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: 23/10/08
In shortlisting the schemes, the theme of ‘New and Old’ had been interpreted liberally to include conversions of existing buildings, as well as using them as simply a point of departure, recycling of industrial components and even simply meditations on the concept of old and new.
A number of schemes involved the adroit insertion of modern elements into existing structures to release hidden functional and spatial potential. The eventual winner, the covering of the courtyard at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, USA by Foster + Partners is an exquisite example of this approach: the technically highly sophisticated canopy not only creates a new thermally conditioned urban room for Washington but also excellent acoustics and new connectivities.
WINNER Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA, Foster + Partners, UK
HIGHLY COMMENDED Children's Activity Centre, Australia, Phooey Architects, Australia
HIGHLY COMMENDED La Grande Place, "Saint-Louis" Crystal Museum, France, Intégral Lipsky + Rollet Architectes, France
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Bluecoat, UK, biq, Netherlands