Cape Institute For Architecture Award Winners Announced
The Cape Institute for Architecture has revealed its Architecture Award winners for 2019, showcasing some brilliant local talent in architectural design.
Every second year, the Cape Institute for Architecture (CifA) announces its Architecture Award winners, in order to recognise and promote excellence in the field of architecture.
Says Architecture Award panel convener Kevin Gadd about the wide range of 94 submissions for the current competition, 'This incredible effort by our members is immensely encouraging. Equally encouraging is the fact that the submissions no longer reflect a dominance of private residential buildings.'
This year's entries for the awards included a range of buildings from industrial and educational to hospitality, along with three books. The architectural submissions represent and address the pressing social issues our country faces, which include spatial inequalities.
'It is encouraging for our profession to see this work put forward and it would be tremendous to see more of this work represented in future awards,' says Gadd.
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The 94 submissions were narrowed down to 33 and out of these, 27 were visited by the judging panel – which was comprised of accomplished, acclained and renowned architects, educations and artists in the field – in order to analyse and study the buildings.
Each entry was analysed based on South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) awards criteria. Gadd explains that each entry was critically analysed based on the structure's context, climate and how susccessfully it responded to specific requirements set out by the client.
'In addition, our panel carefully considered how successful submissions were in achieving the declared intention of their authors,' he says.
Structures were further assessed based on whether or not they challenged the preconceptions of the judges and moved them in a unique way.
The award winners for this year will be eligble for entry into the South African Institute of Architects' national awards, which will be held in 2020. Due to the overwhelming number of exceptional entries, the panel awarded 6 additional entries with a commendation.
A total of 17 winners were chosen and include the following structures.
|Vredenburg Hospital, Vredenburg||Wolff Architects|
|Zip Zap Circus Academy, Salt River||Tsai Design School|
|Cheré Botha School for Learners with Special Educational Needs, Bellville||Wolff Architects|
|Kloof 119A, Gardens||SAOTA|
|Lagoon House, Langebaan||Open City Architects|
|House Mills, Hermanus||Pinard Architecture Inc|
|New classrooms for Wynberg Girls High School||Noero Architects|
|Blockhouse, Camps Bay||Mark Thomas Architects|
|Mouton Citrus Packing Facility, Citrusdal||Kube Architecture|
|!Khwa Ttu San Heritage Centre, Yzerfontein||KLG Architects|
|Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch||Gallagher Lourens Architects|
|Hillside Clinic, Beaufort West||Gabriel Fagan Architects|
|Arklow Villa |||, Greenpoint||Douglas & Company Architects|
|Grain Silo, V&A Waterfront||Design architects: Heatherwick Studio, Executive architects: VDMMA,RBA,JPA|
|TWK Villiersdorp Resource Centre||CCNI Architects|
Two books were awarded by CifA: Industrial Heritage Protection and Redevelopment by Michael Louw and Unstitching Rex Truefrom:The Story of an African Factory by Wolff Architects.
A few of the architecture award winners that caught our eye:
Lagoon House, Langebaan
Open City Architects
House Mills, Hermanus
Pinard Archtecture INC.
!Kwha Ttu San Heritage Centre, Yzerfontein
Vredenburg Hospital, Vredenburg
Zip Zap Circus Academy, Salt River
Tsai Design Studio
Kloof 119A, Gardens
Cheré Botha School for Learners with Special Educational Needs, Bellville