Keukenhof, Manchester Engineering Campus Development and the regeneration of South Thamesmead have been shortlisted for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards. The winners will be announced in Berlin, in November 2017.
The new entrance area of the world-famous Keukenhof garden opened in March 2017, welcoming a record-breaking 1.4 million visitors in just eight-weeks. The design includes two plazas with an elegant gatehouse in between. The striking timber roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter and creates an ever-changing play of light and shadow.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development, currently under construction, is one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom. By integrating architecture, interior and landscape, Mecanoo has designed a campus that will transform the way in which the University educates future engineers. The project is due to be completed in 2020.
Permission to build more than 1,500 new homes in South Thamesmead was granted to Peabody, one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations, in October 2016. The plans for one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes were developed by Proctor and Matthews Architects and Mecanoo.
The World Architecture Festival is one of the largest architecture events in the world. It features keynote talks, live crit presentations and judging of over 400 award finalists. The 2017 edition will take place from 15 until 17 November at the Arena Berlin, Germany.