Facade 2016

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 retrofitting to tired old structures, where they can actually tip the scales between demolition and refurbishment.

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

WAN Facade Focus : This edition showcases entries so far into the WAN Facade Award and our fantastic jury line up for 2016. We speak exclusively to Stephen Pey, Associate Director at EPR Architects, who shares his fascinating views on last year’s winning project: 24 Saville Row. We also feature Satellite Architects' superb ‘Super Façade’.

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 160,000 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 or engineer to enter into this award.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows: 

Text summary

- 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 sam.horscraft@builtenvironmentmedia.com

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Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the facades 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

Pushed the accepted boundaries for this building type using innovation and original design features.

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 July 31 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Shanghai Tower

Shortlist

  • Learning Hub (The Hive)
  • 371 Broadway
  • 1 New Burlington Place
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary Extension
  • The National Aquarium, Den Blå Planet

Commended

  • The Porter School of Environmental Studies

Longlist

  • The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Learning Hub (The Hive)
  • Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL
  • Indigo Slam
  • BAR Lunatic Asylum
  • 371 Broadway
  • Ravel Residence
  • New Scotland Yard
  • 1 New Burlington Place
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary Extension
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Tai Chi
  • El Blok Hotel
  • The National Aquarium, Den Blå Planet
  • FKI Tower BIPV
  • Nanchang Wanda Mall
  • Experimental Brick Pavilion
  • Pocket Panel
  • Gatehouse to One Madison
  • Festo AutomationCenter
  • Illuminated Façade, Building 8, Hengshanfang
  • The Courtyard at La Brea
  • Helix Garage
  • KAPSARC Community Mosque
  • Ports 1961 Shanghai
  • CJ Corporation, CJ Blossom Park
  • The Porter School of Environmental Studies

All entries

  • Ascent, 2 Science Park Drive
  • The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Learning Hub (The Hive)
  • Pasarela Building.
  • Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL
  • SCG Power House Center
  • The Pretty Pile
  • Student Accommodation Science City ETH Zurich
  • Indigo Slam
  • Nevskaya Ratusha Administrative and Business Centre
  • BAR Lunatic Asylum
  • 371 Broadway
  • Science + Health Building at Northern Arizona University
  • Ravel Residence
  • Atlantic Apartments
  • New Scotland Yard
  • Cromaris Fish Market
  • 1 New Burlington Place
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary Extension
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Tai Chi
  • Jenga Window
  • Energy Center
  • El Blok Hotel
  • The National Aquarium, Den Blå Planet
  • FKI Tower BIPV
  • Mondeal Square
  • Helmholtz Institute, University of Ulm HIU
  • Nanchang Wanda Mall
  • Nousfit Warehouse
  • Experimental Brick Pavilion
  • Growthpoint Ridgeview & Illovo Head Office
  • Pocket Panel
  • 400 GROVE
  • Gatehouse to One Madison
  • University of Pennsylvania Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building
  • NEW INFANT PAVILION FOR THE PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL “LA  BARROSA”
  • Festo AutomationCenter
  • Youyi Hangu Department Store Tianjin PRC
  • The Realm of Confluence
  • Illuminated Façade, Building 8, Hengshanfang
  • The Courtyard at La Brea
  • A-Frame Rethink
  • Allianz Tower
  • Helix Garage
  • NYPCC Bronx
  • Côte&Ciel
  • House of Entertainment St. Pauli Hamburg
  • KAPSARC Community Mosque
  • Ports 1961 Shanghai
  • CJ Corporation, CJ Blossom Park
  • Lan Kwai Fong Hotel Macau
  • Shenzhen Bay Gallery
  • George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • The Porter School of Environmental Studies
  • Churreria El Moro

View all entries

Winning announcements

 

WAN Facade Winner 16

Congratulations to Gensler, winners of the WAN Façade Award 2016 with their striking design for the 121-storey Shanghai Tower.
This year’s WAN Facade Award 2016 once again showcased outstanding projects from around the world, promoting the innovative use of façades and the technologies continuing to take this transformational building element into new realms.
The judging panel used their extensive experience in façade design to assess the shortlisted projects. This year’s panel were: Bart Akkerhuis, founder of Studio Akkerhuis, Jennifer Dixon, Head of Architecture in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at AECOM, Dennis Ho, Principal at HASSELL, and Damian Rogan, Director of International Design Engineering Practice at Eckersley O’Callaghan.
After much discussion to assess the impressive projects on the shortlist, Gensler’s innovative design was chosen as the winner at the BAU Munich 2017 event.
The Tower’s location in China, a world leader in the construction of supertall buildings, places it as part of a global discussion about the future of cities. As well as filling the need to create an overall impact as a new symbol of Shanghai, the design had to meet construction challenges including the outer curtain wall, which was most efficiently constructed from the top down within each zone. A deep V-notch in the façade makes the spiralling geometry readily apparent, resulting in a distinctive, sweeping exterior that immediately drew the attention of the jury. Jennifer said: “The architects have used the full range of technologies available to create a beautiful shape.” Created with over 20,000 wall panels, the façade was designed with parametric software, allowing the team to implement a system balancing performance, constructability, maintenance and design.
The Tower incorporates two independent curtain walls: one with an outer skin that is cam-shaped in plan and an inner one that is circular. These two wall systems created the possibility for the sky gardens spaced throughout the building, bringing people together in shared areas. Bart said: “For me, the most positive aspect of this project is the creation of the gardens and the semi-outer areas. They create a beautiful space.”
Shanghai Tower is one of the most advanced sustainable tall buildings in the world, designed to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and a China Green Building Three Star rating. The transparent second skin acts like an insulating blanket, reducing energy use for heating and cooling. Bart praised the designer’s achievement, saying: “LEED Platinum certification is impressive for a tower of this size.”
The Tower’s facade fulfils many functions, being a distinctive feature of the cityscape, giving the possibility of social space within the building, and helping to maintain a high standard of energy efficiency. Damian observed: “The building is impressive and very well thought through.”...

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Facade Award WINNER: Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China by Gensler
JUDGES
Left to Right: Jennifer Dixon, Damian Rogan and Bart Akkerhuis
Remote: Dennis Ho
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Shanghai Tower by Gensler © Blackstation, Connie Zhou
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