Singapore Sports Hub wins coveted architectural award

Singapore Sports Hub wins coveted architectural award
Due to be completed next year, the Singapore Sports Hub took the Future Projects (Leisure-led Development) award.

SINGAPORE - Singapore Sports Hub has yet to be completed, but it has already won its first award, presented on Friday night at this year's World Architecture Festival.

It clinched the Future Projects (Leisure-led Development) award, beating six other nominees from around the world.

The project, whose design team consists of DP Architects and Arup Associates, will be completed next year.

It was one of three Singapore projects to win awards in their individual categories at the three-day festival, which started on Wednesday. Considered the Oscars of the architecture world, the festival is now into its sixth year and is being held in Singapore for the second time.

The other home-grown victors were architecture studio Pencil Office, whose eco-conscious office design for A Simple Factory Building, at Tagore Lane, won in the production/energy/recycling category, and Chang Architects, whose design for the Namly House semi-detached residence won in the villa category.

None of the Singapore entries bagged the festival's top awards. Last year, Gardens by the Bay clinched the event's biggest award - Building of the Year.

This year, that honour went to New Zealand's Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, designed by the Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architectural practice and Auckland-based Archimedia. Future Project of the Year went to the National Maritime Museum of China, designed by Queensland's Cox Rayner Architects.

In total, 21 Singapore projects were submitted in 13 categories. They included Woha's greenery-filled hotel Parkroyal on Pickering and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers.

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