The WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017 now into it’s third year, is a celebration of excellence for ‘design only’ projects and welcomes innovative entries that demonstrate vision and progressive thinking. The candidates submitted entries into this year’s civic category showcased a variety of forward thinking concepts to attract their future communities.
In charge of selecting the final six shortlisted entries who were chosen for their expertise in this category, were: Simon Erridge, Director at Bennetts Associates, Keb Garavito Bruhn, Founding Partner at Pilbrow & Partners, Carmen Pereira, Associate Partner at Mecanoo architecten and Suzi Winstanley, Associate at Penoyre & Prasad.
Shortlist listed in no particular order:
“It’s just so simple. It feels like the whole landscape was part of it, it’s a strong submission.” Suzi Winstanley
“It’s a very elegant building.” Keb Garavito Bruhn
“I think the simplicity of this scheme is its strength, its incredibly straightforward. Geometrically, it respects and responds to the setting in the park and the geometry of the listed / historic buildings sitting next to it. I like the way it brings the landscape down within, into the many galleries. It clearly has a lot of space on the ground because of the nature of the setting but it connects well with the landscape above. It feels like it will produce successful and useable gallery spaces for many different types of media, which I think is really important. It’s a successful resolution of a contemporary gallery in that setting.” Simon Erridge
“This is an inventive typology, it might be quite an exceptional building. I think this is beautifully and elegantly resolved with the relationship to the landscape and the buildings around it, I think it’s clever and the forms and the spatial relationships are very strong.” Keb Garavito Bruhn
“The landscaped route is acknowledged as part of this building.” Carmen Pereira
“This is unlike any conservatory building, any botanical building that we’ve seen before. I really enjoy the composition simplicity and the shape sitting within the landscape and the drama of the interior space. It’s a very interesting scheme and unlike anything that we’ve seen.” Simon Erridge
“There’s some obviously interesting things about this, the idea that you go in downstairs as part of the archaeology is really interesting.” Suzi Winstanley
“It’s got some interesting aspects about it.” Simon Erridge
“Inspiring and inviting.” Carmen Pereira
“These spaces do have character. I agree in its description that they’re saying, it’s flexible in its use.” Keb Garavito Bruhn
“I like the simplicity of this building, I think it creates a strong connection to nature in its setting. I think it is a very welcoming place to be, quite open, easy to get into and quite a friendly building, I would expect it to attract quite a diverse range of people.” Suzi Winstanley
“As a sculptural form set into the landscape it does have a clear relationship from the interior to the exterior, it is tantalising as a form.” Keb Garavito Bruhn
“It appears to have a well-resolved geometry and that’s quite satisfying. It feels like it floats over the park, it’s a strong response.” Simon Erridge
“A truly forward thinking approach to rehabilitation.” Carmen Pereira
“This project has a bigger and more substantial idea, it has impact and power as an institution.” Simon Erridge
“It’s a correctional facility, but it really rethinks what that is. It doesn't provide a lavish interior, but it provides a kind of adequate homely environment, that suggest to me that it would be a much better place to be in prison than elsewhere and much more effectively do the job of rehabilitation.” Suzi Winstanley
“I think that this is a really difficult scheme - the brief to create an entrance area to this very iconic building - so by secreting it underground is a really smart move, but by still trying to make a really great space out of that. Also letting in natural light makes it a very special place, and this is the strong aspects of this scheme.” Suzi Winstanley
“I actually think it’s quite an interesting thing and I quite like it.” Simon Erridge
“Transformative!” Carmen Pereira
WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six finalists in the WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017.
The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.