Ten inspiring architecture projects were announced as winners for Dezeen Awards 2019 by a master jury of architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Morphogenesis founder Sonali Rastogi and Tokyo-based architect Sou Fujimoto, along with SO-IL co-founder Jing Liu and Neri & Hu founder Lyndon Neri. They were earlier reviewed by an esteemed jury of 25 leading international architects.
The 10 award-winning architecture projects include stimulating project typologies such as a shelter for archaeologists in Peru built by students; a social housing building in Los Angeles; a boutique eco-resort in China; a concrete house in the Amazon; and a library occupying a former locomotive shed in the Netherlands. A socially diverse selection of a culture centre overlooking the Persian Gulf also made it to the list.
THE 10 WINNERS
1. Urban house of the year: T Noie by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
T Noie was designed as a 102-sqm family home on a narrow plot from a human-centred perspective in order to create a sense of comfort. Judges on the architecture panel liked the project for its "simplicity, use of material, spatial organisation and an incredibly strong attitude towards its context.”
2. Rural house of the year: Casa Campinarana by Laurent Troost
Casa Campinarana is a concrete house located in north-western Brazil on the Negro and Amazon rivers. It features a swimming pool and various outdoor living-areas. "The project exists in extreme conditions and the architects took sustainability very seriously. The environment is very inclusive and the balcony allows the resident to be part of the property's natural surroundings," mentioned the judges.
3. Housing project of the year: MLK1101 Supportive Housing by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
MLK1101 Supportive Housing features a green roof, a community centre, herb garden and retail spaces to foster wellness and a sense of community for those in need of support. Judges discussed the weight and relevance of the building and how "difficult it must have been to create this sort of project with limited means".
4. The Residential Rebirth project of the year: Casa Morgana by J Mayer H
A three-storey brutalist house by German architecture studio J Mayer H consists of a stack of concrete blocks with mirrored walls. Situated in a garden designed by artist and landscape architect Tita Giese, Casa Morgana involves several different-sized cubes staggered on top of one another, connected by a central stairway. "This project goes beyond the typical way of renovating and modernising an old building. The fusion of old and new is seamless," said the judges.
5. Civic building of the year: Viettel Academy by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Viettel Academy is an educational centre within a training campus near Hanoi, Vietnam, that provides short-term accommodation and training courses for the staff of Vietnamese telecommunications group Viettel. Judges called this project "incredibly experiential, and architecturally very clever and well-calibrated".
6. The Cultural building of the year: Rong Cultural Centre by ZAV Architects
Rong Cultural Centre houses a 45-square-metre tourist information centre, bike-rental shop, cafe, and a recycling-management space, which overlooks the Persian Gulf on the island of Hormoz in Iran. It consists of two red cement-clad domes connected by a long set of steps. The architecture panel on the master jury commented that the project is "delightful" and "small yet monumental". They also added that it "questions the notion of its relevance, rather than just being a shelter and that it becomes part of a public space".
7. Business building of the year: Star Engineers Factory and Administrative Building by Studio_VDGA
It is a 40,000-square-foot campus in Hanoi, Vietnam, which contains both offices and a factory for Star Engineers. The project by Indian architecture firm, Studio VDGA, explores a rustic and discreet material palette that aligns the client's requirements to the site context. "Business buildings often have a worn-out approach but this project is creating an environment rather than just creating a box for people to work in. The typology we understand typically as 'office building' is challenged here," said the judges.
8. Hospitality building of the year: XY Yunlu Hotel by Atelier Liu Yuyang
It is a boutique eco-resort situated along the dramatic landscape of the Li River valley in the Guangxi region of China, XY Yunlu Hotel. Nestled within a village among the rocky pinnacles of China's Yangshuo County, the site consists of five disused farm houses that have been renovated into a restaurant and 23 guest rooms. "The project deserves to win due to its sensitivity to materials and surroundings," the judges said.
9. Rebirth project of the year: LocHal library by Inside Outside|Petra Blaisse
It has been awarded to the vast LocHal Library and events space that occupies a former locomotive shed in the Dutch city of Tilburg's station district. Through the project, the architects wanted to give a new meaning to the function of a library in the digital age. The judges commented on the structural preservation and the characteristics of the space, whilst the introduction of "softer elements, assures a surprising and pleasant atmosphere".
10. Small building of the year: A room for archaeologists and kids by Studio Tom Emerson
It has been given to a Room for Archaeologists and Kids that provides shelter for archaeologists in Pachacamac, Peru. It was designed and built by 45 architecture students from Zurich and Lima. The pavilion forms the culmination of a collaborative project that teamed students from Studio Tom Emerson – a design and research studio in the architecture faculty at Swiss university ETH Zurich – and Taller 5 at Lima's PUCP. Judges recognised the project as "sensitive, small and human", and a structure that "reacts to its surroundings".
One of the ten category winners will be named overall architecture project of the year at the Dezeen Awards 2019 party in London on 30 October. All winners will receive a hand-made trophy by Atelier NL presented in a special carrying case by Herschel.
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