3° Prize - Category Shopping and office centres (large surfaces)
Anthony Orelowitz, Vivien Yun, Amir Livneh - Paragon Architects
115 West Street, Johannesburg (Sud Afria)
The building is characterised by the liveliness and dynamism of the internal volumes, something offset by the sober, silent presence of the ceramics chosen to clad the horizontal surfaces across all levels. Interrupted only by carefully placed white inserts, the monochrome flooring extends coherently and in constant dialogue with the dynamic design of the false ceiling, lights, outfittings and green areas, taking on the role of driving force behind the project. The textured finish of the porcelain stoneware tiles contrasts with the clarity and transparency of the glass surfaces, injecting substance and grounding to the overall composition.