Reed MIDEM, organizer of MIPIM, announced the winners of the 2009 MIPIM Awards on March 12 in Cannes, France. The 19th edition of the Awards once again paid tribute to the best international real estate projects in the world. This year Highbury Square in London won the coveted Special Jury Award.
Highbury Square, London, is transformed into a luxury residential development.
The MIPIM Awards are a true recognition of the best in the industry they reward professionals, are voted for by professionals and are recognized by professionals as one of the highest accolades in the real estate market. All of MIPIM's delegates were invited to vote for the shortlisted entries.
The Special Award of the jury was attributed to Highbury Square in London, UK, designed by Allies and Morrison Architects, and developed by Vision Four Developments. The conversion of a former football stadium into apartments proves that innovative design can provide a second life for a major sports venue. Following the Arsenal football teams move to the new Emirates Stadium two years ago, the old art-deco Highbury stadium is being transformed into a luxury residential development. The design project will create 700 residential 1, 2 or 3 bed apartments and penthouses encircling a two-acre communal garden, divided along the old chalk lines of the pitch.
The Business Center Award winner was Kranhaus1 in Cologne, Germany, designed by Bothe Richter Teherani Architects BDA, Hamburg / Linster Architects, Trier-Aachen-Luxemburg, and developed by Development Partner AG.
The Refurbished Office Buildings Award winner was Les Ecuries de la Chasse Royale in Brussels, Belgium, designed by ASSAR Architects and developed by Royal Hunt Properties sa/nv.
The Residential Development Award winner was Mountain Dwellings in Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by IG- Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Hopfner A/S / Danish Oil Company A/S.
The Hotels and Tourism Resorts Winner was Phoenix Island Villa Condo & Club House in eogwipo-si, Republic of South Korea, designed by Samoo Architects and Engineers and Mario Botta Architetto, and developed by Bokwang Jeju Co., Ltd.
The Green Building Award winner was the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, CSET, in Ningbo, People's Republic of China. The project was designed by Mario Cucinella Architects and developed by Nottingham University UK and Nottingham University Ningbo.
For the first time this year, the jury attributed a Special Recognition to Earthquake Proof Sustainable Housing. The Recognition went to Bagh and Jareed, in Pakistan.
The Jury was headed by Peter Goodacre, President RICS (UK). Further members of the jury were all former presidents of the MIPIM Awards Jury:
Bärbel Schomberg (CEO DEGI, Germany)
Peter Cole (Chairman, UK Business Hammerson plc, UK)
Michael Griffiths (Owner MRG Consultants Ltd, UK)
Martin P. Hayter (President Hayter International S.A., France)
Jan Kasl (President European CZ, Czech Republic)
Kaspar Kraemer (Owner Kaspar Kraemer Architekten BDA, Germany)
Werner Welter (Property Consultant Werner Welter, Germany)