Local architecture firm dhk Architects has three projects up for nomination in ArchDaily’s 2020 Building of the Year Awards, including residential apartment block, Axis; art museum, Norval Foundation; and V&A Waterfront’s urban park, Battery Park. The general public is tasked with nominating projects for the awards’ shortlist until 10 February 2020, after which the designs with the most nominations per category move onto the next round.

Currently, in its 11th consecutive year, the competition recognizes and rewards the best architectural projects in each respective category. The public has until 10 February 2020 to nominate their favourite designs following which the results will be tallied and the five projects with the most nominations per category move onto the voting stage (the more nominations, the greater the chance of moving to this round)! From 10 February to 17 February 2020, again the public will have the opportunity to vote, however, this time it will be to select the winners in each category. Over 4000 projects will be narrowed down to 15 with the winners being announced on 17 February 2020. (Bear in mind that only registered users of the My ArchDaily platform can nominate/vote. Follow this link to sign up: www.my.archdaily.com/us. Only one nomination is permitted per category).

Here is a closer look at dhk’s nominated designs…

Axis | Housing Category (Century City, Cape Town)

Axis is an apartment block that comprises 85 luxury residential apartments and penthouses, supplemented with small-scale commercial space at ground level. Occupying a prominent corner position in Century City, the landmark development has been designed to capitalise on enviable views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

Conceived as a monolith with idents and cut-outs, the building connects to the environment in a myriad of strategic ways and sets a precedent for urban conscious residential developments in the city. The compact form of the building wraps around itself and gradually rises, orientating most of the apartments towards views of the city. Its unique doughnut-shaped form is adorned with visual gashes that allow the sheltered walkway spaces to catch glimpses of the city around it, connecting the inside circulation to the outside world. The rising form cuts away, creating dynamic terraces and activity at differing heights, culminating in generous penthouse units.

Nominate here.

Norval Foundation | Cultural Architecture Category (Steenberg, Cape Town)

Norval Foundation is a modern pavilion for art set against a dramatic mountain and vineyard landscape on the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountain. The architecture is a pure expression of form; a bold rectangular mass, delineating its heavy-walled enclosure and light over-sailing roof.

The materials palette is raw and honest, comprising primarily precast concrete, natural timber, granite and glass, contrasting the natural landscape. Externally, the precast concrete is finished with a chamfered tartan grid, which draws the eye upwards and lengthways, emphasising the scale of the building.

The building sits in an elevated position, and shields a wetland, creating a private space for a sculpture garden and forming an inhabited threshold between public and private zones. A triple-volume atrium establishes a deliberate visual connection between these zones; one urban, the other natural, and provides a physical transition between these contrasting environments.

Nominate here.

Battery Park | Public Architecture Category (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town)

Battery Park is a 12 000m² urban park situated at a key entranceway to one of Africa’s most visited tourist destinations, the V&A Waterfront. Developed as the nucleus of a larger urban vision for the district, the site includes a park and piazza that effectively conceal a 1 206- bay parking facility as well as new pedestrian routes to invigorate the precinct with activity. The site is of archaeological importance as it contains the remnants of one of the city’s oldest structures, coastal fortification the Amsterdam Battery. This provided a unique opportunity – to pay homage to the historic landmark whilst incorporating a parking facility and providing spaces for leisure and recreational activities.

The intention was to facilitate a new hub of activity within the V&A district whilst being respectful to the heritage of the battery, once a place of exclusion and incarceration, but now a public space designed to support and engage the greater Cape Town community.

Nominate here.


• The nomination process ends on 10 February 2020
• The voting round starts on 10 February and ends 17 February 2020
• The winners will be announced on 17 February 2020

To learn more about the awards, visit ArchDaily’s Building of the Year website.

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