Civic Buildings shortlist

10 Aug 2010

Shortlist for WAN AWARDS 2010 Civic Buildings announced - winners next week

The Civic Buildings sector of the WAN AWARDS always throws up some rather intriguing architectural specimens and this year was no different, drawing in a whole host of bizarre quotes from our esteemed jury panel, with comparisons to sea snakes, stealth bombers and jellyfish - not to mention the ‘totally and utterly bizarre’. In both the Completed and Unbuilt categories we had some extraordinary designs, with only a select few making it through to the desired shortlist.

Civic Buildings is easily the most open-ended category of the WAN AWARDS as its loose definition ensures a vast range of buildings, from the bug-like Arabian Performance Venue in UAE to the intensely metaphorical New Abuja City Gate in Abuja and the Yarauvi Necropolis in the Dead Sea to a Petting Farm in Almere. King of the one liners juror Robert Adam didn’t disappoint, expelling some fantastically quirky quotes throughout the Unbuilt jury meeting, with one project falling foul to ‘taking the wonky leg to the final extreme!’

On several occasions it was remarked how attractively presented the projects were, with Eva Jiricna – founder of Eva Jiricna Architects and member of the UIA – noting ‘the presentation is beautiful, the way they’re put on paper so skilful’. With such a vast array of architectural delights on offer our juries had to be incredibly selective, yet as usual they managed to agree on where the majority of projects should be ranked; coming to a final decision however became something of a stumbling block for those on the Unbuilt jury as the quality of the entries was so high and differences between them so vast.

Nevertheless, the panel managed to battle through and eventually our shortlists were complete. The results are as follows:


Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, Canada (LMN Architects)
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (Cox Architects and Planners)
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia (JPW)
Seaford Life Saving Club, Melbourne, Australia (Robert Simeoni Pty Ltd Architects)
Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (Studio Daniel Libeskind)
Zamet Centre, Rijeka, Croatia (3LHD)


Sochi 2014 Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia (Populous)
Batumi Aquarium, Batumi, Georgia (Henning Larsen Architects)
Yarauvi, Dead Sea, Jordan (Miró Rivera Architects)
Baha’i Temple for South America, Santiago, Chile (Hariri Pontarini Architects)
New York Korea Center, New York, United States (Samoo Architects & Engineers)
Seville City Gates Stadium, Seville, Spain (IAD – International Architecture Development)

The winners of both the Built and Unbuilt categories of the Civic Buildings Awards will be announced in next Tuesday's News Review

Sian Disson
News Editor

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