BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER AARHUS HAS WON ONE OF THE FINEST ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS IN THE WORLD: THE WAN COMMERCIAL AWARD 2015. WAN – WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST NEWS PORTAL FOR ARCHITECTURE.
Sustainability matters – unanimous decision
The jury’s brief was to find only one winner from a fine array of commercial projects from across the globe. After much discussion and debate the jury decision was unanimous in favour of BESTSELLER AARHUS, as jury member Kent Jackson from the American architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, states: “The spaces and the roof terraces are very impressive, a real standout winner”.
The sustainability was another aspect that impressed the judges. The office complex uses sea-water cooling and solar heating ensuring energy consumption 50% lower than the minimum requirements stated in the building regulations.
“The fact that the energy consumption is 50% less than code is another plus”, says Kent Jackson.
Sympathetic to the City
WAN emphasises our office building as a mix of office, shared facilities and outdoor spaces, creating the impression of a town within a town. The building, surrounded by canals and lakes on all four sides, also forms the entrance to the new, urban district on the waterfront in Aarhus.
“This office building by C.F. Møller stands out from the others as a sophisticated response to its context. The strategy of breaking a large volume into linked smaller parts helps to integrate the building into the existing surroundings because the scale of the component parts is sympathetic to the old town nearby” explains another jury member, Matt Yeoman from BuckleyGrayYeoman, a London-based architectural firm.
In the final shortlist, BESTSELLER AARHUS was up against competitors such as the Novo Nordisk HQ by Henning Larsen architects, the Believe in Better Building in London and the Lanserhof Clinic Tegernsee, Münich, by Ingenhoven Architects.
BESTSELLER AARHUS also received the Aarhus Municipality Architecture Award in 2015.
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