Power and Justice winner: Haren Prison by Cafasso NV with B2Ai / EGM Architecten

The new Haren prison situated near Brussels is due to be operational in 2022 and, with 1190 detainees, will be the largest but also the most ‘humane’ prison in Belgium. The design of the new prison is based on normalisation, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Its free standing and modest building volumes represent as radical departure from the standard panoptic or star-shaped prison floor plan. The complex consists of eight buildings

City Rail Link

Cultural Identity winner: City Rail Link by Jasmax + Grimshaw City Rail Link (CRL) is a major future transport infrastructure project that will extend Auckland’s rail passenger network for the city. It is also New Zealand’s largest public art project. The project consists of two underground rail tunnels connecting three new stations to a reconfigured downtown area. The project is designed to be “a powerful expression of indigenous cultural identity,” reflecting Auckland’s unique identity as the

largest Māori and Polynesian city in the world, and to create “an authentic and globally recognisable image of the city for the future”. The design is firmly rooted in

the Māori Creation Story, and each new station will be identified by a unique

artwork, representative of a Māori deity and inspired by the historic landforms and flora characteristic to each station site.

Ethics and Value winner: The School in a Park by Maisam Architects & Engineers The proposal for the new united school campus for The Ahliyyah School for Girls and The Bishop School for Boys, joins two of the most prominent schools in Amman. Maintaining the strong local identity and values of each school was crucial to the design. The proposal consists of a series of elevated learning pods, rooted by pillars within an interactive park, providing a sense of openness, community, creativity and innovation throughout the campus. The design approach embodies a fresh take new on the architecture of schools, embracing a flexible use of space to adapt to the changing nature of education. In addition, the campus offers a learning environment that “feels like a second home for students, whilst consolidating the cultural identity of both schools”.

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Ageing and Health winner: Pars Medical and Health Centre by New Wave Architecture Studio Pars Medical and Health Centre is set to accommodate the large number of medical tourists currently travelling to Iran for medical services, due to the facilities available and the skilled health workforce. In addition to offering services to the local population, the objective of the project is to provide international services to Iran’s neighbouring countries and countries along the Persian Gulf. The proposal is for a combined 250-bed

hospital, hotel, cancer institute, rehabilitation centre, dermatology clinics, spa and commercial healthcare centre. The project is designed to be constructed in different phases, starting with the hospital, as the main income generator for the following phases of the project. Responding to local vernacular, the design features a series of staggered, cantilevered structural rings, with open space at the centre. As well as helping to achieve efficient energy consumption, the design

that house three men’s prisons, two women’s prisons, a forensic psychiatric centre, an observation unit, workshops, sport infrastructure and a number of communal facilities. The campus has been designed as a small village that functions autonomously but integrates into the surrounding area. The buildings are designed on a human scale: the community building is reminiscent of a town hall or administrative centre, while the prison buildings are designed as multi-family houses.

Skypark Business Centre South

offers wide vistas, natural daylight and direct access to green space for patients.

Building Technology winner: Skypark Business Centre South by Aravia Design & +FUN This business centre for the development of Luxembourg Airport aims to promote both sustainability and work-life balance for the transient worker. The complex is defined by a semi-transparent louvred skin that acts as both a sun shading device and acoustic barrier, as well as promoting passive ventilation. Aesthetically the facade “adds complexity and depth to the building elevation”. Natural light penetration is another key element of the project, which features a controlled building depth, and voids that allow sunlight to reach even the lowest basement level. The project incorporates public spaces and facilities that “add value for the surrounding public realm and contribute to an active work style”.

Climate, Energy and Carbon winner: MO(O)D A Prototype for an Office Building by SOS School of Sustainability

In this proposal for a future office in Changzhou, China, meeting rooms and workplaces are supported by a constellation of open, flexible and multi-functional spaces, designed to promote both wellbeing and productivity. The proposal creates a hybrid environment, where meeting rooms and workstations constitute only 30 per cent of the masterplan, while 70 per cent of the space is dedicated to breakaway space. The project has been driven by an analysis of climate trends, research into innovative and sustainable building materials, the local cultural environment, and the future of the workplace. The final product is “a synthesis of tradition and technology, shaped by both the local environment and needs of the population”.

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