Civic Buildings 2014

About the award

The WAN AWARDS Civic Buildings Sector is a major international competition and the third of our six bi-monthly 'Excellence in Design' series by sector for 2014. There are two categories:

Completed Projects: finished on or after January 01 2011

Future Projects: un-built /design-only projects.
One winner from each category will be selected.

Winners Exhibition
To celebrate the shortlisted projects and announce the winner of the 2014 WAN Civic Buildings Award we will be hosting a special Winners Exhibition at the OBA - Jo Coenen & Co Architekten's public Library in Amsterdam - on Thursday 11 September.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

Text summary - 200 - 300 words of continuous text that includes the completion date of your project.

6 jpeg images, no greater than 1000 x 1000 pixels with credits. One of these will be the 'main image' - this should be your thumnail image.

All images must be 72dpi and sumitted in a jpeg format. If you have any problems, please email: faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com

Entrants are responsible for providing copyright information for all images. Any uncredited images received will, by default, be credited to the architect.

All submissions will be published on the website; you can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

Eligibility  

For the 'completed' category, if you have designed a civic / public building that has been completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2011), you can enter the Civic Buildings Sector 2014.

If you have a design for a civic / public building that is yet to be built - even if it may never be built - you can now enter your project into the 'Future Projects' category.

How to enter  

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Enter Now' button on the WAN Awards homepage HERE.

If you have already registered your email adress you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing username (usualy your email address) and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to enter your email address, company details and address - and then you can purchase your award credits.

Once logged in please follow the instructions and ensure you select the correct category for your project. Altenatively, WAN AWARDS is happy to take bank transfer or cheques.

If you have issues with this, please contact faye.chalmers@builtenvironmentmedia.com

If paying by cheque, please make them out to:

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

UK entries please add VAT.

For constantly updated news and information on all Sectors, please follow @WANAWARDS2014

DEADLINE: 31 July

Judging criteria  

The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting:

1. How your design addressed the key elements of the brief.

2. Specific examples of how your building has: evolved its specific building type, used design and / or materials to enhance OR integrate with its context and / or community.

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 projects of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel. The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as 'Commended'.

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

This year, in partnership with OBA and Thonet, there will be winners exhbition in Amsterdam this September for all entrants to take part in. The finalists will take centre stage, and have their worked on show for the industries top architects, developers and engineers. To be in with a chance of having your work on display, enter now!

The competition stages  

A long list of twenty-five entries will initially be selected after the closing date. Further details of these projects 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.

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Cost  

The entrance fee is £375

An early registration price of £318.75 GBP/$546.83 USD/$580.91 AUD/$580.87 CAD/ 401.35 EURO is available for entries made before 30 June 2014.

What's included in this sector?  

Any public / civic buildings that meet the above entry criteria can be entered, including:

  • Justice buildings
  • Embassies
  • Police / fire stations
  • Sports buildings & stadiums
  • Museums & galleries
  • Prisons
  • Libraries
  • Tourist / visitor centres
  • Pavilions
  • Religious buildings

Promotion  

The WAN AWARDS received over 1,379 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 10 million page impressions each month.

All projects will be uploaded to our website upon submission, as well as featured on our social media sites.

Deadline  

Thursday 31 July 2014

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center
  • Central Mosque Prishtina
  • The world's largest air cushion floats above Aarau's new bus terminal

Shortlist

  • Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center
  • Central Mosque Prishtina
  • Glass Butterfly
  • King's Cross Station
  • The world's largest air cushion floats above Aarau's new bus terminal
  • National Music Centre

Longlist

  • Le Carreau du Temple
  • JADE EMPEROR TEMPLE COMPLEX  - Liang Mountain
  • Fire Station 59
  • Library of Birmingham
  • Marylebone Library
  • Constantine Zenith Theatre
  • Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center
  • Surrey City Hall and City Hall Plaza
  • Central Mosque Prishtina
  • Glass Butterfly
  • Sanguine Lily: 1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery
  • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cleveland Civic Core: Burnham Mall, Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation
  • National September 11 Memorial Museum
  • Huafa Arts Center
  • Chengdu Photography Museum
  • King's Cross Station
  • Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
  • Kiruna's New City Hall
  • Moesgaard Museum
  • Museum of the Built Environment
  • Monmouth Battlefied State Park Visitor Center and Museum
  • Music City Center
  • DaDong Art Center
  • The world's largest air cushion floats above Aarau's new bus terminal
  • National Music Centre

All entries

  • Constitution Gardens
  • Regent Park Aquatic Centre
  • Walker Library
  • South County Justice Center
  • Xuran Lama Temple and Library
  • Le Carreau du Temple
  • JADE EMPEROR TEMPLE COMPLEX  - Liang Mountain
  • THE MILAS ATATURK SPORTS CENTER
  • A CITY PLATFORM AND FAIR CENTER FOR THE CITY OF MUGLA
  • Superior Court of California San Benito County Courthouse
  • Fire Station 59
  • Library of Birmingham
  • Marylebone Library
  • Constantine Zenith Theatre
  • Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center
  • Surrey City Hall and City Hall Plaza
  • Central Mosque Prishtina
  • Glass Butterfly
  • Sanguine Lily: 1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery
  • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cleveland Civic Core: Burnham Mall, Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation
  • Training Recreational Education Center
  • National September 11 Memorial Museum
  • Huafa Arts Center
  • Chengdu Photography Museum
  • Ningbo Civic Center
  • King's Cross Station
  • Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
  • Unity Hub@Craig Park
  • The Library
  • SFJAZZ Center
  • Kiruna's New City Hall
  • Moesgaard Museum
  • Museum of the Built Environment
  • LAND Experience Center
  • Monmouth Battlefied State Park Visitor Center and Museum
  • Music City Center
  • Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse
  • DaDong Art Center
  • The world's largest air cushion floats above Aarau's new bus terminal
  • AGL Lakeside Pavilion
  • National Music Centre
  • District Hall

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Winning announcements

CIVIC BUILDINGS AWARD 2014

Best viewed as web page. CLICK HERE
2014 WAN Civic Buildings Award shortlist and winners revealed at Amsterdam event
Last week, the WAN AWARDS hosted an event at the OBA in Amsterdam to celebrate six diverse completed and future schemes that had been shortlisted for the 2014 WAN Civic Buildings Award. Each of these handpicked projects had been selected for its architect’s understanding of what it means to be truly ‘civic’, through a rigorous process taking into account scale, context, and justification of form.
Judging the popular category this year was: Stephen Quinlan, Director of Denton Corker Marshall; Cara Lee, Co-Founder of lee + mundwiler architects; and Paul Sandilands, Director of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; with Suman Sorg from Sorg and Associates and AECOM’s Peter Zelner judging remotely.
After hours of deliberation, the judges were in almost unanimous agreement with the shortlist - a selection of architectural works at varying scales, and coherent, appropriate responses to their function and context.
The three shortlisted completed buildings are: King’s Cross Station in London by John McAslan + Partners; Dapeng Geology Museum in Shenzhen by lee + mundwiler; and Aarau’s New Bus Terminal by Vehovar & Jauslin Architects. The shortlisted future schemes are The Central Mosque Prishtina in Kosovo by MADe; Glass Butterfly in Holbaek by Form4 Architecture; and The National Music Centre in Calgary by Allied Works Architecture.
The ‘complex but finely formed’ National Music Centre in Canada straddles two roads linked by a pedestrian bridge. Its street presence captured the interest of Sandilands whilst Lee felt that it successfully ‘materialised the immaterial’ concept of music. The development includes the restoration of the historic King Edward Hotel. This idea of preservation seemed to resonate positively with the panel, who saw the importance of a ‘sympathetic relationship’ between the existing and new to ‘enforce each other’s strengths’ (Lee).
For that reason, even though Le Carreau du Temple was very popular amongst the panel and Suman Sorg appreciated the ‘very sensitive yet modern intrusions’, its failure to specify a single function left the judges feeling that, like so many ‘multifunctional’ buildings, it would remain predominantly functionless and vacant, cutting it short of the final shortlist.
However King’s Cross was a prime example of how the old and new can be bridged to create what Quinlan described as ‘impressive internal spaces’. He was the first to note the architectural feat, ‘the monumental task’ and the accomplishment it was to make Kings Cross station by John McAslan + Partners a significantly improved yet functional station that also brought the existing building to life.
As the Co-Founder of lee + mundwiler architects, Lee stepped out as Sandilands and Quinlan discussed the Dapeng Geology Museum. Striking images of the Museum in its surrounding environment left Paul feeling as though the form ‘emerged from the ground’. Stephen felt that the concept was visually very clear and noted that ‘[for once] the dramatic forms actually reflect the function of the building’.
Repetition, hierarchy and differentiation were the moto for MADe’s Central Mosque Prishtina in Kosovo. The judges agreed that the design straddled an intriguing paradox between being ‘straightforward and architectonic’, yet also complex and ‘powerful’.

READ MORE HERE
COMPLETED PROJECT WINNER: Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center, Shenzhen, China
lee+mundwiler architects
COMPLETED PROJECT WINNER: The world's largest air cushion floats above Aarau's new bus terminal, Aarau, Switzerland
Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur AG
FUTURE PROJECT WINNER: Central Mosque Prishtina, Prishtina, Kosovo
MADe
JUDGES left to right: Paul Sandilands, Co-founder of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Stephen Quinlan, Managing Partner of Denton Corker Marshall LLP & Cara Lee, founder of Lee + Mundwiler Architects.
Images credits:(Top to Bottom)
lee + mundwiler, Eduard Hueber | Archphoto, studio MADe
 
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