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 worlds 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; Americas 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 years 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.