The MIPIM Awards 2019 finalists have been chosen. The 12-member jury has selected 45 projects from 21 countries that now go forward to the finals of the international real estate industry’s premier awards.
Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts has been shortlisted in the category Best urban regeneration project of the MIPIM Awards 2019. Inspired by the local Banyan trees with their iconic crowns, the vast, undulating structure is composed of a skin and roof, and connects an extensive range of functions. The curved steel structure was built in cooperation between a local and a Dutch shipbuilder. Underneath this roof is Banyan Plaza, a generous, sheltered public space. Residents can wander through here day and night, practice Tai Chi or stage street performances along walkways and in informal spaces.
Designed with the subtropical climate in mind, the open structure allows the wind to blow freely through Banyan Plaza. The seamless flow between interior and exterior creates opportunities for crossovers between formal and informal performances.
The jury, chaired this year by Méka Brunel, CEO of Gecina, reviewed over 200 entries from a record 58 countries and shortlisted the finest projects in each of the 11 competition categories. The winners will be announced at the MIPIM Awards ceremony on Thursday, 14 March at 6.30pm in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
The winners will be selected by both MIPIM delegates voting in Cannes for projects of their choice and by the jury. The winners will be selected on a 50:50 basis combining delegates’ votes cast on-site and the jury’s own votes.
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