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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter wins in the Built Category; Rogers Partners comes top in Unbuilt Category

JUDGES left to right: Joseph Tattoni, Design Principal at ikon.5 architects.

Robert Hopkins, Global Education Lead at Aedas.

Sarah Williams, Founder of S Williams Architects Ltd.

Benedict Zucchi, Director at Building Design Partnership.

Peter Clegg, Founder of Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Not in the picture: Madeline Burke-Vigeland, Principle at Gensler.

Steven Turkes, K-12 Education Global Market Leader at Perkins + Will.

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We are thrilled to announce the 2014 winner of the WAN Education Award in the Built Category as: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter with their Children's Culture House in Ama'r, Copenhagen – Congratulations!

This fantastic scheme in Ama'r was part of the larger Urban Renewal project, including Øresundsvej, the street where the Children's Culture House now stands. This street leads directly from the main hub to the beach, mainly consisting of dilapidated buildings and known for being the centre of Danish Hip Hop culture. Dorte Mandrup worked closely in the planning stages with visual artist Kirstin Bergendal and a variety of adults from differing professions and children aged between 9-14.

Our panel were impressed with the integration of the building into the street and the neighbourhood. Steve Turkes went on to comment about the project being ‘cleverly contextual’ and all the other judges were in unanimous agreement. But it was not only this attribute that impressed our panel. The use of materials and the internally designed spaces were considered well thought out with playfulness and children at the core - and it was evident that the project team had “clearly thought about the spaces; the depth of thought is extraordinary” noted Peter Clegg

And for the Unbuilt Category, we are delighted to announce the winner as: Rogers Partners with their design of Syracuse University Energy Campus in Syracuse, New York State, United States - Congratulations to you also!

The Syracuse University Energy Campus design project was won in 2013 through an intensive invited design competition. When finished it will replace the existing aging facility with a cutting-edge cogeneration plant, as well as a new chiller plant and storage building. The jury were pleased to see a very interesting idea planned out and Benedict Zucchi congratulated Rogers Partners on their “very sculptural” project.

Joseph Tattoni said “it's interesting because it's an Energy Campus, and they [Rogers Partners] have used it as part of the wider community... I really like it”. A very unique project, which has huge potential, and we can't wait to see the finished results - Congratulations!