World Architecture Festival

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2010 Award winner: ONCE Foundation Award for Accessibility (Two joint winners) Category: Sport. Aviva Stadium, Ireland, Dublin by POPULOUS in association with Scott Tallon Walker
For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the architecture industry. The first festival was held in Barcelona in 2008, while the 2013 Festival is to be held in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands. At the festivals around 200 shortlisted projects compete for awards in 20-30 categories. One of these projects is awarded the World Building of the Year title. All the entries are published in the World Buildings Directory online database[1] and each year the World Architecture Festival publishes a list of the winners of the awards.[2][3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

The World Architecture Festival was first held in 2008 as a "festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe." In the first four years the festival was held in Barcelona and since 2012 in Singapore. Several hundred projects are entered in the competition for the awards and more than 200 of these are shortlisted for live presentation at the festival. All the presentations of the entries are collected in the World Buildings Directory. The architects pay a submission fee to enter a project for a WAF Award and travel to where the festival is arranged to present the project live if it is shortlisted. The entries are voluntary and the festival does not control who submits projects. In 2011 the Inside Festival (for interior architecture and design) was added in the same venue and arranged at the same time as WAF.[7]

The 2008 festival[edit]

2008 Culture of the Year: Oslo Opera House, Norway, by Snøhetta

The World Architecture Festival was held for the first time on 22–24 October 2008 in Barcelona. Its programme director was Paul Finch. An important part of the festival was the awards programme. The competition was open to building completed within the past 18 months, between January 1, 2007 and June 20, 2008. There were 722 entries competing in 17 categories, comprising 96 building types from 63 countries. After a preselection, 224 projects from 43 countries have been shortlisted. All the shortlisted architects presented their work during the festival and the winners competed for the top award, the World Building of the Year. The judging panel was headed by Norman Foster and included Stefan Behnisch, Robert Stern and Zaha Hadid among the 40 architects on the panel. 1,900 visitors from 70 countries attended the festival.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

In 2008 the World Building of the Year was awarded to: Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy (by Grafton Architects).[2]

For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

Gallery of some of the 2008 winners

The 2009 festival[edit]

The second World Architecture Festival took place in Barcelona at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) on November 4 to 6 2009. Projects from 67 countries participated in the competition. 272 projects were shortlisted, in 15 categories. A jury of architects and industry figures from around the world judged the competition’s 45 Awards. The winners of the 15 categories of completed buildings competed for the Building of the Year Award. In addition to the categories from the 2008 festival three new sections were added: Interiors and Fit-out, Structural Design and Future Projects. In 2009, 1,507 architects from 71 countries came to Barcelona for the festival. [17] [18] [19]

Awards 2009[3]

  • World Building of the Year (Category: Culture, Completed Buildings ) Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa by Peter Rich Architects[20]
  • Future Project of the Year (Category: Cultural, Future Projects ) Spanish Pavilion for 2010 Expo Shanghai in China by Miralles Tagliabue[disambiguation needed] EMBT[21]
  • Interiors and Fit Out Overall Winner (Category: Interiors and Fit Out - Retail (small) ) Corian Super-Surfaces Showroom in Italy, Milano by Architect Amanda Levete Architects[22]
  • Structural Design of the Year (Category: Structural Design - Spans (e.g. bridges, stadiums, big sheds) ) ARENA ZAGREB in Croatia, by Zagrebby Architect UPI-2M[23]
  • Student design competition (Category: Student design competition: Distressed Cities, Creative Responses ) AECOM Design + Planning Urban SOS in India, Mumbai by Sabrina Kleinenhammans, a graduate at MIT[24]
For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

Gallery of some of the 2009 winners

The 2010 festival[edit]

2010 Category Winner: Completed Buildings, Transport, The Helix Bridge by Cox Rayner Architects & Architects 61

The third World Architecture festival took pace in Barcelona at the CCIB Forum (Centro de Convenciones Internacionales de Barcelona) November 3 to 5 2010. The festival was the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in 2010. More than 500 entries from 65 countries competed in 15 main categories and in over 20 further sections. The festival had 5 awards sections, 42 categories and more than 100 types of buildings. The competition was open for entries on April 2 to July 9 and the shortlist was announced in late August. The shortlisted projects were presented at the festival.[19][26][27][28][29]

Awards 2010[4]

  • World Building of the Year and winner of category culture (Category: Culture ) MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Italy, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects[30]
  • Future Project of the Year (Category: Masterplanning, Future Projects ) The Arc in Palestinian Territory, Occupied by Suisman Urban Design[31]
  • Interiors and Fit Out Overall Winner (Category: Interiors and Fit Out - Offices ) ANZ Centre in Australia, Melbourneby HASSELL[32]
  • Structural Design of the Year (Category: Structural Design - Glass (where used structurally) ) Medieval & Renaissance Galleries in United Kingdom, London by MUMA[33]
  • Student design competition (Category: Student design competition: Campus Catalyst Project AECOM Design + Planning Urban SOSin Haiti, Port-au-Prince by Robin Bankert, Michael Murphy, Robin Bankert, Michael Murphy, Caroline Shannon and Joseph Wilfong, University of Harvard[34]
  • The Art and Work Award for Buildings Designed to Display Art (Category: Structural Design - Glass (where used structurally) ) Medieval & Renaissance Galleries in United Kingdom, London by MUMA[35][36]
  • ONCE Foundation Award for Accessibility (Two joint winners) (Category: Sport ) Aviva Stadium in Ireland, Dublinby POPULOUS in association with Scott Tallon Walker[37]
  • ONCE Foundation Award for Accessibility (Two joint winners) (Category: Civic and community, Health) West Vancouver Community Centre in Canada, West Vancouver by Hughes Condon Marler Architects[38]
For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

Gallery of some of the 2010 winners

The 2011 festival[edit]

2011 Transport of the Year: Kurilpa Bridge by Cox Rayner Architects

The fourth World Architecture Festival (WAF) was held in Barcelona from November 2nd to 4th 2011 at Centre de Convencions Internacional de Catalunya. More than 700 projects were entered for the competition. More than 1,300 people attended the awards ceremony. The competition opened for entries on April 1 and closed on June 30, 2011. In 2011 Michael Sorkin, Ben van Berkel, Jo Noero, Odile Decq and Professor Kongjian Yu, and Tim MacFarlane were members of the jury. The opening night was held inMedia-ICT (by Cloud 9) which was later to win the World Building of the Year Award. The World Building of the Year was elected from the 16 completed buildings winning their category.[39][40][41][42]

Awards 2011[5]

  • World Building of the Year (Category: Office (inc mixed use) ) Media-ICT in Spain, Barcelona by Cloud 9[43]
  • Future Project of the Year (Category: Infrastructure, Future Projects ) Hanimaadhoo International Airport in Maldives by Integrated Design Associates Limited[44]
  • Structural Design of the Year (Category: Structural Design - Towers ) Eight Spruce Street in United States of America by Gehry Partners, LLP[45]
  • ONCE Foundation Award for Accessibility (Category: Culture ) Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico, Mexico City by Arditti+RDT/arquitectos[46]
  • People's Choice Award, by OpenBuildings (Category: Culture ) Memorial house Todor Proeski in Macedonia, Krushevoby Syndicate studio[47]
For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

Gallery of some of the 2011 winners

The 2012 festival[edit]

2012 Award winner: Future Project of the Year,Landscape (Projects), urban (Completed designs): Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore by Atelier Dreiseit

The fifth World Architecture Festival (WAF) was moved to Singapore at Marina Bay Sands and was held from October 3 to 5 2012. The festival awards was nicknamed «The Architectural Oscars» at the time. The World Architecture Festival was at the time the world's largest global architectural awards programme. Paul Finch was director of the festival. There were over 700 entries from more than 60 countries. Awards were given in 33 categories and 301 entries were shortlisted. The competing projects were judged after a presentation during the festival. In the jury choosing the World Building of the Year 2012 were Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie, Mok Wei Wei, Jürgen Mayer, Yvonne Farrell, Peter Cook, Kenzo Tange, Sou Fujimoto, Jeanne Gang, Dietrich Ebermarle and Charles Jencks among others. Over 1800 architects, designers and press from more than 60 countries attended.[49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58] There was some criticism of the list of speakers beeng white, male, over 40 since of the 44 speakers on the festival 4 were women and 9 Asians.[59]

Awards 2012[6]

  • World Building of the Year (Category: Display ) Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay in Republic of Singapore by Wilkinson Eyre Architects[60]
  • Future Project of the Year, Landscape (Category: Landscape (Projects), urban (Completed designs) ) Kallang River Bishan Park in Republic of Singapore by Atelier Dreiseitl[61]
  • Future Project of the Year (Category: Masterplanning ) Msheireb - Heart of Doha in Doha, Qatar by AECOM, London (UK), Adjaye Associates (UK), Allies and Morrison (UK), Eric Party Architects (UK), Gensler (USA), HOK (USA), John McAslan and Partners (UK), Mangera Yvars Architects (UK), Mossessian & Partners (UK), Squire & Partners (UK)[62]
  • Student Team of the Year (Category: Student Team of the Year from University of Ferrara in Italy ) In the Core of Renaissance Architecture in Italy, Ferrara by Student team[63]
  • Director's Prize (Category: New and Old ) Plaza España in Adeje in Spain, Tenerife by Menis Arquitectos SLP[64]
  • Small Project Award (Category: Transport ) Marina Bay Station in Republic of Singapore by Aedas, Quarry Bay & Aedas Pte Ltd (Station Architect)[65]
  • Small Project Award (Category: Office ) Office for an Advertising Film Production Company in India, Bangalore by SJK Architects[66]
For complete list of winners see List of World Architecture Festival winners

Gallery of some of the 2012 winners

The 2013 festival[edit]

The sixth annual WAF was held in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands from 2 to 4 October 2013.[67] It was attended by over 2,100 architects and designers from 68 countries.[68] WAF was collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors. The entries competed in 29 award categories across three category groups of completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects:[69]

  • Completed Buildings: Civic and community, Culture, Display, Health, Higher education/research, Hotel/leisure, House, Housing, New and Old, Office, Production/energy/recycling, Religion, Schools, Shopping, Sport, Transport and Villa.
  • Landscape Projects: Completed designs - urban.
  • Future Projects: Commercial mixed-use, Competition entries, Culture, Education, Experimental, Health, House, Infrastructure, Leisure led development, Masterplanning, Office and Residential.[70]

More than 300 projects from 50 countries made the official 2013 shortlist.[71] The festival’s organiser’s were i2i Events Group.

The jury included Ken Yeang, Patrick Bellew, Jeanne Gang, Dietmar Eberle and Ken Tadashi Oshima.[72]

Awards 2013

  • World Building of the Year (Categories: Culture, Culture - Galleries) Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, fjmt + Archimedia - Architects in Association.[73]
  • Future Project of the Year (Categories: Future projects competition and Future projects culture) National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects.[74]

Gallery of some of the 2013 winners

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