Award winners of the inaugural World Architecture Festival announced

Seventeen category winners at the World Architecture Festival were recently announced, and are listed as follows:

In the Civic category, the winner is the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center (GZBICC) in China by Buro II of Belgium. Three projects in this category were highly commended: the Hale County Animal Shelter in the USA by Rural Studio at Auburn University, USA; Manchester Civil Justice Centre in the UK by Denton Corker Marshall, UK; and the SOS Children’s Village Community Center in the USA by Studio Gang Architects, USA.

The winning submission in the Culture category is the Oslo Operahouse in Norway by SNHETTA, Norway, followed by two highly commended schemes: Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Denmark by Tony Fretton Architects, UK; and Theatre Agora in the Netherlands by UNStudio, B+M, the Netherlands.

Landscape Restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan” in Spain by Batlle & Roig Architects, Landscape Architect, Spain, won in the Energy, Waste and Recycling category, followed by the highly commended Community Cooker/Jiko ya Jamii in Kenya by Planning Systems Services Ltd., Kenya.

In the Health category, the winner is the Centre pour le Bien-tre des Femmes et la prvention des mutilations gnitales fminines “G.Kambou” in Burkina Faso by FAREstudio, Italy, followed by four highly commended submissions: Clinique Sainte Marie in France by Lacombe – De Florinier, France; Mornington Centre in Australia by Lyons, Australia; St. Olavs Hospital Neuro Centre in Norway by Narud – Stokke – Wiig AS, Arstad Architects, Niels Torp, Norway; and the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre in Moorfields, UK by Penoyre & Prasad LLP, UK.

On winner was announced in the Holiday category, and that is the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Canada by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Canada. Two schemes were highly commended in this category: the C42 Citroen Flagship Showroom in France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, France; and the Gate and Canopy at Astir Palace in Greece by R. Sakellaridou + M. Papanikolaou & Associate Architects, Greece.

Mountain Dwellings in Denmark by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark, won in the Housing category, and three schemes received the highly commended designation: 141 viviendas VPP-SPT parcela 3.13 Carabanchel Madrid in Spain by BDU estudio de arquitectura and Morphosis, Spain; Adelaide Wharf in the UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, UK; and Parkrand in the Netherlands by MVRDV, Netherlands.

In the Learning category, the winner is the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Italy by Grafton Architects, Ireland, followed by the highly commended Kingsdale School in the UK by dRMM, UK, and the Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School in China by the Department of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.

The Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum in the USA by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, USA won in the Nature category, and two projects received recognition as highly commended works: Red Ribbon in China by Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute), China, and the Freedom Park in South Africa by OCA, NBGM, South Africa.

In the New & Old category, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in the USA by Foster + Partners, UK scooped the award, while three projects received high commendation: Children’s Activity Centre in Australia by Phooey Architects, Australia; La Grande Place, “Saint-Louis” Crystal Museum in France by Intgral Lipsky + Rollet Architectes, France; and the Bluecoat in the UK by biq, the Netherlands.

The winner of the Office category is the Duoc Corporate Building in Chile by Sabbagh Arquitectos, Chile, followed by three highly commended projects: TBWA Hakuhodo in Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture, Japan; Viken skog BA in Norway by Stein Halvorsen AS Sivilarkitekter MNAL, Norway; and Yellow Building in the UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, UK.

In the Pleasure category, the Sheep Stable in the Netherlands by 70F Architecture, Netherlands is the winning submission, while Egan’s Coffee Bar & Roof Terrace in Ireland by Architecture53seven, Ireland and the Elephant House at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark by Foster + Partners, UK, took high commendations.

BMW Welt – Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center in Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Austria won in the Production category, followed by the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool in the UK by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, UK, and Cristalchile A Glass Bottle Factory in Chile by Guillermo Hevia y Ca, Chile.

The winner of the Religion & Contemplation category is Dornbusch Church in Germany by Meixner Schlter Wendt Architekten, Germany, and three projects received high commendation: Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Portugal by A. N. Tombazis and Associates Architects, Greece; Congregation Beth Sholom in the USA by Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., USA; amd Zhongguancun Christian Church in the Haidian District of China by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects, Germany.

In the Sport category, Sports Hall Bale in Croatia by 3LHD Architects, Croatia won the top award, while three projects were highly commended: the Lighthouse Sports and Events Arena in France by Archi5 and Borja Huidobro, archi5, archi5prod, France; the Watercube in China by PTW Architects, China Construction (Shenzhen) Design International, China State Construction & Engineering Corporation, Australia; and Wembley National Stadium in the UK by World Stadium Team, HOK Sport and Foster + Partners, UK.

K:fem in Sweden by Wingrdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden, won in the Shopping category, while Livraria da Vila and Isay Weinfeld, Brazil, followed with a high commendation.

The Final Wooden House in Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan, scooped the top prize in the Private Houses category, and three houses were highly commended: House O in Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan; the IJburg house in the Netherlands by Marc Koehler Architects, the Netherlands, and the Nautilus House in Mexico by Senosiain Architects, Mexico.

The last and 17th category, Transport, was won by Nordpark Cable Railway in Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects, UK, followed by the Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station in the Netherlands by Grimshaw with Arcadis, UK; and the Southern Cross Station in Australia by Grimshaw, Jackson Architecture, UK.

Of these seventeen winners, the jury deliberated over which should received the World Building of the Year prize, and Grafton Architects’ new faculty building for the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan was selected as the first World Building of the Year at the inaugural World Architecture Festival. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Festival director Paul Finch described the building as “a totally 3D piece of design” and praised it for its relationship with the city.

Catherine Slessor, managing editor of The Architectural Review, wrote that after a day spent absorbing and critiquing presentations by the 17 category winners, the super-jury of Cecil Balmond, Ricky Burdett, Charles Jencks and Sha zkan retired to consider its verdict. Robert Stern was chairman, presiding over a lively and good-humoured debate. Discussions were underpinned by the aim of premiating architecture that “thought about complex issues in an imaginative way,” according to Stern.

A shortlist was quickly arrived at for more detailed discussion. This included Sou Fujimotos Final Wood House “gets right to the core of what the creative architectural mind can do,” noted Ricky Burdett, and Coop Himmeb(l)aus BMW World was singled out by Charles Jencks as an “inventive exploration of a new kind of hybrid building.” But it became quickly apparent that there was strong support for Grafton Architects faculty building in Milan, which impressed the jury with its physical and conceptual density. It takes the tough, rebarbative DNA of Milan and “lifts its skirts” according to Ricky Burdett.

Cecil Balmond admired the “effortless with no histr
ionics” structural solution that suspends offices for 1,000 professors over a subterranean concourse. Sha zkan admired the way it “brought the city into the campus,” uniting the life of Milan with the life of the university. With its allusions to Modernist megastructures reprised and reconceived for the 21st century, “its one of those great buildings that allows you to see a moment of the past in a totally fresh way,” commented chairman Stern.