Text: Meghna Mehta
The World Architecture Festival held at Amsterdam in November 2018 saw a series of awards being voted at live judging sessions in temporary bubble-like rooms created, where the finalists presented their works to the eminent judges. 130+ judges from 35+ countries evaluated 535 shortlisted projects from 57 countries.
The project, ‘The Street’ by Indian architecture firm Sanjay Puri Architects, one of the shortlisted entries in the ‘Housing, Large Scale – Completed Buildings’ category won the award competing with 15 fellow contestants, which included architecture firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects and WOHA. A proud moment for the Indian community, the project was one to stand out for its creative design that has provided an 800 room housing facility for students in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. An intuitive design for the planning of a complex that increases interaction is sensitive to the climate and is designed to create an interesting experience for its users inside and outside.
Sanjay Puri, the principal architect of the firm, has won previously at WAF, including at last year’s event, and was also a judge at the awards for other categories this year. Judges were impressed with ‘The Street’ – how the building’s configuration, together with its angled bay windows, gives optimal views to all rooms within the student residence. They praised the project as a “deeply poetic realisation of a simple building typology.”
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The other Indian project to have been declared a winner at WAF 2018 was ‘Thiruvalluvar’ in Kanyakumari, India designed by Monk Mackenzie in collaboration with Novare – winning among 11 competitors in the ‘Infrastructure – Future Projects’ category. The design of the bridge is a unique amalgamation of culture, architecture and structural form through its symbolism in design. In its own form being a ‘bridge’ connecting islands to create access for public use and ease commute, it rivets architecture’s importance in infrastructural works.
AS per the judges, “The design for a 500 metre long pedestrian bridge located at the southern-most tip of India was commended for its simple and elegant response to a complex problem.”
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STIR congratulates the winners as well as the 17 other projects from the country that were shortlisted at WAF and INSIDE 2018.