The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects by our jury panel of industry leaders. The WAN Commercial 15 jury consisted of: John Drew, Principal at Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, Kent Jackson, Design Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, David Lawrence, Managing Director of Flanagan Lawrence, Brendon Moss, Project Director at Qatari Diar, Liz Peace CBE, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and Matt Yeoman, Founding partner of BuckleyGrayYeoman.
The jury’s brief was to find only one winner from a fine array of commercial projects from across the globe. It was a difficult task, but after much discussion and debate the jury decision was unanimous in favour of the Bestseller Office Complex with John commenting: “It’s a clear winner for me, an amazing commercial space.”
The office complex resembles a varied flotilla of buildings at different levels, which are connected by a series of outdoor spaces like atria, courtyards, terraces and roof gardens. Kent shared his thoughts: “The spaces and the roof terrace are very impressive, a real standout winner.” The sustainability was another aspect that impressed the judges. The office complex uses sea-water cooling and solar heating ensuring energy consumption 50% lower than the minimum requirements stated in the building regulations. Kent added: “The fact that the energy consumption is 50% less than code is another plus.”
The mixture of office buildings and outdoor spaces creates the impression that this is a town within a town. The complex, surrounded by canals and lakes on all four sides, forms the entrance to the new, urban district on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark. The façades are designed on two design principles: Reliefs in light natural stone frame deep window niches in the parallel north and south façades. By way of contrast, the east and west façades are simple, transparent glass façades framed with natural stone. David also shared his thoughts describing the office complex as “A beautifully crafted building which fits the brief.”
Following a strong debate over the six shortlisted projects, all the judges agreed on their eventual winner. Matt commented on why C.F. Moller Architect’s project was chosen: “This office building by CF Moeller stands out from the others as a sophisticated response to its context. The strategy of breaking a large volume into linked smaller parts helps to integrate the building into the existing surroundings because the scale of the component parts is sympathetic to the old town nearby.”
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury, but all who entered their projects into the 2015 WAN Commercial Award.