The judging day for the WAN Residential Award 2013 produced very good debate leading to a very satisfying shortlist in terms of range of projects. The panel consisted of: Michel Bertreux, Founder of TETRARC; David Bickle, Partner of Hawkins\\Brown; Ted Cullinan, Founder of Cullinan Studio; Kenneth Drucker, Senior Principal & Design Director of HOK; Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects; Christina Seilern, Founder of Studio Seilern Architects; and Peter Murray, NLA - London’s Centre for Built Environment.
First on to the shortlist was Park Hill in Sheffield by Hawkins\\Brown with Studio Egret West. Christina Seilern commented that ‘it cleverly celebrates warts and all the old building without covering it up’. It was agreed that deftly renovating the original and ‘trying to make it work was the right way to go’.
23 dwellings Boulevard de Hollande, Béthune, France by FRES architectes was second onto the shortlist and regarded as a great textural form with ‘very nice elements’. The layouts felt spacious for such a tight space.
Next on to the shortlist was Formosa 1140 in West Hollywood by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. David Bickle thought it to be a ‘brave, bold piece of architecture’ and the judges were drawn in particular to the fact that what would normally be subsumed into the development as courtyard space had been turned into public realm in the form of a park. Peter Murray regarded the project as ‘a positive contribution to the urban landscape’.
Next onto the shortlist was Neue Hamburger Terrassen, in Germany by LAN Architecture. This scheme impressed the judges through the coming together of 33 families to determine the space they were to live in, working with the architects to create a community. David Bickle noted: "It allows all the day to day plastic toys and bicycles and garden stuff to spill out and still [the façade] holds together."
Zaha Hadid made it on to the shortlist with a project in the Future category; in this instance the ‘spectacular’ Beko Masterplan & Architectural Design in Belgrade, Serbia which Ted Cullinan noted as a ‘powerful, curvy scheme’. Peter Murray thought: "As far as what it would be like to live in is concerned, it’s pretty dramatic to come out of your front door and see that every day."
Another ‘powerful’ Future project to make it to the shortlist was Icon Residence in Penang, Malaysia by International Design Studio Pte Ltd. Christina Seilern observed: "They’ve managed to make a very large building feel very small scale which I think is great." It was even thought to have a 1960’s feel to the imagery and overall it interested the judges greatly.
This was closely followed by Tybalds Estate in London by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, regarded as ‘sensitive’ and ‘healing the public realm’ in the way it attempts to stitch together an urban landscape, creating new areas and reinforcing streetscapes.
Finally, the Garden Village in Berkeley by Nautilus Group Inc was singled out for being exciting in what it was trying to do to foster community. It was seen as a great model for student housing.
There were two projects that the judges felt overall were worthy of commendation; firstly Parkveien 5 in Oslo by Infill AS which was singled out as a ‘really lovely handling of a leftover site’. Cristina Seilern in particular liked ‘the level of effort and the level of detailing’ that had gone into the project.
On a far larger scale, Gemdale Meilong City Shenzhen Phase 4 in Shenzhen, China by WSP was praised for giving the opportunity for others to shape and mould the building by adding elements to the balcony such as a conservatory.
We wish to extend out heartiest congratulations to those that made the Shortlist or were Highly Commended. The judges were satisfied that a supreme depth and range made it through to the next stage from social housing to luxury development, from small scale with fascinating site constraints or existing problems to repair to larger, denser schemes.
WAN AWARDS Co-ordinator