|The panel are pleased to announce the eight winners of the second stage of WAN's 21 for 21 Award. All of these practices were selected by our expert panel as they were deemed to have the potential to be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century. Each winning practice sent in an outstanding submission which demonstrated a successful ability to convey their projects and architectural direction to the panel.
The shortlist was examined multiple times to award appropriate commendation to practices however when it came to deciding the winners, a heated debate took place. Five winning practices were a credited last year and with this year's eight, WAN is over halfway through their search to finding their winning twenty one firms. This broad array of entries just goes to show what a bright future the architectural industry will have to offer and what beauty will manifest from these practices over the 21st century.
The winning eight submissions demonstrated clarity, extraordinary vision and strength in the context of their proposals. Some of their existing structures serve as masterpieces of thoughtful design and engineering. Overall these winners certainly have the ambition, drive and ability to impact the nature of architecture over the course of the 21st century.
Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd from Vietnam demonstrated their elegance and intelligent uses of natural material with multiple bamboo constructions that simply wowed the entire judging panel. They portrayed an amazing array of really creative products made from local materials and this is something that all the judges gave praise for. Zaha Hadid Architects' Patrik Schumacher highlights that Vo Trong Nghia Co.LTD are 'finding forms true to material which has enabled them to create light forms with influences of scientific vernacular', a premise appraised by the jury and one which they feel other architectural practices can learn from.
Peter Murray described the German practice HHF Architects as being able to ‘produce an elegant mixture of things. They can obviously try their hand at a variety of different approaches'. HHF's range of work shows potential for the future and in particular their work on Espinazo del Diablo, Jalisco, Mexico is an example of their achievement.