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Future projects residential
Mero Beach Project, Dominica
by BURO II
The jury were especially impressed with the way in which BURO II and the design team were able to persuade their client to reduce the scale of this project from 45,000 sqm, firstly to 25,000sqm, and finally to just 15,000sqm. With this scaling down they also reduced the amount of disturbance to the sensitive natural habitat, almost completely eliminating the need to excavate into the coastline. The architects even took this issue to its full conclusion, showing how the site could be returned to nature with the seismic spine walls being the only permanent built element to remain. Each residential unit offered flexibility for use as multiple single rooms, or full-scale family residences.
The jury encouraged the architect to consider enlivening the final expression to take on board local vernacular traditions that used more vibrant colour. Now that the scheme has significantly reduced in scale, the desire to fully camouflage the scheme is less important.
The jury also made recommendation for two highly commended schemes that we in close contention. Isay Weinfeld’s 360 degree Building demonstrated an inventive use of elevated external courtyards that formed front gardens to each residential unit. The plans also showed flexibility with a wide range of unit types. The second highly commended scheme was Stephen Davy and Peter Smith Architect’s Digby Road social housing scheme. The building was highly individual despite being procured for social housing purposes, with a wide range of flat types. The form of the building was also noteworthy, reworking a terrace with a distorted roof form that served to negotiate a difficult triangular site, while rising into a tower to create a landmark near the adjacent train station.
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Future projects cultural
Spanish pavilion for 2010 Expo Shanghai
by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Projects presented in this category included performing arts projects, interpretation centres, private and public art galleries, and even a municipal wedding centre for a district of Istanbul. The winner of this category is Miralles Tagliabue Embt for the Spanish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. The jury was impressed by its beauty and elegance, its poetic and alluring quality. The project employs woven wicker screens on a complexly curved steel frame to create a building with a distinct identity.
The basketwork techniques from which it is derived have particular cultural resonance in both Spain and China, but are familiar everywhere. The design of the project entailed research into the application of the hand craft techniques of wicker and basket-weaving so that they could be employed at architectural scale, and the jury noted the particular attention given to building fabrication in the development of the design.
Four other projects were particularly interesting: Freedom Park, phase 2, in Pretoria, South Africa (GAPP Architects / Urban Designers; Mashabane Rose Associates; MMA Architects); the Hoki Collection, Japan (Nikken Sekkei Ltd); PNF Head Office, Cape Verde (OTO + Jorge Graça Costa Architect); and the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York (Foster + Partners). In each of these projects, the architects had responded to specificities of brief or site with particular incisiveness.
Future projects commercial
Statoil Hydro office, Norway
The Jury looked at 15 projects which ranged from hotels to shopping malls, offices, and a football stadium with all stations in between, writes David Dunster. As varied as the projects were the architects - from large international offices to smaller much younger emerging ones. One theme that came across very strongly was the power of the client.
Few architects seemed to argue with their clients´ aspirations which, surprise surprise, demanded iconicity for little cash. There was also a disappointing line that ran something like ´we responded to the client´s brief´ spoken while the judges were looking at mock Zaha. And now to the positives. Fancy skins are in this year, bendy towers are the new black. And the most positive aspect was that in some countries open competitions are won by young firms. This was exemplified by a short tower in the Po valley of magical simplicity, maybe a little too in love with the bar code aesthetic. Or by a cylindrical cog at the hub of a university, each presented with commendable brevity and even wit.
However the cheekiest scheme and the one we chose as the winner was a jenga or Mikado office building for a utility company in Norway. We were unanimous in finding this scheme clean, clear and straightforward from a younger office with balls. We wish them the best of luck in the final judging, and we know we picked the best one.