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    Danxia World Heritage Gateway - West-line Studio

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    Danxia World Heritage Gateway - West-line Studio

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    Morse Park Amphitheatre - Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government

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    Washington Iron Works - AC Martin

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    MPavilion 2018 - Estudio Carme Pinós

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    MPavilion 2018 - Estudio Carme Pinós

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Perfect ideas for small spaces

Alison Carter
05 Aug 2019

Four outstanding entries from the Small Spaces category of 2019 WAN Awards

Completed in the 1970s, the Morse Park Amphitheatre has grown along with the old residential community. The Architectural Services Department of the HKSAR Government sought to enrich the communal space within the most ageing district of Hong Kong wanting to expand the venue’s potential to attract wider activities. The tradition of open courtyard performances in Chinese Opera history is reinterpreted in the open amphitheatre for Cantonese Operas. It further accommodates 

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architectural commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Every year one new temporary pavilion is designed by a leading international architect becoming a design and cultural laboratory, and home to a free four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations. MPavilion 2018 is the fifth pavilion in the annual series and is designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós.

Danxia World Heritage Gateway - West-line Studio is an entry in the Small Spaces category at the 2019 World Architecture News Awards.  Located in the Chishui region, northern Guizhou province, the popular tourist rest spot is characterised by stunning red cliffs, peaks and streams. The building’s design is sensitive to those characteristics of the landscape as the local Danxia red stone allows it to become completely embedded into the surroundings.  The materials come from natural river flooding as the project sits at the base of a mountain, from which the top originates a river. When torrential floods erupt, various sizes of Danxia stones are transported downstream by the river, collected by workers and easily cut thanks to their high-porosity.

The Washington Iron Works project features a long 2-storey bar of 8432 SF. The bar lines the south side of the existing fabrication building and is defined by a floating Corten steel bar over cement plaster wall panels and full height butt-jointed glass panels. The design is comprised of using raw building material assemblies, which engage each other, but also function in specific ways to define the use while enhancing the user experience. A sandblasted CMU wall revealing the aggregate of the block provides a subdued datum against which the bar can rest. The west end of the corten bar acts as both a brise-soleil for the conference room’s southwest facing glass.

The World Architecture News Awards showcase the best international design in both current and future projects. All 2019 entries can be seen here. 

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