The aim of the design for the Kakogawa Kindergarten, an entry in the Colour in Architecture category, was to reinterpret the spatial quality of a forest and to make it a cultural focal point for the local community. Architects from Takenaka Corporation did this by designing a porous open air building connected to its surroundings with each colour within the building chosen from flowers in the surrounding environment thereby reflecting the traditional Japanese colour palette.
Danxia World Heritage Gateway, an entry in the Small Spaces category, can be found in the Chishui region, northern Guizhou province. This is a popular tourist spot characterised by stunning red cliffs, peaks and streams. The use of the local Danxia red stone allows it to become completely embedded into the surroundings.
The design for the Interface Headquarters. an entry in the Adaptive Reuse category, builds on Interface’s leadership in sustainability and looks to nature for inspiration. A continuous graphic of a forest on the exterior glass complements Interface’s “Factory as a Forest,” a program that aims to redesign Interface facilities to match the performance of local ecosystems.
And finally to music with the Raisebeck Music Center, an entry in the Small Spaces category. The center is Seattle Symphony’s new and immersive, experimental performance space. This is described as beyond the idea of the “black box” performance space, a venue that can adapt visually and sonically to the needs of each specific activity. And to support acoustic immersion, Octave 9’s physical environment is designed to acoustically disappear. Click through to find out more.