Winners of the WAN AWARDS 09

Tuesday 15 Dec 2009

Saluting the world's best architecture through our prestigious awards

2009 saw WAN roll out our inaugural sector awards scheme following on from the success of our WAN House of the Year award which ran for the three years previous. The response has been tremendous and twelve months later we have received over 600 entries (and counting) across six sectors. Having announced the winners of the first five sectors we are still mounting up entries to the final Residential and House of the Year sector (closing 31 December).

The awards scheme has surpassed all expectations and is now considered one of the most prestigious architectural award schemes in the world with an exceptional jury panel including industry professionals and sector experts. Patrik Schumacher headed up the recent Commercial jury and joined an elite comprised Rafael Viñoly, Will Alsop, Piers Gough, Robert Adam and Grant Brooker of Foster and Partners amongst almost 60 jury members across all sectors to whom we express our sincerest gratitude for really fuelling the success of our awards.

The winning projects showed a rainbow of world architecture and the winning firms ranged from the tiny to the gargantuan. WAN would like to congratulate all of the winning projects this year which have each presented exceptional standards of architecture and who should be very proud indeed.

The winners of the WAN Awards 2009 are:

Commercial Building of the Year
C42 Citroën Flagship Showroom (Built) and DMC Landmark - Naru Tower (Unbuilt)

Urban Project of the Year
Beijing International Airport (Built) and Nordhavnen City Regenerative (Unbuilt)

Civic Building of the Year
Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Amsterdam Public Library (Joint)

Healthcare Building of the Year
Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

Education Building of the Year
Australian Technical College

Residential/House of the Year
Award still open! ENTER NOW

Bringing out the best in the profession, the awards saw great generosity despite the testing financial climate with the winner of the WAN Healthcare Building of the Year, Penoyre & Prasad choosing to donate their £1000 prize, for the Richard Desmond Clinic at Moorfields Eye hospital in London, to charity:

"Penoyre & Prasad were thrilled to receive the award for Healthcare Building of the Year for Moorfields. It’s a building the practice is very proud of, not least for the way the design has supported the long term clinical and operational ambitions of the Moorfields’ Eye Hospital NHS Trust, creating an actual and symbolic bridge between research and clinical practice.

The practice felt it was most appropriate to donate the prize money to one of three charities that the Trust supports, The Special Trustees. The Special Trustees plays a vital role in Moorfields’ ongoing success, predominantly supporting research and clinical trials that help people with a wide range of complex and debilitating eye conditions."

A few other winners wanted to share their thoughts on the WAN Awards:

"Winning the WAN Urban Design Sector Award is very gratifying for us,” said Dan Kaplan, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner and co-director of the Urban Studio at FXFOWLE Architects. “We established our Urban Studio in 2008 to bridge the realms of planning, urban design, architecture, and tectonic innovation, and Nordhavnen: City Regenerative gave us an opportunity to test new ideas that meld our planning and architectural talents."

“We were disappointed when City Regenerative was not selected by the non-professional Copenhagen jury for the Nordhavnen Development International Design Competition,” added Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Partner and co-director of FXFOWLE’s Urban Studio. “WAN’s recognition validates our approach to sustainable urbanism; specifically that higher densities are appropriate when accompanied by low-energy transit and integration of world-class public open space.”

Foster + Partners, who participated in the awards both with jury member Grant Brooker and by entering several awards, were impressed by the range of projects: “The 2009 WAN awards have showcased a fascinating, diverse selection of built and unbuilt projects from around the world. The range and the quality of their design was very impressive and made judging very difficult, so we were particularly delighted to win the award's Urban Design category with our Beijing International Airport project.”

“Gensler is thrilled to be given this honour by World Architecture News and the esteemed jury," said Jessica Yin of Gensler who won the recent Unbuilt Commercial sector award. "The DMC Landmark Naru Tower was a truly collaborative endeavor and one that Gensler is very proud of. To be recognized by this prestigious awards program is truly rewarding.”

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