World Architecture Festival 2016 shortlist revealed
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Published: July 6, 2016

admin | News | 06 July, 2016

    The 9th annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards shortlisted over 343 architectural projects worldwide of various functions and sizes—from an innovative tube station in London to a pocket library in the Philippines.

    “This is a very exciting year for us, with a record entry and a very high overall standard. Our move to Berlin, after four successful years in Singapore, has not deterred Asian and Australasian practices from entering the awards, and we have seen big increases from Europe and North America,” stated Paul Finch, Programme Director of the WAF.

    Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursey by HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursey by HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    With this year’s theme “Housing for Everyone,” the WAF will tackle on the raising awareness of how demographics and global urbanization are changing the way people think about housing.

    Niven Road Studio by WOW Architects by Warner Wong Design. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Niven Road Studio by WOW Architects by Warner Wong Design. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The architectural firms will undergo live judging sessions from November 16-18 and will compete for the ceremony’s highest accolades, “World Building of the Year” and “Future Project of the Year.” WAF has since received a record number of entries.

    The entries will be evaluated by an international panel of judges composed of Ole Scheeren, architect of The Interlace, the 2015 World Building of the Year, Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, Christoph Ingenhoven of Ingenhoven Architects, and David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects.

    Besides that, this year’s largest global architectural event named major international practices such as: Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour (UK); Robert A.M. Stern, Studio Gang and KPF (USA); Ingenhoven Architects (Germany); Coop Himmelb(l)au (Austria); Nikken Sekkei (Japan); Turenscape (China); and Studio Milou (France). Previous category winners also shortlisted this year include Sanjay Puri Architects (India); WOW Architects (Singapore); Nabil Gholam Architects (Lebanon); Neri & Hu Design and Research Office (China); Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (UK); Cox Rayner and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (Australia); and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark).

    According to the event organizers, the awards saw a dramatic increase in entries from all over Europe. This is perhaps due to the fact that the prestigious festival was relocated to Berlin. The awards will be held at the Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.

    • Images of highlight projects from the WAF 2016 shortlist.
    Bhutan Happiness Centre by 112 Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Bhutan Happiness Centre by 112 Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Crossrail Place by Foster +Partners. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Crossrail Place by Foster +Partners. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Crystal House Amsterdam by MVRDV. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Crystal House Amsterdam by MVRDV. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Station by Ross Barney Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Station by Ross Barney Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Faculty of Fine Arts , University of La Laguna by gpy arquitectos.(Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Faculty of Fine Arts , University of La Laguna by gpy arquitectos.(Image © World Architecture Festival).

    GRAFT Gesellschaft Von Archkitekten. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    GRAFT Gesellschaft Von Archkitekten. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursey by HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursey by HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Investcorp Building for Oxford University's Middle East Centre at St Antony's College by Zaha Hadid Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Investcorp Building for Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College by Zaha Hadid Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Jungle House by Studio MK27. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Jungle House by Studio MK27. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Niven Road Studio by WOW Architects by Warner Wong Design. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Niven Road Studio by WOW Architects by Warner Wong Design. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Re-born from ruins into culture Park, Tectonics of Ten Drum Sugar Factory by S.T. Yeh Architects and Planners. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Re-born from ruins into culture Park, Tectonics of Ten Drum Sugar Factory by S.T. Yeh Architects and Planners. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The Book Stop Project by WTA Architecture + Design Studio. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The Book Stop Project by WTA Architecture + Design Studio. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The Commons by Department of Architecture co.,ltd. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The Commons by Department of Architecture co.,ltd. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The New Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark (GAPS) by Karlsson Arkitekter. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    The New Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark (GAPS) by Karlsson Arkitekter. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Torre BBVA Bancomer by RSHP. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Torre BBVA Bancomer by RSHP. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach, Victoria, 3941 Australia by Robin Williams Architect. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach, Victoria, 3941 Australia by Robin Williams Architect. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Wardian by Glenn Howells Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Wardian by Glenn Howells Architects. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    World Maritime University, Tornhuset by Terro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    World Maritime University, Tornhuset by Terro. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Y Cube Mitcham by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partner. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    Y Cube Mitcham by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partner. (Image © World Architecture Festival).

    “The largest rise in year-on-year entries came from the United Kingdom and Germany. UK-based architects have the highest number of projects on the shortlist, followed by their peers from the robust economies of Turkey and Australia respectively,” stated WAF in a press release.

    Apart from that, smaller and non-international practices were also named in the roster, proving that attaining global recognition is limitless and possible. The shortlist comprises of architects from 42 different nations with projects based across 58 countries.

     

    You can explore all 343 projects on the shortlist, here

     

    Written by : Erika Dizon

     

     

     

     

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