Architecture – We have collected striking future schemes competing for the Future Project Award 2019 at the upcoming World Architecture Festival. The world’s biggest architectural awards programme will reconvene in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 4-6 December this year. The Award is dedicated to ambitious visionary proposals and projects either on their way to break ground or already under construction.
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The complete shortlist (here) ranges from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects across 70 countries. Many smaller practices take part to pitch against the big names.
The Circle of Good Hope by GLH Architects is a striking new infrastructure proposal for The Cape Town Foreshore Freeway Precinct, designed to reconnect the city to the sea and its surrounds, and featuring an iconic gateway to enhance the city’s Table Mountain backdrop.
Currently under construction, Çanakkale Antenna, by Powerhouse Company, is a combined visitor centre and multimedia broadcasting tower, located on the outskirts of the historic Turkish city. The roof of the rich red corten steel ribbon becomes an open-air path through the forest, offering breath-taking views of the Dardanelles.
The proposed King’s Cross S5 by AL_A – Amanda Levete Architects is a mixed-use urban block containing 158 dwellings. “Our concept’s central architectural and urban gesture is its arcaded base and top – a welcoming gesture to draw people towards it”. The proposal mathematically reinterprets the arches of Kings Cross & St Pancras stations, so that the building appears to sit lightly upon its urban landscape.
In Moscow, Dutch architecture firm MVRDV is set to build Silhouette, a Constructivism-inspired 78m-tall complex with a red ceramic facade in Moscow that aims to dialogue with two adjacent iconic buildings to create a gate into the city. “The complex modular design system allows for diversifying the building’s shape and interior typologies whilst at the same time, this provides both compact and spacious apartments.” Explain at MVRDV. Read more…
Wynyard Crossing, designed by a multidisciplinary team including Monk Mackenzie architects, is a sculptural, pedestrian bridge, reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a seabird. Designed as a new landmark for Auckland’s urban waterfront, the poetry of the project is the interplay of the two wings as the bridge opens to allow boats to pass beneath.
UNStudio and COX Architecture had won the Southbank by Beluah competition to build a new skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia. The design is defined by a pair of twisting towers organized around a ‘green spine’ of vertically networked platforms, terraces, and verandas. This configuration also results in porous city views and improved contextual links.
As time passes by, many practices of traditional Chinese culture are fading away. The China Architectural Design Research has drawn inspiration from ancient jade pendants to design the Funeral Home of Tianmen Longevity Memorial Garden so as to preserve cherished parts of traditional culture and relieve people’s fear of death. “We believe only an eco-friendly building can truly pass down the meaningful philosophy behind the architecture designs.”
Tabanlioglu Architects has worked on the the renovation of the Magnaura Palace in Istanbul. A part of the Byzantium Grand Palace, Magnaura is a brick-paved, interior vaulted stone building that connects the building units to each other with tunnels and ramps, located in different elevations. Completing and enhancing the remaining structure, minimal intervention proposed enhances the spirit of the place, but through the introduction of modern infrastructure.
The planned Bandy Stadium by SPEECH Architectural Office in Syktyvkar in Komi, Russia, features an ice arena with a 105 x 60m pitch for Russian-hockey matches, short-track speed skating, and figure skating. The arena is set within an aerodynamic envelope that combines a membrane façade and transparent apertures for a visually arresting finish.
At 55m-tall, Waitomo Bungy Tower by Ignite features New Zealand’s highest water-touch bungy jump, as well as the tallest and longest dry slide and the tallest timber structure in the country. The bungy tower will be the main attraction of the world-first tourist attraction, Waitomo Sky Garden, offering free-style bungy jumping from the roof.
- All images: courtesy of World Architecture Festival – Future Project Award 2019.