The 2015 MIPIM Awards finalists are out, naming what an international group of architects, developers, and real estate insiders see as the top 40 new developments of the past year.
The 40 developments were nominated across 10 catagories, as well as a special jury prize. One winner from each category will be chosen at the ceremony the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festival in Cannes, France on March 12.
Though the contest has an international scope, developments in Europe and Asia dominated the shortlist.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Architect: Holder Mathias
Developer: Center Parcs
Other: WTI, Schletterer, Edmond Shipway, PBA
Description: 'These feature Center Parcs' largest and most sophisticated 'sub tropical swimming paradise' (STSP), a state of the art spa, sports facilities, and conference venue together with a wide range of restaurants, retail offers and leisure activities. The whole complex is designed to be invisible from outside the site and this was instrumental in securing planning consent at a public inquiry.'
Architect: Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects
Developer: GWL Realty Advisors
Other: Delta Hotels and Resorts
Description: 'The recently opened flagship Delta Toronto hotel at Toronto's Southcore Financial Centre is the largest and tallest hotel built in Toronto's downtown core in two decades. The 46-story tower accommodates 567 guest rooms, 17,000 square feet of banquet and conference space, a 150-seat restaurant and 80-seat patio, along with many other amenities.'
Architect: EAA / HBA
Developer: Zorlu Yapi Yatirim
Description: 'At the heart of the cutting-edge Zorlu Center, a modern-day bazaar where fashion, fine food and the arts converge on the European shore in Beşiktaş, Raffles is an exhilarating fusion of virtuoso architecture, dazzling interiors, inspired food and deep luxury. The hotel overlooks the Bosphorus, the Prince Islands and the historic peninsula -- a stunning vantage point above the city.'
Architect: China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute
Developer: Evergo Enterprises (Chengdu) Company Limited
Description: 'With an exclusive address in the heart of Chengdu's business district, the 29-story St. Regis Chengdu is part of the new Chinese Estates Plaza, a mixed-use development also designed by Aedas that will become a hub for residential, business, entertainment and shopping activities in the area.'
Architect: ASSAR ARCHITECTS
Developer: AGC Glass Europe
Description: 'AGC Technovation Centre is the newest of only 4 industrial research centres of AGC, the glass manufacturer.The 22,000-sqm building takes advantage of a 9-m stepped site allowing for the creation of a 3-zone project organised around a patio.'
Architect: DDS & Partners / BAEB
Developer: Citydev Brussels
Description: 'Planned to accommodate up to 21 different tenants using 250 to 500 sqm units on an average, Parc PME Newton has been designed to give every tenant its own identity thanks to a colourful articulated façade clad with aluminium cases. A wooden structure, well insulated walls, natural ventilation, rainwater recovery and a green roof are part of the green strategy of the low-cost low-tech eco-strategy.'
Developer: Würth Svenska AB
Description: 'The headquarters of Würth Sverige lives up to its location as an iconic gateway building to the city of Örebro in the heart of Sweden. The building is home to a highly efficient automated warehouse system, a shop and the headquarters for office workers.'
Architect: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Developer: Client City of Oulu
Other: Lemminkäinen Building Construction (Design and Build Contractor)
Description: 'Kastelli Community Centre provides education and exercise facilities for around 1.500 children and youth. Besides the building process the whole lifecycle of the building has been planned beforehand by using Building Information Model.'
Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Developer: Frasers Property Australia, Sekisui House Australia
Other: PTW Architects
Description: 'One Central Park is the landmark first stage of the boldly conceived 'Central Park' precinct. One Central Park comprises 623 apartments in two richly planted residential towers rising above a retail centre.'
Architect: Snøhetta AS
Developer: Entra Asa
Other: Skanska, Asplan Viak, Sapa, Hydro, Zero
Description: 'Powerhouse Kjørbo is a complete renovation of two office buildings from 1980. By optimising and combining known technologies in new ways, Powerhouse Kjørbo will produce more energy than it uses over the lifetime of the building.'
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Architect: PLP Architecture
Developer: OVG Real Estate
Other: Deloitte (primary occupier), Philips (partner in LoE system), G&S bouw (constructor), ABN Amro (financier), Deems (engineering consultant), Deka Immobilien (owner)
Description: 'The Edge is the world's most sustainable office building officially awarded with the highest score ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The Grade A office building achieved a score of 98.36 per cent.'
Architect: Tabanlioglu Architects: Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu
Developer: Selcuk Ecza Holding
Description: 'Like a small county settlement, juxtaposition of seven house-like volumes with hipped roofs forms the office campus.The individual 'houses' integrate to each other either through gardens, roof gardens, upper or lower patios and paths and atriums.'
Design Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect: Kerry Hill Architects -- Interiors Aman Hotel
Developer: Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd.
Description: 'The Otemachi Tower is located within a dense business district of Tokyo, above a nexus of five subway lines, to which it connects below grade. Especially notable in such a dense urban setting, a third of the project's total site area was transformed into an urban forest named, Ootemori.'
Palo Alto, California, United States of America
Architect: Form4 Architecture
Description: 'VMwares's award-winning Silicon Valley headquarters and corporate campus is designed with an appropriateness of scale and sensitivity to the natural setting. Including eighteen buildings and four parking garages the campus is organised around interconnected outdoor garden spaces and water features, with exterior bridges joining the upper floors.'
Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University Administration and Information Building (Nominated for Best Office And Business Development)
Developer: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Company
Other: Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd (Structural Engineer Firm / Civil Engineer Firm / MEP Engineer Firm); ShenYang YuanDa Aluminium Industry Engineering Co., Ltd (Curtain Wall Contractor); Lead Dao Technology and Engineering Ltd (Facade Consultancy); VMZINC (Building Material Supplier)
Description: 'Located in Suzhou Industrial Park, Xi'an Jiaotong -- Liverpool University is jointly founded by Xi'an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK. The design for its Administration Information Building was inspired by the famous Taihu Stone unearthed in the Suzhou Taihu lake area.'
London, United Kingdom
Architect: John Robertson Architects
Description: 'The reopening of the iconic former home of the BBC World Service, along with three adjoining buildings, marks the completion of one of the largest refurbishments ever undertaken in Central London. JLL working in partnership with ISG and John Robertson Architects has completed the 450,000 square feet complex of four buildings with Bush House at its core.'
Investor/Developer: MOMENI Group
Developer: MOMENI Projektentwicklung GmbH
Architect: HPP Hentrich -- Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co. KG
Other: Black Horse Investments GmbH (Joint-Venture Partner)
Description: 'Dreischeibenhaus provides 35.000 m² of upgraded state-of-the-art office space in the heart of Düsseldorf's CBD. This high-rise building, former headquarter of Thyssen Krupp, is already a unique heritage landmark and famous throughout Germany.'
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Architect: Gerber Architekten
Developer: Arriyadh Development Authority
Description: 'The King Fahad National Library is one of the most important cultural and urban development projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It represents the new centre of the rapidly changing Olaya District and stands out clearly from heterogeneous existing building patterns.'
Segrate, Milan, Italy
Architect: Lombardini22 srl
Developer: CBRE Global Investors SGR SPA
Description: 'High quality of a small urban place surrounded by greenery. Designed to the highest global standards, Segreen Business Park is the result of an analysis of the most advanced way of contemporary working thought for leading international companies.'
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Developer: Cayan Group
Description: 'The helix shaped tower in the prestigious location of Dubai Marina is the finest symbol of sophisticated 21st century architectural design and elegance. Developed by Cayan Group- Real Estate Investment and Development, Cayan Tower, the 73-story residential building spirals in a smooth curve by an astonishing 90 degrees to give every apartment a stunning view of the sea or the marina.'
Architect: Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects & COBE Architects
Developer: NCC Bolig A/S
Description: ''Krøyers Plads' Is a modern version of the old harbour warehouses. The project consists of 38 high end apartments in combination with harbour front a new square and lively and attractive restaurants in the ground floor.'
Architect: AART architects, Studio Ludo
Description: 'AART architects reveal the first building phase of the Waterfront development -- one of the largest wooden residential developments in Europe. Located on the edge between the city and the sea, the 19,500 sqm development transforms the former industrial harbour front into a recreational part of town that will become the new heart of Stavanger.'
Architect: Valode & Pistre
Other: BARBANEL/GEC (technical consultants)
Description: 'A successful fusion of what's best about a shopping centre and the feel of a department store, Beaugrenelle benefits from an outstanding range of retail outlets, elegant architecture created by Valode & Pistre Architects and chic Parisian design.'
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Other: Corio (investor market floor), Vesteda (residential investor), Amo Coenen and Iris Roskam (artists art piece)
Description: 'Rotterdam has a new icon. At a historical location at the Binnenrotte, next to Blaak Station and the largest weekly open air market, the first covered market of the Netherlands was realised.'
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Developer: Hang Lung properties Ltd.
Description: 'Urban Market: The 350 meter long megastructrure completes the He Ping Lu pedestrian boulevard, becoming the centrepiece of the new commercial district while marking its presence monumentally from the revitalized Hai He River - creating a new public experience for the city. The project operates as a retail hub as well as a social network to engage, represent and activate a local community.'
Architect: JERDE consultant (foreign architect) & Arcadia (local architect)
Developer: PT Bumi Serpong Damai Tbk. (member of Sinarmas Land)
Other: PT.TOTAL BANGUN PERSADA Tbk (main contractor, civil & structural engineer), PT.Jasira Utama (electrical engineer)
Description: The Breeze BSD city offers the best open-air shopping, dining, and leisure center in Indonesia. The 135,000 m2 outdoor lifestyle center is located in the heart of BSD City uniquely designed by Jerde, a global architecture and urban planning firm.
Boulevard Euromediterranée -- Marseille's new waterfront (Nominated for Best Urban Regeneration Project and Special Jury Award)
Architect: Ateliers Lion -- Ilex -- Kern et Associés
Description: 'The story begins in 1995, with the creation of the Euroméditerranée urban development agency and a partnership with the Port Authority to ensure the transformation of the coastal site into an urban economic re-development project. Located on a brownfield site, the 2.5 km waterfront development stretches from the CMA CGM tower all the way to the historic 'Vieux Port' beyond.'
Public authority/Promotor/Initiator: City of Ghent
Architect: Atelier Kempte-Thill, Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes / COUSSEE & GORIS architecten, Robbrecht & Daem / Marie-José Van Hee architecten , etc.
Developer: SoGent, the city development agency and private developers
Other: members of the Flanders Ghent Development Group
Description: 'The urban regeneration of Ghent's historic heart is well on track, as 2014 saw the completion of the first phase (Kobra) and the start of new phases with the Krook and Bravoko projects. They combine a sustainable urban mobility plan with increased green spaces and waterfronts. They add up-scale residential housing, retail capacity and innovative workspaces.'
London, United Kingdom
Architect: Erect Architects with LUC landscape architect, James Corner Field Operations with Make Architects
Developer: London Legacy Development Corporation
Other: MACE, LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates, Atkins and Arup, Buro Four, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Lagan, H. And J. Martin, ISG, Skandska, and Buckingham
Description: 'London is proud to have already delivered the most successful legacy programme in Olympic history. The hallmark of this success is the 560 acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, already the most important new area in London, driving tangible social, economic and cultural growth, and attracting investment.'
Architect: NIHON SEKKEI, INC.
Developer: Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Other: Tokyo Metropolitan Government (project executor)
Description: 'Toranomon Hills is a flagship mixed-used development, offering various different facilities in the 247-meter tower over the Loop Road No.2, the major arterial road that will serve as a main route for the Olympic Village and the stadiums.'
Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects Europe -- Agence Jean de Gastines Architectes
Developer: Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France
Other: OFI InfraVia -- Sodexo -- TF1
Description: 'The Cité musicale départementale de l'Île Seguin, a first-rate music facility and a permanent leisure and cultural venue, will gather in the same complex every single step of the musical world: a music school, rehearsal and recording studios, the Hauts-de-Seine Choir School and an orchestra hosted in residence, a 6000 person concert hall, a 1150 seat auditorium, a musical café and musical shops.'
Architect: Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH / Graft Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Developer: Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (cooperative for urban creativity)
Other: Kaden + Partner, sbp GmbH, Winter beratende Ingenieure für Gebäudetechnik GmbH, HHP Berlin
Description: 'The main idea is to create an inspiring and lively space that sets the pattern for the relation between working and living, public sphere and privacy. The terraced landscape, as high as the train viaduct, is conceived as a multi-storey market place.'
Developer: Banedanmark, Køge Municipality, DSB Properties
Other: DISSING+WEITLING, COW
Description: 'Køge North Station will not only be a traffic hub for the entire Copenhagen region connecting high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in Denmark, but also a distinctive landmark. The project consists of a 225-meter long pedestrian bridge, a new train station and an associated park and ride facility.'
Developer: Good Standing (Hong Kong) Limited
Description: 'The building is situated in the high density urban area - Mongkok. It is a predominately retail, commercial and residential area made up by a mixture of old and new buildings. The subject site covers an area of about 614 sq.m, and intends to develop a Serviced Apartment. The proposed development approximately consists of 128 rooms, retails and a clubhouse.'
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Architect: Mario Roberto Alvarez
Developer: Riva S.A.
Description: 'Isla de Marchi Audiovisual Center is a unique 291,500 m2 mixed-use development in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. The project is centered around the audiovisual industry, looking to congregate companies focused on the film, advertising, music, and related industries, which are today located all over Buenos Aires. The project envisions a 350 meters-tall mixed-use building (office and hotel), an auditorium for 12,000 people and various film studios.'
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Developer: Capital Region of Denmark
Client: The Project Organisation of the Capital Region of Denmark
Description: 'The healing architecture of New North Zealand Hospital -- designed by Herzog & de Meuron -- will set new standards in healthcare design and healthcare delivery. With a modest four floors at its highest point, the hospital is designed on a very human scale despite its large size. The soft, organic form of a four-leaf clover connects the many components of the hospital and ensures a feeling of safety as well as efficient flows.'
Architect: Progetto CMR Engineering Integrated Services S.r.l.
Developer/Client: Bimantra Citra
Other: Tecnimont Civil Construction & Permasteelisa Group (project management), Cimolai (construction company)
Description: ''Oxygen Eco-tower, your villa in the sky.' The design strategy aims at upgrading the traditional concept of villas, through a new residential tower reflecting a sustainable vision that develops upwards, to minimize the use of the soil in high-density cities. 'Oxygen Eco-tower' is a residential building of 75 floors, with 161 villas.'
Architect: Livia Piperno
Developer: Prelios Integra
Description: 'Fund PAI, 'Parchi Agroalimentari Italiani,'managed by Prelios SGR, is the operating tool for the development and promotion of Eataly World / F.I.CO. (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina) project. The fund is dedicated to the investment in land and real estate assets to be used for projects aimed at integrating diverse fields in the food chain by emphasising the traditional Italian local excellence and by adopting an innovative format. Starting from 2015, (it will be) the world's largest center celebrating the excellence of Italian food.'
Architect: Tabanlioglu Architects
Developer: Summa Construction
Description: (The) complex is a natural harbour for presidential meetings, providing a serene and secure atmosphere, as in history, (when) kings were crowned beneath the Baobab trees of Senegal. Housing the main conference hall, museum, restaurants, meeting facilities and VIP units, construction joins separate units connected via water and bridges.'
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