Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has won the top prize at WAF, World Building of the Year, on it’s home territory.
Officially the prize went to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories, but festival director Paul Finch stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten.
Finch said, ‘Choosing a winner was a tough decision, but the winner is a scheme of the highest quality. The jury was insistent that the project should be recognised in the round Â and that all the design team should have recognition.’
He continued, ‘A first-rate client had a vision and a strategy.The result is not an experimental building but its ventilation strategy has an experimental component. In a globalised environment, there is so much interest in how we deal with density and this combination of urbanism with a garden that is both an attraction and nature is a wonderful solution.
‘If they can cool these glasshouses through natural cooling, we should ask why it can’t be done in other buildings?’