Winners of the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award have been announced and include Brookline, MA base Choi+Shine – for their entry Land of Giants (above)- along with NYC based NAMELESS for Playcloud (below).
Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.
I’m really in love with Land of Giants – it’s like something out of Middle Earth, but from the future. The idea that these electrical towers could be considered aesthetically in addition to functionally says a lot about what could be done with our infrastructure projects – and the added whimsy of the chosen forms [giants!] is super entertaining. It would be so great if we could consider the fact that we have to look at these things when building our electrical grid, or highways, etc – and then have a little fun with them.
Playcloud explores the narrative potential of a pneumatic and fabric structure. We are not only looking for the utopian implications of the pavilion, but also investing in a practical and sustainable solution for City of Dreams Pavilion.
Playcloud is simply visually stunning in terms of the renderings. These lighter than air, almost ghost-like structures would make for a great pavilion installation -if they’re buildable [i suppose that’s why they’re the ‘unbuilt architecture’ awards].
More images for each project can been seen over at Bustler. There were two other winners of the award, but I didn’t think they were quite as ill. You can find out more over at ArchDaily.
Note: this really has nothing to do with anything, but does anyone else think it’s strange that the BSA doesn’t publish this sort of thing itself? I mean, they have a webpage – no reason why they shouldn’t use it to display winning entries to the competitions they’re holding. Weird.
Kim Herforth Nielsen, principal and founder of 3XN architects, has been awarded Denmark’s Highest Architectural Honor – the C.F. Hansen Medal. The Award will be presented by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as they â€˜acknowledge a person who has made outstanding achievements in the field of Architectureâ€™.
It is a great honour for me to receive the C.F. Hansen Medal. My goal has always been to create architecture which creates behavior and ultimately contributes positively to the world â€“ both architecturally and environmentally. In that regard, the Medal is a large recognition of the importance of these qualities in architecture.
~ Kim Herforth Nielsen
An AMNP favorite [3XN], as many of you know, Nielsen is receiving the medal for his ability ‘to give rise to a new type of architectureâ€™. Check out some of our previous posts on 3XN, here.