Colour in Architecture 2016

The WAN Colour in Architecture Award category is one of the most evocative and inspirational of our the award sectors.

Colour is an intrinsic component of architectural design. Not only does it influence the way in which we experience a structure, the intelligent use of colour also expresses the building’s identity with regard to location, typology and palette of materials.  We passionately believe that the use of colour in the built environment will be increasingly important and integral to the way our cities evolve in the next few decades - especially with the benefit of new technology, both in surface coatings and LED façades. This will pave the way for a more colourful and communicative built environment.

The WAN Colour in Architecture Award celebrates projects that harness the use of colour to dramatically transform a building or enhance the experience for its users and community.

Entering this award will significantly enhance your practice’s global profile, while being shortlisted or winning will confirm your firm’s position as an exemplar of creativity and originality.

If you have a project that uses colour which creates a more dynamic and communicative built environment, we would love to showcase your project.

Colour Focus 16 - This edition showcases winners over the last four years, entries so far to the WAN Colour in Architecture Award and our fantastic colour jury line up for 2016. We also take a look at three recently completed projects located in Miami, Paris and London which all showcase that feature the use of vibrant colour.

Benefits of entering  

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 150,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

The winning, shortlisted and commended entrants receive an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN.

Applicants will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website and social media platforms, being seen by a large number of industry professionals. This includes Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. 

All entrants will receive a 10% discount to the WAN Business Information project lead service where you will receive the latest information on global architectural tenders, exclusively researched from a wide range of over 100 international sources: http://www.wantoday.com/tenders/

v2com newswire, a proud partner of WAN Awards 2016, will offer the winner in this category one press kit distribution gift certificate to publicise their winning project to the media through v2com, the international design and architecture newswire with a database exceeding 70,000 international journalists specializing in design, architecture and lifestyle.

Terms and conditions apply.

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after 01 January 2013)

You must be a qualified architect to enter into this award.

Submission format & guidelines  

- We advise around 500 words for your supporting text

- Mention the key challenges of the client brief and how your design addressed it 

- Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as     bullet points

Images

- 6 images with the maximum dimensions of 1200 pixels width x 2000 pixels height, or       minimum dimensions of 622 pixels width x 412 pixels height

- Image 1 will be your 'main image'.

- All images must be at least 72 dpi, in jpeg format                                                  

- You can upload your images and text using the upload form in 'Backstage'

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

How to enter  

Click the yellow 'Enter Now' button.

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, ensuring you have selected the correct category.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to christina.ingram@builtenvironmentmedia.com 

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DEADLINE: 3 January 2017

Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

Addressed any key challenges within the client brief

and/or

Utilised colour in an innovative or original way to enhance the finished building

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list of six projects will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £390 but an early registration price of £340 is available for entries made before November 30 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science

Shortlist

  • Spectrum
  • Kindergarten Campus, The International School of Choueifat
  • André Malraux’s Group of Schools
  • San Miguel Square Refurbishment
  • Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science
  • Bendigo Library Refurbishment

Longlist

  • Spectrum
  • Shorefields New Model Special School
  • Vibeengskolen
  • Pavshino Living ART Towers
  • The American School of Creative Science Layyah
  • Kindergarten Campus, The International School of Choueifat
  • Cultural Centre in Bakar
  • The Paradise of Color
  • Battle Building at University of Virginia Health System
  • Kay Research and Care Center
  • National Tennis Centre
  • André Malraux’s Group of Schools
  • Esther Koplowitz Foundation for patients with cerebral palsy
  • Maison Bernard "Bubble House"
  • Hazel Glen Child and Family Centre
  • Corporate offices GRUPO SANTANDER / Folly Poter in a heritage district
  • Fredrikstad Waldorf School
  • Adelphi University, Nexus Building + Welcome Center
  • Diane L. Max Health Center, Planned Parenthood Queens
  • BRIC - Phase One
  • Box Theatre and Performing Arts Centre
  • San Miguel Square Refurbishment
  • HIPARK HOTEL
  • Taiyuan Wanda Plaza
  • Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science
  • Centrale Werkplaatsen Leuven
  • Instant Red
  • Maracana Stadium - Panama City
  • Bendigo Library Refurbishment

All entries

  • Spectrum
  • Shorefields New Model Special School
  • Vibeengskolen
  • Pavshino Living ART Towers
  • The American School of Creative Science Layyah
  • Kindergarten Campus, The International School of Choueifat
  • Cultural Centre in Bakar
  • The Paradise of Color
  • Battle Building at University of Virginia Health System
  • Kay Research and Care Center
  • National Tennis Centre
  • André Malraux’s Group of Schools
  • Esther Koplowitz Foundation for patients with cerebral palsy
  • Maison Bernard "Bubble House"
  • Hazel Glen Child and Family Centre
  • Corporate offices GRUPO SANTANDER / Folly Poter in a heritage district
  • Fredrikstad Waldorf School
  • Adelphi University, Nexus Building + Welcome Center
  • Diane L. Max Health Center, Planned Parenthood Queens
  • BRIC - Phase One
  • Box Theatre and Performing Arts Centre
  • San Miguel Square Refurbishment
  • HIPARK HOTEL
  • Taiyuan Wanda Plaza
  • Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science
  • Centrale Werkplaatsen Leuven
  • Instant Red
  • Maracana Stadium - Panama City
  • Bendigo Library Refurbishment

View all entries

Winning announcements

WAN Colour in Architecture Award Winner 16

McBride Charles Ryan wins the WAN Colour in Architecture 2016 Award with their outstanding design for the Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years and Science Centre in Melbourne
We are delighted to announce McBride Charles Ryan Architects as the winner of the WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2016 for their Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, a project that places a vibrant and engaging use of colour at the heart of the design concept.
The winning design was selected from a shortlist of six entries by an expert judging panel. This year’s jury, chosen for their knowledge and experience in this category, were: Karen Haller, Applied Colour Psychology Consultant at Karen Haller Colour & Design, Morag Morrison, Partner at Hawkins\Brown, Per Nimer, Design Manager at Akzonobel and Zlatko Slijepcevic, Director of EPR Architects. After assessing the shortlist in depth, the judges were unanimous in their admiration for this project, which they considered a standout winner for successfully expressing a design philosophy that treated colour as a key consideration throughout.
The brief for this new school building included a variety of general learning areas, provision for the senior year teachers and a science centre. The circular shaped plan had an appropriate civic quality based on the school’s original masterplan. However, rather repeating the circular pattern inside, the designers chose to use geometry and colour to define the central courtyards, light wells and learning spaces. The sharp angles and vivid colours of the interior form a dramatic contrast with the round form and muted tones of the drum-like outer structure.
At key entry points, the drum is ‘eroded’ to reveal the wonders of science and learning expressed through this vibrant design. Per was delighted by the surprise of the coloured inner spaces as revealed through these openings, and went on to say: “I think that what fascinates me - and what makes it a winner - is that this project is obviously about colour from the start.” The designers were inspired by the idea of an eggshell hiding an inner core, and by kaleidoscopes, where a view inside reveals seemingly infinite combinations of colour and pattern. Karen appreciated this approach, saying: “It does look like an egg and when you break it open, there’s this jewel of colours in the middle.”
The contrast evident in the building’s language encapsulates contemporary methods for a well-rounded education. The classic circular form represents the order and certainty of knowledge, while the building’s expressive and complex inner world represents the uncertainty of modern life and scientific understanding, and the necessity of wonder and imagination to see us through. Zlatko praised the accurate response of the design to its context as a school building, combining the serious with the playful. Morag also noted the building’s effectiveness in its particular location, stating: “I think that it works in the context of Australia, where there’s bright sunshine. For kids, it must be brilliant.”
Overall, the judges agreed that this project exemplified the Award’s aim to champion designs using colour to create a more dynamic and communicative built environment. Karen said: “For the whole premise, that there’s an architectural firm looking to bring colour to the beginning of the design and not at the end - that’s to be commended.”...

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Colour in Architecture Award WINNER: Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre, Melbourne, Australia by McBride Charles Ryan Architects
JUDGES
Left to Right: Karen Haller, Per Nimer, Zlatko Slijepcevic and Morag Morrison
IMAGE CREDITS
Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science by McBride Charles Ryan © John Gollings
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