This year’s LILA jury was comprised of renowned international experts from the profession to select the winners of LILA – Landezine International Landscape Award 2017. There were 102 submitted entries in the office category and 149 entries in the project category. The president of the jury was LILA 2016 winner Martí Franch (EMF – Estudi Martí Franch), joined by members
- Kathryn Gustafson (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Gustafson Porter+Bowman)
- Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group)
- Perry Lethlean (T.C.L. – Taylor Cullity Lethlean)
- Chih-Wei GV Chang (SWA Group)
- Robert Schaefer (founder of Topos Magazine).
The winner of LILA 2017 in OFFICE category is H+N+S landscape architecture
H+N+S has through an engineering approach successfully developed large scale thinking about landscape, integrating aspects concerning energy, environment, well-being and aesthetics. They feature a consistent opus of brave interventions in landscape, often with ingenious and innovative solutions. H+N+S is a relevant force in our common task to find and develop new tools for overcoming the challenges concerning landscape today and in the future.
Members of the jury recognized SLA from Denmark as an office that demonstrates the ability and adaptability to successfully design a wide scope of different tasks. They developed an effective approach to bringing nature into the urban environment, whilst working with its processes in cities, especially dealing with large quantities of water.
Agence Ter stood out for their ‘motion and evolution’. Motion, for entering unchartered territories and solving problems from multiple directions, and evolution, for constantly responding to changing demands concerning climate change and social issues. With this approach, Agence Ter designs unique, smart and convivial landscapes.
In terms of bridging regenerative infrastructure and public landscapes, the jury also acknowledges SCAPE studio from NYC. SCAPE combines research and practice to conquer cross-scale spatial challenges, whilst blurring the lines between neighbourhoods and habitats.
The winner of LILA 2017 in PROJECT category is Saint Ouen – Park at the docks designed by Agence Ter.
Saint Ouen – Park at The Docks is a complex landscape system that offers optimistic answers to questions concerning social equity and water resilience. Agence Ter demonstrated excellent skills to design a multifunctional, generous and inclusive social platform that offers various uses (including growing food). At the same time, it works as a sponge, providing space for water during heavy rains and floods. Jury members agreed passionately that this project will send the right message to the professional community on how to design liveable urban spaces for the future as well as to everyone else on how we should all be able to use open spaces in the times ahead of us.
The jury members also acknowledge Chicago Riverwalk (SASAKI + Ross Barney) as a high-quality urban space, extremely well structured and built. The new horizontal layer in the birthplace of the skyscraper will certainly have a positive impact and will transform the city into a more liveable and pedestrian-friendly urban environment.
Park am Gleisdreieck (Atelier LOIDL) was also debated as one of the most effortlessly beautiful and comfortable projects. Placed four meters above the city level, Gleisdreieck is an urban oasis and a vital link between neighbourhoods, featuring smart interventions, such as a(?) placing programme under the bridge, revealing layers from the site’s past uses and exposing the contrast between soft park tissue and S-Bahn trains buzzing over the main meadow on the elevated rail-yards. One jury member commented: “It’s so Berlin!”
In terms of aesthetics, jury members recognized The Dialogue Center Przelomy (KWK Promes) as a strikingly beautiful landmark and a generous urban public landscape.
LILA 2017 Public Choice Awards
Besides the jury awards, visitors of Landezine were able to vote for projects, offices and products to select winners of the Public Choice Awards.
Visitors of Landezine website selected OMGEVING as the winner of LILA Public Choice Award in the office category.
Visitors of Landezine website selected Nørreport station in Copenhagen (COBE, Gottlieb Paludan, Bartenbach) as the winner of LILA Public Choice Award in project category.
The Product award winner was selected by visitors of Landezine website via voting. The awarded entry is “Antibes&Nice” by Area.
Landezine team thanks the jury members for their excellent professional work and congratulates all LILA 2017 winners.
The Award ceremony will take place at the second Landezine LIVE in The Old Power Station in Ljubljana, Slovenia on September 29th. It will be a one-day event where the winners will present their winning designs and approaches. The event will also host Udo Weilacher (Technical University Munich), Perry Lethlean (T.C.L. – Taylor Culity Lethlean).
The detailed programme will be announced in the next days on http://landezine.com/live/