WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2017 Shortlist Announced

Thursday 12 Oct 2017

Six projects celebrating the splendour of colour for the Colour in Architecture Award 2017

The WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2017 category is one of the most exciting and inspirational of all the award sectors. This award celebrates projects that harness the use of colour to dramatically transform a building or enhance the experience for its users and community.

Our panel of experts who selected the vibrant final six shortlist for 2017 were: Laura Carrara-Cagni, Director of Edward Williams Architects, Karen Haller, Applied Colour Psychology Practitioner, Consultant & Teacher of Karen Haller Colour & Design and Stefan Rappold, Partner, Behnisch Architekten.

Shortlist listed in no particular order: 

The Chrysalis Amphitheater in Columbia, United States by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

t's organic and fluid, sitting well in its environment. It would have been easy to have used one colour but in using four tones of green gives it an interesting mottled effect which is more in keeping the variety of greens in the surrounding” Karen Haller

“A strong and reasonable design idea with a comprehensible argument for the coloured material.” Stefan Rappold

“Very interesting, the shape and colour work nicely within the park's dark foliage standing out as a focal point.” Laura Carrara-Cagni

The Meeting House in Boston, United States by Mark Reigelman LLC

“A great cartoony installation in the park of Boston. The bright-yellow, small house refers to the historic part of New England's architectural culture. All necessary details are there (windows, frames, doors, roof, chimney, etc.). Not shown as a specific detail, but to put the focus on the entity of the installation.” Stefan Rappold

“The concept and significance of the Meeting House is very interesting and the civic installation playful and successful in its environment. It certainly addresses the subject in a deeply referenced way and the use of colour is instrumental in the reinterpretation.” Laura Carrara-Cagni

Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care in Philadelphia, United States by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

“The idea of creating 'Wait. Play. Learn' pediatric areas is a fantastic idea with a good use of colour to elicit positive behaviours and a sense of well being. The colour tones used on the outside of the building are great for children - welcoming and fun - minimising stress or anxiety.” Karen Haller

“The playful game of colourful slab undersides, underlines the idea to break down the building mass rather into a layout of horizontal elements. The used colors highlight in addition to this and the separation of vertical and original elements. A nice example how huge buildings can be cut down to a more reasonable size by a combination of massing and color-use.” Stefan Rappold

“Interesting concept and plan layout including the colour concept.” Laura Carrara-Cagni

Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy City, Utah, United States by MHTN Architects

“The choice of the flooring design underlines the charter of the vital middle corridor, the communicative “market place” of the building. The selected colours are part of the overall wayfinding concept, starting at the outside with the red canopy as the symbol for the main entrance. An unconventionally design with a special and unique character.” Stefan Rappold

“This is a good attempt at incorporating colour into the initial design and thinking through how it can support the well being and learning for the students in an engaging, inspiring and positive way.” Karen Haller

KIA BEAT 360 in Seoul, South Korea by CA PLAN 

“It looks interesting. Like the air vents of a car, adjusting the angles creates interesting interaction with the colours and light. It's certainly eye catching.” Karen Haller

“Colour, material, orientation interacts in a perfect way with natural and artificial light. The result is in a positive way, an undefined, an unknown and playful game in the façade. The building is not only a static volume, it seems to live, to move in different conditions. The building itself is more a movie rather than a freeze image.” Stefan Rappold

Maria Holder Nursery School Gall Hill in Gall Hill, Christ Church, Barbados by Architects Cubed Inc 

“It looks like colour was considered at the beginning of the project which is great, as it's so often considered an afterthought. The colours at the entrance create an air of excitement and anticipation. The yellow is welcoming and inviting. Good use of colour in the playground area to encourage play without it being too over stimulating.” Karen Haller

“The colourful entrance is perfectly highlighted with a palette of colours of the surrounding buildings (Barbadian Chattel Houses). A reasonable idea, adequate to the implementation of this new building complex in this neighbourhood. The chosen colours are also used in the inside of the building and in the garden area. The design, the layout and the way colours and materials are used in the various spaces is a good example of how colours can change the character of a space if they are applied not in an obvious harmony to the dedicated function.” Stefan Rappold

WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six finalists in the WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2017.

The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.

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