White Arkitekter wins two awards at World Architecture Festival

White Arkitekter got double honours at this year’s edition of World Architecture Festival (WAF). A new cultural centre in Kenya and a new psychiatric clinic in Greenland grabbed the awards in the Future Culture and Health categories, respectively. White had five projects shortlisted at WAF 2019.

White Arkitekter’s work was ackowledged in the category ”Future Project – Culture” for the project The New GoDown Arts Centre, a development of Nairobi’s and Kenya’s largest hub for the creative industries. The city is now 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 a part in the revitalisation of Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

”We've designed a physical place that both allows for creativity to happen and for it to become available. It's fantastic that this project has been rewarded at WAF. We hope this recognition will boost the crowdfunding process and help finance the The GoDown Art Centre".
Ulrika Stenkula, lead architect at White Arkitekter

The jury acknowledged the important social and anthropological methodx used as the foundation of the project, as well as the interdisciplinary team and the respectful approach to the local conditions.

The other WAF award won by White Arkitekter was in the category “Future Project – Health” for the psychiatric clinic in Nuuk, Greenland. This unit was planned according to recent research showing how physical environments influence the well-being of people inhabiting them. The main material – chosen by its climate-smart features – is wood, which prompts a soothing and stress-reducing behaviour. The common areas open up to the surroundings and make the most of the patients’ contact with nature. Large windows allow for a generous daylight intake and stunning views over the fjords.

"Knowledge on how architecture can improve the conditions for health recoveries has increased over the last years. This is an example of how architecture can contribute to a worthy, normal, open and independent life for patients. We're thrilled with this recognition."
Jenny Mäki, lead architect at White Arkitekter

The jury issued a statement praising the meaning of  this building for Greenland and the careful choice of climate-smart materials as well as the respectful architectural approach to the surrounding nature.

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