Cannon Design's INCA project in Rio de Janeiro named Master Award Winner in Grande Premio de Arquitetura Corporativa
In 2010, Cannon Design was awarded one of the most significant design awards in South America for one of the largest hospital design projects in Brazil: the Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA) in Rio de Janeiro. Cannon Design, a nationally ranked architectural, engineering, interior design and planning firm, has now announced that INCA has recently been named the Master Award Winner in Brazil’s Grande Premio de Arquitetura Corporativa design competition - a programme that earned more than 1,000 entries from across the country.
INCA, the National Cancer Institute for Brazil, holds multiple roles in all areas of cancer prevention and control in that country - prevention, epidemiological surveillance, treatment, information, education and research. The scope of the design program includes the removal of older buildings on three city blocks adjacent to the existing hospital and almost 1,500,000 sq ft of new construction as well as renovation. “This large healthcare project is significant for a number of reasons,” notes Michael Pukszta, AIA, Principal and National Health Practice Leader for Cannon Design. “Being selected by INCA not only validates our extensive portfolio in cancer facility design, but also represents the firm’s first project in South America.”
Jurors on the Grande Premio de Arquitetura Corporativa awards panel praised the design, calling INCA ‘an important contribution to Brazilian Architecture’. The jurists go on to state that the ‘project’s architectural expression, combined with functional complexity, results in a sustainable solution that has minimal impact on the neighbourhood’.
George Nikolajevich, FAIA, Cannon Design Principal and lead designer on the project said: "It is an honour to receive this award in a country known for its contemporary architecture. We believe this recognition will raise our design profile throughout South America. Our gratitude for this win must be extended to our Brazilian partners, Flavio Kelner, at RAF Architects, and Salim Lamha Neto at MHA Engineering, who led their teams in the development of this project.”