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Public Votes to Decide International Design Award

SBIDAwards2017-MainLogoFollowing fast in the footsteps of news of a shortlist place in the World Architecture Festival Awards, comes another nomination for The Word – but this time, the awards will be decided by a public vote!

The Word, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, is shortlisted in the Public Space Design category of the prestigious SBID (Society of British and International Design) Awards which recognise design excellence across a broad range of categories. Whilst the shortlist is decided by leading industry experts based on technical content and aesthetic creativity, the design-conscious public also has a say in choosing the most inspiring projects. The winners will be announced on Friday 27 October at a high profile event at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

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Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Once again, another fantastic accolade for this wonderful building which continues to draw worldwide attention onto South Shields.

“Over 300,000 people have now visited The Word and seen for themselves what makes it so worthy of all these awards, so we’d encourage them to go online and cast their vote.”

This particular award process gives the general public the chance to vote for their choice by visiting the SBID website and voting online at :- http://www.internationaldesignexcellenceawards.com/finalists/2017/public-space-design-2017/”

img10-82The iconic building is the first phase of South Tyneside Council and developer Muse Developments’ ambitious £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan to transform the town centre and has already helped to transform an area of South Shields in addition to providing a vital community resource.

The Word is described on the SBID website as:- “The Word represents a paradigm shift in library design. The human-centric design strategy ensures that an individual’s creativity is at the heart of the building’s ambition. Arranged around a circular form, the building presents users with delightful spaces for large group interactivity as well as individual contemplative study. This immersive building is full of traditional and cutting-edge digital media to enable the written word to be created, shared and exhibited. The philosophy of the form, material and building physics has delivered a build where sustainability and wellbeing are at the forefront. The project is seen as an exemplar of its typology and presents itself as a beacon for democratic and third space design solution. The immersive nature and diversity of choice combined with powerful design, creates a significant and civilised building which points to the future, underlining the importance of the library within society.”

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