Category Criteria

Outstanding HDB Flat

We honour Singapore’s most inspiring HDB dwelling – one that’s considered and thoughtful, and sensitively designed for living well

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • Only HDB projects (2- to 5-room flat, BTO, DBSS, HUDC, Maisonette, Executive Condominium) and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Outstanding HDB Flat are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and the elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The design will respond to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • It will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.
  • This project will exemplify Singapore’s finest in home interior design.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outstanding Private Apartment

This award goes to the private apartment that’s tailored, with individualistic spaces that fulfil the needs and wants of its residents in a most creative and thoughtful manner.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • Only private projects (Condominium, Apartment, Walk-up) and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Outstanding Private Apartment are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and the elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The design will respond to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • It will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.
  • This project will exemplify Singapore’s finest in home interior design.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outstanding Landed Home

This award honours the landed home that responds beautifully to its context and addresses the functional and aspirational requirements of its inhabitants.

Category Criteria


Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • • Only landed projects (Terrace, Semi-detached, Detached, Bungalow, Shophouse, Townhouse, Cluster House) and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Outstanding Landed Home are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and the elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The design will respond to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • It will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.
  • This project will exemplify Singapore’s finest in home interior design.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Best Space for Entertaining

We celebrate the social aspect of home – a space primed for entertaining, whether in a casual or formal setting. Examples include the living room, dining room, kitchen, entertainment room, outdoor space or any other areas of one’s dwelling where gatherings occur.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All HDB, private and landed projects and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Best Space for Entertaining are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and the elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The design will respond to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • It will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.
  • This project will exemplify Singapore’s finest in home interior design.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Best Space for Retreat

Home above all is your personal space and shelter – a place to escape, seek comfort, rest and rejuvenate. We award any space that encapsulates the ethos of retreating into a private sanctuary. Examples include the living room, bedroom, bathroom, study, balcony and any other areas of one’s dwelling where one retreats for rest and relaxation.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All HDB, private and landed projects and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Best Space for Retreat are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and the elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The design will respond to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • It will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.
  • This project will exemplify Singapore’s finest in home interior design.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Excellence in Innovation

Excellence in Innovation honours the outstanding home interior solution that pushes the edge and is beautifully executed. We’re looking for unconventional designs that offer a unique story while breaking the boundaries of what is common and expected. Examples include innovations in material use, space planning, smart technology, sustainability, etc.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All HDB, private and landed projects and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Best Space for Retreat are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with particular regard to elements such as spatial planning, programming, technology, sustainability, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative; it will push the boundaries of design possibility while responding to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • The elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The winning entry will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

All Projects must be 100% finished works at the time of entry submission, and must have been completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Most Dramatic Transformation

We recognise the home that has undergone the most dramatic and inspiring transformation to meet the needs and wants of its inhabitants.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All HDB, private and landed projects and design firms in Singapore are eligible.
  • All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017.

Outside of those requirements, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Most dramatic Transformation are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with particular regard to elements such as spatial planning, programming, technology, sustainability, materiality and so on.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative; it will push the boundaries of design possibility while responding to its locality and the needs of its inhabitants.
  • The elements of lighting, fixtures, fittings, carpentry, hard and soft furnishings, etc will be considered.
  • The winning entry will represent a new or forward-looking method of design – in process and/or final outcome.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

Outstanding Space: The Designer’s Studio

We honour the interior designer’s workspace – one that fosters creativity, meets the demands of work, and beautifully represents the design ethos of the firm.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

  • All design firms in Singapore are eligible, and there are no set limits to the completion date of the designer’s studio.

The qualities and characteristics under consideration for Outstanding Space: The Designer’s Studio are as follows:

  • A demonstrated advancement in interior design practice with regard to spatial planning, programming, materiality, and big-picture thinking such as the ability of the space to meet the overall objectives of work in an original way.
  • Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, with particular consideration to the company DNA and the requirements of the design studio.
  • The project will represent a new or forward-looking method of design in process and/or final outcome.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, spatial acumen, skills and expertise, decoration, lighting, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Honourable Mention, Shortlist

Interior Design Firm of the Year

The Interior Design Firm of the Year is one that excels, inspires others, and is making strong strides and a positive contribution to Singapore’s home interior design scene.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?


All interior design firms in Singapore that are at least 5 years old (min. established date: May 2011) are eligible. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for Interior Design Firm of the Year include: a well-established and demonstrated progressive attitude toward imaginative interior design practice with regard to skills and services, expertise and team of talent, their use of materiality, technology, big-picture thinking and so on.


The awarded interior design firm has demonstrated a consistent, bold and fearless approach to their practice of interior design, inspiring others with their skill, insight and foresight. The awardee is a firm that dares to disrupt the status quo and undertake new directions; its projects are distinctive and display excellence in both the process and outcome. With all of that, this firm sets a new benchmark in Singapore’s growing home interior design scene.


Key considerations: The interior design firm’s mission, expertise and staff talent, design approach from ideation/concept to execution, hallmark projects, innovation, big-picture thinking and overall originality.

Winner categories available: Overall Winner, Shortlist

Home of the Year

Home of the Year is a special award honouring the most outstanding project entered into the LBDA. This work breaks away from the traditional approach and boldly pushes the possibilities of design to set new benchmarks in Singapore’s home interior design scene.

* The winner of this special award will be chosen by the judges from among the LBDA finalists.

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