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Winners of MIPIM Awards 2014

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Annual exhibition MIPIM has a very specific and clear purpose: developers, investors and architectural companies find each other here. Initiators of ambitious architectural projects, such as representation of countries and cities, and private companies, show the “goods” and prove their investment attractiveness.

Winners of MIPIM Awards 2014: Best Architectural Projects

Emporia Shopping Centre in Malmo, Sweden

Emporia Shopping Centre in Malmo, Sweden

Best innovative green building

Gardens by the Bay; Architects: Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Developer: National Parks Board Singapore; Engineering and Environmental design: Atelier Ten Ltd.

In the short-list this incredible complex of gardens has competed with three buildings. Victory in its category and the “Grand Prix” in the form of the title Best of the Best of Judges suggests that the development of public spaces is a steady global trend. It is indicative that the project has won not so much due to its “wow factor” of landscape design, but mostly due to its environmental autonomy. Spectacular designs for vertical gardening collect rainwater in storage, which is then used for their own irrigation, output portion of waste water, etc.

Best mall

Emporia Shopping Centre. Malmo, Sweden. Architects: Wingårdhs arkitekter; Developers: Steen & Ström Sverige AB.

Internal space is organized conveniently and artistically: a thorough traditional atrium on several floors, color navigation, hanging green gardens, works of contemporary art. On the roof there is a park of more than 12 hectares and of course there is a multi-level underground parking.

Best Development of office and business center

Tanzende Türme. Hamburg, Germany. Architects: BRT Architekten LLP Bothe Richter Teherani; Developers: STRABAG Real Estate GmbH, Business Unit Hamburg.

“Dancing Towers” are two fused skyscrapers with a silhouette reminiscent of a dancing couple. They open the most famous street of entertainment venues in Hamburg – Reeperbahn. Upstairs there are offices; and downstairs, underground there is the legendary club Mojo. It is also important that the new facility has a four-level underground parking, which can be used not only by those who work in the towers, but all the townspeople.

Best territory reconstruction project

Kö-Bogen. Dusseldorf, Germany. Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind, New York; Developer: die developer Projektentwicklung GmbH, Düsseldorf.

It is a complex of new buildings Kö-Bogen (offices, retail, restaurants), which is built in Dusseldorf near the Hofgarten park, in the frameworks of the reconstruction of the Ian Vella-Platz. Daniel Libeskind has organically blended the composition with his signature deconstructive breaks in the historic area of the city, which was badly damaged during World War II. In addition, Kö-Bogen is equipped with its own CHP.

Best building reconstruction project

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. Marseille, France. Owners and investors: AXA Real Estate; Developer: Altarea Cogedim; Architects: AAA Béchu Agency & Tangram Architects.

Old Hotel Dieu in Marseille has become a five star hotel after reconstruction. The works of the project lasted for three years. There were serious archaeological excavations held to preserve the integrity of authentic ensemble and its careful reconstruction of the territory.

Best project of the future

MAX IV. Lund, Sweden. Architects: Fojab arkitekter and Snøhetta; Developer: Fastighets AB ML4.

This is not just a research facility, but also a synchrotron – a ring resonant particle accelerator, a proving ground for properties of various materials. It will differ from existing similar installations by lower vibration and lower impact on the environment.

Best apartment complex

The Oliv. Singapore. Architects: W Architects Pte Ltd; Developer: TG (Balmoral) Pte Ltd.

In the segment of housing, the award was received by the project, which offers a fresh concept of “high-rise bungalow apartments “. A 12-storey building includes 23 apartments. On the lower floors there are apartments with private access to the garden surrounding the house. On the upper 18 floors there are suites with richly landscaped balconies. Over them there are penthouses, which are also sinking in vegetation.

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