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Fenix I wins MIPIM / AR Future Project Award 2019 in Cannes

Fenix I  has won the MIPIM/ Architectural Review Future Project Award in the category Old&New! Robert Winkel together with Peter van der Gugten of Heijmans proudly received the prestigious award at the prize giving ceremony at the MIPIM 2019 in Cannes.

The MIPIM / AR Future Project Awards celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects. This prestigious awards programme showcases projects from around the globe of innovative and outstanding architecture that have successfully responded to the development brief and have also taken into consideration the full impact and contribution they will make on the communities around them.
This year’s judges included Roger Zogolovitch, Creative Director of Solidspace; Peter Stewart, Architect and Principal, Peter Stewart Consultancy; Jeremy Melvin, Founder of Urbik and Paul Finch; Editorial Director, Architectural Review.

From the jury report:
“The design of Fenix I makes a coherent relationship between old and new which elegantly dovetails existing and added structure and convincingly first into its docklands context.”

Fenix I
The Fenix warehouses have a unique history and were originally built to accommodate the expansion of the fleet of the Holland-Amerika Lijn (Line shipping service to the Americas). The warehouses are located on the quay in the up-coming and vibrant district Katendrecht in Rotterdam. Fenix I excels in the architectural field, but above all it is a technical challenge: an immense steel table construction (as a transition between old-build) has been placed through the existing warehouse and carries the loft houses that have been erected above it in concrete. In the two levels of the monumental warehouse a mixed –use program is planned of culture, housing, workspaces and car park. An ‘active plinth’ along the waterfront and street will house several enterprises active in the 3 C’s: culinary, creative, and cultural. On top of the warehouse a total of 212 loft apartments will be realized, which are completely designed and arranged (horizontally or even vertically coupled) according to the wishes of the buyers. Hereby every loft of the 212 is unique. The arrival of new apartments, residents and entrepreneurs contributes to the density, vibrancy and activity of the neighborhood, where in recent years many culinary, creative and cultural activities have found a place.

Winners 2019
MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti was crowned the overall winner of the night, having already picking up the award for Mixed Use for their Wonderwoods project. Other award winners included Paul Lukez Architecture who won the Jeu D’Esprit award for their Floating Bridge and the Sustainability Prize was awarded to Moriyama & Teshima Architects with Acton Ostry Architects for their work on The Arbour.
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