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Seven Canadian projects shortlisted for 2016 WAF awards


July 7, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Aga Khan Park by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture. Photo courtesy of WAF

Aga Khan Park by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture. Photo courtesy of WAF

Seven Canadian projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards – the world’s biggest architectural awards program. All types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 343-strong shortlist, with entries ranging from private homes, shops and schools to large commercial developments and ambitious landscape projects.

The Canadian finalists include:

  • KPMB Architects | HCMA Architecture + Design Architects in joint venture, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Core Architects, 12 Degrees, Toronto, Canada
  • HCMA Architecture + Design, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada
  • Kanva Paroi Vivante: Biodôme Natural Science Museum, Montreal, Canada
  • Cannondesign + Neuf architect(e)s, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
  • 5468796 Architecture, Arthur Residence, Regina, Canada
  • Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture, Aga Khan Park, Toronto, Canada

Now in its ninth year, WAF has received a record number of award entries for November’s annual event. The largest rise in year-on-year entries came from the UK 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. The truly international shortlist extends to include architects from 42 different nations with projects based across 58 countries.

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, KPMB Architects | HCMA Architecture + Design Architects in joint venture. Photo courtesy of WAF

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, KPMB Architects | HCMA Architecture + Design Architects in joint venture. Photo courtesy of WAF

Other international practices shortlisted this year include: 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). They are joined by many smaller practices unknown outside their own countries that have seized the opportunity to gain global recognition at this year’s event.

12 Degrees, Core Architects. Photo courtesy of WAF

12 Degrees, Core Architects. Photo courtesy of WAF

“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,” said Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival.

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, HCMA Architecture + Design. Photo courtesy of WAF

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, HCMA Architecture + Design. Photo courtesy of WAF

Entries will be evaluated by an international panel of judges at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin from November 16-18, 2016. This year’s judges includes 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. 

Biodôme Natural Science Museum, Kanva Paroi Vivante. Photo courtesy of WAF

Biodôme Natural Science Museum, Kanva Paroi Vivante. Photo courtesy of WAF

In addition to the awards, WAF includes a conference programme based around the Festival’s 2016 theme ‘Housing for Everyone,’ which will debate the growing understanding of how demographics and global urbanization are forcing change in the way we think about housing.  With imperatives to create shelter at one end of the spectrum, and sufficiency for occupation and investment at the other, the programme will examine the significant contribution that architects can make.

Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Cannondesign + Neuf architect(e)s. Photo courtesy of WAF

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Cannondesign + Neuf architect(e)s. Photo courtesy of WAF

WAF and its co-located sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will welcome more than 2,000 of the world’s leading architects and designers to the city for three days of conference programmes, awards, exhibitions and fringe events. Following four successful years in Singapore, the Festival returns to its European roots and will be housed in Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.

Arthur Residence, 5468796 Architecture. Photo courtesy of WAF

Arthur Residence, 5468796 Architecture. Photo courtesy of WAF

For the full list of finalists, click here


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