International Architecture Competition

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Liepaja is a city of the in-between. It is bound by both old and new world tradition, Baltic sea and continent, Eastern and Western European economics, politics, and history. Amidst these conditions, the city has experienced the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, republics, and unions. Now a decade and a half into what is oft referred the urban century, as characterized by expounding growth of global epicenters and overnight megalopolises, the Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition provokes a prescient question: what is an appropriate model of development for all those other cities, comparably static, of regional importance, shaped and pedigreed by centuries of history and culture?

The Triple Bridge Waterfront competition suggests that sustainable growth and development in cities both old and new, is predicated on the vitality of public space. In the case of the Triple Bridge Waterfront, such a public space requires consideration of various demands, as outlined in a comprehensive brief. Successful entries to the competition were refined, yet nimble to accommodate a vast site flanked by historic buildings and exposure to a canal. In addition, the brief calls for inclusion of four distinct program including a restaurant/cafe, nightclub/bar, exhibition space/conference hall, and an unprescribed tourist attraction. Responses to the brief varied, from the formal iconoclastic, to the austere and reserved, the gestural to the nondescript, biotic to synthetic, and materialistic to the ephemeral.

Selected entries were distinct in that the architecture proposed serves a larger agenda resonant with the fundamental challenge of the brief. These submission each conjure an imaginative, yet tangible future of urban culture fostered by creative strategies of public space making. The proposals were considered and distinguished by several characteristics. These included articulation of a singular strategy, an ability to unify a diverse program and expansive site, the potential for phased development over time, an autonomous yet contingent relation to the historic and contemporary fabric of Liepaja, accommodation for the public demands of the flanking canal and streetscape, and ability to attract locals, visitors, and tourists. Winning entries realized each of these criteria through discrete alternatives to the structure and form of traditional public space.

Competition results in media publications


1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

China

Project authors

Sun Yu
Xue Zhao

jury commentary

The winning entry is differentiated by clarity of organization and singularity of form. The proposal is characterized by a single datum responsible for structuring program, site, and public experience. Analogized to a table, this datum establishes relationships between regularly distributed, formal and informal functions — on top of, below, and around itself. Bounded by the street and waterfront, the table establishes a line against which the city and waterfront are measured. Altogether, the solution is comprehensive, systematic, and radically straightforward.

Program prescribed in the brief is articulated through legible geometric forms, regularly set across the table. The space between allows for flexible, incidental activity. It is perhaps within these spaces that the proposal is most profound. Sectioned between formal geometry and function, the space between allows for provisional public, and for that matter private use — civic, commercial, intimate, social, or recreational — with little to no obstruction. Elevated above the table, the space serves as a public terrace; and below as an open, shaded lawn. The solution is flexible for both permanent and temporary use. In a similar way, the project is structured to be phased over time across the site, from one pavilion to another. As with the additional leafs of an expandable table, the proposal can further expand as required.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

United States

Project authors

Ka Leung Yuen
Sze Kwan Wan

jury commentary

The promise in the second place entry is twofold. First in the use of the arch as a versatile, systematic, and monumental form for organizing public space. The material system of the arch is flexible. It can be rendered as a heavy mass or a light frame, as both an enclosed or open space. The arch way defines space linearly as a barrel vault, at intersections as a groin vault. In each case, though, it maintains formal autonomy. The versatility within this system organizes the site for diverse public functions, adapting material and enclosure as required. Within monumentally defined spaces, the proposal imagines intimate, almost domestic activities, responsive most directly to the human scale. The restaurant for example is conceived as a dining room, described as an outdoor space covered by suggested enclosure through a wireframe structure. The space is distinguished by a domestic dining room table,stretched in length to fit exceptionally more people. The placement of what would normally be thought of as accoutrements for domestic and private activity, with noninstitutional programs in such monumental forms results in the monumentalization of intimate social activity. In effect, the proposal personalizes public space.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

Germany

Project authors

Pablo Rodríguez Parada

jury commentary

The third place project unifies the diverse forces of the site through programmed landscape. The project employs a clear design strategy mediating between the formal fabric of the city and informal edge of the waterfront. This is accomplished through pairing and juxtaposing of two distinct typologies: the civic plaza and recreational park. The civic plaza is traditionally hardscaped and monumental, while the recreational park tends to be soft scaped and informal. The civic plaza is strategically set at the edge of the site, adjacent to the flanking street and city edge, while the civic park emerges from natural slope rising from the waterfront. The plaza and park are stitched by the required public program between them. The result is a programmed landscape blending the fabric of the city and the water. A hybrid of otherwise traditional public space typologies.



Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

Canada

Project authors

Ericka Song

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

United States

Project authors

Sherif Sugiyama
Wilson Kessel

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

Japan

Project authors

Kohki Hiranuma

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

Ukraine

Project authors

Iryna Volynets
Mary Protsyk

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

United States

Project authors

James Ferello
Connor Brindza

Project Name

Triple Bridge Waterfront

Country

United States

Project authors

Jeffrey A. Pinheiro
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