News Round Up – May 2017
This year, DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam by NL architects and XVW architectuur was announced the winner of the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award. For the first time, the prize goes to a renovation of an existing building. The project is an innovative renovation of one of the biggest apartment buildings in The Netherlands called Kleiburg, a bend slab with 500 apartments in Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighbourhood. Consortium DeFlat rescued the building from the wrecking ball by turning it into a “Klusflat”, meaning that the inhabitants renovate their apartments by themselves.
The five finalists that made it through the eye of the needle were: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, Alison Brooks Architects, Rudy Ricciotti, BBGK Architekci Sp. z. o. o., Jerzy Kalina, Maksa Sp. z. o. o., and NL Architects & XVW Architectuur.
Designed by London-based firms Sheppard Robson and John Coper Architecture, the construction of the Nelson Mandela’s Children Hospital was completed earlier this month. The project aims at realizing Mandela’s vision for a hospital dedicated to improving medical care and creating a wide range of much needed facility for South African children, irrespective of their social and economic status.
On May 12, British-Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye, was knighted by Prince William at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace with the following statement: ‘one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK.’ Adjaye recently completed the largest project of his career, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (link to article), and is the lead designer behind high-profiled projects such as the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and Latvia’s first Museum of Contemporary Art – to mention a few.
In the wake of the much discussed Brexit, the British Labour Party pledges to the creative industry putting the creative sector at the centre of the negotiations of Brexit and in their election manifesto. Some of the key initiatives deal with maintaining free entrance, investing in the cultural sector and put creativity back at the heart of the curriculums in schools through a Cultural Capital Fond.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Architectural League of New York’s highest honour, the President’s Medal, was awarded to His Highness Aga Khan who established the Aga Khan Award that annually recognizes projects that ‘make a significant contribution-social as well as cultural-to communities in which Muslims or the heritage of Islam have a significant presence.’