Waterfront 2016

The WAN Waterfront 2016 Award now in its second year will celebrate and highlight architecture 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 WAN Waterfront Award 2016 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. This 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.

WAN Waterfront Focus : This edition showcases our winner from 2015 and our esteemed jury panel for 2016. We are also pleased to present the newest entries so far into the WAN Waterfront Award getting this category off to a sensational start.

WAN speaks exclusively to Richard Coutts, Co-founder and Director of Baca Architects Ltd on research into flood risk management and on their interesting waterfront schemes: Life Project, Amphibious House and floating homes. We also feature the newly completed floating hotel on the Seine designed by Gérard RONZATTI, the president of Seine Design.

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  

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/landscape 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: 31 August 2016

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 any key challenges within the client brief

and/or

Pushed the accepted boundaries for this building type using innovation and original design features.

 

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 July 31 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge

Shortlist

  • East River Waterfront
  • SALLING TOWER
  • Leixões Cruise Terminal
  • Rockaway Boardwalks
  • The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge
  • OneOcean Port Vell

Longlist

  • Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge
  • Mann Island
  • Cape Square Durrës
  • Landscape Exchanges. Maritime Park in Las Palmas
  • Baan Rim Kao (Mae Kao Canal House)
  • Ribera del Marlin Complex
  • Beirut Marina - Zaitunay Bay
  • Taumanu Reserve
  • East River Waterfront
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure Maritime (ENSM)
  • SALLING TOWER
  • Beach Restoration Modules
  • The 'Havenmeester'
  • Maritime Terminal Salerno
  • Leixões Cruise Terminal
  • Aalborg Waterfront Stage 1
  • Lake Cabin
  • Rockaway Boardwalks
  • British Airways i360
  • Cultural Complex and Theatre  "Il Maggiore"_C.E.M.
  • Sun Moon Lake Visitor Center
  • The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge
  • Viewpoint, Harbour Hamburg
  • Owensboro Riverfront
  • OneOcean Port Vell
  • Sevitsome (Seoul Floating Islands)
  • Surf Club Building and Commercial Development City Beach
  • Solis Apartments
  • The Waterfront Pavilion

All entries

  • Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge
  • Mann Island
  • Cape Square Durrës
  • Landscape Exchanges. Maritime Park in Las Palmas
  • Baan Rim Kao (Mae Kao Canal House)
  • Ribera del Marlin Complex
  • Beirut Marina - Zaitunay Bay
  • Taumanu Reserve
  • East River Waterfront
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure Maritime (ENSM)
  • SALLING TOWER
  • Beach Restoration Modules
  • The 'Havenmeester'
  • Maritime Terminal Salerno
  • Leixões Cruise Terminal
  • Aalborg Waterfront Stage 1
  • Lake Cabin
  • Rockaway Boardwalks
  • British Airways i360
  • Cultural Complex and Theatre  "Il Maggiore"_C.E.M.
  • Sun Moon Lake Visitor Center
  • The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge
  • Viewpoint, Harbour Hamburg
  • Owensboro Riverfront
  • OneOcean Port Vell
  • Sevitsome (Seoul Floating Islands)
  • Surf Club Building and Commercial Development City Beach
  • Solis Apartments
  • The Waterfront Pavilion

View all entries

Winning announcements

WAN Waterfront Winner 16

A complex challenge, executed in an elegant manner claims the Waterfront title
Congratulations to LINK Landskap. We’re pleased to crown their outstanding The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge as winner of the WAN Waterfront 2016 Award.
The WAN Waterfront Award 2016 continues to celebrate and highlight architecture that embraces and exploits the benefits of sites in proximity to water. The award aims to bring together some of the best designs and also promotes projects that address the major issue of rising sea levels, providing a global platform to showcase inspirational ‘built’ designs spanning over the past five years.
Six shortlisted projects were carefully assessed by an experienced jury panel. This year’s judges were: Bryan Avery MBE, Principal at Avery Associates Architects, Richard Coutts, Co-founder of Baca Architects Ltd, Pablo Lazo, Associate Director of Urban Planning at Arup, Morten Schmidt, Partner and Co-founder of schmidt hammer lassen architects, and David Walker, Design Partner of PWP Landscape Architecture.
The jury faced a difficult decision, and they considered this year’s process particularly tricky when choosing between contrasting public and private realm designs of great architectural merit. They reached the final choice based on the complexity of the challenge and the elegance of the solution, which they felt LINK Landskap fulfilled on an exemplary level.
The Waterfront Promenade breathes new life into an important centre for social interaction and activity in Oslo. David stated: “Through simple design, quality materials, and elegant details, the promenade and surrounding streets and plazas effectively connect the city to the waterfront, creating a cohesive place with a distinct, attractive identity.” The project forms part of the effort to reinvigorate Oslo’s post-industrial waterfront by creating a publically accessible promenade, connecting the city’s east and west. One of the project’s main challenges was to reconfigure and simplify the area’s cross-section to reorganise and consolidate the promenade. Richard praised the project’s success in creating a wider, more generous space, saying: “This feels like a lovely regeneration project as well as an urban intervention.”
In order to achieve delineated areas, detailing of the granite paving received special attention throughout the entire design process. The aim was to create a robust and non-directional paving surface, with few detailed accents and no obvious, repeating patterns. Three different modules were developed and employed in order to create a legible yet seamless integration of the various pedestrian, vehicular and shared traffic zones. The paving patterns are inspired by ancient Roman paving traditions, and were redeveloped in order to meet contemporary requirements relating to mass production and installation, and Oslo’s extreme winter conditions, where temperatures can drop to below -25 degrees Celsius. Richard admired the ‘intensity’ of the paving, and the layering of the various thresholds to differentiate the areas for walking or resting. LINK Landskap also developed a site-specific concept for street furniture and ‘staying’ to encourage the role of social interaction in the public realm. Pablo described the design’s treatment of the promenade as “very pragmatically and strategically dividing it into three or four layers that...

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Waterfront Award WINNER: The Waterfront Promenade at Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway by LINK Landskap
JUDGES
Left to Right: Richard Coutts, Pablo Lazo and Bryan Avery MBE
Remote: Morten Schmidt and David Walker
IMAGE CREDITS
The Waterfront Promenade by LINK Landskap © ZJA Zwarts & Tomasz Majewski
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