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Winners in Architecture

Issue | 45

MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL HOUSING SCHEMES
WINNER: RESETTLING THE INDUS
PROJECT: RESETTLING COMMUNITIES 

 

The project stands out for its successful and socially responsible manner of intervention in the post disaster situation, which was faced by the economically disadvantaged communitie s located in different provinces and parts of Pakistan. Working within the ambit of people’s rural lifestyles, traditional knowledge and appropriate and acceptable solutions, the project aims to empower local communities. The jury appreciated the intelligent and sensitive approach towards disaster mitigation and the efforts to create sustainable and community empowering solutions, working in a vast area with varied communities and construction systems.

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 PUBLIC AMENITY – COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
WINNER: ARCOP ASSOCIATES PRIVATE LIMITED
PROJECT: TELENOR OFFICE ISLAMABAD 

The jury felt that though corporate architecture generally reflects more of an international imagery, source of inspiration in case of Telenor Head Office is rooted in the local earthen materials. The use of rammed earth with a composition of building blocks around a water body creates a rather unique corporate space. The inspiration from the bazaar streets to provide connectivity among different areas was appreciated. The natural light is beautifully playing with the exterior of the building. The Project was awarded for setting a positive trend for future corporate campuses in Pakistan. 

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PUBLIC AMENITY – HOSPITALITY BUILDINGS
WINNER: COALESCE DESIGN STUDIO
PROJECT: NEWBURY CAFÉ 

   

The holistic design attitude that renders architecture and interior design at once is appreciated by the jury. The existing residential building has been successfully enriched by the new steel structure which hosts the protected terraces. While becoming a part of the overall building, this screened facade creates climatically protected semi-open buffer zones, in a way that reinterprets traditional architecture. The design of the interior spaces constitutes a seamless continuation of the overall architectural design, with light colors and natural textures applied in appropriate manner. Overall, the jury appreciated the control of the design and the attention to all the elements of the building.

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PUBLIC AMENITY – INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS
WINNER: ARSHAD SHAHID ABDULLA (PRIVATE) LIMITED – ASA
PROJECT: THE HUNAR FOUNDATION (DMS), KARACHI 

  

The sober and functional buildings of the campus are organized around a system of open-air spaces that provide its users with much needed shadow, as well as places for socialization. The main architectural interventions succeed in transfiguring the elements by giving them a playful character and assembling them in unexpected ways. Commendable is the fact that they do so, in a cost-effective way. Finally, the project shows the same attention to the big and small scale, as well as to how natural light enters into the workshop spaces, which establish an insightful relationship with the pre-existing conditions. To summarize the Jury appreciated scale, the cost effectiveness and the playfulness of the environment with the innovative use of traditional and recycled elements.

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CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECTS
WINNER: ARSHAD SHAHID ABDULLA (PRIVATE) LIMITED – ASA
PROJECT: NUSSERWANJEE BUILDING, IVS, Karachi 

  

More than belonging to a traditional category, the reassembling/relocation/adaptive reuse of the Nusserwanjee building of the Indus Valley School, sets an example of its own. Initiated out of a laudable concern for the preservation of part of the memory of historical Karachi, which was under the threat of uncontrolled and ruthless urban development, the project ends up questioning crucial issues for contemporary urban expansion, such as what does it mean to “preserve”, what is the value of the “original” and how can architects act responsibly within the space of the city. The jury hopes that this project will soon open a public debate on these topics.

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PUBLIC SPACES
WINNER: ARSHAD SHAHID ABDULLA (PRIVATE) LIMITED (ASA) AND DANISH ZUBY –DAZ DESIGN
PROJECT: PURSUKOON CHOWK AND EDULJI DINSHAW ROAD 

 

  

The jury felt that the Projects of Pursukoon Chowk and EDR Street are such integrated elements that the two should only be looked at as one comprehensive solution. The jury appreciated the fact that this intervention is minimal in ways that it is not overpowering the character of a very busy and old neighborhood. The project actually uplifts the area without a forced gentrification attempt. The terminus at the chowk provides a calming effect to the overall development while the commercial aspect of it is also maintained. The jury appreciated the reasons behind the development which is to revive a community space across various cultural groups while setting standards for future projects of this nature.

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