[email protected] wins architecture award in Barcelona

The [email protected] was among four Singapore projects that won top awards at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

The HDB’s 50-storey residential project at Tanjong Pagar was named the World’s Best Housing Development, said a press release from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

This is the second big global award for the project this year. In June, it was named the ‘Best Tall Building’ by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat.

The Architecture Festival, which saw entries from more than 500 projects from 61 countries, also chose the School of the Arts, Singapore as the top winner in the World’s Best Learning Building Category and the Helix Bridge under the World’s Best Transport Building Category.

A Singapore project in Bali in Indonesia, the Alila Vilas Uluwatu, took top honours in the World’s Best Holiday Building Category.

This is Singapore’s best showing so far at the annual awards which started in 2008.

Commenting on the stellar performance of Singapore architects at this year’s festival, Ng Lye Hock, Group Director of Architecture and Urban Design Excellence at URA said: “This is a clear demonstration of the strength and quality of Singapore architects. We hope this recognition will spur demand and desire for even better designs and architecure in Singapore.”

The Overall Best Building of 2010 was the National Museum of XX1 Century Arts in Rome.

Other Singapore projects that won in previous years include the Bras Basah MRT station and the Met in Bangkok, both by WOHA Architects.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 8 Nov 2010

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