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Art Biotop Water Garden Recognized with Inaugural Obel Award

Art Biotop Water Garden Recognized with Inaugural Obel Award

The inaugural Obel Award has been awarded to Art Biotop Water Garden by Junya Ishigami+Associates. Announced at a ceremony at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark, the award recognizes architectural achievement and is presented annually by The Henrik Frode Obel Foundation. The prize is 100,000 Euros and an artwork by leading artist Tomás Saraceno.

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As the award team states, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is known for experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena. Ishigami's designs incorporate the natural world, such as landscapes, forests and clouds, in an architectural practice that places humankind as part of nature. Martha Schwartz, Chair of the Jury, said: “Ishigami’s architecture is the architecture of space, not of object, which is a departure from conventional architecture. He discards the idea of architecture as a built, utilitarian structure by reversing the business-as-usual process, which is: building first, landscape second – if at all. Instead, with the project ‘Water Garden’, Ishigami leaves us wondering: is this architecture, landscape architecture, or art?”

Courtesy of Henrik Frode Obel Foundation
Courtesy of Henrik Frode Obel Foundation

The aim of the award is to honor recent and outstanding architectural contributions to human development all over the world. These contributions should offer seminal solutions to urgent problems. The award is given to works or projects from the past five years. It can be given to an architect or group of architects, and the award-winning project can range from a manifesto to a masterplan and include buildings, landscape projects and exhibitions. Each year, the jury will set a theme for the Award. For the 2019 edition it is Welfare Through Architecture which aims to put a focus on the transformative and social value of architecture.

Courtesy of Henrik Frode Obel Foundation
Courtesy of Henrik Frode Obel Foundation

The 2019 Obel Award Jury: Martha Schwartz, Chair (Founder, Martha Schwartz Partners, USA), Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Co-founder, Snöhetta, Norway), Louis Becker (Design Principal and partner, Henning Larsen, Denmark), and Dr Wilhelm Vossenkuhl (Professor emeritus, University of Munich, Germany). From 22 October, the Chinese architect Xu Tiantian (founding principal, DnA, Beijing, China) will join the jury.

News via Henrik Frode Obel Foundation

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Art Biotop Water Garden Recognized with Inaugural Obel Award" 22 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/927003/art-biotop-water-garden-recognized-with-inaugural-obel-award/> ISSN 0719-8884
Courtesy of Henrik Frode Obel Foundation

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