Identifying and rewarding ideas that enhance movement and access, from train stations to transit hubs, airports to seaports, parking structures to pedestrian schemes, the WAN Transport Award again saw a fantastic amount of varied projects entered from across the globe.
Transport projects provide such unique challenges as new networks and technologies are introduced or older infrastructure and buildings are upgraded to take ever higher passenger numbers or traffic. The panel tasked with the difficult challenge of selecting a winner in this category were: Olof Hallberg, Partner at Abako; Anthony Leslie, Vice President at HOK and Poul Ove Jensen, Director of Bridges Architect MAA at DISSING+WEITLING.
From such a strong shortlist the judges found it hard to get the six wonderful projects down to one. Through the later stages of the judging session Anthony had to step out of the room due to the conflict of interest. Down to the last few projects it was now down to Olof and Poul to make the winning decision. After much discussion the final winner emerged as Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) by HOK. Congratulations.
Located in Anaheim, USA this project sets a new precedent for civic-minded transit hubs, transforming a key area of the city into a pedestrian and bike friendly, destination. ARTIC connects more than ten modes of transportation, including future high speed rail, and is one of the most advanced transit centres in the world, employing a high-tech ETFE cladding system for maximum daylighting and environmental control. Olof and Poul thought this project was a high contender from the start and praised the space created with clarity with Olof commenting; “This I think is a wonderful manifestation of public transport. It has a very clear interior and is structurally elegant. It feels good to support the symbolic values of public transport in the states and I think this project can stand out in that way. It is good to support the transport evolution in America.”
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury, but all who entered their projects into this years’ WAN Transport in Architecture Award 2015. Congratulations again to HOK for their winning submission.