The Working category concerned itself with a wide variety of schemes from office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing. It encompasses new build and adaptive reuse, with big budget offerings alongside low-cost ‘minnows’. The jurors said they could not ignore the pervasive pandemic lens’ but that pre-COVID good design features should provide resilience now.
Themes emerged across the schemes including the use of diverse ranges of spaces and flexible floor plates, energy storage and low-energy features, user experience and wellbeing issues, unusual financial models of leasing, placemaking and use of materials, all expressed with a great concern for carbon impacts.
Quotes from the international Jury
Andreas Ruby: ‘An amazing project. It’s not just beautifully made; what is really striking about this is the way in which it addresses an otherwise difficult site and makes it an exciting site. There’s a beauty of pragmatism in it that I find very poetic’. ‘It has potential in sparking other people’s imaginations as to how to use other sites that seem equally underwhelming’
Old Paradise Street
Benjamin Prosky: ‘Old Paradise Street has a lot of potential; the green cladding and the way it runs along the railway. I’d love to see how it actually turns out’
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