The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2012

Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo /

The results of the 9th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards have been announced, honoring the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.

The winners were selected from an impressive shortlist by an international jury of architects that included Irving Brauer (chairman, principal of Brauer Associates), Phil Holden (managing director of Pascall+Watson architects), Lucy Bullivant (architectural curator, critic, author), Paolo Brescia (partner of Open Building Research), and Kasia Fiutowska (founding partner of Sketch Design).

The 2012 award winners are:

Overall winner for 2012:
Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo / Sou Fujimoto Architects

Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo / Sou Fujimoto Architects

It’s a “sophisticated yet simple solution”, and an excellent example of form following function. The building’s primary role of storing and retrieving books becomes the concept for the interior and exterior design.

Mixed-Use Building of the year award:
Daeyang Gallery & House, South Korea / Steven Holl Architects

Daeyang Gallery & House, South Korea / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Residential Building of the year award (single occupancy):
Villa Roces, Bruges, Belgium / Architectureburo Govaert & Vanhoutte

Villa Roces, Bruges, Belgium / Architectureburo Govaert & Vanhoutte

Residential Building of the year award (multiple occupancy):
S.A Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh / Rafiq Azam

S.A Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh / Rafiq Azam

*Special Awards went to Studio Daniel Libeskind, DCA Architects PTE Ltd, with Reflections at Keppel Bay

Studio Daniel Libeskind, DCA Architects PTE Ltd, with Reflections at Keppel Bay

Commercial Building of the year award:
Vivanta Hotel, Bangalore, India / WOW Architects

Vivanta Hotel, Bangalore, India / WOW Architects

International Interior Design award:
The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia / Billard Leece Partnership & Bates Smart with HKS

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia / Billard Leece Partnership & Bates Smart with HKS

Refurbishment of the year award:
The Granary / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

The Granary / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

*A special Award went to Masrah Al Qasba Theatre, Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, by Magma Architecture

Masrah Al Qasba Theatre, Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates / Magma Architecture

Young Architect of the year award:
White Grounds UK / Marco Guarnieri

White Grounds UK / Marco Guarnieri

Public Building award :
Musashino Art University Museum & Library Tokyo, Japan / Sou Fujimoto Architects

Musashino Art University Museum & Library Tokyo, Japan / Sou Fujimoto Architects

*A Special Award went to Stephen Marshall Architects, with Rothschild Archive, UK

Stephen Marshall Architects, with Rothschild Archive, UK

Best Sustainable Development:
The Druk White Lotus School, Shey, India / Arup Associates

The Druk White Lotus School, Shey, India / Arup Associates

Best Future Building 2012 (2 Winners):
Manhattan Loft Gardens, London, UK / Skidmore Owings + Merrill

Manhattan Loft Gardens, , UK / Skidmore Owings + Merrill

The Rock Stadium, Al Ain, UAE / MZ Architects

The Rock Stadium, Al Ain, UAE / MZ Architects

Lifetime Achievement in architectural Community award:
Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind

The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2011

All images courtesy of LEAF Awards.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2012" 27 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=277009>
  • Luke

    Apart from producing hideous buildings and devisive architecture that is unpopular and leaks, please remind me about Daniel Libeskind’s “Achievements in the Architectural Community” category.

  • Samuel Zuckerberg

    Bad Choice on the Community Award. I can think of no one less worthy than Daniel Libeskind to receive this recognition. Who was he up against? Hitler? Idi Amin? Bin Laden?

  • G. P. Davis

    Pick a random name out of a telephone directory and give that person the Community Award. Giving it to a talentless charlatan like Daniel Libeskind degrades the award program and architecture in general.

  • James Randall

    With so many talented architects working selflessly to improve the architectural community, it seems wrong that the award was wasted on a self-important, washed-up and culturally irrelevant loudmouth like Daniel Libeskind. What were the judges thinking?

  • KL

    Poor choice picking a self-centered hack like Libeskind for the Community award. He doesn’t know the first thing about community. He’s too much of a selfish egomaniac to understand that concept.