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WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017 Winner Announced

Thursday 01 Mar 2018

The extraordinary Prison in Nuuk by FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins the WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017

We are delighted to congratulate FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, winners of the WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2017 for their humanist design, New Prison in Nuuk.

FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design was chosen by an expert judging panel, who viewed the shortlist of six entries extensively before selecting the overall winner. This year’s jury, 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. 

The judges praised the winning design for its clear and effective response to an unusual client brief for rehabilitation, together with its challenge to traditional civic building typology.

Jury quotes:

“It definitely pushes the accepted boundaries for this typology. 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 suggests 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. There’s some nice touches, the reorientation of the rooms which I think really shows care for the individual.” Suzi Winstanley

“It’s really hard to not select this project as the winner as it is going to be so transformative.” Keb Garavito Bruhn

“There’s a kind of humanity around it which I think is really important. It feels like it's been designed to help people out of difficulty rather than to punish people, which is really important. I think that the way that the regular geometry of the architecture sits on the landscape is actually a strong architectural response to that setting, which clearly responds to the remoteness of this setting, it’s very powerful. They’re pushing this specific typology in a really interesting way.” Simon Erridge

“A truly forward thinking approach to rehabilitation.” Carmen Pereira

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury, but all who entered their projects into this year’s WAN Future Projects Civic 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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