An Australian Fish Market, a Jewish Cemetery in London, a clinic in South Africa and a trellis covered in growing vegetables are among the diverse architectural schemes and buildings being celebrated at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. The Awards programme of the world’s largest international architectural event continued for its second day today. Practices winning awards after today’s presentations include AHMM (UK), Ntsika Architects (South Africa), Monk Mackenzie (New Zealand) and Emre Arolat Architecture (Turkey).
WilkinsonEyre have emerged victorious in the Commercial Mixed-Use - Future Projects category, which is supported by Miele. The visual drama of the practice’s plan for Battersea Power Station Phase 2 won the unanimous vote of the judges, who commented that “London is about to gain a majestic new destination.” The practice is lauded for its “ingenious blending of commercial, retail and residential uses - and the way in which the design combines privacy where needed with wonderful public circulation and placemaking, which is masterful.”
Swedish practice Sweco Architects have won the Culture - Future Projects category with their project Kulturkorgen - A Basket Full of Culture: a winning proposal for a new culture house in Gothenburg, Sweden. Judges extolled the concept as “an optimistic project that celebrates cultural diversity and integration.” The venue will combine a library, a café, exhibition space, meeting rooms, a studio, a small theatre and a green house to form a “an informal and accessible community space.”
The Education - Future Projects category has been won by Feilden Clegg Bradley and SHALOTTO architecture for their project Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The concept is commended for its student-focused scale and intelligently designed landscape. A “very beautiful” school for the future, judges remarked that the building “demonstrates clear site zoning and the use and detailing of brick is relevant and sustainable.”
Ntsika Architects will take the award for the best Health - Completed Buildings entry home to South Africa for their Westbury Clinic in Johannesburg. The building offers up a new public space in a troubled neighbourhood that has been marred by gang violence and substance abuse over the years since Apartheid, providing a much-needed amenity to service 550,000 patients from a marginalised community. Consulting its local, marginalised community in developing the design and removing fences from the building’s boundaries contributed to a result that judges commended for “creating a building that reaches beyond its clinical programme and becomes a new communal centre for Westbury.”
In the Higher Education & Research - Completed Buildings category, the extension of the Maersk Tower in the University of Copenhagen by CF Møller Architects was awarded best project by the judging panel, who said “by lifting the building up and creating a vertical tower the architects have found an answer to the need for expanding the campus while providing a valuable and beautiful external landscaped space.” A fifteen storey structure, the building will host Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories and form a sculptural linchpin for the University’s Nørre Campus as a whole.
Hotel & Leisure - Completed Buildings - supported by founder partner GROHE was won for Vegetable Trellis, by Vietnamese practice Cong Sinh Architects. Judges commended the “very strong potential for social impact” of this project, which encourages visitors to grow their own vegetables at home. With a design that is “modest, yet thoroughly adaptable and sensitive,” the judging panel agreed that this Ho Chi Minh project proves that “green cities can be edible.”
New Zealand practice Monk Mackenzie Architects won the House - Future Projects category for their Queenstown House project, a six bedroom house for a client to live in throughout the year that is designed to sit securely in the landscape and bridge a seasonal flood zone. Judges praised the “bold gesture” of the building, which appears to hover over the ground like a bridge, at once blending into its setting and exposing itself to the extraordinary views that surround it, whether in sunshine or snow.
Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier and NH Architecture was deemed the strongest entry in the Masterplanning Future - Future Projects category. The practice’s vision for a reimagined local landmark was applauded for “the brave idea of moving the site - combining architectural ambition with an honest appraisal of the delivery risks”.
Westminster Bridge Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was awarded the best in the Mixed-use - Completed Buildings category, which is supported by ABB and Busch-Jager. The project replaced a redundant 1960s office block with a lively mixed-use building that maximises panoramic views of the London skyline. The AHMM team is applauded for the “multiple uses compressed into a single block, and the interesting tension between the building’s interior complexity and the neutrality of its exterior identity.”
There was another London-based winner in the Religion - Completed Buildings category, with the award going to Bushey Cemetery by UK-based Waugh Thistleton Architects. Conceived as a sensitive, sacred place, the project is an enlargement of the UK’s most significant Jewish cemetery on a 16 acre site in London’s Green Belt. Leading to the creation of two new prayer halls, the practice was commended for its thoughtful approach and selection of considered design details.
Currently in progress, the planned Göksu Residences in Istanbul by EAA Emre Arolat Architecture were today awarded best in show in the Residential - Future Projects category, which is supported by GROHE. The project aims to regenerate the unused former large and small units of the former Istanbul Cotton and Hemp Factory, built in 1933 on the banks of the Göksu River. The judges felt this development will be a beautiful place to live, commenting that “the constraints imposed by having to stay within the envelope of the listed industrial buildings were a happy imposition which have led to a delicate and elegant architectural solution.”
The Victoria Gate centre by ACME in Leeds, UK, has been crowned victorious in the Shopping - Completed Buildings category. The project combines retail and leisure spaces anchored by a department
store, and was applauded for its sensitive reinterpretation of the area’s existing 19th Century arcade. The project “contributes greatly to the urban fabric of the city,” said judges.
Grüntuch Ernst Architects have won the Transport - Completed Buildings category with their transformation of Chemnitz Central Station in Saxony, Germany - a project that is described as “a completely unexpected contribution to the city”. The renovation of the train station, now opaque from the outside and transparent from the inside, was “undertaken with a very constrained budget, and demonstrated what we hope for but do not usually expect from an architect - the transference of technical function into a work of the imagination”, said judges.
Bach with Two Roofs by Irving Smith Architects has come top in the Villa - Completed Buildings category. A group of three buildings which provide a second home for a young family, the project is located in a forest clearing overlooking Golden Bay in Western Australia. Two buildings are inhabited: the larger for the family, the smaller for friends or the kids, and the materials used were selected to blend into the surrounding bush and dappled forest light. Judges commended the project for “keeping environmental considerations at heart and the stewardship of one of our depleting resources, the forest.”
Today’s fringe activity in the Festival Hall included the presentation of the Architecture Drawing Prize to London-based architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng for his work Momento Mori: a Peckham Hospice Care Home - a hybrid illustration that combines hand-drawn and digital disciplines. The winning entry of the Drawing Prize, created in collaboration with Make Architects, will be exhibited at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London in Spring 2018.
WAF sees over 2,000 international architects descend upon its venue Arena Berlin this week. Delegates in the German capital can tomorrow see all the category winners present again on the Main Stage, before WAF culminates with the glittering Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony where the winners of the World Building, Interior, Future Project and Landscape of the Year will be announced.
Running alongside WAF is its sister event INSIDE which showcases 2017’s most ground- breaking interiors projects. Visitors to INSIDE will be able to view this year’s best in class interiors nominations from leading practices and designers across four continents.
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Notes to Editors
Why get involved in World Architecture Festival?
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.
World Architecture Festival is the largest, annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.
The 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises 5 key elements: - The WAF Awards
- A thematic conference programme - An exhibition of Award entries
- Sponsor and exhibitor stands
- A series of networking/social events, as well as WAF fringe activities
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme. Delegates have access to both events.
WAF and INSIDE are organized by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.
Shortlisted entrants will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the three-day Festival, which will take place in Berlin on the 15, 16 and 17 November 2017. On the final day, category winners will present again to ‘super-juries’ of experienced and respected judges, who will decide on the World Landscape, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.
WAF Award categories:
To celebrate reaching its tenth edition, World Architecture Festival organisers have this year launched the WAFX Manifesto. The Manifesto identifies key challenges which architects will need to address over the next ten years, including climate, energy and carbon; water; ageing and health; re-use; smart city technology; building technology; cultural identity; ethics and values; power and justice; and virtual worlds.
This year, WAF will identify buildings and future projects, entered for its awards programme, which also address the Manifesto issues. Special awards will be made to exemplary projects, which will be exhibited as part of a tenth anniversary exhibition featuring key winners from the past decade.
WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe, and headline partners ABB Busch-Jaeger and Miele.