Interestingly enough, the ONE Prize "Smart Dock" competition has two 1st prize winners for 2014. Organized by Terreform ONE, this year's theme had participants propose a new design and science educational facility for the renovated Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The program of the collaborative educational facility will also include a public outreach center for socio-ecological design as well as spaces for lectures, events, and design studios for about 30 graduate students.
Out of 92 teams from 22 countries worldwide, the jury awarded two 1st prize winners, one 3rd prize winner, and one honorable mention.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a former shipbuilding factory, has been transitioning into a green technology and manufacturing hub. Building 128 is currently scheduled to open in September 2015.
The annual competition continues to maintain its popular status. Last year, the competition's Stormproof theme had entrants design resilient cities for extreme climate conditions.
Check out the winning entries below, including a recap from jury chair Christian Hubert (principal of Christian Hubert Studio and Chair of Terreform ONE).
1st Prize ($3500): THE LUCENT CUBE
By “CAD monkeys" - Yun Wan, Silvia Lopes, Balazs Fekete | London, UK
"THE LUCENT CUBE, is elegant,straightforward, and functional. It occupies the open space of Building 128, along with the 'eave' space assigned to ONE Lab. Like the functional spaces proposed by the developer, it is a simple box. The multi-story structure distributes the program areas in a clear and intelligent manner, with more public functions at the lower floors, new vertical circulation, more private uses above, and a roof garden at the top (interior) level. Although some jurors found the project somewhat unadventurous, its simple luminescence and polycarbonate materials provided a clear identity and believable material vocabulary."
1st PRIZE ($3500): SELF GROWING LAB
By Diaz Paunetto Arquitectos, PSC: Victor Diaz, Ariel Santiago, Carlos Garcia, Danniely Staback, Nestor Lebron | San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"The other winning project, SELF GROWING LAB was unabashedly assertive in its formal language and technological optimism. The project seemed poised to take over the whole building, and even to burst out of it. The self-growing lab evokes many of the technologies and growth forms associated with Terreform ONE’s body of work. The project’s strength is primarily metaphorical, and its bio-technologies are unproven but innovative. Some jurors found it too resolutely formal and its functional spaces insufficiently defined."
3rd PRIZE ($1000): COL-LAB
By DDEC: Jaehun Woo, Youra Cho, Sang Hoon Park | Seoul, South Korea.
"The third place project, COL-LAB, mediates between the ONE Lab facility and a new public space for the Navy Yard. The designers suggested using the roof on the courtyard side as a public area for seating and display -- an idea that transforms the scope of the project from a purely interior space into a public outdoor roofscape. The functional spaces for ONE Lab are at the upper levels, with a new raised roof structure. While such construction might well desirable, it is not feasible in reality because of regulatory constraints. This, however, did not affect the judging, but the project would suffer if the roof could not be raised, since the programmatic spaces for ONE Lab would be reduced."
Honorable Mention: SKOOL HAUS
By Nikole Bouchard - Nikole Bouchard, Vanessa Moon | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
"Honorable mention went to SKOOL HAUS, a project that starts from a metaphorical evocation of hand-made wooden boat construction, which may seem strangely at odds with a building whose function was to assemble giant engines for modern warships. The project presentation was highly evocative, and its finesse appealed to many jury members, even if at times it strained their credulity. Nonetheless, it underscored the relation of ONE Lab to the water, even suggesting that large parts of the program could be launched onto the water, and that overturned boat-like forms could provide unexpected opportunities for functional use."
Images courtesy of ONE Prize 2014.
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