The WAN Waterfront Award 2017 celebrates and highlights projects that embrace and exploit the benefits of sites in proximity to water, whether working, living, or both. This award recognises the importance of understanding the connection between urban development and water. Whether it be a city port, harbour front, canal, riverside, riverfront or the water’s edge, water plays an important role in balancing urban spaces.
Chosen for their dedication and passion for design in this sector, this year’s jury panel were: Richard Coutts, Co-Founder of Baca Architects Ltd, Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal of SHoP Architects and Paul Thompson, Senior Associate of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Shortlist listed in no particular order:
“One of the hardest things to achieve in architecture is a novel, even transcendent use of material technologies. In its use of marble and glass, Hariri Pontarini's Bahá’í Temple of South America represents an elegant, spectacular achievement.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“Extraordinary views and reflections have been maximised through its setting on the site. There is a wonderful contrast between its solidity and transparency when viewed between night and day. The plan form is natural and organic.” Paul Thompson
“Simple and elegant.” Richard Coutts
“With an unassuming aspect and a subtle use of materials, the Picchio Visitors' Centre seems poised to allow the people using it to be at the forefront of the experience. It also possesses a supple form that translates seamlessly between inside and out.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“A simple building that plays second fiddle to its extraordinary enhanced landscape, providing the shelter and amenity to utilise this excellently landscaped pond throughout the year. The centre projects an amazing feeling of tranquillity.” Paul Thompson
“Arup's Singapore National Stadium appears to be successful in managing the enormous range of sporting and other events planned to take place there.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“This beautifully engineered and highly flexible structure has created an extraordinary sporting venue. The contrasting geometries of the national stadium and the indoor stadium and clever landscaping create an inspiring complex.” Paul Thompson
“Allowing the constraints of a given building type - in this case the challenging acoustical conditions of an outdoor amphitheater - to dictate its form is always a wise place to begin considering a design and the architects of Velentiny hvp resolved those constraints into an elegant and powerful whole. A really great project.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“Uniquely modern whilst evoking the simplicity and scale of megaliths. The clever stacking of the auditoria enable the venue to appear quite modest in its scale. The geometric cuts and curving shapes enable dramatic lighting and framed views and a seemingly highly engaging venue.” Paul Thompson
“Lovely building!” Richard Coutts
“It's a great building that balances its strong formal aspirations with a grounded materiality.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“Incredibly bold and angular forms combined with a scale and emptiness of the treatment to the site immediately convey the devastation of war. This vast sculptural form hides massive and predominantly underground museum whilst providing an unique identity to this large site. The clever use of a singular colour and materiality link it back to the historical town.” Paul Thompson
“A design that respects and elevates its surroundings, CF Møller's Copenhagen International School seems right at home on its waterfront site.” Gregg Pasquarelli
“This building proudly displays its eco credentials and is cleverly subdivided into 4 towers upon a common base. The addition in time of the three islands will really embed the building into its waterside location.” Paul Thompson
WAN AWARDS would like to thank the jury and congratulate all six finalists in the WAN Waterfront Award 2017.
The winner of this category will be announced on the 28th February 2018 at our prestigious WAN AWARDS 2017 Event.