Waterfront 2015

The WAN Waterfront 2015 Award will celebrate and highlight projects that embrace and exploit the benefits of sites in proximity to water, whether working, living, or both.

City waterfront developments have long been acknowledged as prime value real estate and this fact has generated many high quality developments. This award will aim to bring together some of the best designs and also highlight projects that have addressed the major issue of rising sea levels. 

Attracting entries from architects all over the world, this award provides a global platform to showcase inspirational ‘built’ designs from the past 5 years.

The inaugural WAN Waterfront Award will recognise the importance of understanding the connection between urban development and water. Whether it be a city port, harbour front, canal or riverside, riverfront or the water’s edge - water plays in import role in balancing urban spaces. Not only on an aesthetic level but on a functional level too – making land reclamation viable, minimising city noise, creation of recreational activities, encouraging wildlife and fauna and enhancing cultural identity. The WAN Waterfront 2015 Award identifies the visionaries behind these designs and acknowledges the significant contribution architects make to the vitality and sustainability of our urban areas that are located near water. Waterfront can refer to a large volume of water, whether it be a river, lake, canal, ocean bay, creek, marina or canal within urban landscape, with a noticeable contribution towards making the area functional, attractive, and sustainable.

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  

If you have designed a Waterfront project that has been completed during the last five calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2011), you can enter the award.

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 AUGUST 2015

Judging criteria  

The jury will assess entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form, sustainability and context, to arrive at the short list but the following criteria will be referred to determine the winner.

  1. How the design addressed key challenges in the client brief
  2. Has the design advanced waterfront typology in any way.
  3. Has the project managed to integrate with the urban community to facilitate wider access to waterside amenities?  

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 £375 but an early registration price of £318.75 is available for entries made before 31st July 2015.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Barangaroo Reserve

Shortlist

  • Canary Wharf Crossrail
  • Hasle Harbour Bath
  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • Rowing center Bled / Sport pavilion as a spectator stand
  • Waterfront Park of Aiyi River
  • Auckland Waterfront - North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park

Longlist

  • Yacht Club de Monaco
  • Canary Wharf Crossrail
  • The Beach
  • The Bridge Building
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
  • Rockaway Boardwalks
  • Hasle Harbour Bath
  • Faaborg Harbour Bath
  • Bow RiverWalk
  • The Lotus Exhibition Centre and People's Park
  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • Chicago Riverwalk, Phase 2
  • Huishan North Bund
  • Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • Wuxi Grand Theatre
  • Brentford Lock West
  • Rowing center Bled / Sport pavilion as a spectator stand
  • National Australia Bank, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands
  • Revitalisation of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade
  • Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
  • Waterfront Park of Aiyi River
  • Bálna Budapest
  • Auckland Waterfront - North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park
  • Willy-Brandt-Platz and Weser Dyke in Bremerhaven‘s 'Havenwelten'

All entries

  • Porto Montenegro
  • The CityDeck
  • Yacht Club de Monaco
  • Marseille Vieux Port
  • Canary Wharf Crossrail
  • The Beach
  • St. Patrick’s Island
  • The Bridge Building
  • Northwestern University Music and Communication Building
  • Grand Hyatt Dalian
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
  • Rockaway Boardwalks
  • Hasle Harbour Bath
  • Faaborg Harbour Bath
  • Bow RiverWalk
  • The Lotus Exhibition Centre and People's Park
  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • Chicago Riverwalk, Phase 2
  • Huishan North Bund
  • Overhoeks waterfront
  • Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • ANGLET SOUTH COASTLINE
  • VUC
  • Wuxi Grand Theatre
  • Brentford Lock West
  • Rowing center Bled / Sport pavilion as a spectator stand
  • National Australia Bank, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands
  • Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal
  • EHA Residence
  • Revitalisation of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade
  • Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
  • Stralauer Allee 4, Berlin-Friedrichshain.  Office building with underground car park
  • MediaCityUK
  • The Green Cube
  • Promenada Velenje
  • Waterfront Park of Aiyi River
  • Bálna Budapest
  • Auckland Waterfront - North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park
  • Willy-Brandt-Platz and Weser Dyke in Bremerhaven‘s 'Havenwelten'

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Winning announcements

WAN Waterfront Award Winner 15

PWP Landscape Architecture are crowned the winner for Barangaroo Reserve
We’re excited to announce the winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award is PWP Landscape Architecture for their impressive Barangaroo Reserve project – Congratulations!
The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects that were chosen by our experienced jury panel. On board to judge this award was: Bryan Avery MBE, Principal of Avery Associates Architects, Maarten Buijs, Project Manager and Landscape Architect of West8 urban design & landscape architecture bv, Niels de Bruin, Landscape Architect and Partner of White Arkitekter, and Vishnu Anishetty, Lead Designer of Atkins. They were all in agreement that the winning scheme had a rich outcome and deserved to be championed as this year’s winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award.
PWP Landscape Architecture were guided by geomorphologic studies, historical maps, and early paintings, to formulate the design of Barangaroo Reserve – recreating a six-hectare ‘Club Cape’ headland. Transforming Barangaroo Reserve into a humane, usable space with ecological goals always in sight. Bryan commented: “It’s a complicated project, that’s been approached with vigour and sensitivity.”
Maarten felt that the project: “provided good access to the water.” Pedestrian and bicycle pathways are separated by a low one-meter-wide sandstone wall - the symbolic marking of the original pre-colonial shoreline known as the ‘1836 Wall.’ Its rusticated stone masonry evokes the first colonial sandstone constructions of Sydney. All plantings are native, not just to Australia, but specifically to the Sydney area. “It’s not regimented” stated Bryan. Going on to say: “it has a humanity to it - setting an example to all of us.”
Barangaroo has also been selected as one of 17 precincts worldwide to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative Development Program, which supports large-scale urban projects that reduce on-site CO2 emissions to zero. The project...

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Waterfront Award WINNER: Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, Australia
JUDGES
Left to Right: Vishnu Anishetty, Niels de Bruin, Maarten Buijs
and Bryan Avery MBE
Images credits: © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
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