This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.
Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize
Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”
Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.
The entries for the World Architecture Festival 2012 Awards have been short listed. The festival this year has moved to Singapore and it shows in the projects short listed for 2012 awards with many projects situated in Asia. This is especially true of the Landscape categories with only 2 of 9 projects in the short list for Landscape Projects – Completed designs – urban being situated outside the Asia-Pacific region. It is also interesting to see that no projects were short listed in the categories of Landscape Projects – Completed designs – rural and Future Projects – Landscape. Looking through the short lists for the architecture and urban planning categories there is a large number of Asia-Pacific projects whether this is due to the festival location in 2012 or that a large number of projects have been undertaken in the region due to the stronger economy in comparison with the rest of the world. Congratulations to all those short listed.