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Australian architects win at the World Architecture Festival

Nov 5, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan and the TKTS Booth in New York’s Times Square, designed by Manly-based Choi Ropiha with Perkins Eastman and PKSB Architects, have both received awards at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

Klein Bottle House won in the House category, while the TKTS Booth won the New and Old category.

The jury said that, in the House category, they were searching for “projects capable of expanding our understanding of the as-yet untapped potential of domestic space in the 21st-century.”

Speaking about the winner, they explained, “Although the design began from a theoretical premise, the house itself is not at all forced but stands entirely on its own merits, its complex geometries self-built by the owner-engineer and local craftsmen.”

The TKTS Booth, designed by Choi Ropiha, Perkins Eastman and PKSB Architects, was praised by the jury, who said the stairs “give new life to the existing square”. They added that the project “achieves superb visibility in a very challenging environment of large towers with glaring light boards and often furious traffic”.

*Images*
*1-2* McBride Charles Ryan, Klein Bottle House. Photography by John Gollings
*3* Choi Ropiha, Perkins Eastman and PKSB Architects, TKTS Booth. Photography by John Saeyong Ra

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