2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of our Galvanizing Awards competition. In order to mark this milestone, we are launching a public vote to select our Winners’ Winner.
Galvanizers Association collated all winning projects and after much deliberation and discussion over the individual merits whittled the list down to 26 projects. More images are available for each project by clicking on the thumbnail. You are only allowed to vote once by the closing date of midnight on Tuesday 25th June 2013. We’ll be posting the result after the 27th June so come back soon.
Stukeley Street - Jestico + Whiles
The Awards were first established in 1994 with our very first winner Jestico + Whiles for their Stukeley Street project. This elegant six-storey building has been meticulously restored into stunning media offices. The converted building’s interior is minimal yet long-lasting. Prismatic glass brick flooring has been laid between galvanized steel supports to refract light downwards.
The Pool Hall at Clydebank - The Doyle Partnership
The Playdrome at Clydebank, Glasgow, consists of three buildings. Shaped in a 45-metre square with truncated corners, the Pool Hall is a tension-stayed structure. All of the steelwork was given a heavy duty duplex coating of galvanizing and paint to protect it from both the warm, humid conditions internally and the north European climate outside.
The Leipzig Glass Hall - Ian Ritchie Architects
Ian Richie Architects were presented with a Waterford crystal bowl for their design of the entrance hall to the new Leipzig Trade Fair in Germany. An apt choice of prize because the entrance hall looks like a semi-circular tunnel of glass. The galvanized steel supporting structure has been been kept to a minimum and covers no more than 15% of the surface area.
Pepsi Max Big One - Allot & Lomax
The £12 million "Pepsi Max Big One" has been described as the "most significant structure in Blackpool" since the famous Blackpool Tower was opened. However, its position beside a wind-swept beach and being 18 storeys high meant that added protection and low maintenance were as important as its vivid fairground colours, hence the galvanized and painted duplex system being adopted.
Homes for Change - Mills Beamont Leavey Channon
In 1997 these modern life-style buildings by Mills Beaumont Leavey Channon were crowned winners for our awards. Galvanized steel was used for bridges and spiral stairs linking the flats and also for the walkways and balconies to the individual flats. The self-finish galvanized steel elements animate the courtyard elevations and help make what is still an economical building into something really special.
Centro Vicente School - Dols Wong Architects
1998 Winner Dols Wong Architects constructed the Centro Vicente Canada Blanch in London, a school offering full bilingual education. Originally a convent, it was funded by a charity to promote educational links between Spain and Britain. The brief was to insert a large span structure using galvanized steel column support trusses designed and positioned to be sympathetic to the surroundings.
National Glass Centre - Gollifer Langston Architects
Gollifer Langston Architects were commissioned to design The National Glass Centre, Sunderland. The centre provides focus for local industry and glass making nationwide. The use of steel enabled the possibility of glass to be used to this scale. Galvanizing added character to the building, with its expressed industrial language, and gave an energy to the spaces beneath the calm roof plane.
Jubilee Campus - Hopkins Archietcts
Hopkins Architects designed the Jubilee Campus at the University of Nottingham. The unusual shapes of the circular learning resource centre and tiered lecture halls, which appear to float in the atrium of the central teaching building, proclaim their importance. Galvanized steel was choosen instead of stainless steel because the designers wanted a material with low embodied energy.
Eden Project - Grimshaw
The Eden Project designed by Grimshaw architects is a showcase for bio-diversity and was built in the lightest and most ecological way possible. The giant biomes cover 15 hectares – the size of 35 football pitches. The galvanized steel structure is a two-layer, spherically curved, three-dimensional framework comprising almost 4,000 joints and over 11,000 rods using the Mero framework system.
The Imperial War Museum North - Studio Daniel Libeskind
The concept for the project is that of a globe shattered into fragments, reassembled on the site as an iconic emblem of conflict. It is a simple interlocking of three shards, representing Earth, Air and Water. The Air Shard is formed from a network of galvanized steelwork which helps create a dramtatic main entrance to the museum. It also allows light to stream in which reflects off the galvanized steel adding another dimension to the scale and complexity of the experience on entry into the museum.
Silversmith’s Workshop - Plasma Studio
This stairwell was joint winner for the 2002 Awards. Designed by Plasma Studio, the Silversmith's Workshop refurbishment in London was praised for its very unusual and highly creative use of galvanized steel, grating to form a translucent internal, spiral landscape.
Mayflower Terminal - The Manser Practice Architects & Designers
The Manser Practice were given a brief to provide an efficient gateway for the Mayflower Terminal situated on the docks of Southampton. Unfussy and modem in appearance, galvanized steelwork was chosen for the primary structural elements of the project.
Gormley Studio - David Chipperfield Architects
David Chipperfield Architects’ project Gormley Studios was awarded the 2004 winner. A former Turner prize winner, Gormley has created some of the most ambitious and recognisable sculptural works of the past two decades, including 'The Angel of the North', and 'Quantum Cloud' on the river Thames in Greenwich. The building pragmatically edifies a collaborative effort between artist and architect.
Lewis Glucksman Gallery - O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
O'Donnell & Tuomey have produced a building that has a summer glow all year round. The Lewis Glucksman Gallery University College Cork was constructed to provide a cultural and artistic centre on the University campus which would link to the wider community. The intention was that the natural finish materials (sawn limestone, galvanized steel, timber) should age and weather into the landscape.
Fawood Children’s Centre - SMC Alsop Architects
In Harlesden, North London, this project became part of the regeneration of the Stonebridge Housing Estate. The primary structure for the Centre was a trapezium-shaped shed enclosure formed from a galvanized steel portal frame structure with a deep overhanging roof. The upper levels use curtains of lightweight mesh that are modulated into rippling curves by galvanized elliptical coloured “lozenges”.
Brit Oval Pavilion - The Miller Partnership
The stunning Brit Oval redevelopment, designed by The Miller Partnership was named the winner at the 14th Annual Galvanizing Awards. The new stand with its new living screen has been described as “an elegant and dramatic structure”. The form of the screen is intended to respond to the seasonal display of plants throughout the year bringing the changing colours and moods of the season.
The Zinc House - HEAT Architects
Huntingdon Street, London is home to one of the first contemporary houses to be built alongside the popular Victorian architecture of Islington. It is an extraordinary story of an undistinguished, post-war house built for a Pentonville Prison officer, which has been transformed into a unique contemporary living space.
Civic Offices - ABK Architects
Civic Offices was the product of a design and build competition set by Cork City Council and designed by ABK Architects. The building is wrapped in a double façade which modifies light and air for the internal environment. The outer screen is constructed of a fine lattice of galvanized steel flats.The building provides 9,200m² of office space, together with 140 car park spaces.
Elmpark Green & Urban Centre - Bulcholz McEvoy Architects
Bucholz McEvoy Architects’ Elmpark Green project offered the possibility of a new type of urban environment in Dublin, one which is firmly stitched into its natural environment. Through orientation of the buildings, employment of the facades and building fabric as replacements for mechanical ventilation has resulted in an overall energy footprint of just 20% of Electricity Supply Board estimates.
The Roundhouse - Roundhouse Building Solutions Ltd
The design of an agricultural building that provides natural ventilation without significantly increasing the cost of the building was considered to be the Holy Grail of agricultural design. The Roundhouse was a eureka moment with the realisation that a round building would naturally aspirate like a chimney. It was designed in conjunction with Newcastle University and Arups.
South Porch Gates - P. Johnson & Company
These ornate and hand-crafted galvanized gates stand as a testament to some of P. Johnson & Company's finest work. The South Porch Gates sit in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, Scotland. The hot forging of mild steel, punched holes, rivets, fire welding, forged leaves and tapers are all evident of the highly skilled craftsmanship utilised to create the gates.
Roseisle Distillery - RIM Fabrications
Roseisle Distillery in Elgin is Scotland’s first major distillery in 30 years and, with a gross internal area of 3,000m², also its largest, with a potential output of 10 million litres of malt whisky per year. The building is a modern interpretation of the traditional stillhouse and maximizes natural ventilation and daylight.
Exposure - Hab Fab Ltd
Exposure, also affectionately known as ‘The Crouching Man’ is positioned just off the coast of Lelystad, in The Netherlands. At 26 metres tall, Exposure weighs 60 tonnes, contains 5,400 bolts and consists of 2,000 components all of which are galvanized. If the crouching man was ever able to stand up, it would be 100m tall and an adult standing next to it would barely be able to peek over its feet.
Heron Court - Bell Phillips Architects
Bell Phillips Architects produced a ‘Code for Sustainable Homes level 3’ design comprising two buildings arranged around a communal south-facing courtyard. The two buildings are splayed with a steel stair core at the apex, opening the courtyard to the south to maximise the available sunlight to the space and to provide views towards the mature trees along the canal side.
Catmose Campus - EllisMiller Architects
EllisMiller Architects were commissioned to design a multi-purpose education complex. They were anxious to create a visually attractive building that could act as a landmark while respecting the existing landscape. Designed from the inside out, Catmose is an adaptable 21st century learning and community environment that can evolve over time to accommodate the changing needs of its users.
Garsington Opera Pavilion - Snell Associates
Garsington Opera, Wormsley, a lush English pastoral estate on a grand scale, have significantly upgraded their facilities in line with the expectations of 21st Century opera goers. The new pavilion offers superb acoustics, increased comfort and a perfect setting. The 600-seat summer pavilion is designed to be demounted annually within 3-4 weeks and will leave no permanent trace when removed.