The Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (PRACC) designed by iredale pedersen hook with Advanced Timber Concepts Studio has won the international 2019 Architecture of Necessity Award organised by Virserums Konsthall Sweden.
In the invitation to the 2019 competition for An Architecture of Necessity the jury formulated its expectations in the following way: “Considering the most pressing issues of today the jury would especially love to see entries that deal with the rural context – reactivation of forgotten places both with transformation of existing buildings and with new typologies, for example combining living, work and ’freespace’. Like many others we are looking for an architectural language, developed for smaller cities and places integrating landscape, typology and details and materials”. As underlined here, “forgotten places” is a global problem. But it is also to a high degree a question which has been focused by Virserum Art hall from its very beginning 15 years ago. And the countryside and the future is also the theme of this year’s exhibition, Wood 2019.
The exhibition Architecture of Necessity will open in Virserum on 27th June with a seminar where state architect Helena Bjarnegård will speak and the winning projects will be presented as part of the program.
Over 60 entries from all over the world have been sent in to this year’s competition. On a jury meeting in Virserum in early May, surprised by a late snowfall, the jury, after hard work with many good projects, most of them within the theme proposed, made the following choice:
A home of sport, community and celebration Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects with Advanced Timber Concepts Studio, Australia
Stokkøya – Investigating the potential of rural communities by Pir II, Norway
Healing Garden by ZRS Architekten, Germany
The Walumba Elders Centre by iredale pedersen hook was also the last recipient of this prize.
photo: peter bennetts