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Learning

Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur

by Morphogenesis, New Delhi, India

www.morphogenesis.org

As one of the larger schemes in this category the jury were impressed by the way the architect had reinterpreted known building types and crafts, especially in relation to passive environmental measures. Local vernacular elements – such as jali screens - merged with a contemporary design aesthetic that gave this building the necessary monumental scale for this industry based educational institution.

Situated in an area designated, but not taken up by, industrial uses the building envelope creates a protective internal environment. The interior features sinuous triple height courtyards that combine on the lower level to form a communal landscape enlivened by experimental activities, and a catwalk that extends over sunken pools.

It is hoped that, as the first institutional building in this district, the Pearl will have the potential to become a catalyst for a more diverse urban regeneration. Cultural, economic and social sustainability. The jury was very impressed by the quality of many projects, recognising how hard each building was working.

Accordingly a commendation was given to DRMM’s scheme in recognition of its success in achieving so much with so little. With less than 1000sq metres, the colourful four-storey extension went beyond the brief to provide six new classrooms, but also gave the school a new entrance, reorienting the campus, and solving critical issues of accessibility. Showing creativity in the use of standard curtain walling technology, the new wing has created many new learning opportunities in a tight budget with limited means, producing vital new spaces.


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New & Old

TKTS Booth / Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square

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Choi Ropiha, Manly, Australia

www.choiropiha.com

Perkins Eastman, United States of America

www.perkinseastman.com

William Fellows/PKSB Architects, United States of America

www.pksb.com

Choi Ropiha, Perkins Eastman and PKSB Architects designed this relatively modest yet important ticketing structure in the middle of new York, at one of the busiest and noisiest (both acoustically and visually) intersections in the world.

The judges admired a number of strengths. The new building managed to recapture the public ground as a result of clever lateral thinking, making use of the roof in a most welcoming way. It creates a vibrant and welcoming little public stage in the middle of New York´s Theater District, and it does so without compromise, using backlit structural glass for the steps to achieve superb visibility in a very challenging environment of large towers with glaring light boards and often furious traffic.

The ticket booth and its steps give new life to the existing square and statue of Father Duffy, so that they become a usable and vibrant venue in the heart of the big apple.

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Office

Unileverhaus by Behnisch Architekten

 

by Behnisch Architekten

www.behnisch.com

Whereas last year´s WAF office shortlist included glassy towers in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, this year´s list had an unemployment office (a wonderfully eclectic project by BOB361 in Sint Niklaas, Belgium) - a sign of the times, perhaps.

But the ambition of almost all the projects to understand the effect of commercial buildings on their urban environment or landscape was admirable, and manifested itself in cities from Auckland to London. The conversation on the jury was based around a search for innovative working practices supported by fine architecture, as well as trying to understand contexts from an American prairie business park to downtown Tokyo.

Despite advocates on the jury for buildings by Danish practice 3XN, Australia´s BVN Architecture and the urbane sculptural qualities of Sergey Skuratov´s Danilovsky Fort in Moscow, it came down to three buildings in the final reckoning. The first, and a near miss for the prize, was Nikken Sekkei´s Makuzai Kaikan building, an incomparably finely wrought essay in concrete and massive timber. It demonstrated the Japanese giant´s commitment to detailing, as well as impressive R&D in the use of loadbearing timber. Highly commended was RTA Studio´s Ironbank office project, which created an intricate public route through a city block, surrounded by densely packed, small startup office spaces. Its sophisticated attitude to the messy urbanity of south-central Auckland made a real impression on the jury.

But the winner was German practice Behnisch Architekten, whose commitment to the development of the sustainable office as a type has been proven again and again. This project, in Hamburg´s Hafencity redevelopment area, took this commitment to new levels. The facade of the building is the first single skin ETFE facade that this jury is aware of, which screens pollution without needing another layer of glass. The other great merit of the project was how it drew public space into the heart of the plan, creating a mix of uses the jury found convincing. The commitment to sustainability was
also amply demonstrated at a detailed level, with the entire building lit by custom-designed LED lighting (saving 70% of the energy of conventional lighting).

It is a fine building, and, we believe, a model project that demonstrates where the next generation of office buildings begins.



More Awards in our next article
on Winners at the World Architecture Festival



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Thank you!
written by Thankyou for your prompt response!, December 23, 2009
Thank you!
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Re:Landscape?
written by Bill Haras, December 21, 2009
Hello Rafael,
There is a continuation article about these award:
http://www.archinnovations.com/news/competitions/a-review-of-the-winners-at-the-world-architecture-festival-2/
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Landscape?
written by Rafael Blanes, December 20, 2009
No next section as promised and no full winner listing? What happened to the landscape?

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