WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017 Winner Announced

Thursday 01 Mar 2018

Shinsegae International by Olson Kundig Architects wins the WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017

We are excited to announce Olson Kundig Architects as the first winners of the WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017 for their striking and well executed design, Shinsegae International.

Olson Kundig Architects entry was selected by our experienced jury panel, who viewed the final shortlist of six in depth before choosing the overall winner. This year’s jury, chosen for their expertise in this area were: Firas Hnoosh, Principal and Design Director of Architecture at Perkins+Will’s Dubai Office, James Parakh, Architect & Urban Design Manager at the City Planning Division City of Toronto, Robin Partington, Managing Partner at Robin Partington & Partners and Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects. 

Jury quotes:

“While simplistic in form, this project gains complexity as one gets closer to the building, where the intricacies of the movable facades become apparent. While its exterior may seem inspired by Meis Van der Rohe’s New York, Chicago and Toronto classics, a deeper study of the façade reveals an ornamentation that is inspired by the corporation that it is built for and the fashion industry. This level of ornamentation is reminiscent of the Chrysler Buildings radiator hub caps which adorn this classic art-deco masterpiece. The blend of these two concepts makes this building noteworthy.” James Parakh

“At ground level it creates a strong sense of address and despite its mechanical feel, manages to feel warm and engaging, with sufficient confidence in its overall character to be playful in part. This is a skilled and crafted building created by designers who cared about the appropriate use of material and the celebration of detail and should be applauded. I am sure that those who work in the building will enjoy its detail and moments of delight such as the roof garden.” Robin Partington

“A fresh take on a Miesian aesthetic. The facade of the building alludes to the nature of its occupants with its lace-like filigree of steel pipes. It meets the ground softly and invites the general public to access its lobbies.” Firas Hnoosh

“A beautiful building with modernist overtones, having a strong identity that appears to draw reference from Maison de Verre. The vertically sliding shutters offer theatrical animation to the façade, enriching its relationship with the street. The building façade responds differently to the ground and the sky and it is differently scaled to respond to the detailed building context. The buildings modest height shouldn't take away from the buildings challenges and successful resolution. The building delivers on its brief beautifully and successfully realises a contextual, detailed mid height building. This building's USP is not it's 'tallness' but rather that it has delivered its own sense of itself with a strong character and identity.“ Ken Shuttleworth

We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Olson Kundig Architects for their fantastic winning design. We would also like to thank not only the jury, but all those who entered their projects into this year’s WAN Tall Buildings 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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