The $1.25 billion Wanda Ridong Jewel development on the Gold Coast has this week taken out the Grand Final of the prestigious ‘Mixed-use Architecture’ category at the International Property Awards 2016 in London, after winning the Asia Pacific title earlier this year.
Jewel Managing Director Mr Weimin Xu said it was an honour for the resort, currently in construction on the Surfers Paradise beachfront, to be recognised for its avant-garde architecture and unconventional approach.
“Jewel was competing against five other projects from around the world, all of which are outstanding, so to have the judges name ours the best in the world is a great honour for us, and for the Gold Coast-based team behind this beautiful design,” Mr Xu said.
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“Most of the existing buildings on the Gold Coast were designed mostly for buildability and cost-effectiveness, however the local design team behind Jewel have turned that on its head to create a piece of architecture that is not just efficient, but will be sculpturally significant for generations to come.
“We are looking forward to unveiling this extraordinary building in the first quarter of 2019, when we will be able to welcome visitors from all over the world to experience the beauty and lifestyle that only Jewel has to offer,” he said.
DBI Design Director and Jewel architect, Mr Barry Lee, said the term ‘architecture’ only applied to a small category of buildings, making Jewel a remarkable addition to the cityscape. “I think that if you are going to connect with nature climatically, if you’re going to try to do more sustainable buildings, you can’t help but be influenced by the forms of nature.
“Contextually rich architecture, that’s what we’re passionate about and what we’re interested in creating, and there would be very few regional cities like the Gold Coast where people can do what we do,” Mr Lee said.
The International Property Awards program, now in its 24th year, is judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts, who consider design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability.
“We don’t set out to leave a legacy, we’re not trying to prove anything to anybody, but we just want to do what we think is right for the place, and what’s beautiful, and meaningful,” he said.
Jewel was competing in the category of Mixed-use Architecture against architectural structures including Brussels’ Le Toison D’or, London’s 17 Echo St, Umhlanga’s Oceans, Al Zorah’s Resorts, and Manhattan’s 35XV.
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