Recently we met up with some of the architecture community’s top experts and enthusiasts on sustainable building to form the panel for the 2014 Sustainable Building of the Year Award. Our panel consisted of:
- Ann Marie Aguilar: Associate Director at Arup Associates;
- Chris Castle: Main Board Director at EPR Architects;
- Heidi Creighton: Sustainability Consultant;
- Richard Hyams: Founding Director of AStudio.
The WAN Sustainable Building of the Year Award seeks to promote and award those buildings that holistically embrace sustainable practices, without compromising on those factors that are found in good design such as originality, innovation, form and dialogue with context.
So without further ado, we are delighted to announce that the six best sustainable projects for 2014 are (in alphabetical order):
1 Embankment Place in London, UK by TP Bennett
1 Embankment Place has become the most sustainable building in the UK with a BREEAM Outstanding rating of 96.31% representing the highest score ever achieved in BREEAM’s 23 year history.
Powerhouse Kjøin Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta
By optimizing and combining existing technologies in new ways, the two office buildings from the 1980s were renovated into positive-energy buildings.
Te Mirumiru in Kawakawa, New Zealand by Collingridge and Smith Architects
In 2014, the design received a 6 Greenstar Rating (highest possible) from the New Zealand Green Building Council making it one of only three buildings in NZ to receive this accolade, and is the only Greenstar rated early childhood centre in the whole of Australasia.
University of Queensland Global Change Institute in Brisbane, Australia by HASSELL
The building has achieved a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 6 Star Green Star Design rating (certified) and Living Building Challenge (LBC) As Built Rating (awaiting rating notification).
Upcycle House in Nyborg, Denmark by Ledanger Arkitekter
Upcycle House is an experimental project, aimed at exposing potential carbon-emission reductions through the use of recycled and upcycled building materials. In the case of Upcycle House, the reduction has been 86% compared to a benchmark house.
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, Canada by Perkins+Will
The building was designed to align with, and contribute to the Garden’s conservation mission. Through mapping and analysing the Garden’s ecology, the project team successfully integrated natural and human systems, restoring biodiversity and ecological balance to the site.
Congratulations to the six short listed firms, and we will be publishing the overall results of the WAN Sustainable Building of the Year award in a few weeks’ time.