The Ningbo Museum of Art and Education, on the east coast of China, by architect Álvaro Siza with Carlos Castanheira, is one of the finalists for the Building of the Year 2021 award, announced by Archdaily.
The project is among the five nominated in the Cultural Architecture category, one of the 15 that make up the awards of the international architecture platform, and is the only one of Portuguese architects among the candidates, in this edition.
The winners will be chosen by voting by members registered on the platform, until the next 18th, and announced ‘online’ that same day.
The museum, located by Lake Dongqian, is about six thousand square meters and was opened last November.
Instead of stairs, the 25 meter high building has a barrier-free ramp connecting the five floors and is lit only by windows located on the ground floor and at the top of the museum.
The building by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira competes for the Building of the Year award, in the Cultural Architecture category, with the Audemars Piguet Museum, in Le Brassus, Switzerland, a joint project of the BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Brückner and CCHE studios, with the Qujiang Chinese Art Center in Xi’an – Shanxi, designed by the Hangzhou Gad studio, with the Experimenta building in Heilbronn, Germany, of the Sauerbruch Hutton studio in Berlin, and with the MEETT – Center for Toulouse Congresses and Exhibitions, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA office in Rotterdam, who also designed the Casa da Música building in Porto.
The Ningbo Museum of Art and Education is a project by the private Chinese group Huamao Group. The president of this group, Xu Wanmao, invited Álvaro Siza to lead the work, after visiting the Serralves Museum, which the Pritzker Prize designed, in Porto.
Siza Vieira’s first work in China – an office building, also designed in partnership with the architect Carlos Castanheira – opened in August 2014, in the east of the country.
In Asia, the Portuguese duo also signed projects in Taiwan and South Korea.
Among the finalists of this year’s Archdaily awards is also the MNMA studio, from São Paulo, Brazil, with the project Dois Trópicos, in this city, nominated in the category of commercial buildings.
The OMA studio, on the other hand, is one of the most nominated, with finalist projects in the categories of commerce, hotels and offices, built in South Korea, Indonesia and Germany, respectively.
The Archdaily Building of the Year awards are given in categories of commerce, culture, sport, education, hospitality, health and industry, in interior architecture, landscape architecture and public spaces, in office buildings, housing, housing, buildings religious and small-scale projects / small facilities. The best application of materials is also distinguished.
The 75 finalists – five in each category -, for this 12th edition, were chosen by voting by ArchDaily members, between January 26 and February 10, from the 4500 projects submitted and published on the platform, throughout 2020 .
Finalists can be seen at https://boty.archdaily.com/us/2021.
In 2017, the Archdaily awards distinguished the Porto Cruise Terminal, by Luís Pedro Silva, in the Public Architecture category, and Casa Cabo de Vila, from the Spaceworkers architecture studio, in Bitarães, Porto district, in the Houses area. ).
In 2018, in the Industrial Architecture area, the Adega Herdade do Freixo project was awarded, in Redondo, Évora district, by Frederico Valsassina Arquitetos.
ArchDaily – Plataforma, based in New York, was created in 2008, bringing together professionals in the fields of architecture, design, construction and specialized media from different continents.
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