The winners of the 2013 AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture have been announced! The awards, presented by The Architectural Review and now in its 15th year, have seen "projects from locales as diverse as Bloomsbury and the Himalayas." This year over 350 entries were discussed by four esteemed judges, including Sir Peter Cook, and have led to four winners who will share a prize fund of £10,000. See both the four winning entries and the ten highly commended schemes after the break...
The award accepts only built work based on the ethos that architecture "cannot simply be confined to paper or computerized theorizing, but is a compact with society to build well and to build responsibly." The winning and commended schemes offer "a compelling snapshot of design activity from around the world the winning schemes are a powerful incentive for others to go out and do even better."
A former brewery in Berlin is converted into an exquisitely finished museum devoted to architectural drawings and shows just as much attention to detail as the images it displays.
A bisected pillbox on the bank of a dyke in Holland opens a way through the sometimes impenetrable memories of war to a future of broader horizons.
Winner: Lullaby Factory / Studio Weave with Structure Workshop, AB3 Workshops and Jessica Curry
A secret world is revealed that cannot be seen except from inside and cannot be heard by the naked ear, only by tuning in to its radio frequency or from a few special listening pipes. Weaving an urban narrative, this steampunk soundscape reanimates a neglected corner of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.
Winner: Pitch Black / Hernan Diaz Alonso
Currently housed in the MAK archive, Vienna, this installation celebrates the gorgeous grotesque. Exploring a world of bio-computational replicants, these glinting arachnoid fabrications exhibit an idiosyncratic formal language.
The new university complex offers a landscape of white scales breathing light on the outside and a big room open to the sky on the inside, evoking the whiteness and hermeticism of traditional Iberian architecture (Zaragoza, Spain).
Highly Commended: Observation Tower / Birk Heilmeyer & Frenzel Architekten
Marking the transition from town to surrounding forest landscape, a 23.5m wooden tower in Hemer, Germany, works as a microcosmic embodiment of structural and architectural ingenuity.
Highly Commended: Jianamani Visitor Centre / Atelier Teamminus
Nestled within sacred Buddhist grounds, a visitor centre adopts a traditional square Tibetan plan augmented by a network of observation decks that choreograph vistas of the Jianamani (Yushu, Qinghai, China).
Highly Commended: Makoko Floating School / NLÉ
This pilot project for a floating school in Lagos, Nigeria, was built for the community of Makoko where 100,000 people live in houses built on stilts. The A-frame structure provides a scalable and adaptable platform for wider social provision.
Highly Commended: Rubido Romero Foundation / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
An existing farmhouse is renovated to provide space for lectures, exhibitions, counseling and community activities. The approach sensitively unites old and new elements of rural Spain in a dialogue that articulates a convincing new whole (Galicia, Spain).
Highly Commended: Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse / HWCD
Lyrical interplay of volume and material provide a new formal language for traditional Chinese architecture. With a contemporary sensibility, this modern teahouse project in Yangzhou provides a setting for one of China’s most culturally significant rituals, the tea ceremony (Yangzhou, China).
Highly Commended: Education Centre / Dominikus Stark Architekten
Re-conceptualizing vernacular precedents in rural Rwanda, Nyanza Education Centre reimagines local material palettes and craftsmanship to realize an exceptionally sober and dignified building, resonating with place, time and culture.
Highly Commended: Cemetery Hall / Hiroshi Nakamura
With poetic thoughtfulness towards program and place, Cemetery Hall in Japan emerges from the forested hills of Sayamaya with an emphasis on natural materials, handling of light, and the expression of a connection with nature. It is a project which is so delicately designed that it resembles a tranquil garden of the dead.
Highly Commended: Student Apartments, Oceanographic Observatory / Fernandez & Serres
Enveloped within a dusky pink concrete screen, this coastal apartment block for students and researchers on short term secondment is an inspired realization of façade design, despite it’s modest program (Banyuls-sur-Mer, France).
A new exhibition complex in Chengdu explores the internalized form of the traditional Chinese courtyard house. Broken up into a series of differently scaled halls wrapped around seven courtyards, the structures create a range of open spaces within the deep floor plan.
- Catherine Slessor (Chair), editor of The Architectural Review
- Eric Owen Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
- Manuelle Gautrand, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
- Professor Sir Peter Cook, founder of Archigram, former Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture, winner of the 2002 RIBA Gold Medal.
References: Architectural Review