Double-win for Oriel at 2022 WAF Awards

At the 2022 World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Lisboa, Oriel was the winner of two prizes at the WAF Awards. The first win was in the Future Projects – Health category and the second was the WAFX Special Prize.

Oriel integrates world-class eye care and research for Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology, within the high-tech setting of the King’s Cross & St Pancras Knowledge Quarter. Together with Penoyre & Prasad, White Arkitekter are part of AECOM’s team commissioned to design Oriel.

At the 2022 WAF Awards, Penoyre & Prasad Principal, Rafael Marks, presented Oriel to the international jury on behalf of the design team. Among six other finalists Oriel was named winner in the Future Project – Health category, which showcases the most inspiring new architectural concepts.

We are really excited to receive these two awards. We are very proud to have been part of the Aecom team in this great project. With Moorfield’s vision in mind to create the best possible patient experience, to attract and empower the best people to work in a place of research and development.
Caroline Varnauskas, Lead Architect for interior design and public spaces at White Arkitekter

The project was also rewarded the WAFX Special Prize, which celebrates international proposals which embrace cutting-edge design approaches to address major world issues, ranging from tackling the climate emergency to building community resilience.

We are absolutely delighted about the prestigious awards! They highlight all the promising architectural qualities, including urban context, interiors, and landscape design. Hats off to all the heroes who have contributed along the journey so far.
Charlotte Ruben, Marketing Representative for healthcare design at White Arkitekter

Oriel is designed to actively foster knowledge exchange between leading care and research institutions to deliver the greatest benefits for patients. Drawing on White Arkitekter’s significant research into healing environments, light and materiality, our evidence-based design supports recovery, while forming a high-performance workplace for staff.

Find out more about the project here.

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