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    World Architecture ARUP Awards

    by ArchitectureWeek

    World Architecture magazine has recently announced the second annual Arup World Architecture Awards for the "best buildings" of 2001. Entries came from 45 countries, and represented a wide range of building types and firm sizes.

    The award for "Best Building of 2001" went to the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates. Naomi Stungo, the editor of World Architecture, said of the museum: "The design is a very interesting response to New York, where buildings are usually so glassy. Here there is a real weightiness; it suggests a different take on contemporary architecture."

    One of the regional winners was the Médiathèque at Vénissieux, in Lyon, France, designed by Dominique Perrault. Set at the center of a new pedestrian square, the building impressed the judges by its social commitment and specially developed facades. "Perfectly detailed" and "really ingenious" were among the judge's comments.

    Altair Apartments in Sydney, by architects Engelen Moore, was chosen both as best multifamily housing scheme worldwide and as best single building completed in Australasia. "In Australia," Stungo says, "where so much development is low density and suburban, this forward-looking building was especially praiseworthy. It showed that high-class, well planned, and sustainable accommodation can be provided in the city center."

    Other regional award winners were a synagogue in Dresden, Germany by Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch; the Hotel Habita, Mexico City, by Ten Arquitectos; the Sendai Mediatheque, Japan, by Toyo lto & Associates Architects; the Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, India, by Arup Associates; and the Alexandria Library, in Egypt by Snøhetta Hamza.

    Awards were also handed out to buildings in special categories: for best one-off house, the Naked House, in Saitama, Japan by Shigeru Ban Architects; for best office/retail building, Lloyds Register of Shipping, London, by Richard Rogers Partnership; and for best sports/leisure building, the Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. The best "green" building designation was awarded jointly to the Computer Science Building at York University, Toronto, Ontario, designed by Architects Alliance and Busby Associates and the Druk White Lotus School.

    The projects were judged by a panel of leading architectural experts from around the world. The jury also considered commentary from the clients and occupants. One of their objectives of the awards program is to showcase the wealth of emerging architectural talent in the world.

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    The American Folk Art Museum by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, named "Best Building of 2001," has a unique facade of tombasil, an alloy of copper, zinc, manganese, and nickel.
    Photo: Courtesy World Architecture

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    The walls of the award-winning Médiathèque in Lyon, by Dominique Perraultare, are a sandwich of perforated metal and glass that filters sunlight deep into the interior.
    Photo: Courtesy World Architecture

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    The Altair Apartments in Sydney, Australia by Engelen Moore represent excellence in contemporary design as well as environmental sensitivity.
    Photo: Courtesy World Architecture


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