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Delegates at World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Barcelona have been treated to a vision of the next generation of building design, as the category winners in the WAF Future Project of the Year Awards were unveiled during the Festival.
This was the third WAF, and, the second year that the awards programme has included future projects, celebrating a number of projects that are still on the drawing board. With a strong focus on creativity, they provide an exciting glimpse into the built environment of tomorrow.
The Arc, in Palestinian Occupied Territory, designed by Suisman Urban Design, USA has won the ‘World’s Best Future Project’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010.
The masterplan, which boldy seeks to unite a sensitive region, has been showcased amongst a wide range of future projects, all competing for a prestigious WAF Award. In a grand finale to the three day summit, Suisman Urban Design architects from USA were awarded the accolade at a glittering award ceremony, celebrating excellence in design for projects still on the drawing board.
The Middle East and Far East regions promise to deliver exciting projects in years to come, with both Hong Kong and Kuwait boasting two category winning entries. Rapidly developing economies such as India and Poland were also represented, marking a new era of architectural dominance in line with expanding economic growth. The politically sensitive Occupied Palestinian Territory also hosts a category winning project in The Arc, designed by Suisman Urban Design, USA, which won the Future Projects – Masterplanning Award. The judges praised its “fearless example of architecture and masterplanning, helping to promote a political solution.”
Speaking at the WAF Awards 2010 Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “World Architecture Festival brings international architecture to the forefront, against the backdrop of Barcelona’s breathtaking architecture. Yet again we received a huge response to the fiercely contested WAF Awards, with over 500 entries from 61 different countries. The geographical range and quality of this year’s designs were exceptionally high, with a great deal of entries from “new” economies, both by local architects and international practices. Our congratulations go to the winners for a project that is truly exceptional.”
World Building of the Year
MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy
Zaha Hadid Architects, United Kingdom
The Centre for Contemporary Arts addresses the question of its urban context by maintaining an indexicality to the former army barracks. This is in no way an attempt at topological pastiche, but instead continues the low-level urban texture set against the higher level blocks on the surrounding sides of the site.
Future Project of the Year
The Arc, Palestinian Occupied Territory, Suisman Urban Design, USA
The Arc project offers a sweeping infrastructure plan for a Palestinian state; it could begin immediately and provide tangible incentives for political resolution by demonstrating the benefits of achieving peace. Following the natural terrain of the West Bank, the Arc corridor provides transportation, water, and power to the main Palestinian towns and cities, allowing them to absorb a fast-expanding population and grow in a sustainable manner.
New and Old
DDB Office, Istanbul, Turkey
Erginoglu & Calislar Mimarlik Insaat Ticaret ve Turizm Limited Sirketi, Turkey
An extensive restoration and revitalization project was undertaken to allow the advertising agency group ‘Medina Turgul DDB’ to move into a salt repository they had rented. This 170 year old building had formerly been owned by TEKEL (Turkish State Liquor and Tobacco Monopoly) and is located in the run-down, once industrial district.
Vali Asr Commercial
Office Building, Iran, Kelvan, Iran
Location The present building is a commercial-office building located in a rectangular site which has approximately 15 meters of frontage along the west side of Vali Asr Avenue between Fatemi and Zartosht junctions. Here is the hub of different activities in Tehran and innumerable shops and restaurants as well as large cultural centers are situated along this avenue .
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
This hotel and villa development is designed as an ecologically sustainable development. Located on the dry savannah landscape of the Bukit Peninsular on the dramatic southern cliffs of the Indonesian island of Bali, it comprises of a 50 suite hotel with 35 residential villas. The resort opens its doors on 1 June 2009. The architects were responsible for the masterplanning, architecture and interiors.
Civic and Community
City of Justice, Barcelona, Spain
David Chipperfield Architects, United Kingdom
Barcelona’s new law courts complex breaks down the 240,000 square metre programme into nine buildings, four of which are linked by a continuous four-storey high concourse building. The project includes the design of all public, courtroom, and office interiors. The first of the buildings was completed in September 2007.
Yamaha Ginza, Japan
Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Japan
The Helix Bridge, Singapore
Cox Rayner Architects, Australia + Architects 61 Pte, Singapore
The Helix Bridge is one of the few, if any, bridges in the world to be named after its structure. In addition to its uniqueness of structure and form, it was designed to respond to its particular setting at the opening of the Singapore River to Marina Bay, a large inner harbour on which much of the city is now focussed.
Production, Energy and Recycling
Yevlakh Seed Industry Campus, Azerbaijan, TOCA, Turkey
The improvement of industrial techniques helps to add new functions to production facilities. Equipped with the latest technologies with regards seed growth, Yevlakh plant pioneered many works reflecting its corporate structure.
Yevlakh Seed Industry Campus is a plant built on a 70.000 m2 area of Yevlakh city which is situated in close proximity to agricultural districts of Azerbaijan. The plant is projected to produce 250.000 tons of hybrid seeds.
Future Projects – Cultural
Concert Hall, Torun, Poland
Menis Arquitectos, Spain
Future Projects – Health
Kuwait Children’s Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait, AGi Architects SL, Spain
The proposed design for the Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH) is conceived as a Landmark that responds to climate and culture, and re-interprets these values in a mid-rise building, that expresses in the skyline a powerful sign that establishes a strong sense of place, history, and future for the children of Kuwait.
Spanish Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo, China
Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
The architect, Benedetta Tagliabue, has directed the structurally innovative project, which combines a modern steel frame with a traditional wicker material on the exterior facade. There is also another new element to this facade: the panels have been arranged to form a series of Chinese characters in a way that is similar to that of a mosaic, with references to natural elements, such as ri (sun) or yue (moon).
Future Projects – Infrastructure
West Kowloon Terminus, Hong Kong
Aedas, Hong Kong
As a strong indicator in recent years, between Hong Kong and mainland China, the West Kowloon Terminus is both a symbol and a functional representation of how improved relations have become. The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to Beijing with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s existing urban realm, the 430,000 square meters facility with fifteen tracks will be the largest below ground terminus station in the world.
ANZ Centre, Melbourne, Australia
ANZ Centre, designed by HASSELL, is one of the most open and permeable banking headquarters in the world. Rarely – if ever before – has a bank invited the public into the heart of its workplace. This ‘urban campus’ is the next generation in design for collaboration and flexibility with most floor space dedicated to shared, interactive activity to enable the incidental connections that are so critical to today’s knowledge economy. Incorporating a raft of first-time green initiatives, the building is also a global environmental and social sustainability benchmark.
Shanghai Houtan Park, China
Built on a brownfield of a former industrial site, Houtan Park is a regenerative living landscape on Shanghai’s Huangpu riverfront. The park’s constructed wetland, ecological flood control, reclaimed industrial structures and materials, and urban agriculture are integral components of an overall restorative design strategy to treat polluted river water and recover the degraded waterfront in a aesthetically pleasing way.
Brain and Mind Research Institute -
Youth Mental Health Building, Australia
BVN Architecture, Australia
The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) is part of the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Sydney focussed on research into mental health and clinical issues relating to the brain. The Youth Mental Health Building consists of two floors of consulting and patient interaction and two floors of research laboratories.
Soccer City, National Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Boogertman+Partners, South Africa in association with Populous, United Kingdom
The architecture of Soccer City represents a regional approach aimed to integrate the urban context of Johannesburg , its society and the historical mining industry along with African culture as a whole.
The main form, inspired by the traditional African calabash, results in a stadium form that is immediately recognisable as being African. This form is used as a layering device and it enables an overall spherical form to emerge which informs the spatial quality of the intermediate spaces between the exterior skin and that of the seating bowl.
Future Projects – Competition Entries
Dance and Music Centre, Netherlands, Aedas, Hong Kong
The Dance and Music Center in The Hague presents a significant opportunity to improve the civic and social quality of both its city as well as the facilities it houses.
The location of the project is right on an important, albeit underutilized urban square – the Spuiplein. This raises concerns of how to improve activity of this urban room as well as knit and transition the public realm within the Center. The facility itself contains its own range of uses from the semi-public components of retail and box office facilities, transitioning to the performance venue foyers and finally to the five venues themselves.
School of the Arts, Singapore
This project is a specialist high school for the visual and performing arts, part of Singapore’s national strategy to focus on the arts. The school is located in the heart of the Civic district, at the gateway to the Arts and Entertainment district. It is flanked on either side by 20th century heritage buildings, while highrise retail and office buildings form a backdrop to the project.
Structural Design of the Year
V&A Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, London, United Kingdom
MUMA, United Kingdom
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is “the world’s greatest museum of Art and Design”. Throughout its history the museum has used its own built fabric to showcase pioneering architectural design and construction craft. Our project seeks to continue this tradition.
A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, Costa Rica
Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architect, United Kingdom
My mom and I never had a place we could call home. We met on the streets, always dreaming of a place we could be together. She stayed in the city in order to find comfort in my closeness. I never stopped dreaming of a place where she could find happiness.
Future Projects – Education
Sabah Al-Salem University Kuwait University City, College of Education, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Perkins+Will, United States of America
The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore
ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism, Singapore
Soaring at 50-storeys, The Pinnacle @ Duxton redefines high-rise high-density living and challenges the conventions of public housing as an architectural typology. The project addresses pragmatic, financial, social issues, and responds sensitively to a myriad of planning constraints.
Future Projects – Commercial
Offices’ 63, Gurgaon, India
Sanjay Puri Architects, India
Located in a rapidly urbanising new commercial centre, the design of this project creates office spaces that are individual in identity with interior & exterior integration.
Five wings of office spaces located next to each other along the southern side of the 6.05 acre plot gradually diminish in height from the south-west corner to the south-east corner