The entries for the Office Building of the Year 2022 award were assessed by the jury with a number of points as an important guideline. First of all, we looked at ‘social relevance’ – to what extent does the project provide answers to current social issues, and how does this translate into the building’s concept?
Secondly, the jury emphasized the ‘craft’ – to what extent is the concept, which forms the basis of the design, worked through and materialized consistently and across the layers? Thirdly, we looked at ‘innovation’ – to what extent the project contributes to the development of the field. It can, for example, be within (a new) building typology, sustainable solutions or the role of the architect.
This year’s independent jury consists of architect Willemineke Hammer (EGM Architecten), interior architect Sheryl Leysner (Sherylleysner), architect Jan Nauta (Studio Nauta), architect Maarten Terberg (EVA architects), area developer Martine Vledder (SITE urban development) and architect Vincent. Panhuysen. (KAAN Architects).
The jury has nominated the following three buildings (in alphabetical order):
• Aeres Højskole Almere – BDG Architecten
• De Krankelaar childcare center – Onix
• South Crown Child Center – De Zwarte Hond
Aeres Højskole Almere – BDG Architects
The new building for Aeres Højskole Almere is located on the outskirts of Floriade Expo 2022. The program focuses on business administration and sustainable urban food supply. The design reflects both the faculty’s teaching and the theme of the horticulture exhibition. The building is richly supplied with greenery inside and out. Furthermore, the building is designed with an eye to daylight, ventilation, thermal comfort, acoustics, movement and responsible use of materials. Aeres offers a healthy working and learning environment in an energy-neutral, climate-adapted and circular building.
The jury can only approve the large number of sustainable solutions within one building, which regularly also serve several purposes. Solar panels for energy production and solar shading, collected rainwater as a heat-cooling buffer and data-driven watering of the plants, the many circular materials incorporated into the building, the intelligent building management system and of course the abundance of greenery on and in the building. It’s an exciting concept that tries to get the most out of natural solutions. In addition, the building offers attractive study and living areas, of which the roof terrace with pergola is a good example.
Children’s center De Kronelaar – Onix
The new children’s center in Wagenborgen, province of Groningen, is located in a park that forms a meeting place for the village. The building has an inviting appearance on all sides. The spacious roof as a series of shed roofs refers to the agricultural environment. De Kronkelaar combines light and space with fine acoustics and a pleasant indoor climate. Learning spaces are located between the classrooms adjacent to the central hall. All group rooms have their own outdoor space under the cantilevered roof. Due to the clear structure and entrances all around, the building anticipates the ‘soft’ decline of the village.
The jury finds that the De Kronkelaar Child Center is an architecturally strong design that fits in well with the site’s history and environment. The roof is not only a reference and a friendly appearance for the environment, it is also recognizable as a roof in the interior and contributes to orientation, the spatial experience and the indoor climate. Skylight provides light and ventilation. The building offers an interesting floor plan that allows for walking around, wandering and exploring. Both the exterior and interior look very friendly. The jury also appreciates the great flexibility that the building offers, now and in the future, as well as the earthquake resistance.
South Crown Child Center – The Black Dog
The building for Kindercentrum Zuiderkroon in Hoogezand houses a merged elementary school and a primary school for special education and a daycare. All rooms are connected via a central heart, which is bathed in light through skylights. The classrooms are bright and tall and a connection between interior and environment has always been sought. The facade conspicuously shows two layers: the ground floor is finished with concrete, the first floor with handmade green-blue tiles.
According to the jury, the children’s center is a fairly extensive building, cut up by the architects into smaller volumes to fit the child’s scale. The concrete frame, which is placed like a pergola around part of the school, mediates strongly between inside and outside. Large sliding glass doors make it possible to use the outdoor space as an extension of the room. The very extensive use of wood – also for covering the stairs and parts of the ceiling – makes the interior warm and friendly. The architects undoubtedly had to work hard for that, just as they did for the beautiful glazed stone facade. However, such material choices make the educational building very high quality.
In addition to the award for School Building of the Year, prizes are also awarded in October in the following categories: Residential Building of the Year, Office Building of the Year, Health Building of the Year, Interior Design of the Year and Public Building of the Year. At the same time, the winner of the election for Architect of the Year 2021 will be announced.
Architectenweb distributes the architect awards together with the main partners Reynaers Aluminum and Forster and the partners QbiQ Wall Systems and Cerriva. More information on the exact date and form of the festive ceremonies will follow later.