Innovations in architecture

Arial view of the 8 House showing the overall design is configured as a figure 8Australians John Wardle Architects and NADAAA project, the Melbourne Design school, has been shortlisted for an international design prize. But perhaps the Danish entry of mixed use development as pictured is the worthy winner. 8 House by Bjarke Ingels Group is a “mixed-use residential building in Copenhagen comprising 475 units in varying sizes for people of all stages of life, also includes offices, a kindergarten and a cafe on the ground floor. The infinity symbol – or figure eight-shaped structure allows apartments to access natural light, ventilation and external views. The project does not provide parking, instead prioritizing access to public transport and cycling paths.”

The prestigious Moriyama RAIC International Prize was “established in 2014 by celebrated Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation. It honours a single work of architecture that embodies values of respect, equality, inclusiveness and social justice”. Sounds just like the principles of universal design.

According to Moriyama, the Prize is aimed at encouraging architects to be service-oriented rather than just focusing on producing something that looks good in magazines. It is about serving the community and humanity. Definately universal design!

You can read more about the four finalists in ArchitectureAU.