Small Spaces 2015

The WAN Small Spaces Award is a specialist category that celebrates small scale architecture. This award will be split into two subcategories – Permanent and Temporary. With each sub-category having a shortlist and winner. 

With diminishing land availability, decreasing budgets and real estate at a premium, it falls upon architects and engineers to create ever more imaginative solutions to small-scale structures. Recognising the most inspirational of these projects; designs that deliver novel, aesthetically ambitious ways of maximising space within a minimal footprint.

We will be looking at a variety of different building uses for this award, to name a few:

  • Pavilions
  • Public Convenience
  • Tree Houses
  • Cycle Sheds
  • Dwellings/Pods
  • Bus/Tram Shelter
  • Huts
  • Garden Rooms/Cabins
  • Emergency Relief

A panel of world-class experts will be assessing the entries, each chosen for their unique insights, unparalleled experience and unwavering commitment to finding innovative ways of rethinking space. All award entries will have their work seen across the world by the industry’s key players, which could boost your reputation within the architectural community and enhance your business performance.

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. 

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed on or after 1 January 2012.

You must be a qualified architect 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 lydia.ocallaghan@builtenvironmentmedia.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below: 

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

UK entries please add VAT.

DEADLINE: 31 DECEMBER 15

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 the key elements of the client brief.

and/or

- Has pushed the boundaries for this building type

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.

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 £190 but an early registration price of £160.50 is available for entries made before 30th November 2015.

Key Dates:

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Winner

Permanent

  • Water Tower Renovation

Temporary

  • Brick-topia

Shortlist

Permanent

  • Hills of Music - Mochudi, botswana
  • Water Tower Renovation
  • Borden Park Pavilion
  • Visible Studio
  • Garden Studio and Workshop
  • Corinthian Gardens Smokers' Shelter

Temporary

  • Reflects
  • Story Pod
  • Brick-topia
  • MPavilion
  • PULS | Pop Up Luggage Space
  • Camera Chiara

Longlist

Permanent

  • Hills of Music - Mochudi, botswana
  • Water Tower Renovation
  • ALPOD
  • Queen Anne Pavilion
  • Borden Park Pavilion
  • Chapel Schaufeljoch
  • Visible Studio
  • ekokoncept mini for-4
  • Manshausen Island Resort
  • Garden Studio and Workshop
  • SHADOW SHED
  • The Grove House
  • House CJ_5 - Housing in Urban Density
  • Beach Restrooms
  • Corinthian Gardens Smokers' Shelter
  • The Flower Kiosk

Temporary

  • Glaze Pavilion
  • Reflects
  • Story Pod
  • Brick-topia
  • PDU (Portable Dining Unit)
  • MPavilion
  • La Perla
  • PULS | Pop Up Luggage Space
  • Camera Chiara

All entries

Permanent

  • Garrison Treehouse
  • Cafe Fargo / Tipico Coffee
  • Hills of Music - Mochudi, botswana
  • 15 sq. m. Home – An Ultimate Optimization of Domestic Space and Time
  • The Urban Compact Loft: An Adaptation for Spatial Versatility
  • Water Tower Renovation
  • ALPOD
  • Ashden House
  • Queen Anne Pavilion
  • Borden Park Pavilion
  • The Lightning Memorial Utøya
  • Chapel Schaufeljoch
  • Rooftop of Stone House
  • Visible Studio
  • TREExOFFICE
  • ekokoncept mini for-4
  • NYC Micro Apartment
  • Manshausen Island Resort
  • Garden Studio and Workshop
  • Swinging Frames
  • Family Stairs - Flat 1/2 Wilbury Lawn
  • SHADOW SHED
  • The Grove House
  • Holiday Cottage
  • Fengming Mountain Park Pavilions
  • House CJ_5 - Housing in Urban Density
  • Beach Restrooms
  • Corinthian Gardens Smokers' Shelter
  • The Flower Kiosk

Temporary

  • Glaze Pavilion
  • Reflects
  • Projective Dualism 2.0
  • Studio Dental
  • Temporary Bamboo Shelter in Nepal
  • Skilpod #48
  • Story Pod
  • Brick-topia
  • PDU (Portable Dining Unit)
  • MPavilion
  • Camden Chandelier
  • La Perla
  • Queens Park Pavilion
  • Scroll Hut
  • PULS | Pop Up Luggage Space
  • Camera Chiara

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Winning announcements

WAN Small Spaces Award Winners 15

META-Project and Map13 Barcelona are crowned joint winners
It is with great pleasure that we champion both architectual firms, META-Project and Map13 Barcelona, as the winners of the WAN Small Spaces Award 2015. META-Project came first in the permanent sub-category for their striking Water Tower Renovation project and Map13 Barcelona came first in the temporary sub-category for their impressive Brick-topia scheme.
The winners were selected from 12 shortlisted projects that were chosen by our jury panel. This year’s panel were: James Furzer, Architect at Spatial Design Architects, Naomi Milgrom AO, Chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Doan Thanh Ha, Founder of H&P Architects, and Carl Turner Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects.
Permanent:
Attracting wide spread attention from the public and the residences, META-Project adaptively renovated the water tower in an attempt to engage community life. Located in the campus of a rundown military factory, formerly known as the People's Liberation Army No.1102 Factory that was founded in 1959 during the Great Leap Forward. Naomi felt the scheme was: “Imaginative upscaling and reimagining of a historic structure.”
The water tower is re-interpreted and transformed into a new type of ‘public folly’ - an ambiguous built object that transcends the common usage to which it belongs, and suggests some other public purpose. On the outside it forms an attractive intervention in the urban landscape, and on the inside it offers a space for public activities for the nearby communities. James commented: “The juxtaposition between the urban exterior and the colourful internal public space is simply beautiful and engaging. The water tower has had a second breath of life, which has become a heartbeat for the local community progression.” Carl went on to say: “An interesting example of how architecture can adopt memory as a means to deliver community engagement.”
The ‘public folly’ can now house a number of activities, including: casual gathering, movies, performance and a mini-café. It invites people to engage and rethink the co-existence of history and contemporary reality. Doan concluded: “This is an interesting example of the ability to restore the likely disappeared space and usher in common space for future community from the closed past.”
Temporary:
Brick-topia was the winning project of a competition to build a pavilion at the International Festival of Architecture Eme3, in Barcelona. An unreinforced masonry shell made of brick using a traditional construction technique called tile vault, the scheme was the result of the combination of the latest structural analysis and form-finding computational tools with a traditional, sustainable, cheap and effective construction technique. “An interesting example of how traditional techniques can be deployed to realise challenging geometries” stated Carl.
The shape of the pavilion is the outcome of a thorough design process optimising the structure through geometry with the software RhinoVault. James was particularly taken with this scheme, saying: “This project is a fantastic piece of architecture. The form allows the user to experience the shelter in a way that makes them think about the construction prior to their interaction. A heavy, solid material, that creates a light, soft tensile-like structure. Exploring the boundaries of brick construction superbly! A striking piece of architecture that successfully uses innovation to create something of beauty.” Naomi went on to say the project had a: “Highly expressive use of material using traditional vaulting techniques.”...

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Small Spaces Award WINNER (Permanent): Water Tower Renovation, Shen Yang, China
Small Spaces Award WINNER (Temporary): Brick-topia, Barcelona, Spain
JUDGES
Left to Right: James Furzer, Naomi Milgrom AO, Doan Thanh Ha, and Carl Turner
IMAGE CREDITS
Water Tower Renovation by META-Project, Brick-topia by Map13 Barcelona © Manuel de Lózar & Paula López
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