Seven striking projects selected for the Facade Award shortlist
The always captivating WAN Facade Award 2017 is now into it’s ninth year. This popular category is a major international competition that celebrates and promotes the best in architectural façades. Arguably one of the most important elements in today’s buildings, this award highlights the innovative use of façades and showcases the new technologies that continue to take this transformational building element into new realms.
Selected for their expertise within this sector, the jury panel who chose the final shortlist were: Becher Neme, Founder at Neme Design Studio, Jennifer Dixon, Head of Architecture in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) at AECOM, Ian Ritchie, Director at Ian Ritchie Architects and Benedict Tranel, Principal at Gensler.
Shortlisted in no particular order:
Ginza Place in Tokyo, Japan by Klein Dytham architecture
“The design draws inspiration from a local cultural icon to develop a contemporary and original building envelope.” Becher Neme
“A beautiful essay in form and context.” Jennifer Dixon
“Excellent concept and translation into a visual metaphor for Sukashibori.” Ian Ritchie
US Air Force Academy - Center for Character and Leadership Development in Colorado Springs, United States by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
“Within sight of the iconic Cadet Chapel project built by the same firm fifty years ago, SOM has once again delivered an outstanding architectural piece. One of the client’s core values inspired this bold architectural gesture. The sleek steel structure reinforces and complements the skylights glass envelope.” Becher Neme
“A graceful and meaningful form that is rooted entirely in its campus context, beautifully detailed.” Jennifer Dixon
Massimo Dutti in Mexico City, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
“A well thought through piece of architecture that neither apes nor confuses itself with the local vernacular. The facade architecture is an essay in restraint as well as a combination of old and new techniques.” Ian Ritchie
“An interesting play between solid/void, allusion to mass and reference to historical context.” Benedict Tranel
“The architect skillfully interprets the traditional elements of the project’s architectural environment. The result is a minimal and elegant design that accurately reflects the owner’s brand. The project stands out from its surroundings in a subtle way while remaining true to the scale of the neighbourhood. The craftsmanship and innovative execution of the metal screen reinforces the design intent and contributes to the project’s success.” Becher Neme
Värtaverket in Stockholm, Sweden by Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Urban Design AB
“The warmth and texture of the materials arranged in flowing curves successfully break down the form and are visually enjoyable.” Jennifer Dixon
“An interesting use to address the acoustic attenuation and an interesting example of a different typology with unique design challenges.” Benedict Tranel
“An interesting envelope for a bio fuelled plant. The architects developed an unusual application of terracotta tile, resulting in a fluid façade with an elegant earthy colour. It successfully integrates the plant within the expanding city grid and positively contributes to the architectural landscape of the neighbourhood.” Becher Neme
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex in Boston, United States by Payette
“A well studied facade design.” Ian Ritchie
“Delightfully responsive façade solution which addresses a myriad of conditions, interior functions and orientations.” Jennifer Dixon
“The unusual use of bronze fins creates an intriguing granular layer that animates the glass envelope of the laboratory structure, while at the same time improving the building’s thermal behaviour. Payette architects have masterfully delivered a beautiful building that is also energy efficient. They successfully apply advanced simulation and parametric processes to optimise the building’s thermal performance and to streamline the fabrication of its complex envelope.” Becher Neme
Gaia in Quito, Ecuador by Leppanen Anker arquitectos and Uribe & Schwarzkopf
“A virtuoso performance of expressive form, executed in an environment where construction skillsets did not formerly exist.” Jennifer Dixon
“A fine building bringing to Ecuador a new construction material and technique. The challenges have been overcome and the presentation of the building and the cladding deserve commendation.” Ian Ritchie
“This is a beautifully designed and well-executed project. On the inside, the geometry of the envelope improves the spatial experience of interior spaces. On the outside, the single material envelope translates into a fluid and elegant form. I applaud the architect’s involvement in the construction process. Optimising the façade panels’ layout through the use of digital tools empowered a local fabricator to develop a new product previously unused in the country and contributed to delivering the project on time and on budget.” Becher Neme
Waldorf Astoria Bejing in Beijing, China by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
“The design subtly references Chinese culture and traditional architecture. The elegance of the building symmetry, window pattern and extensive use of bronze, successfully reinforces the luxury brand image the client wished to emphasise.” Becher Neme
“The architect achieved exactly what he set out to do, a fine composition, beautifully detailed.” Jennifer Dixon
“Clear concept for façade and an interesting material selection.” Benedict Tranel
WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all seven finalists in the WAN Facade Award 2017.
The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.