The shortlist for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) – the world’s biggest architecture competition – has been announced.
Now in its fourth year, the competition attracted its highest number of entries to date with 704 entries from 59 different countries and, for the first time, architecture and design enthusiasts will get the opportunity to have their say on which project should be crowned as the World Building of the Year 2011.
WAF Award entries span the globe from as far south as Tasmania to the Arctic Circle in Norway with new countries such as Libya, Haiti and Cambodia appearing alongside the USA, UK, Australia, China, Japan, Spain, and Scandinavia, which all have significant presence on the shortlist.
Projects entered this year, against a backdrop of a challenging economic climate, highlight the continuing need for innovative buildings that use materials and construction techniques which are sympathetic to practical, aesthetic and economical factors.
Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “The WAF Awards celebrate architectural excellence the world over and allow architects to showcase their talent and their unique responses to the ever-changing economic climate. There is now an increasing need for innovative approaches to architecture, inspiring architects and designers to think in new ways about buildings. It’s encouraging that the quality of this year’s entries is the highest we’ve ever seen and we look forward to seeing which projects both the judges select as the winners.”
The awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each section includes up to 16 categories. Every project entered into the WAF Awards will be showcased in the Festival gallery for delegates, architects, clients and critics to view.
We are going to publish the full shortlist starting today:
Civic and Community
1+1>2 InternationalArchitecture JSC | Suoi Re Multi-Functional Community House (Hoa Binh, Vietnam)
Designed to avoid storms and flash floods, this community centre is constructed out of bamboo frames and palm leaves, and offers the local community a library, kindergarten and meeting areas.
BNKR Arqitectura | Sunset Chapel (Acapulco, Mexico)
A chapel set into the Acapulco mountains with spectacular views, designed to blend in with the the surrounding granite boulders.
Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp | Bayside Police Station (Sandringham, Australia)
A 24 hour police station which holds 100 personnel, designed around a central top-lit atrium.
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp | Surry Hills Library and Community Centre (NSW, Australia)
Located in an inner-city suburb, acts as a library/resource centre, community centre and childcare centre, with glass atrium and timber facade.
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects | Beit Halochem Rehabilitation Centre (Beer Sheva, Israel)
A rehabilitation centre built on the outskirts of the desert and designed as an arrangement of rocks tofit in with the barren scenery.
Next Office | Construction Engineering Disciplinary Organisation of Qazvin (Qazvin, Iran)
Consists of two large structures designed as ‘loops’, with a concrete and brick exterior.
Robin Lee Architecture | Wexford County Council Headquarters (County Wexford)
Located on the outer fringes of Wexford, this building brings together the services and departments of Wexford County council, with a glass facade and central civic forum.
Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos | El Lasso Community Centre (Las Palmas, Canary Islands)
A concrete building with a colourful facade, built into a rocky incline in the neglected neighbourhood of El Lasso in Las Palmas.
RUF project | Football training centre (Soweto, South Africa)
A state of the art football centre in Soweto where 1,200 teams and 20,000 footballers play each year,includes four pitches, a training gym, player lounges and education facilities.
Salto AB OÜ | Sõmeru Community Centre (Sõmeru, Estonia)
A one-storey building with striped wooden cladding which has four main functions: a local library,concert hall, day-centre for the elderly and offices for the parish government.
Tabanlioglu Architects | Tripoli Congress Centre (Tripoli, Libya)
Tripoli Convention Hall, a two-storey block on the edge of a forest, is surrounded by a ‘shield’ of bronze mesh which protects the inner glass walls.
WZMH Architects | Durham Region Courthouse (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
Located in downtown Oshawa, the courthouse has 33 courtrooms and facilities for holding prisoners.
3XN | Museum of Liverpool (Liverpool, UK)
Visible from both the Mersey River and the city, the new museum of Liverpool sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two distinct and highly stylised sculptures form the outside structure, while inside a core spiral staircase connects the two buildings.
5468796 Architecture Inc. | OMS Stage (Winnipeg, Canada)
“The Cube” is an open air performance space set against a backdrop of historic warehouses in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The building is made from silver mesh, and draws influence from it’s industrial surroundings.
Architects Atelier RYO ABE | Shima Kitchen (Tonosyotyo, Japan)
An arts centre and restaurant situated on a rural island in Western Japan. The building features an awning made of charred timber shingles, which are tied loosely to the main frame of the building to create an illusion of shimmering feathers in the wind.
Arditti +RDT/architectos| Museum of Memory and Tolerance (Mexico City, Mexico)
Sociological museum in the heart of Mexico City. The building comprises various wings, which surround a colourful communal courtyard with an unusual water feature.
EAA-Emre Arolat Architects | Raif Dinckok TYalova Cultural Center (Yalova, Turkey)
Cultural centre, whose exterior draws on the industrial heritage of the town of Yalova. The building itself includes a woven rust coloured exterior, allowing light to stream into the building from a range of different angles.
Eric Parry Architects | Holburne Museum of Art (Bath, UK)
A refurbishment of an 18th century museum including the provision of new gallery spaces, archives, educational and visitor facilities. A glass base gives the museum an illusion of floating and the overall design works alongside the existing Georgian building.
Frank la Riviere Architects inc, dd/t Arch, molo design | Nebuta-no-ie-Warasse (Aomori-shi, Japan)
Built to celebrate the Nebuta cultural festival and attract visitors to Aomori town centre, this striking slatted building provides a visitor attraction for locals and tourists to learn about the annual Nebuta festival.
Foster + Partners | Sperone Westwater (New York, USA)
A glass fronted gallery on New York’s Lower East Side. The architect has made a feature of the narrow site, creating a double height exhibition space to create a light space in which to display art.
FREE/Fernando Romero | Soumaya Museum (Mexico City, Mexico)
A massive new museum in the centre of Mexico City, the design involves a striking silver scale effect, reflecting the sun and giving the building a futuristic look, making it stand out in its surroundings.
Henning Larsen Architects | HARPA Reykjavik Concert and Congress Centre (Reykjavik, Iceland)
A new congress centre forms part of a masterplan for the harbour area of Reykjavik. The building includes an unusual glass and steel latticed facade.
Nikken Sekkei Ltd. | Hoki Museum (Chiba-ken, Japan)
A private museum designed to exhibit and preserve the paintings and wines of its commissioner. Aimed at designing a “Gallery Below Zero”, the architects have used the space above and below ground to create a futuristic concrete and metal gallery.
Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects and Urban Planners | MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome, Italy)
New museum in Rome which includes a roof terrace and exterior made entirely of glass. Suspended walkways allow visitors an uninterrupted view of their surroundings.
Salto AB OÜ | NO99 Straw Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia)
A temporary striking black theatre, which is built on top of an existing baroque bastion in the centre of Tallinn. The building comprises a series of rooms which are stepped to accommodate the sloping landscape.
Sou Fujimoto Architects | Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Tokyo, Japan)
A new facility for one of the most distinguished art universities in Japan, the building comprises a library with walls are made entirely from wooden bookcases.
Stephen Marshall Architects LLP | Windmill Hill (Buckinghamshire, UK)
This minimal building provides archive and office space for the Rothschild Philanthropic Foundation. The design draws attention to the adjacent views over South Buckinghamshire, and the reading room includes a highly decorative vaulted timber ceiling.
Zaha Hadid Architects | Guangzhou Opera House (Guangzhou, China)
Forming the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development, the new opera house encompasses a 1,800 seat auditorium. The design draws on its riverside environment, and has a glass and steel exterior.
2hD Architects | Pavilion, Lille Museum of Modern Art (Lille, France)
A curved white structure with a lightweight translucent envelope based in the gardens of the Museumof Modern Art.
Architecture Workshop | Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre (Otorohanga, New Zealand)
A visitors’ centre located by a stream, featuring a woven timber canopy which creates a lightweight‘sky shell’.
DesignInc | Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre (Victoria, Australia)
An iconic structure formed of seven silver barrels resembling a vortex, which houses the office, laboratory and educational centre for the Gippsland water factory.
Frank la Riviere Architects Inc. | Nebuta-no-ie Warasse (Aomori-shi, Japan)
A performance hall and home for the Nebuta festival and its floats, with a unique exterior consisting of 820 red steel ribbons which are individually twisted to create a curtain-like effect.
Marlon Blackwell Architect | Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion (Indianapolis, USA)
A wooden and glass structure located at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park designed to blur the boundaries between man-made and natural-made forms.
Snøhetta | Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion (Hjerkinn, Norway)
Located in the Dovrefjell National Park, the pavilion serves as an observation point for reindeersighting. Its raw steel frame and weathered wooden planks were designed to blend in with the mountainous landscape.
Stephen Marshall Architects LLP | Windmill Hill (Aylesbury, UK)
Housing the Rothschild Foundation archive and office space, the centre has been designed as a continuation of the farmhouse already located on the site.
White Arkitekter AB | Naturum Vattenriket (Sweden)
A three-storey wooden structure suspended in part over a lake at the centre of Kristianstad’s wetlands, featuring wooden boardwalks extending out into the wetlands reserve.
Architectenbureau K van Velsen BV | Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal (Arnhem, Netherlands)
There is a seamless continuity between the rehabilitation centre’s interior and exterior, whilst the brown-golden facade enables it to blend in with its natural surroundings.
Behnisch Architekten | NCT – National Centre For Tumour Diseases (Heidelberg, Germany)
Intended as a model for future nationwide development, the NCT is clearly part of an extensive medical campus that uses its architectural language to set the building apart from its neighbouring properties.
Henley Halebrown Rorrison | The Waldron (Lewisham, London, UK)
Designed to change people’s perceptions of healthcare, The Waldron is planned around a new civic square and seeks to describe a narrative journey in five frames beginning with the entrance foyer.
Limermench | Elefante Blanco (Kennedy Norte III, Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador)
The design of Elefante Blanco was inspired by the study of composition of living items and brings together a cosmetic surgery, private rooms and medical offices on a confined site.
MASS Design Group | Butaro Hospital (Burera District, Rwanda)
The creation of a state-of-the-art hospital constructed by 3,800+ local people, using the unique and beautiful texture of ubiquitous volcanic stone.
Rice Daubney | Liverpool Hospital Clinical Service Block 2 (CSB2), (Liverpool, Australia)
Defined by the strong linear hospital concourse, CSB2 provides a major new hospital entrance whilst the patient rooms utilise maximum daylight penetration.
3XN | Bella Sky Hotel (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The largest hotel in the Nordic region located in Copenhagen’s new urban area featuring individually decorated rooms based on the theme ‘Nordic Cool’. The building is formed of two 75m towers at a staggering 15 degree incline and required innovative engineering to balance the forces at play.
Architecture Workshop | Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre (Otorohanga, New Zealand)
A visitors’ centre located by a stream, featuring a woven timber canopy which creates a lightweight ‘sky shell’.
Bates Smart | Crown Metropol (Melbourne, Australia)
This new S-shaped 658 room urban retreat breaks free from conventional boutique hotels and, by precisely adjusting the architectural curves, gives guest rooms spectacular views of Melbourne’s skyline.
Circa Architecture | Saffire (Tasmania, Australia)
An iconic but intimate luxury holiday resort nestled on the natural coastal landscape in Tasmania overlooking Great Oyster Bay and designed to be intentionally evocative of coastal forms.
Divercity & Mplusm | Grace Santorini Hotel (Santorini, Greece)
Carved into a cliff face at 300 metres above sea level, the hotel combines contemporary materials and design with the rustic feel of the Greek Islands.
Jestico + Whiles | W London (Leicester Square London, UK)
Glamourous new W Hotel which features retail, leisure and residential accommodation and spa attractions. The building has restored key strategic views across the city and becomes an animation of glowing light at night and possibly the biggest electronic artwork in London.
Isay Weinfeld | Fasano Las Piedras (Punta del Este, Uruguay)
A scattering of rustic isolated modules that look like they have landed naturally on the terrain make up this hospitality complex, which combines homes, hotel bungalows, a spa, equestrian center, golf course and polo fields next to a 3 km stretch of beach.
Isay Weinfeld | Square Nine Hotel (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro)
A contemporary hotel situated on one of the few sites in Belgrade’s old town that allows new construction in the historical centre that integrates with the neighbourhood by matching colours and respecting height of the surrounding buildings.
Kerry Hill Architects Pte Ltd. | Aman New Delhi (New Delhi, India)
The first luxury urban hotel for Aman resorts designed around the idea of the column that is inherent in most Mughal architecture and features courtyards, water and screens to reference traditional Indian design.
Lotus Praxis Initiative | Raas (Jodhpur, India)
A luxury boutique hotel in the old city of Johhpur, which features 17th and 18th century period structures that have been restored using traditional crafts and materials, to provide visitors with a sensual contemporary experience.
MLS Architekten AG | CZP Chalet Zermatt Peak (Zermatt, Switzerland)
After dynamiting 3000 m3 of rock in the mountainside, the luxury CZP takes the super chalet to a whole new level, occupying a landmark position with breathtaking views from the almost entirely glazed southern side of the building.
Polyanna Paraskeva & Associates | SandCastle (Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece)
A small hotel designed especially for children aged 5 to 12 years, resembling a spiral sand castle, with inspiration for the form of the building taken from on the bay of Navarino and its never-ending dunes.
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Tree Hotel (Harads, Sweden)
A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden close to the Arctic Circle, made from lightweight aluminum hung around a tree trunk and clad in mirrored glass to reflect the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge for two people.
Wasserfall Munting Architects | Hilton Windhoek ENP (Khomas, Namibia)
A new sophisticated Hilton Hotel in Freedom Square, conceptually perceived as a beacon of urban nightlife, celebrating local culture with art and imagery, providing Namibia’s capital with a public landmark.
WOHA | Intercontinental Sanya Resort (Hainan Island, China)
Located along Xiao Don Hai Bay in Sanya this 350 room hotel is designed around the theme of a garden, with the roofs and gardens inspired by the rice-paddy fields of Sanya.
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