Foster + Partner’s Apple Park Visitor’s Center Opens to the Public

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The Visitor’s Center at Apple’s new Cupertino campus has opened to the public. As the public face of a vast complex designed by Foster + Partners, the independent building is “a uniquely designed architectural extension” of the company’s new headquarters. “With similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls, and terrazzo floors,” the center’s “cantilevered carbon fiber roof appears to float,” supported only “by stone clad cores and no other extraneous columns for support.”

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Guests are also welcome to make their way upstairs to the roof terrace for beautiful views of the main building and some of the 9,000 native and drought resistant trees on the grounds. As they return to the first floor they are invited to visit the cafe surrounded by olive trees or the store with Apple’s full range of products and exclusive Apple and Apple Park branded merchandise.

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According to Apple, the purpose of building is to invite “guests to explore Apple Park in an immersive and engaging way.” A three-dimensional model of the campus is “brought to life by augmented reality technology” – here, visitors are able to learn about the project, it’s function, and the company which commissioned it. “Visitors can also choose to lift the entire roof off the building to peek inside to the collaborative office pod layout,” they added.

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World Architecture Festival 2017 Overall Winners

World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China 

Director’s Special Award: Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands

INSIDE World Interior of the Year Winner 2017 supported by Miele: Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore

Highly commended: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, The Garage: Beijing B+ Automobile Service Center, Beijing, China

Future Project of the Year Winner 2017 supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia

Landscape of the Year Winner 2017: Turenscape, Peasants and their Land: The Recovered Archaeological Landscape of Chengtoushan, Lixian County, China

Contribution to Architecture: Sir Norman Foster

Small Project of the Year Winner 2017: Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase, Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines

Highly Commended: DSDHA, Alex Monroe Workshop, London, United Kingdom

Best Use of Colour Winner 2017 supported by Eastman: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel, Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

The Merck Crystal Pavilion Winner: Sarath Saitongin, Städelschule Architecture Class, Manifested Shades

Highly Commended: Bilaal Saheed, RCA, Close Encounters Of A Glass Kind

Iran Special Prize Winner: New Wave Architecture, Pars Hospital, Tehran, Iran

Highly Commended: Ashari Architects, The Pause, Shiraz, Iran

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winner in association with Sto: Terrence Zhang Project: Swimming Pool, New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang

The Architecture Drawing Prize Winners curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum & WAF

WAFX Awards Winner supported by GreenCoat

The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards Winner

World Architecture Festival 2017 Category Winners

House – Completed Buildings Winner: Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

House – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Finding Rainbows, Tokyo, Japan

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Finding Rainbows, Tokyo, Japan

Housing – Completed Buildings Winner Sponsored by GROHE: Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Housing – Completed Buildings Highly Commended Sponsored by GROHE: Peter Salter Associates, Walmer Yard, London, United Kingdom

 Peter Salter Associates, Walmer Yard, London, United Kingdom

Production, Energy & Recycling – Completed Buildings Winner: Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects, The Farm of 38-30, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey 

Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects, The Farm of 38-30, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

Sport – Completed Buildings Winner: HKS, U.S. Bank Stadium , Minneapolis, United States of America​ 

HKS, U.S. Bank Stadium , Minneapolis, United States of America
School – Completed Buildings Winner: Andrew Burges Architects, East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Sydney, Australia

Andrew Burges Architects, East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Sydney, Australia

Civic & Community – Completed Buildings Winner: Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase, Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines 

Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Boase, Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines

Civic & Community – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China

Competition Entries – Future Projects Winner: Pilbrow & Partners, New Cyprus Archaeological Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus

Pilbrow & Partners, New Cyprus Archaeological Museum , Nicosia, Cyprus

Competition Entries – Future Projects Highly Commended: Sweco Architects , Öresund City – a new European metropolis by 2030, Malmö, Sweden

Sweco Architects , Öresund City – a new European metropolis by 2030 , Malmö, Sweden

Culture – Completed Buildings Winner: Heneghan Peng Architects, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

Heneghan Peng Architects, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

Culture – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, New Shanghai Theatre, Shanghai, China

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, New Shanghai Theatre, Shanghai, China

Office – Future Projects Winner: Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel offsite studio, Hanoi, Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel offsite studio, Hanoi, Vietnam

Office – Future Projects Highly Commended: Pilbrow & Partners, The Market Building, Wood Wharf, London, United Kingdom

Pilbrow & Partners, The Market Building, Wood Wharf, London, United Kingdom

Civic – Future Projects Winner: edgeARCH, Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex, Karachi, Pakistan

EdgeArch, Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex, Karachi, Pakistan

Civic – Future Projects Highly Commended: Belatchew Arkitekter, Ethiopian Church, Stockholm, Sweden

Belatchew Arkitekter, Ethiopian Church, Stockholm, Sweden

Infrasructure – Future Projects Winner: Sanjay Puri Architects, The Bridge, Ras, India 

Sanjay Puri Architects, The Bridge, Ras, India

Office – Completed Buildings Winner: Nikken Sekkei, Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan 

Nikken Sekkei, Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

Office – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, EY Centre, 200 George Street, Sydney, Australia

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, EY Centre, 200 George Street, Sydney, Australia

New & Old – Completed Buildings Winner: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China

New & Old – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: studioMilou, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

studioMilou, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France

Display – Completed Buildings Winner: Alison Brooks Architects, The Smile, London, United Kingdom​

Alison Brooks Architects, The Smile, London, United Kingdom​

Display – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, Insect Hotel, El Masnou, Barcelona, Spain

Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, Insect Hotel, El Masnou, Barcelona

Health – Future Projects Winner: Magi Design Studio, Desa Semesta, Bogor, Indonesia

Magi Design Studio, Desa Semesta, Bogor Indonesia

Health – Future Projects Highly Commended: Boogertman + Partners Architects/Geyser Hahn Architects, New Sight Eye Clinic, Quesso, Shanga, Republic of Congo

Boogertman + Partners Architects/Geyser Hahn Architects, New Sight Eye Clinic, Quesso, Republic of Congo

Experimental – Future Projects Winner: 3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design, Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design, Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Leisure Led Development – Future Projects Winner: Tabanlioglu Architects, Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey

Tabanlioglu Architects, Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey

Leisure Led Development – Future Projects Highly Commended: Hypothesis, Krahm Restaurant, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Hypothesis, Krahm Restaurant, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Education – Future Projects Winner: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and SHATOTTO architecture, Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and SHATOTTO architecture, Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Education – Future Projects Highly Commended: Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel Academy Educational Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel  Academy  Educational  Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam

Residential – Future Projects Winner supported by GROHE: EAA Emre Arolat Architecture, Göksu Residences, Istanbul, Turkey 

EAA Emre Arolat Architecture, Göksu Residences, Istanbul, Turkey

Residential – Future Projects Highly Commended supported by GROHE: Modern Office of Design + Architecture, Village, Calgary, Canada

Modern Office of Design + Architecture, Village, Calgary, Canada

Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects Winner supported by Miele: WilkinsonEyre, Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom  

WilkinsonEyre, Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom

Transport – Completed Buildings Winner: Grüntuch Ernst Architects, Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany

Grüntuch Ernst Architects, Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany

Transport – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Zaha Hadid Architects, Salerno Maritime Terminal, Salerno, Italy

Zaha Hadid Architects, Salerno Maritime Terminal, Salerno, Italy

Masterplanning – Future Projects Winner: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia

Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia

Masterplanning – Future Projects Highly Commended: O2 Design Atelier, One Heart Foundation – Orphanage & Children Eco-Village, Kakamega, Kenya

O2 Design Atelier, One Heart Foundation - Orphanage Children Eco-Village, Kakamega, Kenya

Hotel & Leisure – Completed Buildings Winner supported by GROHE: Cong Sinh Architects, Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cong Sinh Architects, Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Shopping – Completed Buildings Winner: ACME, Victoria Gate, Leeds, United Kingdom

ACME, Victoria Gate, Leeds, UK

Shopping – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Nikken Sekkei, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

ikken Sekkei, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Health – Completed Buildings Winner: Ntsika Architects, Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ntsika Architects, Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

Health – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Nickl & Partner Architekten, Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Vienna, Austria

Nickl & Partner Architekten, Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Vienna, Austria

House – Future Projects Winner: Monk Mackenzie Architects, Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand

Monk Mackenzie Architects, Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand

Mixed Use – Completed Buildings Winner supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom

Mixed Use – Completed Buildings Highly Commended supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Stu/D/O Architects, Naiipa Art Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Stu/D/O Architects, Naiipa Art Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Religion – Completed Buildings Winner: Waugh Thistleton Architects, Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom 

Waugh Thistleton Architects, Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom

Religion – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Fearon Hay Architects, Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland, New Zealand

 Fearon Hay Architects, Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland, New Zealand

Higher Education & Research – Completed Buildings Winner: C.F. Møller Architects, Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark 

C.F. Møller Architects, Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark

Higher Education & Research – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Savage + Dodd Architects, Sol Plaatje University – Building C002, Kimberley, South Africa

Savage + Dodd Architects, Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, South Africa

Culture – Future Projects Winner: Sweco Architects, Kulturkorgen – A Basket Full of Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden 

Sweco Architects , Kulturkorgen - A Basket Full of Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden

Culture – Future Projects Highly Commended: Wright & Wright Architects, Lambeth Palace Library, London, United Kingdom

Wright & Wright Architects, Lambeth Palace Library, London, United Kingdom

Culture – Future Projects Highly Commended: Heatherwick Studio, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

Heatherwick Studio , Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa

Villa – Completed Buildings Winner: Irving Smith Architects, Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand 

Irving Smith Architects , Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Villa – Completed Buildings Highly Commended: EMC Arquitectura, Casa Escondida, La Libertad, El Salvador

EMC Arquitectura, Casa Escondida, La Libertad, El Salvador

PRODUCE Workshop’s “Fabricwood” Named World’s Best Interior of 2017

PRODUCE Workshop's "Fabricwood" Named World's Best Interior of 2017, Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

PRODUCE Workshop’s flexible plywood “Shop-in-Shop” interior for Herman Miller at the XTRA flagship store in Singapore has been named the world’s best interior of 2017 at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, which took place alongside the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The overall winner was selected from a list of 9 nine category winners announced over the first two days of the event, which themselves were selected from a shortlist of 78 projects.

Dubbed “Fabricwood” by its designers, the winning space comprises a 20-meter arched structure constructed of plywood panels modeled to give the appearance of fabric. The installation was also the winner of the Display category.

Last year’s top honors were awarded to Hangzhou AN Interior’s Black Cant System.

Read on to see all of the category winners.

CATEGORY WINNERS

Display & Overall Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop

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Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture FestivalOverall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture FestivalOverall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture FestivalOverall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival+ 13

Creative Re-Use and Overall Highly Commended: The Garage: Beijing B+ Automobile Service Center; Beijing, China / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Creative Re-use Winner and Overall Highly Commended: The Garage: Beijing B+ Automobile Service Center; Beijing, China / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Creative Re-use Winner and Overall Highly Commended: The Garage: Beijing B+ Automobile Service Center; Beijing, China / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Bars & Restaurants: Big Small Coffee and Guestroom; Beijing, China / Office AIO

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Bars & Restaurants Winner: Big Small Coffee and Guestroom; Beijing, China / Office AIO. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Bars & Restaurants Winner: Big Small Coffee and Guestroom; Beijing, China / Office AIO. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Civic, Culture & Transport: Mary Rose Museum; Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Perkins+Will

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Civic, Culture & Transport Winner: Mary Rose Museum; Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Perkins+Will. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Civic, Culture & Transport Winner: Mary Rose Museum; Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Perkins+Will. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Health & Education: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal; Montréal, Canada / CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s

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Health & Education Winner: Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal; Montréal, Canada / CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s . Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Health & Education Winner: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal; Montréal, Canada / CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s . Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Hotels: Ir-On Hotel; Bangkok, Thailand / Hypothesis

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Hotels Winner: Ir-On Hotel; Bangkok, Thailand / Hypothesis. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Hotels Winner: Ir-On Hotel; Bangkok, Thailand / Hypothesis. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Offices: Airbnb European Headquarters; Dublin, Ireland / Heneghan Peng Architects

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Offices Winner: Airbnb European Headquarters; Dublin, Ireland / Heneghan Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Offices Winner: Airbnb European Headquarters; Dublin, Ireland / Heneghan Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Residential – Sponsored by Miele: Cleveland Rooftop; Sydney, Australia / SJB

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Residential Winner - Sponsored by Miele: Cleveland Rooftop; Sydney, Australia / SJB. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Residential Winner – Sponsored by Miele: Cleveland Rooftop; Sydney, Australia / SJB. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Retail: ROU by T HAM Concept Store; Taipei, Taiwan / WZWX Architecture Group

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Retail Winner: ROU by T HAM Concept Store; Taipei, Taiwan / WZWX Architecture Group. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Retail Winner: ROU by T HAM Concept Store; Taipei, Taiwan / WZWX Architecture Group. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

10 Projects Chosen as Winners of 2017 AIA International Region Design Awards

10 Projects Chosen as Winners of 2017 AIA International Region Design Awards, Courtesy of American Institute of Architects
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Ten projects have been selected as winners of 2017 AIA International Region Design Awards, honoring exemplary projects undertaken by architect members of the American Institute of Architects’ International Region, encompassing six of the seven chapters located outside of the United States: AIA United Kingdom, AIA Continental Europe, AIA Hong Kong, AIA Japan, AIA Middle East, and AIA Shanghai (not including the recently formed AIA Canada).

Projects were selected by an international jury led by Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, AIA Past President 2014, AIA IR Zone 1 (USA) and were presented AIA International Region Conference in Prague on October 7th.

Winners were chosen in five categories:

  • Architecture – Projects may be new construction, renovation or preservation/restoration projects (no projects selected in this category this year)
  • Interior Architecture – Projects may be new construction, renovation or preservation/restoration projects.
  • Urban Design – Projects may be urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, environmental programs, or redevelopment projects.
  • Open International – Projects can be Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, revitalization or other types of work by  HYPERLINK “https://www.aia.org/pages/21906-international-associate-membership” International Associate AIA members.
  • Unbuilt – Entries must be unbuilt projects that will not be built. The project design must be completed since January 1, 2012. This category is to recognize the efforts of our architect members who have completed meaningful work, but due to client change, land use change or other reasons beyond the control of the architect, the project will not be built.

Interior Architecture

Honor Award in Interior Architecture

Citi Tower OBE; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates

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Citi Tower OBE; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The project began with studies of Citi business units’ composition, operational, spatial and technological needs, and an extensive discovery of Citi’s strategic goals for Hong Kong. Among these were needs for flexible, sustainable workspaces; a wide variety of work settings differing in configuration, look and feel; reliable integrated Wi-Fi and AV infrastructure; increased availability of meeting rooms and collaborative spaces; and enhanced expression of the Citi brand. Offering casual settings that range from café-like to living room-like, the community floor features a vibrant ‘Marketplace’ zone with food and beverage amenities, plus dedicated spaces for training and recruitment. Designed for flexibility, these spaces can be easily consolidated to accommodate ‘town hall’ gatherings and other events.

Jury Comments:

“Citi’s new office has enabled the bank to consolidate 38 business units and over 3000 staff members into one complex. The jury members admired the way in which new company goals for flexible workplaces and differing configurations of work settings had been accommodated. These combine different elements of both community, meeting and ‘break-out’ activities to form nine distinct types of flexible areas, with a range of sustainable and wellness features. The jury was also very impressed by the way in which a new corporate culture and employee empowerment had been at the forefront of the design process and had been implemented with clarity and elegance.”

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Citi Tower OBE; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Citi Tower OBE; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Merit Award in Interior Architecture

HKU Dining Hall/Auditorium; Hong Kong / Index Architecture

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HKU Dining Hall/Auditorium; Hong Kong / Index Architecture. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

HKU Dining Hall/Auditorium; Hong Kong / Index Architecture. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The auditorium is a fan-shape architectural volume slightly tapering from west to the east. It is situated at the podium level of a 400-people residential dormitory at the University of Hong Kong(HKU).  The design team’s was tasked with developing a multi-purpose room which functions as cafeteria, lecturing theater, exhibition space, as well as catering for the HKU’s traditional “high-table” dinner annually, while not altering the existing utilities, predominantly 6 sizable air ducts and the miscellaneous chilled/hot water pipes, electric data wiring.  Inspired by the disassembling of a stranded ship, the design team’s goal was to conceal the functional components of the of the utilities. By imagining the space to be clad by three-dimensionally curved panels that form a “half-hull” on both side of the space. Geometrically, each panel is slightly varied so the next panel can fit the infrastructure elements behind. The architectural experience directs views to the outside residential neighborhood. The panel is designed as weaved synthetic rattan sandwiched with acoustical batting. Rattan is the perfect material to accommodate both the warped surface while providing the required acoustical performance. These panels pivot 180° to reveal the “backside” pin up surface designed for display and exhibition purposes. The choices of material for both the ceiling and the floor are of darker tone in order to accentuate the unique geometric formation of the hall. 

Jury Comments:

“The project is situated at the podium level of a residential dormitory block, and the design specification was for a multi-purpose space which could function as a dining room, lecture theatre and exhibition space.  The jury was impressed by the solution for overcoming the constraints associated with the retention of pre-existing major utility installations.  The use of three-dimensional curved panels to provide an interesting edge to the facility, was considered to be a sound means to achieve flexible adaptation of the space. Also the use of weaved synthetic rattan provided an attractive surface, as a backcloth for all the proposed uses of the space, while meeting the required acoustic levels.”

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HKU Dining Hall/Auditorium; Hong Kong / Index Architecture. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Merit Award for Interior Architecture

Hong Kong Design Office; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates

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Hong Kong Design Office; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Hong Kong Design Office; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The design development for this award-winning project was driven by study and evaluation of the company identity, needs, staff working practices, and a desire to make the office as rewarding and productive as possible. Infused with the dynamism and energy of the workforce, the space embraces nature and inspires creativity in a vibrant and unique way. Offering a unique blend of greenery and natural light, the new office space showcases a lush tree table, bringing the outside in and tranquility to the fluid, central desk space. Healthy and active workstations are designed to be comfortable, convenient and to encourage physical activity. To enhance wellness and productivity the office implements a wide range of international best practice standards including: WELL (IWBI), LEED (USGBC), HK BEAM (HKGBC) and RESET (air quality). Base building water fixtures can achieve a total water use reduction of over 40% compared to the U.S. EPA standard. Highly efficient LED lights and optimally arranging lighting layouts have contributed to a total lighting power reduction of over 15% compared with ASHRAE. Breathing zone outdoor air ventilation rates supplied into each space are at least 30% above the minimum rates required by ASHRAE 62.1-2007 standards for ‘Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance’. Over 90% of the rated power of all new equipment installed in this project is Energy Star rated.

 Jury Comments:

“The aspiration for this space is to foster a collaborative, productive and vibrant workplace environment that maximizes useable area, light and views. “I’d like to work there” shared one of the jurors, “it’s so light and open with varied options for workplace” The jury considered the design and layout to incorporate key features that inspire creativity and a relaxed work atmosphere. The jury applauded the sustainability features for energy, lighting systems and water efficiency. They also appreciated the blend of greenery and natural light, and the healthy workstation installations to enhance wellness and productivity, exemplifying best practice.”

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Hong Kong Design Office; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Hong Kong Design Office; Hong Kong / M Moser Associates. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Urban Design

Merit Award for Urban Design

Shanghai Tech University; Shanghai, China / Moore Ruble Yudell

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Shanghai Tech University; Shanghai, China / Moore Ruble Yudell. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Chosen as the winning submission of an invited international competition, the master plan is considered as a new prototype of campus design in China – one that fosters faculty and student engagement across disciplines encouraging scientific innovation and entrepreneurial achievement. Adjacent technology facilities and the surrounding canal system set the stage for an innovative academic environment that is deeply rooted in its context. The Crescent, linking administration, education and library facilities, fronts the campus’ southern entry and Great Lawn. Extending northwards radially from the lawn are three axes of differing landscaped characters – each a linear “Green” defining the campus’ three primary neighborhoods. Five schools and an education center are closely gathered along the central academic quad encouraging cross-fertilization and interdisciplinary pursuits. Four of the schools, the Incubator and Residential Village, border the Gallery, a curved, covered multi-use promenade that connects the campus community.

Jury Comments:

The urban design for the ‘Next Generation University Campus’ is located within the Zhanjiang High Tech Park and is envisioned to become a world-class education and research institution. The jury was impressed by the planning and building layout developed around three linear green axes, each of a different character, which defined the primary academic sectors. This created a livable, pedestrian oriented form with opportunities for chance encounters and passive recreation. The jury was also impressed by the incorporation of permeable atria connections and the wide variety of passive energy strategies and technologies employed including photovoltaics, wind turbines, storm water management, and recycling of waste.

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Shanghai Tech University; Shanghai, China / Moore Ruble Yudell. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Open International

Honor Award in Open International | Architecture

Sandcrawler; Singapore / Andrew Bromberg, Assoc. AIA

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Sandcrawler; Singapore / Andrew Bromberg, Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The client’s specific requests required a certain height and a specific sloping topography. The guidelines also regulate the minimum amount of mass on the enclosure. The design approaches these guidelines deliberately to fulfill the viability requirements but with strong civic quality as a statement for the local headquarters. The result is the building floating up to 13 meters above the ground below. The open space is landscaped in a natural, overgrown manner. The “taught” external metallic glass skin allows privacy on the more exposed faces and presents a more aerodynamic appearance, while clear glass is utilized in the end faces of the wings, into the courtyard elevations and wrapping under the vessel’s soffit maximizing “perceived” volume within the deck. A state-of-the-art 100-person theatre needed a double high zone and was placed on the upper levels of the lower, end user zone and immediately below the leased tenant spaces, in the same zone for the gallery, conferencing and pre-function facilities. Slightly visible through the metallic skin to the outside and openly visible to the courtyard, this feature further distinguishes this building from being considered purely just an office building. The external metallic glass skin allows for good solar protection. The skin is cut away on the lower edges and uses a low-iron clear glass which is utilized in the end faces of the wings, into the courtyard elevations as well as wrapping under the vessel’s soffit, to reduce the aperture moving up to reduce solar gain into the office floors and to the deck below. On the exposed wing faces added planting and green terraces hang down, protecting these zones from solar gain but also tying the vessel into landscape below.

Jury Comments:

“This innovative building takes the form of a regional headquarters but with a strong civic intent, and therefore reflects an intentionally diverse design approach. The way in which this was interpreted in architectural terms was greatly admired by the jury. Equally the jury was impressed with the way that the plan form incorporates green terraces with a layered quality of spaces. These are designed to provide shading as part of the overall structure, allowing for good solar protection which helps to integrate the design within the overall landscape setting.”

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Sandcrawler; Singapore / Andrew Bromberg, Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Sandcrawler; Singapore / Andrew Bromberg, Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Honor Award in Open International | Architecture

Siemens Headquarters; Munich, Germany / Louis Becker, Int’l Assoc. AIA

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Siemens Headquarters; Munich, Germany / Louis Becker, Int’l Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Siemens Headquarters; Munich, Germany / Louis Becker, Int’l Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The new Global Headquarters of Siemens houses 1,200 employees while supporting innovation and knowledge sharing across the organization through one common atrium and open courtyards where people can meet and converse. The offices consist of open rooms in which employees can work across disciplines, or alternatively work in quiet zones for focused concentration. All workspaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and employees can adjust heating and ventilation according to their preference. Located in the heart of Munich the historic Wittelsbacherplatz is visible from building and is situated behind the renovated Ludwig Ferdinand Palais, which until 2016 housed Siemens’ main administration. Siemens Headquarters combines ambitious architecture with effective building technology, introducing a benchmark for sustainability for the profession. As one of Europe’s most sustainable headquarters with DGNB Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications, 30,000 data points from Siemens’ advanced technology are used to regulate the building’s temperature, ventilation and lighting. The building consumes 90% less energy and 75% less water than the previous building. The inner façades are angled five degrees to optimize lighting for the lower floors, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and operational costs. Additionally, a groundwater cooling system is attached to a geothermic system to optimize microclimate.

Jury Comments:

“The project represents the global headquarters of Siemens, one of the world’s major producers of sustainable technology. The jury were impressed with the respect given to the level of cultural and spatial connection and ‘fit’ within the historical context. They were also impressed with the organization of spaces within the complex supports innovation and knowledge sharing. The sustainable approach incorporates new benchmarks in advanced technology, requiring only ten percent of previous energy consumption, while the multiple atria facilitates a democratic overall distribution of daylight throughout the entire complex.”

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Siemens Headquarters; Munich, Germany / Louis Becker, Int’l Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Siemens Headquarters; Munich, Germany / Louis Becker, Int’l Assoc. AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Merit Award in Open International | Architecture 

The Bolshevik Factory; Moscow, Russia / John McAslan + Partners 

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The Bolshevik Factory; Moscow, Russia / John McAslan + Partners. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The Bolshevik Factory is an important example of Moscow’s industrial heritage, spanning both the pre-and post-Soviet period. The site comprises seventeen buildings, including listed buildings dating from the 1870’s.  When acquired in 2012, the Bolshevik Factory was derelict: roofs caved in and the decorative brickwork facades damaged. The design team was tasked with creating spaces that fuse working, living and entrainment into the complex. Consisting of five distinct elements, the project features naturally lit atria, covered ‘streets’ linking the office structures, high end-residential units inserted within the historic building fabric, a new Museum of Russian Impressionism and fully accessible public gardens. The new Museum of Russian Impressionism is an adaption of an existing storage silo on the site and a cultural destination in its own right – the first major private art museum to open in the city, hosting annual exhibitions from leading international museums and private collections.

Jury Comments:

“The context for this comprehensive conservation and restoration project is a group of seventeen listed but derelict buildings dating from the 1870s.  The jury particularly appreciated the enormous scope and ambition of the project, whereby five distinct restoration areas have been identified for individual attention.  These incorporate both working and cultural uses integrated within the historic fabric, linked by covered ‘street’ arcades.  The jury also applauded the fact that the entire area has been subject to an integrated energy master plan to increase thermal performance levels through heat recovery.”

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The Bolshevik Factory; Moscow, Russia / John McAslan + Partners. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Unbuilt Design

Merit Award for Unbuilt Design

Land of the Rising Tulips – Bamiyan Cultural Center; Bamiyan, Afghanistan / RAW-NYC Architects

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Land of the Rising Tulips - Bamiyan Cultural Center; Bamiyan, Afghanistan / RAW-NYC Architects. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Land of the Rising Tulips – Bamiyan Cultural Center; Bamiyan, Afghanistan / RAW-NYC Architects. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The design team centered their work around the philosophy of creating a subtle stroke of intervention without disturbing the powerful visual impact of the Bamiyan Valley. To add to this visual impact, they left the land for a terrain of red tulip flowers that symbolizes the belief in the people of the Bamiyan Valley yet provide them with an opportunity for income from exporting red tulips flowers harvested from the terrain of the site.  Inspired by cave dwellings in the Bamiyan Valley, the cultural center was designed to be dug underground, which will ensure that the sensitivity of the terrain remains intact without any new, alien or unwelcomed structure interrupting the ethos of the valley. One of the major environmental advantages of carving out underground spaces is the reduction of the carbon footprint of the space, as the only building materials used are those that already exist on the site. Apart from that, another important point to note in the design is the use of the layered courtyards, which help in regulating temperatures throughout the extreme seasonal changes. These underground layers will remain cooler in summers & warmer in winters ensuring passive cooling & heating respectively and negating the use of electricity required for additional cooling or heating.

Jury Comments:

“The project is the result of a UNESCO sponsored competition to unleash the cultural potential of the picturesque Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan.  The jury was impressed by the overall notion of intervention to benefit the people of the valley while providing them with an income from the harvesting of red tulip flowers.  A unique aspect of the sustainable solution was to retain the overall environmental quality of the wider area while carving out underground spaces for new cultural uses, thereby reducing the overall carbon footprint and ensuring passive heating and cooling for the new spaces.”

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Land of the Rising Tulips - Bamiyan Cultural Center; Bamiyan, Afghanistan / RAW-NYC Architects. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Land of the Rising Tulips – Bamiyan Cultural Center; Bamiyan, Afghanistan / RAW-NYC Architects. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Merit Award for Unbuilt Design

Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Centre; Shekou, China / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Centre; Shekou, China / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Centre; Shekou, China / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Located on the industrial waterfront of Shenzhen Prince Bay, The Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Center will be an international, culturally-based, mixed-use development to represent the future of China’s philosophy on art and life. As a counterpoint to the surrounding urban fabric that consists of large footprint, singular buildings, the project recalls the spatial character of China’s fine-grained networks of urban alleyways and vegetated courtyards. Above the ground plane is an elevated piano-nobile, which serves as an outdoor extension of the 10,000-square meter contemporary museum devoted to visual, performance, digital and sculptural art, music, and interactive media. Roofs, indoor and outdoor terraces connected by stairs, will break down the walls of traditional exhibition space, allowing art and activities to be visible and accessible to the public.

Jury Comments:

“The intended site is situated on the industrial waterfront of Shenzhen Prince Bay, with an existing cluster of silos and a flour mill.  The jury recognized the potential to repurpose the older industrial buildings, while utilizing the opportunity to incorporate new installations connected by a defined system of spaces and precincts.  In particular, the jury appreciated the intentions of the project to break down the barriers often associated with the design of cultural space, allowing uses to be visible and accessible to a wider public.  It was considered that the series of courts and terraces, intended to enrich the pedestrian experience, successfully optimized opportunities for cross-cultural participation and informal interaction.”

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Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Centre; Shekou, China / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Centre; Shekou, China / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Commendation for Unbuilt Design

July 22 Memorials; Oslo, Norway / Paul Murdoch, AIA

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July 22 Memorials; Oslo, Norway / Paul Murdoch, AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

July 22 Memorials; Oslo, Norway / Paul Murdoch, AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

Following the attacks on July 22, 2011, the Government of Norway decided that permanent national memorials would be established in the Government Quarter in Oslo and on the land facing the island of Utøya to commemorate victims, survivors, emergency service personnel and volunteers. The names of those killed at Utøya will be presented at the memorial site at Sørbråten in Hole. The memorial designs use polished stainless-steel walls to create commemorative spaces that allow immersive reflection among the names of the victims, natural surroundings and movement of visitors. By merging these together, it is hoped the memory of those lost will remain alive and honored through the interaction with ongoing natural and human changes. Simple, minimal elements and use of existing landscape and urban features recognize the project’s modest budget. The contrast of these precise, machined walls among the living trees that precede and endure beyond expresses both the abruptness of the attacks and continued remembrance of those who were loved. The memorials occupy a minimal footprint and integrate the natural environment in the site-specific expression and experience of each. Simple contrasting elements, made in durable stainless steel to withstand the harsh climate, reflect nature in mysterious, ever changing variety.

Jury Comments:

“The proposed memorial designs represent a response by the Government of Norway to commemorate victims, survivors and volunteers on two separate sites.  The first is situated in the Government Quarter of Oslo, and the second on land facing the island of Utøya.  The jury considered that the designs were inspiring, being aligned with their natural surroundings.  It was also considered that the utilization of minimal elements achieved a respect for the existing landscape, with a minimal environmental footprint.”

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July 22 Memorials; Oslo, Norway / Paul Murdoch, AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

July 22 Memorials; Oslo, Norway / Paul Murdoch, AIA. Image Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The winning projects will be displayed at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York from June 21-23rd, 2018.

News and project descriptions via AIA

dRMM’s Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize

dRMM's Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti
Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti

London-based architects dRMM have been announced as the winners of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize fortheir renovation of Hastings Pier, beating out a shortlist including projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Baynes and Mitchell Architects; Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects; Groupwork + Amin Taha; and 6a architects.

Hastings Pier is a masterpiece in regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people alike,” said RIBA President and Stirling Prize jury chair Ben Derbyshire.

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Designed as “a strong, well-serviced platform that could support endless uses,” the new Hastings Pier has completely transformed the town’s waterfront from a neglected “shantytown” into a life-filled space for gathering and entertainment. The project was spurred into action after the pier was destroyed by fire in 2010.

“There was no sense in trying to reconstruct it as a 19th century pier – that typology had gone with the fire. There was an opportunity to reuse and reinvent the pier and give it a new future,” commented Alex de Rijke, dRMM Founding Director.

Inspired by the plug-and-play architecture of conceptualist Cedric Price, the architects paid special attention to keeping the pier as flexible as possible, allowing its users to fill it with whatever function they can imainge.

“For many, the fact the pier is still standing is special enough; but what makes this pier unique is the decision not to populate the space with permanent attractions,” said RIBA in a press release.

Earlier in the day, Hastings Pier was also announced as the winner of the people’s choice with 42% of the vote.

At the ceremony, the RIBA also presented the following national awards for 2017:

Stephen Lawrence Prize:

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The Boathouse / Mole Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner

The Boathouse / Mole Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner

The Houseboat / Mole Architects

Established in 1998 in memory of Stephen Lawrence, who aspired to be an architect, the Stephen Lawrence Prize is now in its twentieth year and rewards the best examples of projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million.

Client of the Year:

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Bedales School with Bedales School Art and Design Building. Architecture by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Hufton + Crow

Bedales School with Bedales School Art and Design Building. Architecture by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Hufton + Crow

Bedales School with Bedales School Art and Design Building
Architecture by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The annual award, supported by The Bloxham Charitable Trust, recognises the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.

Learn more about the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prizehere.

Snøhetta Unveils Designs for Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

Snøhetta Unveils Designs for Europe's First Underwater Restaurant, © MIR and Snøhetta
© MIR and Snøhetta

Snøhetta have revealed designs for Europe’s first underwater restaurant in the coastal village of Båly, inNorway. The structure, which also houses a marine life research center, teeters over the edge of a rocky outcrop, semi-submerged in the ocean. Built from concrete, the monolithic structure will come to rest on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface; here, it will “fuse” with the ecosystem of the concealed shoreline. Below the waterline, the restaurant’s enormous acrylic windows will frame a view of the seabed.

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The sleek, streamlined form of the building is encapsulated in a concrete shell with a coarse surface that invites mussels to cling on. Over time, as the mollusk community densifies, the submerged monolith will become an artificial mussel reef that functions dually to rinse the sea and naturally attract more marine life to its purified waters.

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According to the designers, parts of the restaurant will be dedicated to a marine biology research outside of the restaurant’s opening hours. “Researchers from Norwegian research centers will seek to train wild fish with sound signals, and will study whether fish behave differently throughout different seasons.” The researchers will also help to optimize conditions on the seabed so that fish and shellfish can thrive in proximity to the restaurant.

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As visitors begin their journey through the restaurant they descend through three levels. From the entrance, where the tidepool is swallowed by the sea, guests enter the wardrobe area. Visitors are then ushered down one level to the champagne bar, which marks the transition between the shoreline and the ocean. From the bar, guests can also look down at the seabed level of the restaurant, where two long dining tables and several smaller tables are placed in front of the large panoramic window.

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Winners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced

Winners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced, Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards
Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

The winners of the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards have been announced. Established by St. Gobain with the goal of “stimulating conversations about African architecture as it cements its place in a global continuum,” the event represents the first ever Pan-African awards program of its kind, with more than 300 projects from 32 African nations being considered by a steering panel led by Professor Lesley Lokko, ambassador Phill Mashabane, advisor Zahira Asmal, and architect David Adjaye.

“The Africa Architecture Awards are very critical,” said Adjaye. “Now is the time to promote excellence and best practice on the continent. The Africa Architecture Awards are particularly important because this is the moment that a lot is happening on the continent in terms of development, in terms of the architecture that’s being produced.”

Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture AwardsGrand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture AwardsGrand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture AwardsWinners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced+ 14

An initial shortlist of 21 projects was chosen earlier in 2017 by the competition jury, which comprised leading African architects and academics including Anna Abengowe (Nigeria), Guillaume Koffi (Côte d’Ivoire), Professor Edgar Pieterse (South Africa), Patti Anahory (Cape Verde), Tanzeem Razak (South Africa), and Phill Mashabane (South Africa).

From those 21 projects, winners were chosen in 4 categories, with an overall Grand Prix winner taking home the top prize of $10,000 USD. Find the list of winners below.

Built and Grand Prix Winner

Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects

[The Umkhumbane Museum] provides the opportunity for contemporary culture and powerful heritage to converge, serving as a tool for social, economic and ecological regeneration. As part of a broader urban strategy, the site seeks to activate and network various cultural nodes within the community of Cato Manor through community involvement, local artists and leaders.

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Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

The urban strategy aims to use technology and public space innovatively to access, network and enhance the culture, serving as a tool for community members to leverage in the co-creation of today’s Umkhumbane Culture. The stories of Umkhumbane in the 1940s were example of diversity and community during apartheid. Cato Manor today could provide much needed stories of regeneration and redress in South Africa.

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Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

Critical Dialogue

Forum de Arquitectura / CEICA, Angola

“Fórum de Arquitectura” (which means Architecture Forum) is an annual event that takes place in October, in the historical heart of the city of Luanda, where it is located at the Lusíada University of Angola. It began in 2006, as part of the activities of the Department of Architecture and restricted to its teachers and students. Today, after years of continuous battles and perseverance, it can be said that it is the largest academic event in the area in Angola, which celebrates not only Architecture, but also everything that surrounds it. It raises debate on several disciplines, promotes interchange between universities at international level, has developed, over the years, own identity, and established a tradition in the angolan academic world.

Speculative

The Territory In-between, Cape Verde / Guinea’s Aissata Balde, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

We live in an era of unprecedented migration. According to the UNHCR, the world is currently experiencing more human displacement and migration than after World War I. This project explores the interplay between physical and imagined spaces, through the fluidity and stasis of human mobility in Cape Verde in ways that allow us to rethink our ways of understanding the state, boundaries and space.

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Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

Emerging Voices

The Exchange Consulate: Trading Passports for Hyper-Performative Economic Enclaves, South Africa/ Nigerian student Ogundare Olawale Israel of the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

Located in the CBD of Johannesburg City and known to only the elite few, otherwise considered as the ‘outsiders or travellers”, lies a hidden architecture created by economic enclaves for ‘informal’ residents of the city including foreign migrants.These enclaves are organised activities, conducted by minority groups in order to maintain strong boundaries and a sense of identity within places they find themselves. Through these enclaves, migrants in Johannesburg city are able to access and obtain social and economic benefits that sustain their stay within the city.

In this, we discover the existence of a “neo” form of “passport” that determines when and how enclaves of Johannesburg city are accessed by migrants. These passports are in different forms ranging from ethic group, to language, to cultural beliefs and apparel. By way of appearance, a migrant urban dweller for example is able to have access to work opportunities within a particular space in the city. This access comes by way of identity, acceptance and a sense of belonging for the migrant, and trust and reliability for those providing the opportunity. We therefore find apparel to be one of the many passports used by those otherwise considered “outsiders”.

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Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

“Although this is only the first edition of the Africa Architecture Awards, we believe we have captured an incredible moment in time for Pan-African architecture,” commented MD of Saint-Gobain Retail Division, Evan Lockhart-Barker. “Having launched the first-ever awards of its kind, we’ve seen the incredible response from architects working across the continent. The values and aspirations displayed in the awards have led to incredible insights about the continent and its shape-shifting ways.”

“Yet we still have a way to go to write our own story about architecture and its role here. Africa is indeed rising… but due to the continent’s resourcefulness and complex regional identities, we’ve already learnt that our awards programme requires even more diversity to capture Africa and all its spectrums. We look to future editions of the awards to achieve this.”

More information about the awards can be found on the official website, here.