The second award-winning project is a headquarters expansion for SAP Americas, the world’s leading provider of business software, in Pennsylvania. The building sports a floor-to-ceiling glass facade and open-space plan which takes maximum advantage of daylight, however a high-performance curtain-wall system with exterior sunshades reduce direct sunlight penetration and eliminate the need for perimeter heating. One of the main attractive features of the design is its focus on sustainability and reduction of water use. A 50,000 gallon cistern collects rainwater which is then used in the maintenance of the landscape and the flushing of some of the building’s toilets. Low-flow bathroom fixtures also reduce water usage and are expected to save over 1m gallons of water each year.
Previously crowned WAN AWARDS Winner of the Civic Buildings sector, FXFOWLE’s Urban Studio design for the Nordhavnen: City Regenerative wowed our judges with its confident and ambitious approach to a complex regeneration brief. It seems history is repeating itself as the project has scooped yet another award. The brief called for a dynamic, unique and sustainable city district in Copenhagen, and FXFOWLE responded with a bold masterplan which connects urban infrastructure, extends existing water networks and weaves open space through a series of neighbourhoods and commercial nodes. The new district – set to grow extensively over the next fifty years – is expected to house 40,000 residents, create 40,000 jobs and provide access for 40,000 bicycles. To read the WAN AWARDS entry for the Nordhavnen project, click here.