The Future Schemes category of the Civic Award has probably been the toughest category fought to date in the WAN AWARDS. An extremely wide range of projects were received from ecclesiastical to exhibition spaces, expo pavilions to sports stadia. The judges tasked with comparing the visions and concepts were Bob Fry, Managing Director of Swanke Hayden, Ian Maddocks, Partner and Head of Facades of Buro Happold, Femi Oresanya, Vice President of HOK
The winner in the Future Schemes category is Luminous Moon Gate in Taiwan by Form4 Architecture. All the judges agreed that it was a great, compelling civic gesture and even the name was exciting. Everyone loved its drama and its sense of adventure with Bob Fry in particular noting its ambition. It would be fascinating to walk around set as it is in well considered parkland and the spaces inside have been well thought out. Above all, Femi Oresanya stated that his young children would be desperate to explore the building if they ever saw it for real. Which is probably the best you could ever hope for in a civic project.
Highly Commended was Larnaca Public Market in Larnaca, Cyprus by Demetrios Constantinou & Associates. It was regarded by the judging panel as ‘terribly sophisticated’, adding ‘It has been very skilfully and sensitively designed’. Femi Oresanya noted how well it related to its context and to its neighbours. Above all, the judges agreed that this was a project that one could see actually being realised. As Ian Maddocks noted, ‘you can imagine this being built. It doesn’t look unnecessarily expensive’. Femi liked the way it knitted all the different aspects together whilst Bob Fry praised the way ‘the project responds well to the urban grain’.
Jinshan Church in Fuzhou City, China by Inuce/Dirk U. Moench made it to the shortlist and was regarded as ‘powerful’ and ‘dramatic’ by the judges. Bob Fry thought there was a mystery and mystique about the building: "There are a number of different experiences that are not laid bare as soon as you walk in." Also noted was the way natural light penetrates right through the building ‘like the Pantheon’.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Form4 Architecture and thanks to all those that participated. We sincerely hope that next year’s award is just as difficult and provokes the same level of debate on what truly makes a civic building.
WAN AWARDS Co-ordinator