World Architecture Festival, the world’s largest live-judged international architectural event, opened on December 5 in Amsterdam. Following a busy day of live presentations, in which hundreds of shortlisted projects were presented by architectural practices from around the world, the first award winners of the 2019 festival were announced. According to the organising team, Chinese practices submitted the most projects, with a 68 percent rise in entries from last year. Significant number of entries were also received from Russia (38 percent rise), and India (33 percent). In Europe, the UK was again well represented, with Italy seeing a 57 percent rise in entries. The top five countries entering were China and Hong Kong, Australia, UK, United States and India.
Here’s a glimpse of the key winning projects from WAF 2019:
Condition Lab (School of Architecture CUHK) and UAL Studio (School of Architecture and Urban Planning GZU) won the Civic and Community – Completed Buildings category for Gaobu Book House which serves the 2,500 people of Gaobu Village, one of the Dong minority villages located on the Pingtan River in Tongdao County, Hunan Province. Judges commented: “Gaobu Book House is totally intertwined with the community; a project that goes well beyond the actual building and demonstrates excellence of process.”
Tabanlioglu Architects were victorious in the Leisure Led Developments – Future Projects category, winning the award for their Tersane Halic - Halic Shipyards. The new project includes marinas, hotels, housing, offices and leisure areas, which will respect and protect the symbolic silhouette of old Istanbul with design elements that “capture the spirit of the place in its use and materiality whilst allowing future flexibility”.
Heatherwick Studio won the Display - Completed Buildings category for The Vessel in New York, which offers a ‘new and innovative’ way for the general public to engage and create chance encounters.
WilkinsonEyre and Morphis won the Infrastructure - Future Projects category for their Shenzen Bay Avenue urban design and masterplan with judges describing the project as an “active urban intervention creating diverse public spaces”.
For encouraging children to feel at one with nature, YM Nursery in Yonago, Tottori, Japan, by Hibinosekkei + Youji no Shiro + Kids Design Labo won the School – Completed Buildings category. Judges said, “The project demonstrates huge sensitivity to the experience of young children, from the layout of the building as an open pavilion, to the use of materials such as wood, stone, fire and water.”
The Transport – Completed Buildings’ award was won by Integrated Design Associates for their Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2, an expansion of the second largest airport in the Philippines. Judges described the design as “simple but elegant” with many locally sourced materials.
About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired. The live architectural event includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.