Façade 2014

About the award

Façades are arguably one of the most important elements in today’s buildings. Not only do they often cost more than the structural frame, they define modern buildings in terms of architecture and environmental performance and are at the forefront of advances in technology. It is one of the few major building components that have yet to fully evolve. Where façades can sometimes make the most impact is in retro fitting to tired old structures, where they can actually tip the scales between demolition and refurbishment.

This award will highlight innovative use of façades and showcase the new technologies that continue to take this transformational building element into new realms.

The WAN AWARDS Façades category is a major international competition that celebrates and promotes the best in architectural façades, attracting entries from all over the world and providing a global platform to showcase your designs.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

  • Text summary of 200-300 words in a Word or PDF format
  • 1 main image at 1000 pixels wide
  • 5 additional images at 1000 pixels wide

All images must be 72 dpi and submitted in a jpeg format. 

Text summary - Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above. The completion date must be properly declared. Please make sure that the text summary is written in the third person.

Images - if submitting your entry online, you can upload the images using the upload form in 'Backstage', or you can send all the materials to:

faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com

You can view an example of how your entry will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

A longlist of twenty-five entries will initially be selected after the closing date. Further details of these entries will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the twenty-five, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

How to enter  

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Enter Now' button on the WAN AWARDS site: www.wanawards.com

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'sign up' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in please follow the instructions and ensure you select the correct category for your project.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit your project by email to faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com and send payment by cheque or bank transfer. We will send you an invoice with all the details you need to make payment.

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below: 

World Architecture News
Accounts dept.
15-17 Middle Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1AL
United Kingdom.

UK entries please add VAT.

Please email submissions and direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration to faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com

DEADLINE: 31 OCTOBER 2014

Judging criteria  

Façades will be assessed on a number of criteria including performance, design, eco credentials etc. but particular emphasis will be on the following:

  1. How the façade has helped an architect realise a design or performance specification
  2. How the façade has evolved from a previous solution or standard
  3. Use of innovation
  4. De-risking the use of new façades or techniques (reassuring architects and clients that it's safe to use)

Benefits of entering  

As we have developed the awards over the years, we have also tailored the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the winning and shortlisted entries of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel.

All entrants will feature permanently on the website in the WAN AWARDS Façades gallery, as well as being featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries all around the world. The winning projects will be covered in a special News Review feature including a video of the judges' comments.

The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their entry makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five, and any other schemes that the judges deem as 'commendable', will also be featured in a write up in News Review. 

Cost  

The entrance fee is £365

An early registration price of £310 GBP / $491.85 USD / $455.74 AUD / $489.13 CAD / 365.15 EURO is available for entries made before 30 September 2014.

Eligibility  

If you have designed an architectural façade that has entered the market during the last three full calendar years (on or after 1 January 2011), you can now enter the WAN AWARDS Façades category 2014.

Promotion  

The WAN AWARDS received over 1,370 entries last year, making it the largest international architecture awards programme in the world. All entries to the WAN AWARDS are published on the WAN website, which serves over 1.2 million page impressions each month.

Selected projects from the pool of entries will be entered into a News Review weekly feature on the 'Façade of the Week' which will run during the award to generate even more exposure for participants. 

Press kits  

Winning and shortlisted entrants are provided with a press kit to enable them to promote their achievements; included in the kit is a prepared press release, a press contact list for national and international media and industry publications, and a 'WAN Winner' jpeg footer for emails and websites. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Health Sciences Education Building

Shortlist

  • Wanda Reign Hotel facade
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • Health Sciences Education Building
  • King Fahad National Library
  • Liverpool Department Store, Insurgentes
  • One Central Park

Highly Commended

  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • One Central Park

Longlist

  • Kaleida Health, Clinical and Medical Research Building Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) and UB Clinical Translational Research Center/Incubator (CTRC)
  • Museum MUMAC Museum of Coffee Machine
  • Wanda Reign Hotel facade
  • Debenhams flagship store on Oxford Street
  • The Knowledge Centre
  • Grand Hyatt Chicony Mixed-Use Development
  • City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6
  • Natura
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • National Australia Bank (NAB), Docklands
  • Health Sciences Education Building
  • Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist
  • Enexis Regional Offices
  • Kiral Apartments
  • Guy's Tower External Retrofit
  • Federation of Korean Industries (FKI Tower)
  • King Fahad National Library
  • Gdański Business Centre
  • Mayfair House
  • Ananta Legian Hotel
  • Harbin Cultural Island
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
  • Emerson College
  • Liverpool Department Store, Insurgentes
  • One Central Park

All entries

  • Kaleida Health, Clinical and Medical Research Building Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) and UB Clinical Translational Research Center/Incubator (CTRC)
  • Museum MUMAC Museum of Coffee Machine
  • The Euravenir Tower project
  • Wanda Reign Hotel facade
  • Debenhams flagship store on Oxford Street
  • The Knowledge Centre
  • Grand Hyatt Chicony Mixed-Use Development
  • City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Natura
  • Parish complex of San Giovanni Battista and San Benedetto Abate
  • Tashiro 71
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • National Australia Bank (NAB), Docklands
  • Health Sciences Education Building
  • Crook | Cup | Bow | Twist
  • H3 Centre
  • Enexis Regional Offices
  • Kiral Apartments
  • Guy's Tower External Retrofit
  • Federation of Korean Industries (FKI Tower)
  • John John
  • King Fahad National Library
  • L'Occitane
  • Gdański Business Centre
  • Marina Tower office building
  • Mayfair House
  • Ananta Legian Hotel
  • Harbin Cultural Island
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
  • 'The Infinity Centre', Penleigh & Essendon Grammar Senior School
  • Lewes Old Grammar School, Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Emerson College
  • Liverpool Department Store, Insurgentes
  • One Central Park
  • FILADELFIA CORPORATE SUITES

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Winning announcements

FACADE AWARD 2014

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CO Architects awarded first place in 2014 WAN Façade Award for the Health Sciences Education Building in Arizona
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 WAN Façade Award; the seductive recycled copper façade of CO Architects' Health Sciences Education Building, part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Arizona, USA, has been awarded first place. The ebullient Liverpool Department Store in Mexico City by Rojkind Arquitectos, the luscious One Central Park in Sydney by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, and the meticulous South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide by Woods Bagot have each been highly commended.
The façade of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, with its thorough performance-led design development, was an impressive entry. Sited in Adelade, Australia, the judges were appreciative of the difficulties posed by the harsh climate, while agreeing that 'the façade makes the building significantly more interesting' (Renato Benedetti). Bruce Nicol observed 'they've done a lot of study work', while Benedetti admired 'the rigour and engineering depth of analysis', recognising that given the stringent requirements of the programme, a visually appealing and intelligent design solution had been achieved. .
One Central Park by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects was praised for the scale and visually successful application of vegetation across the façade. Benedetti found it to be 'extraordinarily well handled', adding that he'd 'never seen green walls used so comprehensively on such a big building', even though 'they are set pieces that are very, very hard to achieve'.
The Liverpool department store was praised for its vibrancy and clever engineering. Benedetti was particularly impressed, finding success in 'its introduction of a level that wasn't there in the existing building, bringing people into an entirely new space', adding that 'with the raw material of a very blank box, they've managed to add a layer of extroversion, full of Mexican joye de vivre'. The judges also felt the subtlety of the structural system employed to deal with the weight of the new addition added to the visual dynamism of the building, with Robert Kennett stating it gave the design a 'magical' quality.
The judges also admired the Health Sciences Education Building's aesthetic response to its context; the long horizontal lines formed by the folded copper successfully 'reflect the stratified earth rock formations in the surrounding Arizona desert canyons' (Steve Mudie), with the golden orange of the metal evoking the red hues of the desert nearby. Furthermore, the judges found the design made use of the sweltering solar gain present year-round in Arizona, Kennett noting 'the façade keeps the building cool with the ventilated cavity behind the copper'. Lastly, the façade showed an impressive concern for sustainability; CO Architects employed recycled post-consumer-use copper across the whole building.
At first, the judges were perplexed by how the CO Architects' façade for the Health Sciences Education Building in Arizona had been fabricated, questioning how the rectangular panels fit together after a series of irregular and intricate folds. Impressed by the iterative design development involving a range of modelling mediums, Benedetti remarked the project had succeeded in 'taking a historic material and turning it into something quite different', stating, 'to me, that's innovative'. Nicol too was impressed, remarking 'the story is very visual, and the way they've got there is very rational'.

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WINNER: Health Sciences Education Building, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
CO Architects

Highly Commended: (Right) One Central Park, Sydney, Australia
Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Design Architect), PTW Architects (Collaborating Architect) and Facade Engineers Surface Design

Highly Commended: (Bottom) South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, Australia
Woods Bagot
JUDGES left to right is Robert Kennett:, representing Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects, Bruce Nicol: Dow Corning and Renato Benedetti: McDowell + Benedetti.
Images credits:
Timmerman Photography (Left), Simon Wood Photography (Right), Trevor Mein (Bottom)
 
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