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World Architecture Festival Reveals 2018 Awards Shortlist

A research centre in Riyadh, a village lounge in rural China and a mosque without a minaret in Iran are among the projects shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2018 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.

WAF will reconvene for its eleventh edition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 28-30 November this year. This is the first time the event has been hosted in the Dutch capital, following previous editions in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin.

The 2018 awards programme received more than 1,000 entries for the first time, with numbers up 20 per cent compared with 2017. Architects and designers generated 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries.

Chinese practices submitted the most projects from any country, with 76 per cent more than last year. This reflects the significant level of ongoing development in East Asia and Oceania, with Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore also ranking highly. In Europe, the UK was again well represented, with Turkey also featuring prominently. In tandem with the event being hosted in Amsterdam, the organisers received a record number of Dutch entries, with projects including housing, transport and universities.

The top 5 countries entering WAF 2018 are:

• China
• Australia
• UK
• Turkey

Selected Projects:

Patio House By OOAK architects
Location: Karpathos, Greece
Patio House by OOAK architects in Greece
photo : Yorgos Kordakis

Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio in Cape Town South Africa
photo : Iwan Baan

Chapel Our Lady of Fátima By Plano Humano Arquitectos
Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal:
Chapel Our Lady of Fátima
photo : João Morgado

Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions By Liminal Architecture
Location: Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia:
Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions
photo : Dianna Snape

Shortlisting judges noted the strength of the ‘Old and New’ category, with plenty of innovative ideas and creative re-use of old structures through extensions and additions, for example Thomas Heatherwick’s conversion of a disused grain silo in South Africa for use as a contemporary art gallery.

All types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 536-strong shortlist, ranging from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects.

The architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes at WAF from 28-30 November. They will present to international juries in front of festival delegates. Category winners then compete against each other on the final day of the festival, to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

Major world architects shortlisted include Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, Foster & Partners, BIG, Neri & Hu, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Turenscape, Nikken Sekkei, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Grimshaw, Tabanlioglu Architects, Heatherwick Studio and FJMT. Many smaller practices will also take part to pitch against the big names.

WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “This has been a terrific year for the WAF Awards, reaching our largest entry total to date. This has not resulted in any decrease in quality, if anything the opposite. It has been extremely gratifying to review entries from more than 81 different countries and note the way in which architects are absorbing lessons from contemporaries across the world.”

Presentations of the shortlisted designs will be made to more than 100 international judges. The 2018 completed buildings ‘Super Jury’ which will decide the World Building of the Year, will be chaired by Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of Dutch practice MVRDV; panellists include Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates; Manuelle Gautrand, Principal, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture; and Li Xiadong, Founder, Li Xiadong Atelier.

WAF and its co-located event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will welcome more than 2,000 of the world’s leading architects and designers to Amsterdam for three days of conference programmes, awards, exhibitions and fringe events from 28-30 November.

The full shortlist for this year’s awards:

World Architecture Festival 2018 Shortlist

More Selected Projects:

Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Recital Hall By Ian Ritchie Architects
Location: London, UK:
Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Recital Hall
photo : Adam Scott

Vali-e-asr Mosque By Fluid Motion Architects
Location: Tehran, Iran
Vali-e-asr Mosque Tehran building in Iran
photo : Fluid Motion Architects

Cottage in the Vineyard By Ramón Esteve Estudio
Location: Fontanars dels Alforins, Spain
Cottage in the Vineyard
photo : Ramón Esteve Estudio
Cottage in the Vineyard By Ramón Esteve Estudio

Village Lounge of Shangcun By SUP Atelier
Location: Jixi, China
Village Lounge of Shangcun, Jixi, China
photo : Xia Zhi

Peninsula House By Bernardes Arquitetura
Location: Guarujá, Brazil
Peninsula House by Bernardes Arquitetura
photo : Fernando Guerra

Cabin Kvitfjell By Lund Hagem Architects
Location: Kvitfjell, Norway
Cabin Kvitfjell by Lund Hagem Architects
photo : Marc Goodwin

Ullevål tårn By Code Arkitektur
Location: Oslo, Norway
Ullevål tårn by Code Arkitektur in Oslo Norway
photo : Ivan Brodey

Pálás cinema By dePaor
Location: Galway, Ireland
Pálás cinema by dePaor in Galway Ireland
photo : David Grandorge and Peter Maybury

Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle By Alison Brooks Architects
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle By Alison Brooks Architects
photo : Alison Brooks Architects

Location: Milano, Italy
photo : Paolo Consaga

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) By Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre
photo : Hufton + Crow

Bamboo stalactite By Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Venice, Italy
Bamboo stalactite by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Venice Italy
photo : Sabin Prodan

For more details on the WAF Awards and the festival please visit: @worldarchfest #WAF2018

About World Architecture Festival (WAF)

WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.

WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It 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.

The 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:
– A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘Identity’)
– Electronic gallery of all Award entries
– Exhibition area
– Live judging of finalists’ projects
– Architectural tour programme
– Networking and social events including partner fringe events
– Gala Awards Dinner

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme. Delegates have access to both events.

WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.

More shortlisted buildings:

World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards – Culture

Civic & Community Buildings

Maitland Riverlink, Maitland, NSW, Australia
Architects: CHROFI
Maitland Riverlink near Newcastle Australia
photo © Simon Wood
Maitland Riverlink

Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre, Northeast Hebei Province, China
Design: Zhang Hai’ao (HDD) – Shanghai Huadu Architecture&Urban planning co. ltd
Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre Building
photo : Su Shengliang
Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre Building

New Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain
Design: Mecanoo architecten + Ayesa
New Palace of Justice in Córdoba
photo © Fernando Alda
Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre Building

Completed Buildings

TIRPITZ Museum, Blåvand, Denmark
Design: BIG Architects
Tripitz Museum
photo © Rasmus Bendix

MPavilion 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Design: OMA
MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten
image courtesy of architects
MPavilion 2017 by OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

Danish Wadden Sea Centre, Ribe, Denmark
Architects: Dorte Mandrup
The Danish Wadden Sea Centre
photograph : Adam Mørk
Danish Wadden Sea Centre

Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar
Architects: OMA
Qatar National Library in Doha
photo © Iwan Baan
Qatar National Library Building

Foro Boca, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico
Design: Rojkind Arquitectos
Foro Boca in Veracruz
photograph : Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos
Foro Boca Concert Hall

Display Buildings

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami, Floirda, USA
Architects: Grimshaw
Miami Science Museum
image courtesy of architects
Miami Museum of Science, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum

Besøgscenter Hammershus, Bornholm, Denmark
Design: Arkitema, Architects with Professor Christopher Harlang
Besøgscenter Hammershus
image courtesy of architects
Visitor Centre Hammershus Bornholm

Higher Education and Research

The Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge, England, UK
Design: Stanton Williams Architects
The Simon Sainsbury Centre
photography © Hufton+Crow
The Simon Sainsbury Centre Building

NTNU University Building, Ålesund, Norway
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
NTNU University Building
photo : Trond Isaksen
NTNU University Building in Gjøvik

Hotel & Leisure

Aqualagon Waterpark, Marne-la-Vallée, France
Design: Jacques Ferrier Architecture
Water Park Aqualagon, Villages Nature Paris, Marne-la-Vallée
photo © Jacques Ferrier Architecture ; photographs by Didier Boy De La Tour
Aqualagon Waterpark

Hof van Duivenvoorde, The Netherlands
Design: 70F Architects
Hof van Duivenvoorde, Courtyard Building
image courtesy of architects
Hof van Duivenvoorde

Wellness Orhidelia, Podčetrtek, Slovenia
Design: enota
Wellness Center Podčetrtek Building
photo : Miran Kambič
Wellness Orhidelia

West Hotel, Sydney
Design: Woods Bagot
West Hotel Sydney interior
photo : Felix Forest

Small Scale Housing

Elwood House, Melbourne
Design: Woods Bagot
Elwood House Melbourne building by Woods Bagot Architects
photo : Shannon McGrath

Short Lane, Sydney
Design: Woods Bagot
Short Lane Sydney building
photo : Trevor Mein

Large Scale Housing

Wind Tower Salmiya, Kuwait City
Design: AGi architects
Wind Tower Salmiya Kuwait
photo courtesy of architects
Wind Tower Salmiya

Residential Complex of Meygoun, Iran
Design: New Wave Architecture
Meygoun Residential Complex Tehran
photograph : Parham Taghioff
Residential Complex of Meygoun

The Street, Mathura, India
Design: Sanjay Puri Architects
The Street in Mathura
photo : Dinesh Mehta
The Street in Mathura

520 West 28th Street, New York City, NY, USA
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Amenity Spaces at 520 West 28th Street NY
photography ® Hufton+Crow
Amenity Spaces at 520 West 28th Street

Mixed Use

Sunshine Insurance Plaza, Beijing
Design: Woods Bagot
Sunshine Insurance Plaza Beijing building
image courtesy of architects


Lè Architecture, Taipei, Taiwan
Architects: Aedas
Lè Architecture in Taipei, Taiwan
image courtesy of architects
Lè Architecture Taipei

Bloomberg European Headquarters, London, England
Design: Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters London


New Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra, NSW, Australia
Architects: Lippmann Partnership
New Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra
photograph : Willem Rethmeier
New Emanuel Synagogue

Belarusian Memorial Chapel, London, England, UK
Design: Spheron Architects
Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London
photo © Joakim Boren
Belarusian Memorial Chapel Building

London Bridge Station
Design: Grimshaw
Royal Opening for London Bridge Station
image courtesy of Network Rail
London Bridge Station


Lune de Sang Stone House, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Architects: CHROFI
Lune de Sang Stone House
photograph : Brett Boardman
Lune de Sang Stone House

Two-in-One House, Ekeberglia, Norway
Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Two-in-One House in Ekeberglia near Oslo
photography © Ivar Kvaal, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
New House in Ekeberglia

Landscape & Urban Projects

Zaryadye Park
Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Zaryadye Park
photograph : Philippe Ruault
Zaryadye Park


Future Projects

Commercial Mixed Use

Melbourne Innovation Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: Woods Bagot
Melbourne Innovation Precinct building
image courtesy of architects

Younghusband Woolstore Development, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: Woods Bagot
Younghusband Woolstore Development Melbourne
image courtesy of architects practice


St Mary’s Calne School Library, Wiltshire, England, UK
Design: Woods Bagot
St Mary’s Calne School Library
image courtesy of architecture office

Entry information:

Shortlisted entrants will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the three-day Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam on the 28, 29 and 30 November 2018. On the final day, category winners will present again to ‘super-juries’ of experienced and respected judges, who will decide on the World Building of the Year, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.

WAF Award categories:

• Civic – Future Projects
• Commercial Mixed-Use – Future Projects
• Competition Entries – Future Projects
• Culture – Future Projects
• Education – Future Projects
• Experimental – Future Projects
• Health – Future Projects
• House – Future Projects
• Infrastructure – Future Projects
• Leisure-led Development – Future Projects
• Masterplanning Future – Future Projects
• Office – Future Projects
• Residential – Future Projects
• Civic and Community – Completed Building
• Culture – Completed Buildings
• Display – Completed Buildings
• Health – Completed Buildings
• Higher Education & Research – Completed Buildings
• Hotel & Leisure – Completed Buildings
• House – Completed Buildings
• Housing – Completed Buildings
• Mixed-use – Completed Buildings
• New & Old – Completed Buildings
• Office – Completed Buildings
• Production, Energy & Recycling – Completed Buildings
• Religion – Completed Buildings
• School – Completed Buildings
• Shopping – Completed Buildings
• Sport – Completed Buildings
• Transport – Completed Buildings
• Landscape – Rural Projects
• Landscape – Urban Projects

20 Apr 2018

World Architecture Festival 2018 in Amsterdam

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) was previously held in Berlin, Singapore and Barcelona, and after positive industry research, and discussions with RAI and Materia, the WAF organization decided that Amsterdam would be the best location for WAF 2018.

WAF Awards 2018

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

Address: Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 549 1212

Location:RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands

WAF Awards

World Architecture Festival 2017

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) had its its tenth edition at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 15-17 November 2017.

World Building of the Year 2016: National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Szczecin, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes:
World Building of the Year 2016
image courtesy of architects

World Architecture Festival Awards 2017 Shortlist

World Architecture Festival Finalists in 2016 – shortlisted buildings + architects news

WAF Awards 2014 Winners

World Building of the Year award to The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio:

The Chapel wins World Architecture Festival Awards 2014
picture from organisers

WAF Awards 2013

World Building of the Year Award 2013

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
photo : John Gollings

WAF Awards 2013 : more images + links
Statoil Oslo Building
picture : Placebo Effects

WAF Awards 2012

World Building of the Year Award 2012
Gardens by the Bay Singapore
photo : Darren Chin
World Building of the Year winner : Gardens by the Bay Conservatories Singapore

World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 buildings news

WAF Awards 2011

WAF Awards

the e-architect team were at WAF from Wed to Fri

Media-TIC wins World Building of the Year 2011s at World Architecture Festival Award
Media-TIC Barcelona
image from architect
Media-TIC : World Building of the Year 2011

CCIB Building, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Spain
WAF Awards venue
photo © Adrian Welch, 2011
WAF Awards venue : CCIB Barcelona

World Building of the Year 2010

WAF Awards Overall winner

MAXXI, Rome, winner of World Building of the Year 2010
photo : Roland Halbe
MAXXI Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects

WAF Awards 2010 Winners

WAF Awards 2010 – Festival Events

World Building of the Year 2009

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa
Peter Rich Architects
South African Interpretation Centre
picture from FD
WAF Building of the Year 2009

World Building of the Year 2008

Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy
Grafton Architects
University Luigi Bocconi
photograph : Federico Brunetti
WAF Building of the Year 2008

World Architecture Festival Awards 2009 – including the Shortlist

Stirling Prize

WAF Awards 2008

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