A Review of the Winners at the World Architecture Festival (part 2) - Page 4 Print E-mail
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Cages for Macaws

by Batlle & Roig Architects




Batlle & Roig Architects’ Cages For Macaws in The Palm Grove of the Barcelona Zoo was given the award in the display category.

The solution to the problem of housing the macaws on a temporary basis devised by this firm was deemed not only especially appropriate, but also innovative and poetic.

Drawing its inspiration from traditional birdcage forms, this solution meets the macaws’ opposing needs for social interaction and dark seclusion through innovative use of tubular frames, wood and screening.

The effect is heightened by their disposition as ´a village of cages´. Interestingly, this was one of two impressive aviary projects that were shortlisted in this categor



Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit Station, Singapore


The diversity of the transport category was interesting; from heavy built urban spaces/structures to whimsical, artistic pedestrian bridges that were structural feats in themselves. One aspect which links the shortlisted projects is the understanding of structure and the structural feats in each presentation. Structure was integrated in the designs and exploited in creative ways - from predominant forms, to having no actual form to structural forms encapsulating architecture.

The winning architect, WOHA from Singapore, easily took the prize because of its sensitive approach towards the project in not actually creating a built structure. Instead it gave precedence to the surrounding, historically important, colonial structures, creating a piazza-like urban space to the station underneath. The handling of the station underneath is as poetic and functional in its design approach, especially the filtration of light through a basin of water.



Teleton Tampico


by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Projects shortlisted in the health category varied from huge to small scales, intimate to commercial hospitals. Some were the typical hospital designs where as others were dedicated to disabled children, with one specifically for cancer patients.

The winning scheme hit hard with its direct approach towards its end user. Teleton Tampico is a facility designed for disabled children. The project is rooted to its context since it’s strongly influenced by the Mexican culture, making strong use of the vocabulary of vernacular Mexican architecture.

Mexican toys appear in various parts of the building as design elements. The building is part of the therapy, as the children interact with and react to it. It is intriguing with its colorful impacts, and playful and geometrical design which addresses the issues of these special kids in all sorts of ways to which they can easily relate. It is a facility which instantly embraces the children and makes them feel at home.

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