1, 2021 are eligible: completed and fully realized buildings, buildings currently under construction and buildings that have broken ground. Entries to the Future Projects category may be submitted as renderings of project that has not broken ground yet—not including spec projects Submissions to the New Home Community category must reflect a community with home sites that are currently on the market—photography of model homes and/or renderings of model homes may be submitted. Entries must exist in the geographic region of Sarasota, Manatee and the barrier islands from, and including, Boca Grande to Palmetto and Lakewood Ranch. Work completed in other areas is not eligible. Entrants may submit as many projects as they wish as separate entries. Submitting companies do not need to hold a physical place of business in the competition region.


A. Residential Building / Condominium or Complex

B. Commercial Building, includes Hotels and Restaurants

C. Mixed Use Building

D. New Home Community/Model Home

E. Public Building or Structure / Public Space

F. Future Project



A panel of professional and independent judges from regions outside the geographic area of this competition shall determine the platinum, gold and silver winner in each category. The jury decisions will be determined based on various criteria such as: adjacent infrastructure, access to transport, function, aesthetics, originality of concept, architecture, implementation, place making and usability. In the event of a tie, both entrants will receive awards. If any winner is disqualified or forfeits to claim the award, no replacement award shall be given. All decisions are final.



All finalists will be notified with an invitation to the official SRQ 4WALLS Design Competition awards ceremony. Platinum, Gold and Silver winners will be announced and recognized at the virtual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will be held at the end of November 2021. The jury has the right not to declare a winner for a given category.


Previous and Other Competitions

4WALLS was previously juried as the Building of the Year. The competition has been modified to include new home communities as well as residential, commercial, mixed use and public buildings and structures.  If you would like to submit a single-unit residential home, you can find out more about the Annual Home of the Year Competition. To see the previous year's 2019 Building of the Year Competition coverage, click here.


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For competition inquiries, please contact Ariel Chates at SRQ Magazine at 941-365-7702 x710.

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