Lyon wharf-side atrium building wins Offices category in MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards

The Pavilion 8 office building – a waterside commercial development with floating restaurant designed for the former wharf area of Lyon, France – has been selected by an expert jury as the winner of the Offices prize of this year's MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards.

Pavilion 8

Pavilion 8 in Lyon, winner of the Offices prize.

The scheme, which is still currently on the drawing board, is located at the junction of the Rhône and Saône and comprises an atrium office building composed of two blocks with a public contemporary art exhibition space on the ground floor and a floating restaurant located beneath four dramatically cantilevered floors of offices.

Designed by Odile Decq Benoit Cornette Architects for Rhône-Saône Développement, the project was praised by the jury for its "bravura cantilevers" and a "kinetic quality" which will create a special relationship between the water and its occupants.

A wide variety of projects impressed the jury in this year's annual MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards, including an orphanage for HIV children in Uganda, a sustainable home designed to cost €100,000 in Turin, and an experimental design for a timber sport's stadium. Meanwhile, the Overall Winner, which was also winner in the Residential category, was the Isay Weinfeld Arquitetura designed 360º Building in Brazil, praised for its approach to designing decent homes in tall buildings.

Almost 300 entries were received by the organizers, making this the most popular edition of the awards since it launched seven years ago. A truly international range of projects were submitted from architects all over the world, with finalists hailing from South Korea, Denmark, France, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Italy.

The Architect's own international awards scheme, which celebrates excellence in design whether for projects on the drawing board which may never be realized, 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, Editor Emeritus of The Architectural Review; Roger Zogolovitch, Director AZ Urban Studios; Peter Stewart, Peter Stewart Consultancy; and Sutherland Lyall, author and critic.

Category winners for 2009 include:

Residential and Overall Winner
360º Building, São Paulo, Brazil by Isay Weinfeld Arquitetura for Stan Desenvolvimento Imobiliário, Idea Zarvos, PDG Realty, Lindencorp, Anfab. This tall building apartment complex was selected by the Jury as both the residential and overall category winner of this year's competition because of the useful lessons it provides for designing decent homes in tall buildings. The designs include an innovative pinwheel arrangement that affords each apartment on every floor with generous, real open yards rather than balconies.

Big Urban Projects
Magok Waterfront, Seoul, South Korea by Kim Kwan Joong / Samoo Architects and Engineers for SH Corporation and Seoul Metropolitan Government. This is a 1-million ha site adjoining the Han River and experiments with different aq

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