Four students from Bath University scoop the £1,000 top prize for their ‘enlightened’ masterplan to heal divisions in Nicosia, Cyprus
The winners, Nathan Ovens, William Hei, Darran Levins and Timothy Anderson of University of Bath, designed a scheme to heal the Green Line, a no-go zone that has divided the Turkish and Greek quarters of Nicosia since 1960, making it the only capital city still divided by a wall.
The scheme, which spans decades, sees the green line transformed into a public park, a buried river restored, redundant infrastructure brought back into use, and eventually, cultural buildings constructed on either side of the Green Zone.
3DReid chief executive Mark Taylor said, ‘This is a project we would have been proud to have designed ourselves.’
In an unprecedented move, the judges also awarded two students runner-up prizes.
Kugathas Kugarajah of Glasgow Mackintosh University was awarded £250 for his ‘elegant’ music therapy centre in Genoa. The jury likened his hand-drawn designs to Louis Kahn and praised his attention to detail, down to the handrails.
Alex Rudge of the Birmingham School of Architecture was also named runner-up, and awarded £250 for his imaginative invention of a fake-goods factory and auction house in Turkey. Rudge was also winner of the online public vote.
The jury for this year’s prize included
Mark Taylor, chief executive, 3DReid
Paul Warner, former research director, 3DReid, now independent consultant
Graeme Feechan, head of concept design, 3DReid
Tim Farrow, Real Estate Resolutions
Jeremy Thornton, head of architecture, John Lewis
Mark Davy, Futurecity
Christine Murray, editor, The Architects’ Journal
Andrew Piggott, previous winner of the 3DReid Student Prize, now at Robin Partington Architects
All shortlisted candidates, which included Bruck Kinmond from Robert Gordon University, Christopher Kelly from the University of Greenwich, Jordan Young of Leicester School of Architecture and Guy Moulson from the University of Sheffield, received £50.
3DReid Student Prize - winners
Winner Nathan Ovens, William Hei, Darran Levins & Timothy Anderson of University of Bath
Runner-up Alex Rudge, Birmingham School of Architecture
Runner-up Kugathas Kugarajah, Glasgow Mackintosh University
Public’s choice Alex Rudge, Birmingham School of Architecture
Bruce Kinmond, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Christopher Kelly, University of Greenwich
Jordan Young, Leicester School of Architecture, De Montford University
Guy Moulson, University of Sheffield