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JUDGES' COMMENTS
JUDGES (from left to right)
Frances Tobin, Design & Colour Consultant
Jonathan Falkingham, CEO & Co-Founder, Urban Splash
Paul Monaghan, Director, AHMM
Emmanuelle Moureaux, Director, emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design (remote)
Michael Graves, Principal, Michael Graves & Associates (remote)
Winner: New Biochemistry Building, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom by Hawkins\Brown
EDITORIAL
When many people consider the county town of Oxford, UK, they imagine the cobbled streets and turreted towers depicted in literary novels Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and the elaborately carved university buildings that inspired the magical school of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

Intriguing then that the winner of the first ever WAN AWARDS Colour in Architecture title is settled in the historic clutches of the city, sporting glass fins in hues of purple and orange. The New Biochemistry Building at the University of Oxford was designed by British practice Hawkins\ Brown and described by Colour judge Jonathan Falkingham from developers Urban Splash as ‘very elegant and sophisticated’.

All of our jurors were taken by the sensitive incorporation of differing hues in this brave scheme, recognising the architects’ experienced approach to working in delicate environments. There is rationale behind each new tone, as Hawkins\Brown explains in their entry material: “The choice of colours for the external glass fins was strongly influenced by the immediate context of listed historical buildings.

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