It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 04/11/11
The winner of the Future Project of the Year is Hanimaadhoo International Airport in the Maldives, designed by Integrated Design Associates of Hong Kong.
The judges described it as: 'a very beautiful and clever way of rethinking the typology of airports: responding to environmental conditions, and the challenge of catering for tourism in a fragile location like the Maldives. Floating on the water to protect the scarce and delicate coral reefs which make up the land, it opens access to the northern end of the archipelago, receiving and dispatching visitors for a series of wave-like wooden trusses. Their balance of light and shade, openings and views across the water, make conditions that vacationers from northern climes enjoy. It’s so joyous some holiday-makers may not want to leave the airport!'
The judges also highly commended the Women's Opportunity Centre in Kayonza, Rwanda designed by Sharon Davis Design.
The judges described it as 'a project with profound and far-reaching benefits for a poor and traumatised society. From making bricks to selling produce grown in the farm, 200 women a year will learn skills that will give them access to economic activity, increasing household incomes and expanding the local economy. Being rooted in local need and understanding of local conditions it turns the energy of the community to positive ends: what it brings from outside is a funnel to hope and a better future. Architecture really does make a difference.'