Lukasz Platkowski, Design Director & Snr Associate, Gensler
Cristina Garcia, Director, KPF
Simon Allford, Director, AHMM
James Zheng, Partner and Director of Asian Operations, Goettsch Partners

JUDGES, UNBUILT (from left to right)
Eva Jiricna, Principal, Eva Jiricna Architects
Mark Swetman, Director, Hines
Lee Hallman, Head of Candy & Candy Design
Eric Parry, Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Manuelle Gautrand, Principal, Manuelle Gautrand Architects (remote)
This year’s Commercial winners could not be more different. The successful Completed project - Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects’ The Granary in London - is a contemporary reuse project which sensitively re-imagines an 1870s listed building into a chic new headquarters for developer/ contractor Rooff. In the Unbuilt category is Hamish Monk Architecture's Hopuhopu Tribal Centre in the Waikato District of New Zealand, an impressive masterplan which forms a much-needed commercial base for 60,000 Waikato Tainui.

It was this immense 137 hectare project that immediately struck a chord with Unbuilt judge, Mark Swetman, Director of Hines, who pointed out: “The fact that it has gone from a very traditional style to a very modernistic one has got to be celebrated. The thing that I would like to say is the simplicity of how it’s put together and recognising this is buildings a cultural centre. It needs to be economically viable, but it also sits well with the adjacent land uses; I can see it being a more commercially viable operation as well which is obviously key in getting something off the ground.”

Fellow juror Eric Parry was equally impressed, admitting: “It’s nice to havea set of buildings within the context of a landscape without too much pretentiousness. I think internally there is the potential for a very beautiful condition of light between the outer weathering skin and the internal surface in its patterned timber as it responds to a place of community. I think the section is also potentially beautiful in terms of its scale; it seems to have as lot of promise at this stage.”

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