Glass in Architecture 2014

About the award

The WAN Glass in Architecture Award is a brand new specialist category recognising the huge impact that this material has had in most of our cities. The award will showcase designs that have harnessed the significant technological advances in this elegant, versatile material, highlighting the advantages of glass in the modern building. To that end, the WAN AWARD Judges will be looking for projects that innovatively utilise the material to deliver light in an efficient and sustainable way. 

Attracting entries from around the world the Award will provide a global platform to showcase your designs. 

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

  • Text summary: 200 - 300 words in a Word or PDF format
  • 1 main image 
  • 5 additional images at 1000 pixels wide
  • Image size: ideally at 622x412 pixels wide (up to max 1000 px 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 a main image and 5 additional images using the upload form in 'Backstage'. Or you can send all the materials by zipped file or WeTransfer to katy.russell@builtenvironmentmedia.com

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

The entrance fee is £365 and 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 31 March 2014.

How to enter  

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the WAN AWARDS 'Backstage': HERE.

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 'register' 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 katy.russell@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 1EL
United Kingdom.

UK entries please add VAT.

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

DEADLINE: 30 APRIL 14

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 client brief.
  2. Specific examples of how your building has: evolved its specific building type and incorporated wood as a material to enhance the user experience or integrate with its context and / or community


Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.

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.

All entrants will feature permanently on the WAN website in the Glass in Architecture Award 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 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 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.

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed on or after 01 January 2011.

What's included in this category?  

Any construction project that meets the above entry criteria can be entered for the WAN Glass in Architecture Award.  An entry may be for just one element of a project that you want to highlight, as opposed to the entire structure.

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 10 million page impressions each month.

Selected projects from the pool of entries will be entered into a News Review weekly feature on the 'Engineering Project 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

  • Apple Store, Stanford
  • Westchester Reform Temple

Shortlist

  • Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • Apple Store, Stanford
  • Westchester Reform Temple
  • Public Library
  • Twinkle Twinkle

Longlist

  • BELARUSIAN POTASH COMPANY (BPC) HEADQUARTERS
  • Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • Rosewood
  • Apple Store, Stanford
  • TOMBSTONE OF GLASS FOR THE COMPOSER GYÖRGY LIGETI
  • Souvenir shop “Jardines de México” (Contemplation Gardens)
  • E8
  • Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication
  • Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
  • VANTAGE Laboratory (Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics)
  • Westchester Reform Temple
  • Stavanger Concert Hall
  • Public Library
  • THR350, Hong Kong
  • La Estancia Chapel
  • Shanghai Museum of Glass
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • ME London, glazed oriel windows

All entries

  • BELARUSIAN POTASH COMPANY (BPC) HEADQUARTERS
  • Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue
  • Rosewood
  • Apple Store, Stanford
  • TOMBSTONE OF GLASS FOR THE COMPOSER GYÖRGY LIGETI
  • Souvenir shop “Jardines de México” (Contemplation Gardens)
  • E8
  • Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication
  • Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
  • VANTAGE Laboratory (Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics)
  • Westchester Reform Temple
  • Stavanger Concert Hall
  • Public Library
  • THR350, Hong Kong
  • La Estancia Chapel
  • Shanghai Museum of Glass
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • ME London, glazed oriel windows

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Winning announcements

Glass in Architecture Winners 2014

In an unexpected turn of events, the inaugural WAN Glass in Architecture Award has resulted in a tie. With three remote judges arguing their case from their international bases and two in-situ jurors locked in hearty discussion at One Alfred Place (London), there was no option but to afford two winning places.

We are therefore delighted to present both ROGERSPARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson with the title of 2014 WAN Glass in Architecture Award winner for their Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York and Apple Store in Stanford, Palo Alto respectively.

Westchester Reform Temple comprises a 12,000 sq ft sanctuary and a 14,000 sq ft religious school and study centre. The design team integrated a mirrored glass louvre system into the sanctuary primarily to filter direct sunlight. This decision soon evolved to create a ‘view membrane’, enhancing daylighting throughout the space and refracting the view into a stunning display of seasonal colour as a contemporary stained glass window.

The Apple Store in Stanford is a continuation of the brand’s highly recognisable aesthetic, focusing on a glass-enclosed space which is easily accessible from the outside, both visually and physically. 180 lineal ft of storefront glass blurs the line between the external plaza and the store, with structural glass fins located along the perimeter of the transparent room supporting an unusually thin roof.

These joint winners demonstrate an ongoing evolution in the use of glass in architecture, both structurally and technologically. Joining us in person for the judging session were Brent Richards, Principal at Transpolis Global Urban Design & Architecture, and Paul Vick, Founder of Paul Vick Architects, who engaged in a healthy debate over the future of this popular material.

“Westchester Reform Temple is not yet a building,” argued Richards, “it’s just a glass wall. So when you start to do something like that with it [referring to the Apple Store], there are all sorts of issues that haven’t even been contemplated yet because the Temple doesn’t deal with the structural or environmental side. But I think this is the future, and it’s not all going to be rectilinear; it’s going to be curved.”

The remote panellists were also eager to praise the design team at ROGERSPARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers for their expression and experimental process, with James O’Callaghan of Eckersley O’Callaghan noting: “I particularly like the way this submission describes how the design team developed and evolved the idea through experiments, testing and failures. It shows a level of tenacity to get to the right solution.

“Their wall as a whole represents some evolution in challenging the typical approaches to glass walls and creating a visually complex and interesting effect, capitalising on the colour that can be refracted when playing with light through glass.”

One point that the entire jury panel could agree on was the precision with which Bohlin Cywinski Jackson represented their client’s brand. The design team is well-versed in generating successful stores for Apple, having designed outlets for the company in Barcelona, London, New York, Pudong, Sydney and Boston.

Senior Partner at FXOWLE Sudhir Jambhekar affirmed: “It is another Apple Store with clean aesthetics like their products. It is still fresh although it looks familiar at first glance.” Fentress Architects’ Thom Walsh agreed, stating: “This is an evolution of a familiar architectural brand and a very positive evolution.”

Our in-situ jurors were also in agreement but questioned the concept of ‘losing the architecture’ by relying too much on this transparent material. Richards mused: “The art of it is how much of the solidity can you take away before you lose [the architecture], and this project is extremely well executed. It’s trying to be spiritual - as much as commercial buildings can.”

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WINNER: Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, New York, United States ROGERSPARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
WINNER: Apple Store, Stanford, Palo Alto, United States Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
JUDGES IN THE ROOM left to right:
Paul Vick from Paul Vick Architects
Brent Richards Principal at Transpoils Global Urban Design & Architecture.
REMOTE JUDGES
James O’Callaghan, founding partner of Eckersley O’Callaghan
Sudhir Jambhekar Senior Partner at FXFOWLE and Thom Walsh, Principal at Fentress Architects.
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