Buro Ole Scheeren’s MahaNakhon and DUO named Finalists at the 2019 World Architecture Festival
Amsterdam / Jul 4, 2019
Buro Ole Scheeren is returning to the World Architecture Festival with three nominations, having won "Building of the Year" with The Interlace in 2015. Two of Buro Ole Scheeren’s recently completed projects are competing in three categories at this year’s edition of the World Architecture Festival, the world’s largest architectural awards program and festival.
The MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok is competing in the "Completed Buildings: Mixed Use". Recently completed, this 150,000 square meter development features a dynamic public plaza, a multi-level retail center with restaurants, cafes, and 24-hour marketplace; 200 serviced apartments, a 150 room boutique hotel, a rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant as well as an integrated link to the Skytrain. Characterized by its distinctive sculptural profile and the pixelated ribbon that coils around its full height of 314 meters, the building reveals its inner life and projects the image of human activity and inhabitation to the surrounding city and beyond.
DUO, a mixed-use development in Singapore, is a finalist in two categories: "Urban Landscape" and "Completed Buildings: Mixed Use".
DUO integrates the surrounding context around a 24-hour accessible public plaza, forming a new civic nexus for Singapore. Rather than functioning as a piece of individual and self-referential architecture, DUO is a sensitive insertion into the city’s urban fabric that unites a group of existing buildings through spatial integration. A series of vertical offsets and cantilevers articulate the towers’ silhouette and generate a series of elevated public spaces.
The 2019 World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from December 4-6. Büro Ole Scheeren will present its two shortlisted designs to the international delegates and the jury, and winning projects will be announced on Friday, December 6, at the WAF Gala Dinner.
In 2015, Buro Ole Scheeren won "World Building of the Year winner" with The Interlace in Singapore.