Performing Spaces 2014

About the award

The WAN Performing Spaces Award is a specialist category. The award has been established to celebrate and promote the best in international architecture for performing arts venues, attracting entries from all over the world and providing a global platform to showcase your designs.

The opportunity to design a performing space has always been one of the most sought after commissions for an architect. However, the process of creating a space that engages, enthuses and excites is a complex but ultimately rewarding one. We feel that a building that can enrich the experience for performer, audience and technician should also celebrate the architect, consultant and acoustician. The WAN AWARDS provides the perfect platform to get your work firmly into the Limelight.

 

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 the small version of the main image, the larger version and 5 additional images

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

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: www.wanawards.com or click 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, you can submit your entry using the 'Purchase Award Credits' link on the left side of the login page - use the drop-down menus to select the 'Performing Spaces' category and number of projects you wish to enter, then click 'Submit' - check your billing details are correct, then click 'Continue' - this will take you to a secure page. Click 'Proceed' and enter your card details, then click 'Confirm Order', then 'Authorise'. Once payment is complete, click 'Continue' to return to you login page. You will now have a new 'upload' link which you can use to upload your project as a competition entry.

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

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

Jim will be tweeting on awards progress at @WANAWARDS2014

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DEADLINE: 30 APRIL 2014

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 the user experience 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.

All entrants will feature permanently on the WAN Awards website, as well as being featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 150,000 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.

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 April 2014.

Eligibility  

For the 'Completed Projects' category, if you have designed a performing arts venue that has been completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2011), you can enter the award.

If you have a design for a performing arts venue that is yet to be built - even if it may never be built - you can now enter your project into the 'Future Projects' category for the WAN AWARDS Performing Spaces Sector 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 'Performing Arts 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.

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Winner

  • Everyman Theatre

Shortlist

  • Dreamtheatre Ris Orangis
  • Heydar Aliyev Centre
  • Everyman Theatre
  • The Shed
  • SFJAZZ Center
  • TED Conference

Longlist

  • Dreamtheatre Ris Orangis
  • AIR GARDEN Mobile Theater
  • Cast Performance Venue
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Dallas City Performance Hall
  • Refurbishment of the Grand Auditorium . Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • The Center for the Arts
  • Sugar Land Performing Arts Center
  • Logomo
  • Theatre Aspen
  • LE TEMPS MACHINE
  • Heydar Aliyev Centre
  • Stavanger Concert
  • Everyman Theatre
  • Hills of Music Theatre - Mochudi Botswana
  • The Shed
  • SFJAZZ Center
  • TED Conference

All entries

  • Dreamtheatre Ris Orangis
  • AIR GARDEN Mobile Theater
  • Cast Performance Venue
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Dallas City Performance Hall
  • Refurbishment of the Grand Auditorium . Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • The Center for the Arts
  • Sugar Land Performing Arts Center
  • Logomo
  • Theatre Aspen
  • LE TEMPS MACHINE
  • Heydar Aliyev Centre
  • Stavanger Concert
  • Everyman Theatre
  • Hills of Music Theatre - Mochudi Botswana
  • The Shed
  • SFJAZZ Center
  • TED Conference

View all entries

Winning announcements

Performing Spaces Winners 2014

The 2014 WAN Performing Spaces Award jury session was an invigorating meeting with many interesting projects, some praised highly by the judges, other just falling short of the mark. After much deliberation and by popular vote, the Everyman Theatre (Liverpool, UK) by Haworth Tompkins was selected as the winner.

The judging panel consisted of: Flansburgh Architects President, David Croteau; Editor in Chief at WAN, Michael Hammond; architect and Partner at Allies and Morrison, Paul Appleton; Building and Operations Director of the Royal Albert Hall, Chris Cotton; and acoustics designer at Arup, Raj Patel.

The Everyman is one of the well-known architectural gems for the city of Liverpool. Originally built in 1837, it was closed in 2011, only to be redeveloped again shortly after. The result is a new welcoming and inspiring building acting as a ‘creative hub’ that includes a 400-seat theatre within the auditorium, creative workspaces with rehearsal rooms, workshops, a sound studio, a Writers Room overlooking the foyer, and a special studio dedicated to the Young Everyman Playhouse education and community groups.

Discussions began to determine how the project evolved, whether it was a new build or a renovation and it was clear as talks progressed that the existing building had been dismantled and the bricks carefully preserved in order to be reused as the shell for the new design. Paul Appleton was the first to comment on the merits of the project, noting that ‘it was a very brave way to win a competition by reusing the old building, but it has completely transformed what was originally there’.

David Croteau added: “The house is pretty cool; it does a great job. In some ways it looks like a palazzo which has this odd exterior thing, and then you get a beautiful courtyard coming out of it.” Paul Appleton added: “I like the fact you discover the courtyard which gives this exterior quality of the theatre which I think is very powerful, and presumably you can dull that down with lighting to get a very intimate theatre as well.”

READ MORE HERE
WINNER: Everyman Theatre,
United Kingdom, Haworth Tompkins
JUDGES left to right:
Michael Hammond from World Architecture News
David Croteau – President of Flansburgh Architects,
Paul Appleton from Allies and Morrison
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