The winners of the 9th annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards were announced and received their prizes at a gala evening in London.

Winners of the 2012 Emirates Glass LEAF Awards
Many awards and honourable mentions were given during the spectacular evening that capped off the 9th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards.
Some of the internationally famous winning architects included: Steven Holl, winner of the mixed-use building award with Daeyang Gallery & House, South Korea, Daniel Libeskind, special residential building of the year (multiple occupancy) award for "Reflections at Keppel Bay", but there were also a number of emerging practices and young architects, like the winner of the "Young architect of the year" award, Marco Guarnieri, Italian trained at the IUAV in Venice, who after working for Zaha Hadid Architects and Foreign Office Architects, FOA, opened his own architecture firm in London.

The award winners according to category were: Residential Building of the year award (single occupancy) Architectureburo Govaert & Vanhoutte (Villa Roces Bruges, Belgium); Residential Building of the year award (multiple occupancy) Rafiq Azam (S.A Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh), Commercial Building of the year award: WOW Architects (Vivanta Hotel  Bangalore, India), Public Building award: Japan Sou Fujimoto Architects (Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo) and special award to Stephen Marshall Architects (Rothschild Archive), International Interior Design award Billard Leece Partnership & Bates Smart with HKS (The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia), Refurbishment of the year award: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects (The Granary, London, UK) and a special prize to Magma Architecture (Masrah Al Qasba Theatre, Emirate of Sharjah, UAE). The Best Sustainable Development was awarded to Arup Associates (The Druk White Lotus School, Shey, India) and other winners included:: Skidmore Owings + Merrill (Manhattan Loft Gardens, London, UK) and MZ Architects (The Rock Stadium, Al Ain, UAE) joint winners of the Best Future Building 2012.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Photos: courtesy of Arena International


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