Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes’ National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016, National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival
National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes’ National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy has been named the World Building of the Year 2016 as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin comes to a close. The project consists of an atmospheric underground museum below an expansive, undulating public plaza, adjacent to Barozzi Veiga’s Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin.

The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy is now the ninth project to hold the World Building of the Year title. Last year, the award was given to “The Interlace” by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren.

Winners of the year’s Future Project, Landscape, and Small Project awards were also announced. Read on to see the winning projects with comments from the jury.

World Building of the Year:

National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes  

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National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

The judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield, gave the following commendations:

“This project enriches the city and the life of the city. It addresses a site with three histories, pre-World War II, wartime destruction, and post-war development, which left a significant gap in the middle of the city.

“This is a piece of topography as well as a museum. To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways.

“This is a design which addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way.”

National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture FestivalNational Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival+24

Future Project of the Year:

South Melbourne Primary School / Hayball  

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South Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture Festival

South Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture Festival

The school is a new model of vertical school responding to the specific inner-urban context of the developing Fishermans Bend urban renewal area in the city. Accommodating 525 students, the new school will be an integral component of the Montague Precinct within Fisherman’s Bend providing an education and community focus as the area is developed.

WAF’s Future Project super-jury, comprising Kim Nielsen, Ole Scheeren and Coren Sharples selected the project for “the way the space interprets and promotes pedagogy” commending it for the way it connects indoor and outdoor teaching areas and differentiated learning environments.  The judges felt the architects overcame the challenges of designing a vertical school, using a central staircase as a point of interaction and as a gathering space.

South Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture FestivalSouth Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture FestivalSouth Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture FestivalSouth Melbourne Primary School / Hayball. Image via World Architecture Festival+24

Small Project of the Year:

ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture

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ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture Festival

ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture Festival

The public event space was built for the Construction Industry Council (CIC)’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) in the summer of 2015 in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. It is a four-storey-high, 37 metre spanning, bamboo gridshell structure with a usable area of approximately 350m2 and a seating capacity of 200 people, placed in the ZCB Garden Area.  It is built from 473 large bamboo poles that are bent onsite to shape the structure and that are hand-tied together with metal wire using techniques based on Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship. Recognised by judges as “an excellent architectural outcome” the project was commended as a “brilliant example of cutting edge simulation and modelling combined with delightful traditional craft and skill.”

ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture FestivalZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture FestivalZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture FestivalZCB Bamboo Pavilion / Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture. Image via World Architecture Festival+24

Landscape of the Year:

Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus

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Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture Festival

Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture Festival

The project is a hybrid park, where a storm water reserve has been combined with an urban park, playground and skate park, all made possible by dovetailing the masterplanning of the streets with the green infrastructure of the 22-hectare reserve. Judges praised the project as “a successful translation of Maori traditions that succeeded in being both poetic and imaginative in its creation of a landscape that captures the soul and nature of the area.”

Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture FestivalKopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture FestivalKopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture FestivalKopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand / Isthmus. Image via World Architecture Festival+24

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