WAN Adaptive Reuse Award 2017 Winner Announced

28 Feb 2018

The Storefront Theater, an outstanding project by Matthew Mazzotta wins the WAN Adaptive Reuse Award 2017

We are delighted to congratulate Matthew Mazzotta, winners of the WAN Adaptive Reuse Award 2017 with their creative and original design for The Storefront Theater.

Matthew Mazzotta’s design was chosen by an expert jury, who had the difficult task of selecting a winner from a shortlist of six projects. This year’s jury, chosen for their expertise within this sector were: Simon Ansom, Associate Principal at Grimshaw, Nina Rappaport, Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture & Project Director, Vertical Urban Factory and Andreas Lyckefors, Co-Founder of Bornstein Lyckefors Arkitekter. The judges praised the originality and innovation of this scheme, and the social impact of the project. 

Jury Quotes

“This is a superbly creative and original project. While it is not as much historic preservation the adaptive reuse concept of the public seating space that announces itself with the press of a button is genius. The function and form are unique and it has pushed accepted boundaries of architecture and design. A super project and a draw to the main street. Every main street needs one.” Nina Rappaport

“This a highly innovative solution to create new communal space. By turning the shop front into a viewing platform, the designer has taken in the street and whole town as part of a socially driven reuse. The is an ingenious solution to local issues driven directly from the needs of local residents. Great grassroots approach!” Simon Ansom

“The storefront theatre really sums up what this category is about. In an innovative original fashion the project introduces a new intricate piece of architecture to the public space in Lyons Nebraska. The most rewarding feature of the project is how it’s turning the set piece or coulisse architecture inside out and involves the entire street in the program. In doing so the architecture becomes an urban project as it interact with the surrounding urban space. It's also a striking sustainable solution as nearly becomes a social institution.” Andreas Lyckefors

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank the jury, and all who entered their projects into this year’s WAN Adaptive Reuse Award 2017.

All 2018 WAN AWARDS categories are open for entry with a special early bird discount available until 29th March. For more information, please click HERE

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