Memphis shines again in global architecture competition
April 20, 2016
The Commercial Appeal
Thomas Bailey Jr.
Two new Memphis buildings, Hattiloo Theatre and Memphis Botanic Garden's outdoor performance venue, are among six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts.
Both Memphis buildings were designed by the Memphis firm archimania.
The recognition comes a week after another international architecture awards program, Architizer, named Beale Street Landing as the world's Best Marina/Port.
The other four projects that made the WAN Award short list are a Quaker Friends House in England, the Writers Theatre in Chicago, the Harbin Opera House in China, and an "environmental theater scene'' in Hemnes, Norway.
The renovation of the historic CBS Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City received a special mention.
The winner is to be announced May 3.
Of the Memphis Botanic Garden performance venue, a WAN Award judge said, "An extraordinary structure. There is a real boldness to the conviction of it.''
Of Hattiloo Theatre, a judge said, "This project really addresses social context, sustainability, and deep rooted need for theatre as a means of bringing community together and addressing social issues.''