The World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2012 came to a close yesterday after hosting over 8000 attendees from all over the world. Now in its fifth year, a major part of the festival's programme is the World Architecture Awards. Swide has the winners for you.
Category: Future projects - residential
The Terasa 153 project
By Sanjay Puri Architects
What the judges said: 'This project was selected because of its original connection to context. It is inspired by the local architectural language, transposed to a new built form, disguising the scale of the building.'
Category: Future projects - infrastructure
Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange
What the judges said: 'The project delivers a highly complex brief to integrate a transport interchange that links a very large high-speed-rail terminal, the metro and the bus. The structures are humanised and create spaces which are full of light and cleverly landscaped.
Category: Future projects - experimental
The Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake Concept Design
What the judges said: 'A thoughtful elevation of the ambitions of the brief to unite tourism and sustainability with a clear and cogent response. It was a good low-tech solution in a contemporary format that produced a response to a specific cultural context.'
Shearer's Quarters House
North Bruny Island, Australia,
by John Wardle Architects
Category: Shopping Centres
The T-site complex
by Klein Dytham Architects
What the judges said: 'proposing a new direction combining retail with a social experience and integrating online retail with a tactile, physical experience..... beautifully resolved in every aspect.'
Category: Future Project - Culture
Artist Village Gallery project
What the judges said: 'Recycling common materials into a project that is reminiscent of an old village, and for its contemporary use of traitional materials.'
Category: Future Projects – Education
The AGU City Campus
by EAA Emre Arolat Architects
What the judges said: 'It was a very deliberate and sensitive decision to retain the old structures and walls, integrating them successfully in the new masterplan and in the architecture as well. A very clear diagram and layout leads to very elegant architectural language.'
Category: Higher Education and Research
Central Saint Martin's building for the University of Arts
by Stanton Williams
What the judges said: 'A complex and challenging project that was well executed, and praised the sensitive relationship between the old buildings and new volumes. '
Category: Future Projects - Competition
Design for rejuvenation of Perry Park
What the judges said: 'A very well-developed scheme. It showed an intelligent interrogation of and response to the brief, and a sensitive and appropriate use of materials and architectural vocabulary that contributes to a sense of place.'
Category: Future Projects - Houses'
Wanaka, New Zealand
by RTA Studio
What the judges said: 'As a prototype for a carbon-neutral house,' they said, 'it acts as a paradigm that can be emulated in future developments on the site. In formal terms it has a topographic presence that responds to the surrounding landscape, but what clearly sets it apart is its thoughtful propositional nature, making it a "house of the future".'
Bodrum International Airport
by Tabanlioglu Architects
What the judges said: 'The complexity of the airport brief is resolved with openness and clarity. The interior spaces and their careful detailing provide a unique identity to this building.'
Category: Future projects - commercial - mixed use
JST Product Complex
by Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates
What the judges said: 'Exceptional spatial qualities, created by interconnecting the floors with ramps....The exploration of origami for the facade and structure roots the project in Japanese culture.'
Category: Future Projects - Health
What the judges said: 'A very logical design. It's not only functional but goes beyond a simple hospital to allow for some architectural value'.
Category: Future Projects - Office
120 Fenchurch Street
by Eric Parry
What the judges said: 'The design maximises the opportunity offered by the site.'
Royal Children's Hospital
by Billard Lecce Partnership with Bates Smart
What the judges said: 'It successfully removed the stigma of hospitals. It blends with the environment and especially the park, at the same time representing an iconic architecture.'
Binh Duong School
What the judges said: 'A complex programme for 800 children was adeptly handled to create a series of humanely scaled spaces and places. Though built for a very modest budget, it has an architectural presence and lyricism in the way that light and air penetrate the interior. It embodies qualities of the best kind of effortless critical regionalism, reinterpreted for the current era.'
Category: 'Future Projects Commercial - Leisure-led Development
What the judges said: 'An engaging social process, involving local communities'.
Ho Chi Minh City
by Vo Trong Nghia Architects,
What the judges said: 'An holistic piece of architecture with great clarity of vision and strength and memorable iconography... a simple yet elegant solution to a common problem in developing cities and offers an easily repeatable typology. It deals elelgantly with issues of security, privacy, climate and light in a poetic yet economical way'.
Cooled conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay
by Wilkinson Eyre
What the judges said: 'This ambitious project from a fully integrated team is awe-inspiring in its scale and form, and sets a new standard for ecological and environmental design.' The conservatories constitute. An icon without a signature architect.'
by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
What the judges said: 'refreshingly original in a genre where corporate hospitality interiors predominate'.
Category: Future Projects – Masterplanning
Msheireb Heart of Doha project
What the judges said: 'a fine-grained masterplan stitched in to the existing fabric of Doha... a creative, modernist interpretation of traditional arabic urbanism' and 'a great prototype for Middle Eastern urbanism'.
The Fazenda Boa Vista golf clubhouse
by Isay Weinfeld
What the judges said: 'one of three projects on the estate flawlessly executed on a large masterplan'.
Category: Civic and Community
Salorge town community building
by Atelier Arcau
What the judges said: 'is unique to its context due to respecting a local archetype, making something out of nothing, for a discrete solution for sustainability and for dealing with a low budget'.
Category: Production, Factory and Recycling
The Sony Corporation's building
by Nikken Sekkei
What the judges said: 'an exemplary well-resolved high-rise industrial building with considerable environmental innovation'.
Category: New and Old
by Menis Arquitectos
What the judges said: 'a transformative project that uses the removal of buildings to open up an enlarged public plaza to an incredible landscape. The addition of a small, underground museum adds to the surprise and unique understanding of how to activate a new public amenity - but more importantly it defines a new way for the town to appreciate its own identity and context, away from its role as a tourist destination.'
Xtra-Herman Miller shop
What the judges said: 'a successful expression of the HermanMiller brand, combining natural materials (wood) with desgin and new technology. The contouring of the ceiling which becomes a wall successfully creates a sereie of warm spaces and a comfortable environment.'
Category: Cultural Building
by Li Xiaodong Atelier
What the judges said: 'deliberately respectful of nature, very beautfiul and properly sustainable'.
The Darling Quarter
by Francis-Jones Morehenthorp
What the judges said: 'exciting form and massing and the creation of a landscape that is accessible to the public'.