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    Future Exhibition Center in Baoding - SZAD/Atelier Yunchao Xu

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    Beaupassage by Franklin Azzi Architecture. Photo credit: Alexandre Tabaste

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    Beaupassage by Franklin Azzi Architecture. Photo credit: Alexandre Tabaste

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    Oasis Terraces - Serie + Multiply Architects

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    Oasis Terraces - Serie + Multiply Architects

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    The Statue of unity - Larsen & Toubro Limited

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Towering: the world’s tallest statue

Alison Carter
05 Aug 2019

Stand out entries in the WAN Awards Mixed Use category

Capable of enduring wind speeds of 180km/s and 6.8 Richter scale earthquakes, The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue at 182m. The project's objective was to create a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to remind people of India's freedom struggle and to inspire them to inculcate Sardar's visionary ideologies of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance. The statue is a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel and rises out of a star-shaped, geometric base that covers Sadhu Hill. Its steel frames are cladded in about 6,500 bronze panels which are supported by vertical cores.

Oasis Terraces stands to reinvent what a community centre is in a high-density city. Providing the primary public amenities for residents in the Punggol neighbourhood of Singapore, the 27,000 sqm centre contains health, retail and communal facilities. An expansive sloping green space defines the scheme, allowing views, light and air to penetrate the building. Landscape acts as a connective element in which garden elements successively frame community space.

In the heart of the 7th district of Paris, Beaupassage, is an ambitious architectural and landscaping project. Based on an in-depth analysis of the geometry of the buildings, their lines and frames, the ambition of the project is both to preserve the atypical character of the site and to coexist in a coherent way all these typologies, while 'orienting towards contemporary uses. 

The Future Exhibition Center in Baoding is an urban planning pavilion for an 80 hectares high-tech park, filling a former campus exhibition space. The layouts are rectangular in the perimeter and round in the center to maximize the use of interior space and integrate public and private domain. The first and second levels provide open exhibition space for different uses. As the first building in the park, the building’s form welcomes users and makes for a memorable sculpture.

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