A box full of the United States. The 2021 edition of the Versailles Prize in the categories Airports, Campus, Stadiums, Terminals and Stations, in fact gives a proud place to American achievements that have won 4 “Versailles Awards” at stake and 1 of 8 “Notes”. The global jury chaired by the director Jean-Jacques AnodeAnd counting famous architects such as the Danish Bjarke EngelsOr the Spanish Patricia Urquiola, the Japanese Ryue Nishizawa or the Nigerian Mariam Kamara, not to mention chefs, photographers or designers, striving to shine a light on commercial architecture every year to show that culture and aesthetics can perfectly find their place in this equipment.
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Awarded under the auspices ofUNESCOThese awards also aim to promote sustainable architecture in fields as diverse as education, sports or tourism, in all regions of the world, paving the way for smart sustainable development. Among the winners, the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, designed by the American company HKS, is attracting attention. This stadium, which is dedicated to American football, will host the main event of the sport, the Super Bowl, in 2022. This 70,000-seat stadium can accommodate an additional 30,000 if needed and is notably distinguished by its fixed semi-transparent roof and cocolos. . A double-sided oval video screen hangs from the ceiling over the stadium (see slide show).
In this same sporting category, we find the only French winner, Stade Philippe Chatrier, the renovation of the legendary Roland Garros center, which won the “Indoor Mention” award. The award for the exoskeleton goes to Al Bayt Stadium, one of the arenas to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. On the side of the station is Som’s Moynihan Hall (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill). ) Versailles Award-winning expansion of New York’s Penn Station. This elegant extension should make it possible to relieve congestion in the historic buildings of the main station. As for the Chinese Ginkgo Swan Lake station built by Hexia Architects, it has received an “inside signal” for this project that offers a harmonious coexistence of technology and the environment. While external acknowledgment is given to the Reservoir’s Australian suburban station, created by architecture and design firm Genton.
As the college campuses also received their awards, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California was honored. The Chin Neuroscience Research Building, built by Smith Group, is remarkable for its integration with the landscape and its ability to blend interdisciplinary collaboration spaces and specialized “plug and play” rooms. This category has been awarded the luxury of a second American winner since Harvard University won external recognition for its new building with geometric shapes dedicated to science and engineering. In terms of airports, Terminal B at New York’s LaGuardia Airport won the Versailles Award, Berlin’s Brandenburg Willie Brandt Airport received internal citation, and New Zealand’s stunning achievement in New Plymouth received external citation.
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