A press release announcing the
20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards
, a unique process of culling through what is no small feat - the best projects in the world architecture community. Aside from being a comprehensive online portal:"... WA is an“online community”initiated by SuhaÖzkan and 200+ invited Honorary Members, and a growing number of registered members (3500 in Octo
ber)."... the awards take a unique, democratic approach by using ratings and member voting for final decisions."
A quick perusal of the recently posted 1st Cycle Winners gives a VERY broad cross-section of global architecture. There are a few projects I've seen before, others were new. Here's a snapshot of some of the entries - but definitely be sure to check them all out, as well as the
Of course, I wanted to start with a favorite of mine, the incredibly photogenic
LEGO by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
- with a terraced panelling of greenery."During the Marshall years when post war Denmark was being rebuilt, the state chose to favour prefabricated concrete over all other forms of construction. As a result the in-situ cast concrete industry has almost vanished, leaving the entire building industry based on prefabricated modules and concrete elements. Contemporary Denmark has become a country entirely made from LEGO bricks."
Meghna Residence from Bangladesh
:"The courtyard for privacy&connectivity, the water layering the Deltaic ambience. In the photographs you can see the swimming pool, ghat and garden for big trees at level five. The foral green and sound of water away from the ground - the library&garden at level 3. the entry atrium&the family lounge."
A green example from Poland,
Origami House by Przemek Olczyk
offers some ground to sky faceting - similar to, yep, you guessed it, origami. Check out some graphics.
hoverfront d in Ireland, by Georg Driendl
. This literally and figuratively vegetated form offers a metaphor of growth, a:"...monumental structure in dublin mirrors the rapid economical growth of the republic of ireland. It's neccessary to analyze growth and expansion of a city and to advance it with architectural methods, considering a stringent, logical affiliation to existing space>hoverfront d creates perspectives, feelings not many buildings are able to create–to look down at the water from 200m, to watch incoming ships. the impression of a flying city, hovering + grounded at the same time."
The Pilot project for a modern trial detention center in
... with some curvy veg.itecture.
New Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial
And finally, a quick snapshot ofthe
Carapace House, by LAB ZERO
- which is a stunning graphic representation...
As I mentioned, there more on the site, so check out not just the awards, but the
remainder of the site is worth checking out
- or in the words of Charles Jencks,"World Architecture Community is the gallop archipop google."Um, okay....