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Inspirational cement and concrete designs

by Madelein
Inspirational cement and concrete designs

Main photo: Atelier Ping Jiang | EID Arch

The global World Architects News (WAN) Awards have been designed to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in global architecture. Now in its 13th year, the awards annually recognise the outstanding work of innovative, visionary and imaginative architects worldwide.

The 2021 WAN Awards are judged by an extensive panel of top international experts, who put entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook.

In this year’s cement and concrete category, the panel looks for designs that explore the sculptural and expressive possibilities of this highly versatile material and its use across all building types, from private residences to public buildings.

Walls & Roofs Magazine is proud to bring you a quick look at this year’s shortlisted projects, featuring award-winning designs using cement and/or concrete.

Chroma Modern Eyewear Specialists, designed by Ibanez Shaw Architecture

This beautifully designed 570m² building is the new ultra-modern home of specialist eyewear and eyecare suppliers Chroma Modern. Situated along Montgomery Street, adjacent to the Fort Worth Cultural District of Texas, the extremely modern building is fitting to the area, which also features a new 14 000-seat multipurpose venue directly opposite.

Photography by Dror Baldinger FAIA

The building interior is a wonderful purple contrast to its matt-grey exterior. It is a beacon to the visitors of the cultural district, inviting one into what can be seen from the exterior as a compelling customer experience for eyecare and fashion spectacles.

Cuisuba Yi Cultural and Visitor Centre, designed by West-line Studio

The Cuisuba Yi Cultural and Visitor Centre was conceived as a landmark to pay homage to the Yi people, an ethnic minority group mainly residing in the mountainous regions and rural areas of Southwest China.

Photo credit: Jingsong Xie

The building grows from a slope with a maximum inclination of 20 degrees, surrounded by mountains all around it. It is characterised by an iconic roof consisting of a concave arc. This architectural gesture aims to show a response to the tension of nature, and again refers to Yi sacrificial symbols.

LAND Community Centre, designed by EID Architecture

Located in the new district of Fengdong near Xi’an, LAND Community Centre serves as a social and cultural venue for the burgeoning neighbourhood. Conceived as a floating gateway for a new residential development, LAND Community Centre consists of a community service centre, cafeteria, gallery, multi-purpose room for educational and recreational purposes, reading room and a day-care centre for children.

Photo credit: Atelier Ping Jiang | EID Arch

The sculptural base of the community centre features a dynamic surface of rippling effect to emanate the tactile and sensory experience.

Our sincere appreciation to https://www.wanawards.com/shortlist-2021 for the use of the information contained in this article. Watch this space for the winner’s announcement of the 2021 WAN Awards, which is confirmed for 18 and 19 November 2021 .

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