Sustainable Buildings 2016

The WAN AWARDS Sustainable Buildings category is a major international competition being part of our 'Excellence in Design' series for 2016.

The WAN Sustainable Buildings Award promotes and rewards projects that have used environmentally conscious techniques throughout the design process to create buildings that are resource-efficient and ecologically sound. It is hoped that this category will also encourage debate around sustainability to advance ideas and gain insights into this critical issue, both now and in the future.

Judging the entries will be a panel of eco-experts, handpicked for their experience and commitment to creating holistic building solutions that are affordable, practical and respond to the needs of its inhabitants.

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 on or after 01 January 2013.

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 christina.ingram@builtenvironmentmedia.com 

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

World Architecture News
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UK entries please add VAT.

DEADLINE: 30 April 2016

Judging criteria  

The jury will be looking for projects where the architects have holistically embraced sustainability without compromising the usual qualities found in good design: originality, innovation, form and dialogue with context.

The jury will also take into account whether;

1. The building has achieved a high level of recognised accreditation in the relevant country.

2. The architect through the design, has pushed the accepted boundaries for the particular building typology.

3. The design has utilised a sustainable design process at every stage: inception/completion/occupation.

4. The architect can demonstrate that the selection process for the materials used on the project had been the subject of an in-house sustainability review. eg. sourced from local produce, renewable materials, manufactured offsite or produced from a low carbon manufacturing process.

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 March 31 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Kamikatz Public House

Shortlist

  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building
  • Kamikatz Public House
  • Institute of Mathematics, University of Karlsruhe
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Brock Environmental Center
  • Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center

Longlist

  • Samskruti Hoysala
  • Delta Americas Headquarters
  • Segreen Business Park
  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Creston Avenue Residence
  • GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building
  • Energy Systems Integration Facility
  • Kamikatz Public House
  • Institute of Mathematics, University of Karlsruhe
  • House for an Artist
  • FKI Tower
  • One Church Square
  • Hanover Page Mill
  • Falling Lotus Blossoms: EON IT Park
  • Polk Penguin Conservation Center
  • Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown Branch
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Brock Environmental Center
  • Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center
  • Villa Circuitus

All entries

  • Samskruti Hoysala
  • Delta Americas Headquarters
  • Segreen Business Park
  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Creston Avenue Residence
  • GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building
  • Energy Systems Integration Facility
  • Kamikatz Public House
  • Institute of Mathematics, University of Karlsruhe
  • House for an Artist
  • FKI Tower
  • One Church Square
  • Hanover Page Mill
  • Falling Lotus Blossoms: EON IT Park
  • Polk Penguin Conservation Center
  • Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown Branch
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Brock Environmental Center
  • Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center
  • Villa Circuitus

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Winning announcements

WAN Sustainable Buildings Award Winner 16

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP win with their unique stand-out project Kamikatz Public House
We are excited to announce Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP as the winner of the WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 for their exceptional project, Kamikatz Public House – Congratulations!
The final winner was selected from a shortlist of six diverse projects by our expert jury panel Chris Castle, Managing Director at EPR Architects, Jon Eaglesham, Director at Barr Gazetas, Nille Juul-Sorensen, Director at Arup, Jason Martin, Partner at HawkinsBrown and Jason Speechly-Dick, Design Director at Atkins.
The experienced jury all agreed with absolute conviction that Kamikatz Public House from Japan, deserved to claim this year’s winning title.
Located in Kamikatsu, this town is committed to zero waste and aims to become a sustainable recycling society. Kamikatsu already attains an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaches an impasse, the world holds great expectations for this movement.
Kamikatz Public House is a private-sector business which sympathises with the principles of this town. This project was launched with the concept of integrating a shop that sells household sundries, food, beer by weight, a brewery and a pub. As the word “pub” comes from “public house,” Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP decided that they would bring the principles of the community, the wisdom and ways of the people, towards creating waste into form, through architecture. The aim was to create a public house so that the community could feel a sense of pride in their actions. The space is full of improvisation, from empty bottle chandeliers, newspaper wallpaper, reconstructed furniture and farm equipment for product display fixtures, showcasing the creative combination and use of waste material. This project is about changing opinions and Chris approvingly stated, “It’s trying to illustrate architecturally a very strong idea which is to do with zero waste. There’s a very strong community engagement here, there’s been other buildings for the community, but this is being fed into by the community. There’s also a fantastic integration of the community, with genuine community involvement in the fundamentals of the design which is just great.” Jason S. went on to say, “It’s affordable, practical and responds to the needs of its inhabitants. All of the projects seem to be public funded apart from this one, which is a small business, so it gets another tick, because this has to survive, it has to stack up financially.”
The pub became a local symbol when looking up from the town, with the windows comprising of fittings from abandoned houses were set eight meters high. The gathered windows that had illuminated the town previously, now serve as a lantern of hope to shine upon the town struggling with a declining population. The elevated ceiling effectively ventilates the warm air that stagnates above during summer, while the double layer of window fittings trap air and enhance insulation. The ceiling fan circulates heat from the carbon-neutral radiation heater that makes effective use of branches from the forest. Not only the does the architecture conserve energy and resources along with reducing harmful emissions though reuse, reduce, and recycle, it is also starting to enhance a circulation of the regional economy, as well as tourism.
Although Kamikatz Public House is a small low-cost architecture project, it embraces the grand dream of contributing to creating a sustainable social system. Jon concluded on this project simply stating, “I think there is a charm to it...

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Sustainable Buildings Award WINNER: Kamikatz Public House, Tokushima, Japan
JUDGES
Left to Right: Nille Juul-Sorensen, Jon Eaglesham, Chris Castle, Jason Martin and Jason Speechly-Dick
IMAGE CREDITS
Kamikatz Public House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
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