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MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2010

February 3, 2010

The Jean Nouvel designed ‘One New Change’, which is currently under construction close to St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London, has been named both the Overall and Mixed Use Winner in this year’s prestigious MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards.

The Land Securities scheme, which also involved Sidell Gibson as delivery architects, comprises 35,000 sqm commercial and 25,000 sqm retail space, was praised by an expert panel of judges for what has been achieve with this transformational landmark on “the most difficult site in Europe” due to its proximity to the Cathedral, and the planning requirements designed to safeguard views of St Paul’s.

Some of the category winners include:


Winner – Güneşli Tower, located in Bağcılar, Istanbul and designed by Suyabatmaz Architects. The design of this ambitious project was influenced by the location of the site on the edge of town, adjacent to a major road and the perception of the building. The judges said that this was a building with “long-life quality which would be capable of long-term occupation and reuse”. The 23-floor high office block has a dichotomy of emptiness and fullness, determined by the external façade which creates internal spaces whilst enabling significant energy-saving.


Winner – Town Town Office Tower, Vienna, Austria, designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH for Immobiliendevelopment Wiener Stadtwerke BMG & Soravia Aktiengesellschaft. The Town Town Office Tower in Erdberg is the main element of a developing urban zone with a gross area of 120.000 m².  The ambitious, environmentally intelligent design is intended to create an energy-active system that introduces both proven and innovative low energy consumption systems, environmental control systems and newly developed energy harvesting systems.  The judges commented that the concept “posits the powering of buildings by the whole façade”, praising the scheme for indicating the possibility that energy design can stimulate creative forms.

The rest are:

Regeneration and Masterplanning Winner – Nordhavnen, in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by FXFOWLE Architects.

Developed in response to an International competition by the City of Copenhagen, the brief invited entrants to set new standards for urban development. Through the creation of land reclamation, the plan connects urban infrastructure, extends waterways and weaves open space into new residential neighbourhoods and commercial areas fit for urban life over the next 50 years.

Residential Winner – Mina El Hosn’ housing project in Beirut designed by LAN Architecture.

Located close to the port, this 142 meter high tower will soar above the skyline whilst the building’s mirrored skin will reflect images of the surrounding city. The judges were impressed by the introduction of volumetric space in this tight, regular plan and agreed that, when completed, visitors would “want to find out more about it”.

Tall Buildings Winner – Al-Birr Foundation Headquarters “Garden Tower”, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, designed by Perkins+Will for Al-Birr Foundation.

Designed to reinterpret the typology of an urban tower, the structure is calibrated to the extreme solar exposure and heat conditions of the microclimate of Riyadh, and employs innovation in elevation and section which includes  symbolic analogies to Saudi historical precedents—the minaret, the garden, and the mashrabiya.  The judges said that this was an unexpected and welcome example of a high rise building which has a dynamic relationship between plan and section.

More info at MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards

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