Singapore and Holland share the podium

27 Jan 2015

Rotterdam’s Markthal and Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Centre are the winning projects in the Mixed-Use Award 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Mixed-Use Award 2014: Skidmore Owings & Merrill in the future projects sub-category and MVRDV in the completed projects sub-category! Judging the entries in this brand new category were Brian Honda of MIX Studio Works (remote judge), Christopher Choa of AECOM, David Bailey of Hastings Architecture Associates LLC (remote judge) and Pascal Wensink of EPR Architects.

Tanjong Pagar Centre by Skidmore Owings & Merrill  in Tanjong, Singapore,took the title in the Future Projects sub-category – a 160,000 sq m business and lifestyle hub, that will provide a mix of uses; comprising office, residential, retail and hospitality. Judge Christopher Choa said of the scheme: “Architecturally it is very skilful, and also it has two metro entrances and is bringing people in from street level down into the basement and up underneath this plaza which is a very nice environment to have in Singapore when you need to get into the shade.”

Brian Honda noted: “Here, all the pieces are well-planned with the usual greater nuances in the towers than the lower podium and below grade areas. The public garden/park zone along the main street frontage does create a useful grand pavilion-esque court that is quite apt for Singapore's unique sauna-like climate as it provides an appreciable interface scale at the street not typical within most urban centres.”

Our winner in the Completed Projects sub-category is Markthal by MVRDV in Rotterdam, Holland . The first covered food market in the Netherlands where visitors are able to shop, eat, live and park their car, all underneath the colourful 40 meter high arch.The judges were unanimous in feeling that MRDRV had pushed the boundaries of the typology and highly praised the schemes architecture as well as public realm.

Christopher Choa said: “It has the spirit of a civic market place, but by combining it with other uses it makes the market all the better, and it also points perhaps to how big market structures can exist in the future. The market itself is probably the best, most enlightened public realm and looks at how to interweave with one or two things that are probably more private.” Pascal Wensink also noted: “It’s such strong architecture, and incredibly brave, and it’s pulled off.”

Thank you to all who took part in the first year of our Mixed-Use Award and to our judges for sharing their knowledge and expertise! We will be announcing the launch of the 2015 Mixed-Use category later this autumn.

Sarah Hammad


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