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World Architecture Festival (WAF) | 2013 winners announced – Day One

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Completed Projects Winners:

House category

Cox Rayner Architects | Casey and Rebekah Vallance | The Left-Over-Space House (Australia) 

The Left-Over-Space House, Australia, designed by Cox Rayner Architects has won the ‘World’s Best House’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week.

661-19_01_sc_v2comThis narrow private house demonstrates what can be achieved on the myriad of ‘left-over’ spaces in inner cities, such as disused easements or parking lots. In this case, a 3 metre wide tiny caretaker’s cottage, adjoining a Heritage Hall has been recycled and linearly extended into a family house for parents and two children. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of sixteen entries. The jury commended the project, saying “this is a timeless and ephemeral house, where its realness and authenticity reflects the spirit of the owners. It has been executed beautifully, addressing the difficult site well and exudes a poetic quality that is confident and comfortable.”

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Housing category  

Koning Eizenberg Architecture | 28th Street Apartments (USA)

661-19_05_sc_v2com28th Street Apartments, USA, designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, has won the ‘World’s Best Housing’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week.

661-19_06_sc_v2comThis Los Angeles project restores principal spaces and features of an historic YMCA designed by noted African American architect Paul R. William and inserts new housing on a small site in the south of the city. The Spanish Colonial revival masonry building was a focus of African American social life in the era of segregation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of 17 entries. The jury commended the project, saying “This project demonstrates how architecture can be an agent for social transformation. It shows a degree of care to both the physical restoration of an important community building and the quality of the new extension, helping to create a powerful identity.”

Office category  

A-Lab | Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway)

661-19_07_sc_v2comStatoil Regional and International Offices, Norway, designed by a-lab, has won the ‘World’s Best Office’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. The new Statoil regional and international offices at Fornebu near Oslo is result of an open competition won by Norwegian architects a-lab in February 2009, and was completed in 2012. Designed to blend seamlessly with the idyllic shoreline of Fornebu, The building design draws on the oil industry’s own construction forms and techniques. The steel superstructure enables the different modules to cantilever up to 30 meters. The façade consists of about 1600 prefabricated elements with integrated windows, insulation and solar-shading, a highly energy efficient solution with no visible fixings in the entire facade. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of 16 entries. The jury commended the project, saying “A comprehensive and integrated project that merged superstructure modular construction and cost effectiveness in a modern Scandinavian way, demonstrating a deep understanding of democratic and social values in the new working environment.”

Higher Education and research category  

Wilkinson Eyre Architects | University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK)

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Display category

3XN | The Blue Planet (Denmark)

661-19_12_sc_v2comThe Blue Planet, designed by 3XN, has won the ‘World’s Best Display Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week.

661-19_13_sc_v2comInspired by the shape of water in endless motion, Denmark’s new National Aquarium is shaped as a great whirlpool and located on an elevated headland towards the sea, north of Kastrup Harbour near Copenhagen. The building’s distinctive shape is clearly visible for visitors arriving by plane to the nearby Copenhagen Airport. The facade is covered with more than 33,000 small diamond-shaped aluminum shingles, which adapts to the building’s organic form. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of nine entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The building deals successfully with the site and finds opportunity where there is little context. It overcomes significant engineering and technical challenges, incorporating an original ‘Pinwheel’ circulation system which drives the visitor experience. It also features a variety of different volumes to suit the requirements of display.”

Religion category

EAA – Emre Arolat Architects | Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey) 

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Schools category

Mecanoo International | Fontys Sports College (Netherlands)

661-19_17_sc_v2comFontys Sports College, The Netherlands, designed by Mecanoo International, has won the ‘World’s Best School’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. Fontys Sports College features state of the art facilities and comprehensive sustainability concepts that contribute to the social and athletic vibrancy of Genneper Parks, and is used by over 2200 students and teachers daily. The intelligence of this building lies in the fact that sports programs are located on the first floor. Thus the college does not function as an autonomous sports box, but rather has a completely transparent ground floor connecting its indoor activities to those in the immediate environment – the surrounding sports fields, and other facilities.

The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of six entries. The jury commended the project, saying “Its polite and careful design elegantly combines an elevated sports hall with public rooms on ground floor. We were particularly delighted by the way sunlight enters the building.

Shopping category  

Wingardh Arkitektkontor | Emporia (Sweden)

661-19_18_sc_v2comEmporia, Sweden, designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, has won the ‘World’s Best Shopping Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. Emporia is an urban planning project in which offices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use development along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south side of Malmö. The aim of the project is to seamlessly integrate the entire shopping complex behind the residential and commercial buildings. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of six entries. The jury commended the project, saying “the development has overall good urban design, with a mall wrapped within the housing complex without imposing on the surroundings. The publicly accessible roof with grass hills over economical rooms was a standout.”

Future Projects Winners:

Health

AGi Architects | New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) 

661-19_19_sc_v2comNew Sulaibikhat Medical Center, Kuwait, designed by AGi Architects, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Health Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. The New Sulaibikhat Medical Center stands as a pioneer in the healthcare sector in the MENA region with its unique typology – with courtyards attached to its façade allowing natural light in and easy to navigate sections of the clinic that allow for independent departments to operate self-sufficiently – enabling it to address issues such as security and privacy.

661-19_20_sc_v2comThe building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of 3 entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The New Sulaibikhat Medical Center is an aspirational project focused on the re-programming of existing health services that draws on the needs of local people, and at the same time overcoming the limits of normal typography.”

House

MZ Architects | Meditation House (Lebanon) 

661-19_21_sc_v2comMeditation House, Lebanon, designed by MZ Architects, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Projects House’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. Mediation House has been designed as a place of contemplation and retreat blending into the natural surrounding and landscape. It resembles a giant fallen rock nestled on the edge of the hill with panoramic view on neighbouring pine forests and facing the seaside.

661-19_22_sc_v2comThe building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of six entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The Meditation House is a winner due to the remarkable reforestation efforts reflected in the process of building the project. Further, it reflects a strong response to the site with the structure seamlessly blending into the mountain, and with spaces carved out in sections to create filtered light, shadow and texture.”

Commercial Mixed Use

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris  | New Office in Central London (UK)

661-19_23_sc_v2comNew Office in Central London, UK, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Commercial Mixed-use Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. The New Office in Central London is a world-class, state-of-the art retail and office accommodation on the W4 and W5 blocks on London’s Regent Street. The curved ‘tulip’ profiles of the two new structures form distinctive new contributions to the neighbourhood’s built heritage.

661-19_24_sc_v2comThe building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of seven entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The New Office in Central London is a reflection of a very well-balanced response to commercial needs while respecting its historical context. The attention to detail committed to the whole urban ensemble is a remarkable technical achievement.”

Office

Tabanlioglu Architects | Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey) 

661-19_26_sc_v2comSelcuk Ecza Headquarters, Turkey, designed by Tabanlioglu Architects, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Office Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week.

661-19_25_sc_v2comSelcuk Ecza Headquarters is reminiscent of traditional Istanbul waterside mansions with the aim of incorporating a residential feel to the property from the perspectives of scale, organization and aesthetics.  The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of six entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The Selcuk Ecza Headquarters is testing the boundaries of spacial fruition inside office environments. With an effective use of a tactile dimension of architecture components such as light, materials and rhythm, it manages to create a working space that encourages socializing and creativity.”

Leisure-Led Development

Singapore Sports Hub Design Team (DP Architects and Arup associates) | Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore)

661-19_27_sc_v2comSingapore Sports Hub, Singapore, designed by DP Architects and Arup Associates, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Projects Leisure-led Development Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013.  The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week.

Singapore Sports Hub is located on a 35 hectare waterfront and will provide a wide range of sporting, community, retail, recreational and leisure spaces within easy reach of the city centre and international airport. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of seven entries. The jury commended the project, saying “Singapore Sports Hub exemplifies excellent planning vision, engineering, solutions and execution of diverse program elements. This new addition fits into the overall master plan and vision for Singapore and will be accessible to everyone.”

Masterplanning

Farrells | Earls Court Masterplan (UK) 

661-19_28_sc_v2comEarls Court Masterplan, UK, designed by Farrells, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Projects Masterplanning’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. Farrells’ proposals for Earls Court are based on the belief that urban developments should blend in with existing urban settings and become thriving, vibrant neighbourhoods in their own rights. The masterplan design proposes the transformation of the Earls Court & West Kensington Opportunity Area (the Opportunity Area) into a new urban district.

661-19_29_sc_v2comInspired by the best characteristics of London, the masterplan will create four urban villages and a 21st century High Street. The design will provide sustainable urban living comprising new homes, offices, hotels, work space, education and community facilities, and a new destination for leisure and culture.  The plans were selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of eight entries. The jury commended the project, saying “the design takes cognizance of the urban fabric of London and connects the districts on either side through similar planning principles and spaces as have existed in London for many years. Rather than trying to create a different kind of typology or landmark which could have been done in a project of this scale, the design shows continuity, deep-rooted design inferences and is a sustainable role model.”

Infrastructure

Cox Rayner Architects | Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia)

661-19_31_sc_v2comBrisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery, Australia, designed by Cox Rayner Architects, has won the ‘World’s Best Future Projects Infrastructure’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The judging of the WAF Awards is taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this week. The Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery resulted from a design competition to conceive a new ferry terminal suite in the wake of the devastating 2011 Brisbane floods. The aim of the project was to see if it were possible to design a flood-resilient ferry terminal to replace the 20 destroyed during the floods.  The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of six entries. The jury commended the project, saying “The Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery is a simple and elegant solution to address the destruction caused by the floods. It captures the quintessential elements of Queensland, Australian architecture – openness, light-weight structures, and providing shade and shadow.”

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