Woods Bagot & SHoP Architects receive The Futureglass Prize 2023
For the 55 Pitt Street project, the tandem received an award from James O'Callaghan.
Last Friday, the World Architecture Festival ended in Singapore – one of the key events in the world of architecture and development. Three days, the architectural gem Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and thousands of guests gathered at the main venue for the industry.
In addition to the exhibition, WAF 2023 hosted several competitive programs. On the festival's final day, participants presented their projects in several dozen categories.
For the second consecutive year, Aestech initiated its own special award during the festival. The Futureglass Prize acknowledges the boldest projects utilizing glass or innovative methods of its use in architecture. In 2023, 7 projects were shortlisted, and the jury was chaired by James O'Callaghan, a world-renowned engineer who has designed Apple stores, Google and Atlassian offices, and dozens of other iconic buildings.
The best project awarded during the festive gala was the office building 55 Pitt Street by the collaborative effort of Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects.
55 Pitt Street is a future business center in Sydney's business district. The authors focused on several elements in their project: ecological sustainability, integration with the surrounding environment and local history, and energy efficiency.
Once a neighborhood that will house the construction of a 55-story office center, was ф home to the indigenous population of the continent. The desire to transform the building into part of the historical heritage became one of the design narratives. All of this found expression in the choice of materials: glass, wood, sandstone, and terracotta elements. James O'Callaghan personally presented the award to the winner.
I'm pleased that for the second year in a row, we are promoting the discussion around glass at such a high level. Having James O'Callaghan assist in selecting the winners is our personal pride and victory. I am confident that his experience and expertise helped choose the most deserving project.
Leonid Lazebnikov, CEO of Aestech