The Jean Nouvel designed 'One New Change', which is currently under construction close to St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, has been named both the Overall and Mixed Use Winner in this year's prestigious MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards.
The Judges applauded the new landmark for transforming the whole image of this part of the financial centre, providing a new focal point for visitors and city users alike. They also observed that One New Change provides a refreshing contrast to the surrounding retro-architecture, providing a successful combination of ancient and modern, praising both the developer and the planning authority for showing "great independence of mind" against pressure to submit a more historicist approach.
One New Change also follows in the footsteps of London's famous "Gherkin" at 30 St Mary Axe which was awarded the "best of show" prize in 2003, marking the second time that a UK scheme has triumphed in the completion.
The eighth annual international awards competition has named a total of eight category winners, with sixteen additional projects awarded a "Highly Commended" prize by the panel of judges, selected from the hundreds of entries received. The winning projects showcase an international range of projects and practices, with schemes hailing from Austria, Denmark, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UK.
The Awards celebrate excellence in design whether for projects on the drawing board which may never be realised, through to projects where construction may have commenced, has created the showpiece design event during the MIPIM conference and exhibition.
The judging panel was chaired by Paul Finch, Editorial Director of The Architectural Review; Roger Zogolovitch, Director AZ Urban Studios; Peter Stewart, Peter Stewart Consultancy; and Sutherland Lyall, author and critic.
Category winners include:
Winner - Güneþli Tower, located in Baðcýlar, Istanbul and designed by Suyabatmaz Architects. The design of this ambitious project was influenced by the location of the site on the edge of town, adjacent to a major road and the perception of the building. The judges said that this was a building with "long-life quality which would be capable of long-term occupation and reuse". The 23-floor high office block has a dichotomy of emptiness and fullness, determined by the external façade which creates internal spaces whi