Five prizes up for grabs at the 2019 WAF Awards

A cultural centre, a water tower and a psychiatric clinic designed by White have been shortlisted in four categories in the 2019 edition of the WAF Award. In addition, White Tengbom Team – which includes White – has been shortlisted for the New Karolinska Solna hospital project.

Psychiatric clininc in Nuuk – Health (future)

The new clinic at Dronning Ingrid’s Hospital in the Greenlandic captial Nuuk is designed based on the principles of healing architecture. It strikes the perfect balance between a calm, healing and trustworthy atmosphere and the natural landscape and existing hospital facilities. Echoing the materials and colours of Nuuk, the architecture cuts an instantly recognisable figure from both near and afar.

The GoDown Arts Centre – Culture (future)

The centre is the city’s – and the country’s – first incubator for artists and those working in the creative industries. Now it is getting a new cultural centre and meeting place, developed by White in collaboration with local partners. Workshops, seminars and studies with stakeholder ensure the project’s relevance and local ownership. The new centre also plays in part in the revitalisation of Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

Våga water tower – Infrastructure (future) and Competition entries
Water towers are traditionally round and vertical, but White turned tradition on its head by creating a structure that stretches out across the flat landscape. The elongated shape for a water tower is unique in this context and gives Varberg a new strong symbol for the city, an icon building and landmark.

New Karolinska Solna – Health (completed)

White Tengbom Team, a project-specific company in which White and Tengbom joined forces, designed one of Sweden’s largest ever healthcare projects. The world-class biomedical facility is designed to put Stockholm at the forefront of healthcare innovation. Over a decade of evidence-based research into the positive impact of daylight, natural materials, views out and use of space on patient wellbeing, have culminated in a building that wholly focuses on recovery.

The winners will be announced during the World Architecture Festival, which takes place in Amsterdam December 4-6.

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