WAF 2011: building of the year
WAF 2011: building of the year WAF 2011: building of the year
nov 07, 2011

WAF 2011: building of the year

the ‘media-ICT building’ in barcelona, spain by enric ruiz-geli of cloud 9 has been awarded the title of ‘world building of the year’ by the world architecture festival 2011. containing a multimedia museum, workshop spaces, convention hall and office incubators, this center offers a location for exchange between international as well as young and growing companies. with 15% of the program representing shared spaces, the interior has been integrated to be neutral, denying the characteristics of private, public, academic or corporate atmospheres. see designboom’s coverage of this building while under construction here.

exterior view from across the street
image © luis ros

front elevation
image © luis ros

(left): structural framework for the second skin
(right): ETFE facade detail
images © enric ruiz-geli

skin detail
image © enric ruiz-geli

skin detail
image © josé miguel hernandez

side elevation
image © gunnar knechtel

(left) vertical EFTE panels of side elevation | image © enric ruiz-geli
(right) rear elevation | image © iwan baan

airspace between outer skin and interior glass curtain wall
image © josé miguel hernandez

flexible office spaces
image © iwan baan

view from office spaces
image © iwan baan

interior view of EFTE facade
image © enric ruiz-geli

image © luis ros

flexible office spaces
image © iwan baan

internal courtyard
image © luis ros

entrance at night
image © iwan baan

building within the urban context
image © iwan baan

during construction
image © luis ros

image © luis ros

structural diagram
image © luis ros

  • there’s more than one gherkin in the world?

    dbkii says:
  • Pretty poor execution and very restrictive spactial concept.
    What’s this all about?

    archic says:
  • the other gherkin is the torre agbar in barcelona

    keith says:
  • another computer generated eyesore.
    the reindeer viewing pavillion should have won as it is such a celebration of design, craftsmanship and nature.

    megan says:
  • that’s strange, they built the building two years ago, and now it’s the winner of the WAF 2011?

    Shouldn’t it be a project of the last year? can you submit old projects over and over again to the WAF until it wins?

    just wondering.. says:
  • WTF…??? This toy won a top prize ? Any jourist willing to comment?

    IMABY says:
  • building in barcelona
    WAF 2011 in barcelona too : )

    pr mafia as usual

    a better world without PR says:
  • I’m not affiliated with WAF but I wanted to clear up some misconceptions here about the festival’s guidelines and selection process…

    Entries for the completed buildings and structural design categories had to be officially completed between January 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011 to be considered for this year’s WAF awards.

    Previous winners of the building of the year award:

    MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects – 2010
    Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa by Peter Rich Architects – 2009
    Bocconi University building in Milan, Italy by Grafton Architects – 2008

    The annual festival is always held in Barcelona but the chosen projects have been from other places in the world, as seen from the three other winning projects.

    Jon says:

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