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First winners announced for World Architecture Festival


November 16, 2017
by Canadian Architect

World Architecture Festival, the world’s largest international architectural event, opened today in Berlin. The first day’s Awards category winners include a floating building on a mountain top, a hardwood ‘smile’ sculpture in London, a Turkish dairy factory and a Palestinian Museum.

The Civic – Future Projects category winner was Consulate Building, Staff Housing and School complex, in Karachi, Pakistan by edgeARCH. Judges praised the practice for the project’s “clear conceptual logic and civic presence,” commenting that it “will hopefully act as a paradigm for a new and more enlightened consular typology.”

The Civic and Community – Completed Building category was won by Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners for their Streetlight Tagpuro project in the Philippines. Alexander Eriksson Furunes was invited back together with his two partners Sudarshan Khadka and Jago Boase to rebuild the NGO Streetlight’s office, orphanage and study centre after the original premises were devastated by a Typhoon in 2013.

World Architecture Festival, Streetlight Tagpuro by Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Photo credit: Completed Building Civic and Community

Streetlight Tagpuro by Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin
Photo credit: Completed Building Civic and Community

A floating museum in Nicosia, Cyprus designed by Pilbrow & Partners has won the Future Project award in the Competition Entries category. The architects conceived the museum as a floating deck set atop a hill offering views and protecting the archeological site below. The elevated deck and concrete veranda enable a dialogue with the archeological remains below and the judges praised the versatility and simplicity of the design.

New Cyprus Archaeological Museum by Pilbrow & Partners Photo credit: Future Projects - Competition Entries, World Architecture Festival,

New Cyprus Archaeological Museum by Pilbrow & Partners
Photo credit: Future Projects – Competition Entries

Culture – Completed Buildings category was won by Heneghan Peng Architects’ Palestinian museum. This limestone clad museum is situated on the campus of Beret University, near Ramallah on the West Bank. The judging panel commended Heneghan Peng for “working with the contours of Palestine. Described as a “fragile terrain,” the architects have made a museum without a collection. Like the place and culture where it is situated, this building will define its purpose over time.”

World Architecture Festival, Heneghan Peng Architects, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine Photo credit: Completed Buildings Culture

Heneghan Peng Architects, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
Photo credit: Completed Buildings Culture

Alison Brooks Architects’ landmark installation, The Smile, won the Display – Completed Buildings Display category. Designed as a temporary installation for the London Design Festival, the judges described The Smile as a small build with a big impact, a simple and powerful concept which overcomes big technical challenges to deliver a delightful installation.

World Architecture Festival, Alison Brooks Architects_The Smile Photo credit: Completed Buildings Display

Alison Brooks Architects, The Smile
Photo credit: Completed Buildings Display

The Future Projects – Experimental category was claimed by 3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design for Sharjah Observatory. Located on the edge of Mleiha National Desert Park in the UAE, this project was designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and reinterprets the geometry of a local rock.

World Architecture Festival, Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park by 3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design Photo credit: Future Projects Experimental

Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park by 3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design Photo credit: Future Projects Experimental

Magi Design Studio won Health – Future Projects category for their Desa Semester philanthropic rehabilitation centre focusing on the final stage of full mental health recovery. According to the judges the Indonesian practice’s architecture shows a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, with the existing terrain and trees being preserved without compromising the architecture. The centre is accessible via a perforated bridge.

World Architecture Festival, Desa Semesta by Magi Design Studio Photo credit: Future Projects Health

Desa Semesta by Magi Design Studio
Photo credit: Future Projects Health

Superlofts Houthaven in Amsterdam by Dutch practice Mark Koehler Architects is this year’s winner of the Housing – Completed Buildings category Supported by GROHE. Engaging residents was a key aspect of this scheme which is a new co-housing concept developed by Mark Koehler Architects creating a global network of local building co-operatives.

World Architecture Festival, Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven Photo credit: Completed Buildings Housing

Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven Photo credit: Completed Buildings Housing

Sanjay Puri Architects were heralded winners of The Infrastructure – Future Project category Sanjay for The Bridge, India. Judges were impressed with the approach to local tradition of brick making, expressed in this project in a very contemporary way.

World Architecture Festival, Future Projects Infrastructure, Photo credit: The Bridge by Sanjay Puri Architects

Future Projects Infrastructure, Photo credit: The Bridge by Sanjay Puri Architects

Bodrum Loft, by Tabanlioglu Architects claimed the prize for the Leisure-led Development – Future Projects category.  The judges commended the architects’ understanding of the challenging site and historical context. The design minimises the building’s footprint through the careful arrangement of social and private spaces.

World Architecture Festival, Bodrum Loft by Tabanlioglu Architects, Photo credit: Future Projects Leisure-led development

Bodrum Loft by Tabanlioglu Architects,
Photo credit: Future Projects Leisure-led development

The post-earthquake reconstruction of Guangmine village by the China University of Hong Kong won the New & Old – Completed Buildings Category. The judges were impressed by the project’s huge ambition to offer extraordinary hope and promise to disaster communities.

World Architecture Festival, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village
Photo credit: Completed Buildings New & Old

Office – Completed Buildings was awarded to Nikken Sekkei for its Co-op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo. Located in Tokyo, judges said the building “demonstrates many exemplary innovations. Motivated by climate change and environmental responsibility, the building represents a holistic response from planning down to final details.”

World Architecture Festival, Nikken Sekkei_Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Photo credit: Completed Buildings Office

Nikken Sekkei_Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Photo credit: Completed Buildings Office

Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects claimed the Office – Future Projects category with their Viettel Offsite Studio. The Vietnamese Communication Group’s new studio is located on a slight slope between a lake and treelined landscape on the outskirts of Hanoi.  The six V-shaped wall-blocks which were freely arranged follow the lay of land and are connected by an open corridor.

Viettel Offsite Studio by Vo Trong Nghia Architects Photo credit: Future Projects Office

Viettel Offsite Studio by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Photo credit: Future Projects Office

Production, Energy & Recycling – Completed Buildings went to Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects  for The Farm of 38° 30°. The simple and sophisticated design, detailing and execution was deemed to be “beautifully expressed” by judges, who commended the Turkish project for “public and private experiences that are very well integrated.”

Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects, The Farm of 38-30

Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects, The Farm of 38-30
Photo credit: Completed Buildings Production Energy & Recycling

Winner of the School – Completed Buildings category is Andrew Burges Architects, for their East Sydney Early Learning Centre: an adaptive re-use of an existing 1920s industrial building which houses both a childcare and community centre.  The judges described the project as an incredibly creative and well resolved rehabilitation building creating a mini city within an existing structure.

Andrew Burges Architects, East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Photo credit: Completed Buildings School

Andrew Burges Architects, East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Photo credit: Completed Buildings School

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis by HKS Architects was heralded winner of the Sport -Completed Buildings category and sets the precedent for large scale sport stadiums. This project provides a great venue for sporting and cultural events, while also offering plazas, parks and an observation platform connecting with the surrounding urban environment and which can be used all year-round.

World Architecture Festival, HKS, U.S. Bank Stadium Photo credit: Completed Buildings Sport

HKS, U.S. Bank Stadium
Photo credit: Completed Buildings Sport

Vo Trong Nghia Architects won the House – Completed Buildings award for Binh House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The house serves as a multigenerational family home and sets a new benchmark for dense urban living. Architecturally the house draws on a strong modernist tradition.

World Architecture Festival, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Binh House, Photo credit: Completed Buildings House

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Binh House, Photo credit: Completed Buildings House

The World Architecture Festival sees over 2,000 international architects descend upon its venue Arena Berlin this week.

Tomorrow will see another set of category winners announced, before WAF culminates with the glittering Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony where the winners of the World Building, Interior, Future Project and Landscape of the Year will be announced.

Running alongside the World Architecture Festival is its sister event INSIDE which will showcase 2017’s most ground- breaking interiors projects. Visitors to INSIDE will be able to view this year’s best in class interiors nominations from leading practices and designers across four continents.



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