Major new buildings from across the world including the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, The New York University Department of Philosophy, Sodic Sales Center in Cairo, the Beijing International Airport Terminal, the Manchester Civil Justice Centre and 28 Dorset Square, London are among a diverse range of buildings from 18 different countries on the shortlist for the prestigious Emirates Glass LEAF Awards, one of the highest accolades in the international architectural and design calendars.
The shortlisted projects includes entrants from some of the world’s leading architects such as WOHA, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Bernard Tschumi, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Foster and Partners.
Now in their fifth year, the Emirates Glass LEAF awards have rapidly become one of the most prestigious global architectural prizes, recognising excellence in the international architectural, design and build fields (designbuild-network.com). With architects from all over the world eligible to enter, former winners have included: ARB Bank, Saudi Arabia; America’s Cup Foredeck Building, Valencia, Spain; The Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada; Qantas First Lounge, Sydney, Australia; Kensington Oval, Barbados; Young Vic Theatre, London; UK Watercube National Swimming Centre, Beijing, China; and The Green Building, Manchester, UK.
This year the 10 categories of the Awards attracted entries from 26 countries worldwide. Winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 23 October 2008 and will be hosted by renowned interior designer and TV celebrity Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. With more than 400 leading industry figures expected to attend, the Awards promise to be one of the social and networking highlights of the global architectural and design calendar.
Albert Williamson Taylor, Chairman of the panel of judges for the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards and co-founder and director of Adams Kara Taylor said: “The judges have again been very impressed with the exceptionally high standard of entries for this year’s awards, providing us with very difficult selection decisions. The truly international representation and the huge variety of projects that we have seen have been exciting and fascinating. They include both small and large projects from both well known and up and coming architects and designers of the future. With this exciting international shortlist, the Awards dinner promises to be an evening not to be missed.”
The finalists are:
Mixed Use Building of the Year
· Performers House, Silkeborg, Denmark – Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects;
· Mediatheek, Delft, Amsterdam – Dok Architecten;
· Elmpark Mixed Use Development, Dublin, Ireland – Bucholz McEvoy Architects.
Residential Building of the Year - Multiple Level Building
· Newton Suites, Singapore – WOHA;
· BLUE Residential Tower, New York, USA – Bernard Tschumi;
· Escape, Sittingbourne, UK – PCKO Architects.
Single Storey Building
· 784 House, UK – Stephenson Bell;
· Studio-House Acoran II, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – gyp arquitectos;
· Industrial Designer House, Tokyo, Japan – Koji Tsutsui Architects & Associates;
· Black House, Valle de Bravo, Mexico – bgp arquitectura.
Commercial Building of the Year
Public Building – sponsored by Bauporte Design Entrances
· Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall, Uppsala, Sweden – Henning Larsen Architects;
· Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan – Kengo Kuma & Associates;
· Ondo Civic Center, Kure City, Japan - Kengo Kuma & Associates;
· Beijing South Station, Beijing, China – Terry Farrell & Partners.
· Sodic Sales Center, Cairo, Egypt – Eklego Design Ltd;
· 28 Dorset Square, London, UK – John McAslan & Partners;
· Cocoon Headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland – Camenzind Evolution Ltd.
International Interior Design – sponsored by Desso
· NYU Department of Philosophy, New York, USA – Steven Holl Architects;
· Ross Street Residence, Melbourne, Australia – Hassell;
· GSC Offices, New York, USA – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill;
· Light House Cinema, Dublin, Ireland – DTA Architects.
· Arreltes Day Care Center, Els Alamus, Lleida, Spain – Xavier Vilata Studio;
· Contador-Weller House, Valparaiso, Chile – Riesco & Rivera Arquitectos Asociado;
· La Estancia Chapel, Cuernavaca, Mexico – Bunker Arquitectura.
Best Sustainable Development – sponsored by German Timber Promotion Fund
· US Census Bureau Headquarters, Suitland, USA – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill;
· New General Building of Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France – Art and Build Architect;
· Limoges Concert Hall, Limoges, France – Bernard Tschumi;
· Cley Marsh Visitor Centre, Cley, UK – LSI Architects LLP;
· 16 Noel Street, London, UK – Morgan Lovell.
New Innovation of the Year
· Modernisation of Acute Services, Mansfield, UK – Swanke Hayden Connell Architects;
· Covent Garden, Brussels, Belgium – Art and Build Architect;
· Longshan Church, Beijing, China – WSP Architectural Design Consulting;
· The Lighthouse, Belfort, France – Archi5.
Best Structural Design of the Year
· Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Manchester, UK – Mott Macdonald;
· Beijing International Airport Terminal, Beijing, China – Foster + Partners;
· Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Washington DC, USA – Foster + Partners.