Six projects redefine the possibilities of metal within the Metal in Architecture Award shortlist
Now into it’s fourth year, the WAN Metal in Architecture Award 2017 recognises the increasingly high standards that are being achieved within metal design and construction; projects that redefine the structural and creative possibilities of metal. It celebrates designs across the whole metal spectrum including: Steel, Lead, Tin, Zinc, Copper, Aluminium, and Nickel.
Chosen for their experience in this sector, this year’s jury panel were: Dieter Brell, Designer, Head of Architecture & Interior Design at 3deluxe, Justin Laskin, Associate Partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, Anthony Summers, Projects Director at Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd. and Jerome Berteloot, TITLE at Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd.
Shortlist listed in no particular order:
Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre in London, United Kingdom by C.F. Moller Architect
“The look is really very good and it looks quite complex. I like that money has been spent here.The detailing and the geometry is very nice.” Dieter Brell
“The perforations and the faceting create rich light, colour and transparency effects, turning the tower into an intriguing and constantly changing urban folly.” Anthony Summers
“I thought it was nice in an area like this, to spend a bit of money on infrastructure. It’s a bit like a spaceship structure, you've got the twinkling of the light and a bit of transparency. It's about the skin, the structure and the relation between the two.” Jerome Berteloot
CHUM Passerelle in Montréal, Canada by CannonDesign + Neuf architect(e)s
“It’s a lovely pattern with all the light dappling through, I really like the dripping patina on the edge of it. It’s a beautiful skin which has been done really elegantly and it’s been thoughtfully designed. The structure looks incredibly thin, transparent and lightweight. This is probably my favourite of the three follies.” Justin Laskin
“I really like the patterns. They have managed to do something quite dynamic and in a way it looks like the noise on a T.V. screen. I like that the structure is simple and that it doesn’t distract from the overall design.” Jerome Berteloot
“They all come together to create a beautiful object, reading more as a contextual art intervention than a footbridge.” Anthony Summers
Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix, United States by CO Architects
“I think the context of where it is, it’s like the rocks found in this area, which looks very close to this facade, what we know of them and how they’re formed, so I think the idea is quite nice.” Dieter Brell
“This has a really sculpted and interesting 3-dimensional form on the outside. It has a concept of the metal and then uses it to tie it to it’s site. It uses metal in a very innovative way on the external skin. I find it’s form really convincing and the closer I look at this, it has more originality than initially expected. I can’t say I’ve seen a building that is like this, it’s unique.” Justin Laskin
“The folded copper panel facade gives an interesting and contextual identity to the building while providing means to address the harshness of the Arizona climate.” Anthony Summers
The Chrysalis Amphitheater in Columbia, United States by MARC FORNES /THEVERYMANY
“I think that it’s beautifully made. I think that the space below looks quite interesting. The scales makes it look a bit like a dragon in the forest and the folds on this is quite nice.” Jerome Berteloot
“The complex geometry creates interesting zones and vistas. The colours and design of the scales, the relation between the outer skin and the skeleton make this amphitheatre both contextual and contemporary.” Anthony Summers
“It’s quite a complicated structure and when you look at the underside of it, it really is a thing of beauty. I really like the scaliness of this and that it blends into this landscape pretty well.” Justin Laskin
Alloway Hall in Winnipeg, Canada by Stantec Architecture Ltd.
"I was impressed by how cues from the site were subtly used for the geometry, the colour and the material of the intervention. Although the new build is clearly articulated, its integration is very sympathetic.” Anthony Summers
“I think it's very traditional architecture and a traditional use of the material, it's a careful integration, it’s quite subtle.” Jerome Berteloot
“What I like about it is it’s quite subtle, it’s well done and a carefully considered external. There is sometimes a call to do a subtle and understated thing. I think it is a really good design moving program.” Justin Laskin
South Australia Drill Core Reference Library in Adelaide, Australia by Thomson Rossi Architects
“The overall I really like, even the interior is done really well and I love that they have taken the actual perforated material through to the factory line. It’s just quite considered generally. I think it's a really nice looking project. It has so many things going for it.” Justin Laskin
“It’s really nice, I like that the red earth fits with the material really well.” Dieter Brell
“I think that some parts are really well-worked. The material, the relation between the Corton, the concrete and the corrugated panels are nice.” Jerome Berteloot
“The volumetry and the facade layout addressed convincingly the scale of the project.” Anthony Summers
WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six finalists in the WAN Metal in Architecture Award 2017.
The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.