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Inaugural Media Architecture Awards held in Denmark

5 December 2012 15.30 GMT


(Denmark) - Media architecture has been recognised in an official way for the first time, after the inaugural Media Architecture awards were held to honour eye catching new buildings.

The ceremony, held in Aarhus, Denmark, during the Media Architecture Biennale 2012, saw awards given to a Korean shopping mall facade, an Austrian art museum with responsive skin, a German office building which acts like a telephone controlled computer game and a revamped Finnish oil silo with thousands of little lights which change pattern and appearance when the weather changes

During the ceremony the Award's Chair Dr. Gernot Tscherteu underscored that the prizes were not only important to the nominated projects, but to the entire field of media architecture.

"When you have to rank projects, like we have done in the jury, you suddenly need to outline a set of quality standards. This is actually a very important process for a new field like this, for the first time we have reached some common conclusions regarding what is good quality media architecture."

The successful linking of the media surface with the building itself to form a sense of unity was considered a primary criteria for the judging panel, who were looking for buildings which merge architecture and media into one.

The Finnish oil silo in Kruunuvuorenranta, a Helsinki suburb and one-time oil port, was highlighted as particularly successful in these aims, a piece of changing artwork, which also doubles as a public space.

"SILO 468 was a very pleasant surprise," Dr. Tscherteu adds. "It is an art project built where a new city area is constructed, and as such has a very important role in city development."

The next awards will be held in 2014.

www.mab12.org

 

 

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