Despite the mass riots that swept London this week our hardy panel of judges fought their way to the heart of the city to handpick the top twelve entries to the 2011 WAN AWARDS Civic Buildings sector. While England’s capital continues to pick up the pieces of its broken streetscapes, it is warming to see that the civic submissions offer hope and spirited design encapsulating the very meaning of the term ‘public space’.
This notion of civic function was intrinsic to the jury’s decision process, with the majority of projects catching the eye of our jurors for their balance of strong architectural design and commitment to civic function. Keith Williams, Founding Partner of Keith Williams Architects was particularly taken with Larraz Arquitectos’ Shelter Home for the Homeless in Pamplona, which easily made the shortlist, commenting: “Many homeless people are untied over a social embarrassment about where they are, so a place like this where you are not under display would be quite a good thing.”
A number of schemes were praised for their easy integration into the surrounding landscape; JDS’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump was singled out for this purpose, alongside Bunker Arquitectura’s Sunset Chapel, both prominent figures in their communities yet sympathetic to the surrounding flora and fauna.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Oslo, Norway - JDS Architects
Shelter Home for the Homeless, Pamplona, Spain - Larraz Arquitectos
Sun Moon Lake Administration Office of Tourist Bureau, Nantou County, Taiwan - Norihiko Dan and Associates
Nebuta House (Nabuta-no-ie Warasse), Aomori City, Japan - molo/d&dt Arch/Frank la Rivière Architects Inc
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland - Populous
Sunset Chapel, Acapulco, Mexico - Bunker Arquitectura
Parliament Complex, Quito, Ecuador - Estudio de Arquitectura Aguilera Salvador Soria
Pier Museum, Miami, United States - Studio MK27
V&A at Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom - Kengo Kuma & Associates
Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso, Boticas, Portugal - Louise Braverman Architect
BORÅBorås park pavilions and skating rink, Borås, Sweden - Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect
Gyeonggi-do Jeongok Museum of Prehistory, Geonggi-do, South Korea - MADe