A’ Design Award & Competition – Winners of A’ Architecture Design Awards

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Our previous post mentioned 15 excellent packaging designs from A’ Package Design Awards under the prestigious A' Design Award & Competition. Today, we have selected again, 15 outstanding works for Architecture Design Category in 2013 for this Worlds' largest annual juried design competition to share with you.

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1. The Ring House & Atelier by Marwan Zgheib for Private client, Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.
This beautiful simple structure, The Ring House & Atelier was designed for a young Saudi jewellery artist consists of a cylindrical volume embracing a rectangular where the cylinder acts as a protective layer with a single narrow opening as an entrance and the rectangular accommodate functional spaces for the everyday life of the artist for a private living and working space for expressing her soul and creations. The proposed design have interior spaces that interact smoothly with the serene outdoor atrium, a large terrace garden with one symbolic tree and a circular water feature.

‘By means of this composition, the ring-shaped structure figuratively resembles a cocoon ensuring a sense of intimacy and calmness for the house, that closes itself completely from the surroundings. It is a protected haven clearly expressing the soul of the artist, where she can retreat and let herself grow both as an independent person and a genuine designer. Inside her compact house and atelier, the artist can have a good rest, receive family and friends, work freely, experience new jewellery materials and forms, expand her imagination, ideas and techniques, and give birth to her creations.’

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2. School of Technology Higher Education Institution by Nuno Montenegro for Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.
The School of Technology Higher Education Institution which is located in the Campus of Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Alentejo, Portugal was completed in 2013. The key feature of this building is the massive portico that floats over the school gardens, constructed using advanced prestressing techniques applied to reinforced concrete structure. With an emphasized on a corporate iconic image and the inclusion of a set of amphitheaters, this new addition could be view as one of the world largest concrete structures.

"As Montenegro explains, the message is: Learn by perception. "Architecture communicates its ratios, dimensions, colors, textures, and symbols to produce a world in balance," he says. "Someday, if someone remembers a special detail of a stair, then I have done my job." CC Sullivan DM.

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3. Rising Moon Pavilion by Stanley Siu for Daydreamers Design, Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013. 
‘For over hundreds of years, it is the Chinese’s tradition to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, to be gathered under the full moon once a year with family and friends, a symbol of Reunion. With such tradition and folklore, the Moon has always been the main focus during Mid-Autumn Festival as it become brighter, bigger in size and a perfect circle during the Full Moon Phase.’

‘Rising Moon is a temporary pavilion designed to serve as an anchor attraction during the 2013 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival. It re-interpret traditional paper lanterns with recycled plastic bottles on the same time creating a Synthetic Moon, thus promoting the message of environmental protection. Rising Moon offered strong visual impact with sound and lighting effects externally and internally. The design received the Gold Award at the Lantern Wonderland Design Competition.’

Stanley Siu proposed to reuse the 5 gallons polycarbonate water bottles as a representation of the traditional Chinese Paper Lanterns that wrapped around the outer dome surface of the moon, in which they are transparent with variation of colours and interesting texture. Each water bottle was connected with a computer generated Light Emitting Diode (LED) device creating different lighting effects on the moon surface.

‘One of the highlight of the lighting effects was the performance of the Moon Phases, from the New Moon to Full Moon. The Rising Moon was sitting on top of reflective pool. This was to allow the Moon to have a complete sphere visually on the outside, having the other half appearing on the pool as a reflection. In order to arouse the public awareness of the damage made to our city by those bottles, we have included a lighting installation hang from the ceiling as to mimic the tradition of hanging paper lanterns under the eaves. Once the installation has completed, a sea of bottle lanterns with LED will appear inside the pavilion. This will give a strong visual impact to the visitor as they enter, and draw the attention towards the opening.’

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4. Malopolska Garden & Arts Performing arts centre & mediatheque by Ingarden & Ewý Architects Ltd., Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

The main idea of the architects was to develop a method of contextual design to achieve a free and innovative form. It was to be autonomous so that it could be considered an individual form with a modern expression of its own but at the same time not obscuring the character of the place and following the principles laid down in the Planning and Spatial Development Act.’

The poor condition of the building make it impossible to save the original walls of the former riding hall but the architects make sure that the newly erected structure preserved the overall form of its former building. Construction was reinforced and rebuild in the technology of concrete while the roof is made of steel frame with the front wall of the hall recreated using bricks from the dismantled structure itself. The characteristic of the old building material, ceramic brick, are continued as well. New façade is a continuous and open composition of bands of glass with screening vertical system in the range of colours of traditional burnt brick from ceramic moulds.

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5. General Department of Information System Governmental by AGi Architects, Golden A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

The design proposal for the General Department of Information System, GDIS, in Kuwait, developed by AGi architects in collaboration with Bonyan Design, is based on three principles: representativeness, security and functionality, turning the complex, with a total gross area of 135,482 sqm, into a strong civil icon representing Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior Affairs. The building design also aims for the clear transmission of a conceptual duality it derives from: technology, innovation and transparency, which represent the General Department of Information System versus strength, stability and security, which are inherent to the Ministry of Interior Affairs that will be occupying the other part of the building. This concept is driven in the building by two contrasting layers that are superimposed onto one another. The outcome: a building perceived as a light volume elevated from the ground floor turning into a landmark in the urban landscape for the citizens, while a closer approach will show the massiveness of the stone plinth, a lower part of the building that is opened to the public with the main gates and lifts from ground to hold the upper levels lighter glass structures that house the offices of the various departments.

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6. Center 66 Architecture –Retail & Shopping Mall by Aedas for Hang Lung Properties, Golden A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.
Completed in September 2013, Center 66 is a 7 floor retail & shopping mall with an office tower in Wuxi, China. The tower form takes the flowing lines of traditional cheongsam dress while the office typical plan referred its shape to ancient Chinese people’s money, linking modern office commerce to historical Chinese trading, which also signify good Feng Shui and prosperity. Center 66 is designed to make the best of its location with the entrances that will draw people in from the busiest junctions. The mall concept itself focused on enhancing people flow with three glass atriums extend to form a triangular loop around the arcade, encouraging shoppers to bring themselves into this distinctive landmarks. The direction of the mall escalators is designed to guide shoppers up to the six levels clockwise and anti-clockwise downwards.

The master plan uses ‘movement’ to derive architectural form to create dialogue between existing historical buildings and the new urban space on the site. The expression of the movement takes the essence from Chinese Calligraphy with energetic and fluid curve lines strokes where it formed the volumes and spaces like the positive and negatives spaces in Chinese painting.

‘The ‘strokes’ of people flow combine to form a loop that establishes a momentum that culminate in three spinning glass atria that rise up to forms that reinforce the circulation. The ‘movement’ in the mall establishes a momentum that culminates in three spinning glass atria that rise up to forms that visually reinforce its circulation direction.’

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7. Family Center Store by Seyed Ali Alavi, Golden A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

A project by Sayed Ali Alavi, the Family Center Store in Mazandaran, Noor, Iran is enclosed with a long front wall which is 30 meters in length which come with wood ceiling, plank and panels, sloped roof similar to nomadic architecture in Nothern, Iran. The architect designed the elongated additional structure on the front façade not only to gained an extra 30 meters for wall space inside but because he thought that the existing building’s elevation was really unpleasant  and he unfortunately,  had no permission to change the façade. By this additional form, the building managed to attract curious crowds that actually wanted to see what’s happening behind this façade curious forms.

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8. Meditation House & Prayer Room by Marwan Zgheib for Private client, Silver A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

With its pure geometric stone mass basic structure that blends into its naturally rocky surrounding, the Meditation House in the South of Lebanon meant to provide a retreat with nature and engendering a distinctive feeling of peace, harmony and humbleness; in another word, a threshold between earthly and spiritual realms. You will be able to judge the physical and emotional connections between this built environment and mother nature once it is completed after two years starting next month.

 ‘The ground level encloses the living, dining and kitchen areas in a single open space recalling the mono-cellular vernacular Lebanese house. While the integrated terrace offers maximum visual expansion towards the sea view with full sun exposure, the back of the room creates a sense of interior and serenity with controlled natural light and a water feature collecting rainwater. The openings on the front and the back of the living room act as vents creating continuous natural ventilation throughout the house. Isolated from the main view, bedrooms situated on the upper floor overlook the water feature and offer an introvert sensation of calmness with diffused light. A crack in the center of the roof hosts a narrow stairway making its way up through the sloped hill in a natural linear trail, cutting into the rocky escarpment and evoking ancient Phoenician-style troglodytic architecture. A dark cave-like passage with limited natural light leads to the rock-embedded Musalla immersed in daylight, recalling the divine quality of light in Islam: “Allah is the light of heavens and the earth” (Surah 24, Ayah 35). Dug vertically from the top of the cliff into the profoundness of earth, the single chamber is a roofless vertical rectangular volume tilted in the direction of Mecca, with a simple and austere interior paying tribute to God’s spiritual essence. As all sounds from the outside world are shut out, a great silence encompasses the Muṣallā allowing a return to the bosom of nature. Inspired by the Prophet’s meditation practice in the Cave of Hira where he received his first Qur’anic revelation, the architecture of the semi-buried Musalla enhances the praying and meditation experience, which are the most important aspects of a successful Islamic lifestyle.’

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9. Viforian Transportation HUB by Ahmed Khaled Abd elazim Youssef for COSIGN GROUP, Polygon Design Studio, Silver A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.
The architect main challenge is to convert existing place that crowded with the slums in Moneb Square, Giza, Egypt into a new catalyst that encourage people to upgrade the place. They also need to deal and maintain the road network and convert the monib square from its initial form to an organized and standard form that connects the different way of transportation smoothly within minimum distances.

‘The project is a Transportation HUB that links the surrounding urban settlements to the heart of the dynamic life in easy and efficient way generated by merging different transportation systems like railway, metro, bus station, and Nile deck in addition to other services to convert the place to be the catalyst for the future development. This project will mainly be used by ordinary people so we are aiming to achieve a new experience for the users, by providing a place for people to access local amenities and work opportunities that helps to improve the community to achieve a better future.’

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10. Cerrada Reforma 108 Single Family Home by DCPP Pablo Perez Palacios, Silver A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

Cerrada Reforma is a residential project located in San Angel, in the south of Mexico City. Seated on the plot of rectangular with its dimensions of ten per twenty meters, . Inspired by the concept of the house parted from the idea of positive and negative space, seeking to create a game of counterparts to define and virtually contain the exterior space, Pablo Perez Palacios try to experiment with the traditional Latino American material, adobe. Due to low in cost and its excellent thermal properties, the architecture firm succeed in creating a comfortable longitudinal block house with cheaper yet safe construction. The results were a very rewarding warm home during winter days.

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11. House in Tamatsu Residential by Kenji Ido, Silver A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

House in Tamatsu, Osaka, Japan by Kenji Ido come with natural timber construction system. The volume of the second floor was rotated 14 degrees from the axis of the building with interstitial spaces between the rotated wall and the outer wall create void for the building. Skylight was positioned on the upper section of the void to bring in natural lighting as much as possible. Floor were finished in pine timber finish while internal wall and ceiling finish in plaster board and acrylic emulsion paint. Re-inforced concrete for wet area and kitchen counter; with kitchen work-top and backsplash in stainless steel finish. The box-shaped cantilevered floating staircase was made of steel plate and in oil paint finish.

‘The inclined wall frees people's feeling by deviation from the norm, simultaneously the sense of touch of the degree of inclination and the light to reflect of that inclination cause a new physical sense.’

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12. Bamboo Micro-Housing Transitional Residence by Dylan Baker-Rice for Affect-T, Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

Bamboo Micro-Housing, a modular system was designed to address the types of illegal dwellings in Hong Kong and similar cities throughout the world. A form of transitional housing which can be constructed in existing industrial buildings in the city centre, this system is low cost, small yet flexible and easy to customise and construct, applying many of the same techniques as in existing illegal houses but safe and more spacious with better storage using better materials for a better quality of life. The main material bamboo helps to screen and control ventilation while providing structural support with a sense of open space within a very small living environment.

The first prototype was completed in December of 2013 in Hong Kong, and was exhibited to public in the same year in 2013 Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale. It is a single example of a two level dwelling with areas for sleeping, eating, bathing, cooking, and working, designed for a single individual or couple but can be expanded as the occupant's family grows or can be easily dismantled and re-used once permanent housing is provided.

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13. The Vagrant Art Museum by Aleksandar Rudnik Milanovic, Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

The crane, a symbol of longetivity, a guardian if the art treasure and the link between Yingge river and the river terrace.
‘The atrium, designed as birds lungs is the focal point of the internal communications. Fresh air and sunlight, goes through the atrium into the interior of the museum. Exhibit spaces were designed under the right main and all the other spaces under the left wing of the crane . The art themed restaurant was placed in the highest point of the building, the cranes head . From that level , the guests could enjoy in the unique view of the city center of Taipei in vicinity.’

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14. Highcliff Hilltop Residence by Colega Architects, Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

Inspired by the form of a Japanese Shibori fan, the Highcliff Hilltop Residence unfolds upward and outward, maximizing the captured city views. The house come with modest appearance along the street front contrasts with the dynamic and open character of its rear elevation. From the very private, almost secluded side yard decks, to the open-air fire pit lookout, the design and site strategy utilize the lot to its full potential. The house is programmed to include both a private wing, housing two guest rooms and the master bedroom; and a public wing, consisting of the music room, kitchen and living room. The two wings extend from the dining room, framing the view and creating an open, private courtyard with the central courtyard succinctly expresses the spirit and personality of the house as the confluence of the man-made structure with nature.

‘The Highcliff residence also embodies sustainable design by utilizing both passive and active systems which range from recycled rice husk siding and large operable fenestration, to thin film laminated photovoltaic sheets placed seamlessly over recycled metal cool roofing and a complete grey water recycling system. Landscaping has been designed to minimize irrigation and maintenance by using California native drought tolerant plant material and no-mow ground cover. Emphasis was placed on the sensory experience of the landscape, engaging the human senses of touch, smell and sound as well as sight.’

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15. Tidfore Group Office Building by Owen Ngau for Tidfore Group, Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2013.

Located in Hunan, China, Tidfore Group’s company motto: “Innovation, Speed, Cooperation, Passion" inspired Owen Ngau architectural work of this particular project which is full of conflict and emotion. Pure sentimental way of thinking is the key to express this sophisticated feelings where enormous unsymmetrical lines, forms and shapes are used on the building while trying to express that innovation needed to be out of the box. Large area of glass facade applied to enhance the lightness of the building with ‘cross’ features to emphasize on strength and durability. Besides of the ‘cross’, the "bird"-like feature meant to express the feeling of speed and dynamic with an upward pointed roof on the roof top to show passion. The composition and the location of its three main buildings show how these three different functional buildings interact and cooperate with each other.

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