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World Architecture Festival Awards Shortlist 2009 News

WAF Barcelona: International Architectural Prize Spain

6 Nov 2009

Winners News

Teleton Tampico
wins World’s Best Health Building at World Architecture Festival Awards 2009
Teleton Tampico - World Architecture Festival Awards Winner 2009
photo : Fernando Cordero
Teleton Tampico

Rogers Spanish winery
wins World’s Best Production, Energy and Recycling Building at World Architecture Festival Awards 2009
Bodegas Protos Spain - World Architecture Festival Awards Shortlist 2009
image : RSHP
Bodegas Protos

Barcelona bird cage
wins World’s Best Display Building at World Architecture Festival Awards 2009
Barcelona bird cage
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Barcelona bird cage

WAF Awards Shortlist – 2009 : Part 1

Civic and Community

Emergency Terminal, Zagreb, Croatia, Produkcija 004, Croatia
An eight storey terminal in the heart of Zagreb, with partly translucent walls, provides for Zagreb’s emergency medical assistance institute

Iglesia San Josemaría Escrivá, Alvaro Obregon, Mexico, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, Mexico
Catholic Church composed of three connected buildings, able to hold up to 400 people

Parish Church of Saint Luke the Evangelist, Zagreb, Croatia, Arhitekt, Croatia
Positioned on the western edge of a central green area, it is composed of two main volumes, with service rooms and a square plateau outside the main entrance

Bom Sucesso Cultural Centre, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados, Portugal
Built mainly underground, this centre is located in a peripheric area of Lisbon, and contains such features as a sliding auditorium

La Cisnera Community Centre, Arico, Spain, GPY Arquitectos, Spain
Placed in the main square alongside a chapel, the centre offers a sheltered environment for the town features an extensive wooden interior

Maison du Chemin de L’Île, Nanterre, France, Archi5, France
A Community House project divided in three purposes: childhood activity centre, multi-use hall and a seniors activity home.

The Nkoranza Children’s Home, Nkoranza, Ghana, Article 25, United Kingdom
A simple construction using the areas raw materials, covering a 10 acre plot of land, surrounded by farmland for the children’s education

Whistler Public Library, Whistler, Canada, Hughes Condon Marler Architects, Canada
An ‘L’ shaped building located between the largest park in the area and a pedestrian promenade, shrubbery has been used to cover the roof

wNw Bar, Binh Duong, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, Vietnam
Wind and Water bar, built meet the demands of people struck by natural disasters, located in the centre of Thu Dau Mot

British Embassy Algiers, Slimane, Algeria, John McAslan & Partners, United Kingdom
Solar panels are situated on the roof; a series of curving parallel walls with an open courtyard, the building was designed to create an open relationship between Britain and Algeria

Juvenile Living Detention, Overloon, Netherlands, UArchitects, Netherlands
Previously a school, partly refurbished to become an open structure with extensive glass walls, situated parallel to the regional public road

Roy McMurtry Youth Centre, Toronto, Canada, Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects Inc, Canada
Previously a women’s prison, now a building to care for youth offenders, a 40 hectare site surrounded by agricultural fields

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, Evanston, USA, Ross Barney Architects, USA
Situated in a mature suburban neighbourhood, next to park and train station with a wooden exterior, a traditional square shape

National Ceremonial Plaza, Thimpu, Bhutan, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd, India
An addition to an ancient fortress monastery, a grand building composed of tiered wood carved balconies with capacity of 25,000 visitors


Mellat Park Cineplex, Tehran, Iran, Fluid Motion, Iran
Located in the municipal district of Tehran, contains 4 movie halls, the stacked rectangular blocks with glass walls

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, USA, Grimshaw, United Kingdom
Contains a concert hall and theatre, situated on a hill with one translucent wall, entrance at the highest level of the building accessed via steps
The O2 Dublin, Dublin 1, Ireland, Populous, United Kingdom
This rectangular building on the edge of the city has become a significant landmark on the river Liffe with a 9500 seat capacity

Arcelor Pavilion, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
Located in the Centenary Park and lying on an important axis of the city, currently used as an art gallery, consists of an extremely colourful exterior an set of outdoor spiral stairs

Kring (KumHo Culture Complex), Seoul, South Korea, Unsangdong Architects, South Korea
A square, urban culture building situated on a main road junction

Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, United Kingdom
Located within the Duke of York’s Headquarters building in Chelsea, it is one of the largest museums in the world devoted to showing contemporary art, with the key design concept in the new scheme being the tension between the traditional, wood panelled interiors and the spaces of the existing building and the new galleries

Studi-O Cahaya, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia, Mamastudio, Indonesia
A 3 story house of an art collector serving as a gallery, open to the public on occasion

Bishan Public Library, Singapore, Republic of Singapore, Look Architects PTE LTD, Republic of Singapore
A gently sloping ramp leads people from the street level up to the library, situated in a mixed use neighbourhood and consists of a glass wall with coloured ‘pods’ protruding off

Public Library Enric Miralles, Barcelona province of Palafolls, Spain, Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
A stone building, shaped like a loaf of bread with a vaulted ceiling

Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, Treusch Architecture, Austria
A large glass cube with a crystalline appearance which forms a unit with the existing AEC

Emilio Caraffa-Museum of Fine Arts, Córdoba, Argentina, Gramatica Sara/Morini Jorge/Pisani José/Urtubey Eduardo Architects & Lucio Morini Architects, Argentina
A renovated museum which annexes the former Physical Education Institute building (IPEF), and is part of a larger complex that includes the new Palacio Ferreyra Museum

Liliesleaf Legacy Project, Johannesburg, South Africa, Mashabane Rose & Associates, South Africa
Formerly the secret headquarters of the African National Congress’, it now comprises of a visitor centre and a resource centre

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa, Peter Rich Architects, South Africa
Sited at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, with rounded roofs and surfaced in local rubble in order to become part of the landscape

Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, ARM, Australia
1500 seat capacity, situated on a Southbank site with a ‘box inside a box’ structure

Wexford Opera House, Wexford, Ireland, Keith Williams Architects, United Kingdom
Redeveloped opera house featuring a 780 seat state-of-the-art auditorium specifically designed for opera

Zénith, Saint-Etienne, France, Foster & Partners, United Kingdom
The first purpose built state-of-the-art music venue for the Rhone-Alpes region of central southern France, the auditorium is designed to be highly flexible and can be configured for audiences ranging from 1,100 to 7,200 people

Music Theatre, Graz, Austria, UNStudio, Netherlands
A theatre based on a spring like structure, with the outermost layer of the façade consisting of a glittering mesh


Cellophane House, New York, USA, KieranTimberlake, USA
A five-story, off-site fabricated dwelling made of transparent and recyclable materials

Japanese Immigration Memorial, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associados, Brazil
A streamlined memorial with curved walls and a stunning bridge

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, South Warf, Australia, Woods Bagot, Australia
Conference centre located at a major bend in the Yarra River, with vast areas of floor and wall coverings and a dark sloping roof

Honda Big Wing, Bangkok, Thailand, VaSLab Architecture (VaSLab Co. Ltd), Thailand
Angular design housing the first big-bike center in Asia

Aviary, Geneva, Switzerland, Group8 Associated Architects, Switzerland
One aviary is for quarantine and another for rare native species, consists of a roof shape interacting with the crowns of surrounding trees and a tree-like structure supporting the reinforced concrete slab

Cages for macaws in the palm grove of Barcelona Zoo, Spain, Batlle & Roig Architects, Spain
A small garden made up of a wide collection of tropical bush vegetation, the cages consist of several leaning metal tubes that bend and close on the top

Petting Farm, Almere, Netherlands, 70F Architecture, Netherlands
A wooden petting farm


Kentish Town Health Centre, London, United Kingdom, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, United Kingdom.
Kentish Town Health Centre (KTHC) is a new multi coloured health building in central London, housing a large GP practice and a wide range of health facilities

Maggie’s Centre, London, United Kingdom, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, United Kingdom
Maggie’s Centre, in Charing Cross Hospital, London, offers support for people affected by cancer at any stage, and is built around mature landscaped gardens.

St Jozef Community Health Center, Deventer, Netherlands, One Architecture, Netherlands
Redesigned hospital complex around the original 1957 building, which forms one of the largest community health centres in the Netherlands

Teleton Tampico, Tampico, Mexico, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, Mexico
Centre for disabled children, which includes a six metre gallery where numerous brightly coloured rooms meet.

Assuta Medical Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Canada
International healthcare facility which connects the city to a park, with a two tone colour scheme and angular shape giving the 500,000 sq ft building an unusual appearance

Home for Handicapped Children, Trondheim, Norway, Fasting Arkitekter AS, Norway
Brick home for six severely handicapped children, featuring a curved pathway and playground, and designed to make the most of the low rising winter sun in Norway


7800 Cesme Residences & Hotel, Izmir, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects, Turkey
Five storey landscaped Hotel in Cesme, Turkey

Capella Resort, Sentosa Island, Republic of Singapore, Foster+Partners, United Kingdom
Six star hotel on a 12 hectare site, which appears to flow with the slopes of the island

Ivy, Sydney, Australia, Woods Bagot, Untied Kingdom
Sydney hotel featuring eighteen bars, nine restaurants, one of Sydney’s largest ballrooms, a sunken garden atrium, two Penthouse suites and a rooftop pool – designed across two adjoining sites in mid-town Sydney

Phoenix Island Villa Condo & Club House, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea, Samoo Architects & Engineers, South Korea
Large site including accommodation within extensive landscaped grounds

Yacht Club Villas at Elounda Beach, Crete, Greece, Davide Macullo Architetto. Switzerland
Sea front site on the Greek island of Crete, curved front creates the illusion of waves and the coastal landscape

Blow Up Hall 50 50, Poznan, Poland, Trablex 50/50 Project, Poland
Unusual hotel, with rooms that have no numbers where guests are given an iPhone which is paired with a particular room. Each iPhone allows a guest to detect a room and open their bedroom doors through IT recognition technology

Chrome, Kolkata, India, Sanjay Puri Architects, India
Boutique hotel, with windows shaped like portholes

Hotel on Ostrovskogo Square, St. Petersburg, Russia. Evgeny Gerasimov & Partners, Russia
Set in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, this hotel is designed in a traditional Italian style

Restaurant Tusen, Ramundberget, Sweden, Murman Arkitekter ab, Sweden
Restaurant built on the ski slopes near the Helags and Skars mountains with a birch log frontage

Banya ‘The Roof of the World’, Russia, Architectural Bureau of Belousov N.V, Russia
Timber Russian sauna with a transparent roof

Wellness Orhidelia, Podcetrtek, Slovenia, Enota, Slovenia
Situated in a thermal complex that has been a health centre since the 1970s, the jagged shape of the building and dark slate colour give it a volcanic appearance


Qian Liang Courtyard Transformation, Beijing, China, Red House China Ltd, China
A poor and tiny courtyard house in a famous traditional Beijing hutong, restored using old reclaimed wood, bricks and tiles from other demolished houses

Piracicaba, Piracicaba, Brazil, Isay Weinfeld, Brazil
A semi-subterranean family home

Safe House, Okrzeszyn, near Warsaw, Poland, KWK Promes, Poland
A secure cuboid safe house

House in Lumino, Ticino, Switzerland, Davide Macullo Architetto, Switzerland
A minimalist monolithic house situated in a Swiss Alpine village
Klein Bottle House, Rye, Australia, McBride Charles Ryan, Australia
Holiday home shaped like an origami Klein bottle

Paraty House, Paraty, Brazil, Studio MK27, Brazil
Concrete and cantilevered beach house, situated on a Brazilian island

Base Camp, Chewton, Australia, In Site, Australia
A climate responsive weekend house cut into the edge of the Great Dividing Range north west of Melbourne

Chen House, Sanjhih, Taiwan, C-Laboratory, Finland
A light flexible family home designed to react to the demanding wind, flood and heat conditions on an old cherry farm site

Elwood House, Melbourne, Australia, NMBW Architecture Studio, Australia
A reconfigured family home, which uses brick and timber to create a practical but private family home

Farm House, Gjøvik, Norway, Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL, Norway
Family home situated on abandoned farm constructed with reclaimed materials

Mending Wall, Mt Irvine, Australia, BVN Architecture, Denmark
Concrete block house nestled into the Blue Mountains near Sydney

Reading Nest, Denmark, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Denmark.
Measuring only 10 m2, Reading Nest is a small pre-manufactured structure that consist of one door, one window, one roof light, one bed, one shelf, and one table

Sliding House, Suffolk, United Kingdom, dRMM, United Kingdom
Timber and glass property featuring a 20 tonne moveable roof

Villa Metamorphosis, Saugerties, USA, Office of Ben Ryuki Miyagi, USA
Themed on Franz Kafka’s novel The Metamorphosis, based on the idea that a flat roofed modern house is transformed into a black house

Bothermore House, Kilkenny, Ireland, Boyd Cody Architects, Ireland
A rural dwelling featuring open ended external courtyards

Housing (Inc Mixed Use)

7800 Cesme Residences & Hotel, Izmir, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects, Turkey
Beachfront holiday units located on top of each other with large garden terraces on both sides

Barkli Plaza, Moscow, Russia, Sergey Skuratov Architects, Russia
Imposing angular development in Moscow, aimed at creating a modern city feel, without detracting from the cultural heritage of the city

Chips, Manchester, United Kingdom, Alsop Architects, United Kingdom
Quirky, bold and robust; ‘Chips’ forms the first major development for the Alsop-designed masterplan for New Islington in Manchester

Egenes Park, Stavanger, Norway, Onix, Netherlands
Egenes Park is a housing development with a child care centre in the stadium area of Stavanger, Norway

Bakraz Evleri, Mugla, Turkey, Koleksiyon Holding, Turkey
Designed as a small white stone resort settlement with terraces, gardens, and the beach, which pays respect to the heritage of Bodrum

Fornace Del Bersaglio, Faenza (Ravenna), Italy, Lelli & Associati Architettura, Italy
34 houses located in the hills near Faenza, designed on the site of a former pottery

Hutong Bubble 32, Beijing, China, MAD Architects, China
Radical redevelopment of the famous Hutong houses in the deprived neighbourhoods of Beijing, includes a stainless steel spherical staircase

Imola via Padovani Housing, Imola (Bologna), Italy, LELLI & ASSOCIATI ARCHITETTURA, Italy
36 apartment complex built in the old city of Imola, with blocks that are split into two buildings, divided by two long corridors

Residential Building ‘Parus’ (Sail), Moscow, Russia, ‘Mosproekt-4’, Russia
Imposing 24 floor development in the shape of a white sail

The Met, Bangkok, Thailand, WOHA, Republic of Singapore
This project investigates the opportunities for high-rise living in the tropics, exploring how aspects of low-rise tropical housing can be applied to create outdoor-indoor spaces in the sky, inspired by Thai forms – Thai tiles, textiles and timber panelling

Villa Shahr Residential Complex, Meygon, Iran, Bonsar Architectural Studio, Iran
Residential development, built over three pieces of land in this region, and including a series of connecting courtyards to reinforce community feeling while protecting privacy

MKB, Malmö, Sweden, Kim Utzon Architects, Denmark
The public housing project MKB Ankarspelat is situated on the harbour front of Malmo, Sweden with three dimensional grid of concrete beams and columns, from which the main structures are built

Sedgwick Street, London, United Kingdom, Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects, United Kingdom
2-46 Sedgwick Street is a 100% affordable, new build development comprising 55 residential units and 1188m2 of commercial space

Social Housing, Figueres, Spain, Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
Social housing complex of varying heights, featuring windows that protrude from the main structure, comprising 48 properties


Maggie’s Centre, London, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, United Kingdom
Maggie’s Centre, in Charing Cross Hospital, London, offers support for people affected by cancer at any stage, and is built around mature landscaped gardens.

The Adaptation Palettes: Regenerative Landscape Design, Tianjin, China, Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute), China
The park of twenty-two hectares in the northern coastal city of Tianjin, transforming a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park.
Vaguada de Las Llamas Park, Santander, Spain, Batlle & Roig Architects, Spain
An urban park that bridges the gap between two parts of the city that needed to be linked with staired-vegetable walls and including a suspended walkway

Water Treatment Park Het Lankheet, Haaksbergen, Netherlands, Strootman Landscape Architects, Netherlands
The climate in the Netherlands is changing, more rain falls in the winter and the summers are a lot drier, calling for creative solutions, resulting in Water Treatment Park Het Lankheet, a funactional and pleasant water garden, spread over 500 hectares

Mile-a-Minute-Alexandra Arch & Forest Walk, Singapore, Republic of Singapore, Look Architects PTE LTD, Republic of Singapore
Comprising a 1.6 kilometre elevated pedestrian walkway and a 80 metre long bridge over Alexander Road, Alexander Arch and Forest Walk has opened a portal to the treasury of natural heritage in Singapore

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand, Pacific Environments Architects NZ Ltd, New Zealand
A restaurant halfway up a tree, designed as ‘pod-form’ wrapped around the trunk of a tree, and capable of supporting 30 diners, using only contacts from the Yellow Pages


Nursery and Kindergarten, Kidricevo, Slovenia, Mojca Gregorski & Ajda Vogelnik Saje, Slovenia
New nursery and kindergarten designed to inter connect built and green spaces

Clapham Manor Primary School, London, United Kingdom, dRMM, United Kingdom
A colourful contemporary extension inspired by post-war system schools to create a bright and airy teaching space

Heart of School, Abiansemal, Badung, Indnoesia, Pt Bambu, Indonesia
An artisan thatched school that can seat 400 to 500 people and is one of the world’s largest bamboo buildings

Bjørnholt Upper Secondary School, Oslo, Norway, Narud-Stokke-Wiig AS Sivilarkitekter MNAL, Norway
A new school developed for 1,200 students in accordance with new ways of learning more accindled to higher education and university

Colégio S. Tomás, Lisbon, Portugal, Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos, Portugal
A new contemporary school, designed to encompass the Master Plan of Alto do Luminar in Lisbon to provide a flexible and urban space to meet both current and future requirements

Pond Meadow Special Needs School, Guildford, United Kingdom, DSDHA, United Kingdom
Development of a new special needs school designed to cater for and fit perfectly with the needs of children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties

Wilson School, Auckland, New Zealand, Opus Architecture, New Zealand
The first purpose-built special needs school in New Zealand, providing educational care for children with severe mental and physical disability, expressing a close relationship to its tranquil and natural surroundings

ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Phoenix, USA, Ehrlich Architects, USA
Part of the fabric of ASU’s engergising downtown campus, which features references to the First Amendment to the US Constitution throughout the building

Central Los Angeles Area High School for the Visual AND Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Austria
The flagship school for the LAUSD and part of the downtown Los Angeles cultural corridor together with existing noteworthy cultural buildings, providing a new landmark for the City and a point of identification for students

De Grey Court, York, United Kingdom, Rivington Street Studio, United Kingdom
An exciting and contemporary building providing specialist, executive, corporate, research, enterprise and general teaching and administration spaces for York St John University

George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, Kearns Mancini Architects Inc, Canada
Renovation and expansion of George Brown College Culinary School, featuring glass façade ‘kitchen labs’ showcasing students’ culinary skills to the street

New Biochemistry Building, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Hawkins Brown, United Kingdom
An innovative research based building for the Department of BioChemistry

NZi3 Innovation Institute, Christchurch, New Zealand, Warren and Mahoney, New Zealand
A new 2,300 sq m ICT innovation facility at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, to accommodate post-graduate researchers, staff, and private sector research personnel

The Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur, India, Morphogenesis, India
Designed as a low cost environmentally sensitive campus

University College KHBO – Campus Bruges, Sint Michiels – Bruges, Belgium, TV S.A.R. Multiprofessionele architectenvennootschap/Architektenburo De Vloed, Belgium
An inspiring study environment where the architectural concept encourages interaction between the inside and outside world

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavla, India, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt. Ltd, India
Established by the Executive Ship Management (ESM) Singapore to create a sophisticated, state-on-the-art, world class green campus to accommodate the full range or pre-sea and post-sea studies

New and Old

401 Wellington St, Toronto, Canada, Stantec Architecture Ltd, Canada
Formerly the home of the McGregor Sock Factory and listed as a heritage property, this brick and beam building developed in 1905 was adapted from a defunct manufacturing facility and given new life as a contemporary and green office space

Alpha Tomamu Towers, Japan, Klein Dytham Architecture, Japan
A need to re-clad these two 40-storey hotel towers presented a prime opportunity to develop a new seasonal colour scheme, utilising the principles of camouflage to help the building sit better within its natural surroundings

Vällingby City, Sweden, White Arkitekter AB, Sweden
Regeneration of one of Stockholm’s most innovative urban planning projects from the 1950s into a modern cultural business centre once again, where new architecture blends seamlessly with old. The commercial strip is now protected by an elevated glass canopy to provide protection from rain and snow

Docks de Paris – City of Fashion and Design, Paris, France, Jakob & MacFarlane, France
Developed at the turn of the Century as a depot for goods brought up the Seine by barge, a new external skin has enabled this long, thin building to be transformed into a City of Fashion and Design, with exhibition spaces, the French Fashion Institute, bookshops, cafes and a restaurant

Haworth Center, Holland, USA, Perkins & Will, USA
The reuse and extension of this newly adapted office space incorporates a 3-storey wood wall constructed of oak veneer which was reclaimed from the waters of the Great Lakes, having been submerged during logging in the 1800’s

Jings Residence, Ping Yao, China, Red House China Ltd, China
A boutique hotel in three Quing Dynasty houses which adopts a minimalist approach to emphasise the original beauty of the buildings

Myeongdong Theater, Seoul, South Korea, Samoo Architects & Engineers, South Korea
The rebirth of this 1930’s theatre, on the verge of demolition, has created a new cultural space and given the surrounding Myeongdong area new life as a centre for arts and culture

Rush Library, Dublin, Ireland, McCullough Mulvin Architects, Ireland
This deconsecrated church has been transformed into a library, and incorporates the carefully excavated walls of the 18th century chapel which formerly stood in its place

Sct. Nicolai Cultural Centre, Kolding, Denmark, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Denmark
This disused school complex has been transformed into a new cultural centre for the City of Kolding, and comprises five different houses, each with its own identity, including the Cinema House and Café, Heritage House, Children’s Culture House, Arts House and Music House.

Silliman College, Yale University, New Haven, USA, KieranTimberlake, USA
The comprehensive renovation and upgrade of Silliman College, the largest and last of Yale University’s ten original residential colleges, involved conservation across histories with
building structures spanning from the 1890’s through to 1940
Wintergarden at the Northern Club, Auckland, New Zealand, Fearon Hay Architects Ltd, New Zealand
In order to enlarge and diversify facilities for member organization, The Northern Club, the Wintergarden was created, a series of interior spaces and courtyards lightly enclosed to complement the ivy-covered masonry of the existing clubhouse

D.Diogo de Menezes Square, Cascais, Portugal, Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados, Portugal
This car park uses white concrete to stand out from the stonewall of the nearby Citadel fortress, whilst its homogenous and colour-free pattern creates a large, spacious arena for future events

Ivy, Sydney, Australia, Woods Bagot, United Kingdom
Sydney hotel featuring eighteen bars, nine restaurants, one of Sydney’s largest ballrooms, a sunken garden atrium, two Penthouse suites and a rooftop pool – designed across two adjoining sites in mid-town Sydney

TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, USA, Perkins Eastman, USA (Architect), Choi Ropiha, Australia (Concept Architect), William Fellows/ PKSB (Plaza Architect), Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners (Structural Engineer)
Dramatic red TKTS booth and redevelopment of Father Duffy Square in the iconic Times Square in New York

Office (Inc Mixed Use)

Unileverhaus, Hamburg, Germany, Behnisch Architekten, Germany
A dynamic new headquarters for the Unilever Germany Company providing an exciting and environmentally responsible office building for staff

Urbanhive, Seoul, South Korea, Archium, South Korea
Mass holed concreted building, creating an ‘urbanhive’ situated on one of the main streets in Seoul

Bendigo Bank Headquarters, Bendigo, Australia, BVN Architecture, Australia
New corporate headquarters designed to create a workplace to support the community values culture and aspirations of the Bank to house over 1,000 staff and encourage public interaction
Danilovsky Fort, Moscow, Russia, Sergey Skuratov Architects, Russia
Multifunctional business centre composed of three different vertically orientated volumes based on single story flat ground floor

Dogan Media Centre, Ankara, Turkey, Tabanlioglu Architects, Turkey
A simple glazed cube in response to an orthogonal site, this distinctive media centre houses Ankara studios of Dogan Media Group and its newspapers regional editorial offices, creating the basis of interaction between the brands of the group

Incubadora de Empresas, Guimarães, Portugal, Imago-Atelier de Arquitectura e Engenharia, Portugal
Building designated to house small and medium technological companies configured into pieces within a concrete external peel

Ironbank, Auckland, New Zealand, RTA Studio, New Zealand
9600 sq m commercial office building fragmented vertically to articulate the composition of stacked office spaces gathered into a socially sustainable working community

Mokuzai Kaikan, Shinkiba, Tokyo, Japan, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Japan
Project to relocate the Association of Wood Wholesalers in Tokyo with elements of an office constructed in a semi outdoor environment

Saxo Bank, Hellerup, Denmark, 3xN, Denmark
Office designed to create space for employees to connect with an expressive façade with its iconographic play on the “x” in the name of the bank

Serta International Center, Hoffman Estates, USA, Epstein | Metter Studio, USA
90,000 sq ft corporate headquarters for Serta Internaional Mattress Co. situated on the edge of a natural wetlands system with sweeping views of the natural landscape

Office Building Symbiosis of an Office Building and a Landscaped Garden, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, BOB361 Architecten, Belgium
VDAB office development anchored within the urban landscape on the corner of Noordlaan’Drie Koningenstraat achieving an open character and ’embracing design’

Tygverkstaden, Visby, Sweden, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
A multi-purpose building with workshops, offices and public facilities shared by two separate cultural institutions, the Swedish Travelling Exhibitions and The State Antiquarian Agency located around a courtyard

Portobello Dock, London, United Kingdom, Stiff & Trevillion, United Kingdom
A new contemporary mixed use six storey urban office development

Production, Energy and Recycling

Car Repair Factory, Japan, Future-scape Architects, Japan
Colourful, low cost factory, including a wall of glass which overlooks a busy road, which helps to bring the traffic from the busy city into the workspace

Serta International Center, Hoffman Estates, USA, Epstein | Metter Studio, USA
A 90,000 sq.ft. Corporate Headquarters for Serta International Mattress Co. The selected site borders a protected wetlands area, resulting in all work spaces having sweeping views of the natural landscape

Kotelnaya, Russia, Totan Kuzembaev Architectural Workshop, Russia
Pumping station, built from timber and including slats which allows foliage to grow through the exterior and over time gives and appearance of camouflage to the building

Bodegas Protos, Valladolid, Spain, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, United Kingdom
Modern take on a traditional winery, in a small village in Northern Spain. The winery is built underground, incorporating over 2 kilometres of underground tunnels and galleries

Shopping (Inc Mixed Use)

Municipal Market of Pinhal Novo, Portugal, Silva Dias Arquitectos, Portugal
Prominent municipal market, set in a large public square. The design features a central hall which leads onto a number of different spaces

Kruis Shopping Centre, St-Petersburg, Russia, ‘Vitruvius and Sons’, D.Melentyev (Project Architect), S.Padalko (Head of Bureau), O.Kosenko (Architect), Russia
Four floor shopping centre encased in a curved red structure

Star Place, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, UNStudio, Netherlands
Positioned at an urban plaza with a roundabout, the building occupies a triangular lot with an open and transparent glass façade

Triose, Lonavala, India, Sanjay Puri Architects, India
Food court in Lonvala where the entire frontage of the site along the main road overlooks large trees, a riverbed and hills. with natural light and ventilation from the rear housing over 100 cars

Havaianas, São Paulo, Brazil, Isay Weinfeld, Brazil
The iconic brand’s first dedicated store in Brazil. which mirrors the laid back approach of the flip flop manufacturer, a simple box design and oversized red logo form the shell of the building


Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, Florham Park, USA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, USA
New 27 acre campus housing a wide range training facilities including a two-storey building, fieldhouse, natural and artificial turf fields, sand and incline training structures, to meet all needs and schedules

Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Upi-2m, Croatia
Multifunctional hall with a grandstand capable of being divided into smaller, mutually independent special zones that can be used separately inside the hall shell

Berry Sports Hall, Berry, Australia, Allen Jack & Cottier, Australia
Recreational hall, predominantly enjoyed by children, within an established mature landscaped garden with a simple shape and form, similar in appearance to an agricultural farm shed

City Sports Hall, Varazdin, Croatia, AG Planum, Croatia
The hall has 3 levels – for athletes, visitors and office workers and is located next to the Drava River, with design in keeping with the silence and horizontal nature of the river to complement the natural landscape
Multipurpose Sports Hall Zatika, Porec, Croatia, Faculty of Architecture, Zagreb, Croatia
First building in the new sport zone of the town, representing both the ancient and baroque architecture of the town, with a minimalist design approach both in materials and monochromatic plants in the surrounds

Wimbledon Centre Court Redevelopment, London, United Kingdom, Populous, United Kingdom
A redevelopment of the World-renowned Centre Court at Wimbledon, including a new retractable roof unveiled at the 2009 championship and upgrading of the south-eastern, northern and eastern wings with the installation of new wider seats


Bridge in Shanghai, Qingpu District, China, CA-GROUP, China
This bridge over water, composed by references to Chinese tradition and the physical condition of the surroundings, spans 50 meters in length

Spencer Dock Bridge, Ireland, Amanda Levete Architects, United Kingdom
This sculpturally formed bridge, spanning 40 meters across the Royal Canal in Ireland, will take trams, traffic and pedestrians. The proportions of the bridge are unusual and provided an opportunity to consider the structure as a piece of landscape design

Suspended Float- Cycle Bridge, City of Amstetten, Austria, Arch-More, Austria
This cycle and pedestrian bridge, over the River Yibbs in the city of Amstetten, spans more than 80 meters in length and is constructed from steel frames and cable

Beijing South Station, Beijing, China, Farrells, United Kingdom
Beijing South Station is a fully integrated multimodal transportation hub that serves as a gateway to the city and a vital link in China’s new highspeed intercity network. The station creates a generous contribution to the public realm whilst enhancing the civic character of the area

Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit, Singapore, WOHA, Republic of Singapore
Bras Basah MRT station is an underground train station in the heart of the historic Civic District in Singapore, designed to be sympathetic to the surroundings – a historic and park location

Structural Design

The Yellow Building, London, United Kingdom, Adams Kara Taylor, United Kingdom
Monsoon and Accessorize’s flagship headquarter building

18m All-Glass Walkway, London, United Kingdom, Malishev Wilson Engineers, United Kingdom
18m all glass walkway at a prestigious new office building in the City of London – 150 Cheapside

Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Upi-2m, Croatia
Multifunctional indoor hall

Bamboo Wings, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, Vietnam
A bamboo culture centre with the roof constructed in the shape of bird wings

Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, Canada, Fast & Epp Structural Engineers, Canada
A Venue City that will host the long-track speed skating events during the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010

wNw Bar, Binh Duong, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, Vietnam
Designed and made from low cost materials, wNw bar is a structural bamboo arch system with 10m in height, spanning 15m in length

Heart of School, Abiansemal, Badung, Indonesia, Pt Banbu, Indonesia
An artisan thatched school that can seat 400 to 500 people and is one of the world’s largest bamboo buildings

Mode-Gauken Spiral Towers, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Japan, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Japan
Three towers intertwined, which house the computer and animation, fashion and medical schools at Mode-Guakin

Interiors and Fit Out

Las Piedras Fasano Hotel Bar, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Isay Weinfeld, Brazil
Hotel resort with units conceived and distributed as isolated modules ‘naturally landed’ on the terrain so not to interfere with the dramatic landscape

wNw Bar, Binh Duong, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, Vietnam
A bamboo cultural centre for residents of the Mekong Delta region helping residents to learn how to make temporary high speed constructions

wNw Café, Binh Duong, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, Vietnam
Café situated in the busy Binh Duong city using bamboo and other local material to open out space to provide a comfortable, friendly and natural environment

Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, Singapore, Republic of Singapore, WOHA, Republic of Singapore
Design and fit-out of at Fusionopolis of Genexis Theatre as a theatre with all necessary front and back of house facilities to form a social and cultural meeting point where technology and art join together

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Stage Design, Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
The scenography and stage design for Merce Cunningham’s newest dance show – Nearly Ninety – a mobile structure which allows four different vantage points that frame the four movements into which the choreography is divided

Scenography for an Exhibition by Isabel Coixet, Spain, Miralles Tagliabue Embt, Spain
Scenography designs for the exhibition and performance FROM I to J, a homage from film director Isabel Coixet to John Berger, accompanied by music and sound

The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Farrells, United Kingdom
Redesign of Grade II listed building to create new public space and museum, bringing together the Northeast’s premier collection of archaeology, natural history and geology and improving circulation and access

Acibadem Maslak Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, Acibadem Project Management, Turkey
Facing the forest on the edge of the city which uses the microscopic view of epithelium tissue, which is a crystallised net, as the base for the conceptual interior design in patient floors

Chrome, Kolkata, India, Sanjay Puri Architects, India
63 room boutique hotel featuring punctuated houses and public areas and using forms, colours, textures, materials and lighting to create a hotel that is not just a place to stay in temporarily, but a series of spaces that evoke different experiences

Hotel the Vine, Funchal, Portugal, Atelier Nini Andrade Silva, Portugal
Hotel designed around the natural, cultural and historic elements of Madeira with each floor associated with a season, representing the different shadings of grapes during spring, summer, autumn and winter

Challenger Workplace, Sydney, BVN Architecture, Australia
Renovation of 1960s building into the Challenger Workplace for 600 staff, bringing together three separate businesses into one new location in the refurbished office space in the Hilton Hotel Building

Geo-Flash Shopping Center, Beijing, China, Red House China Ltd, China
Interior fit-out creating a waving curtain wall in golden to silver graduation using mosaics covering all floors and walls

Alberta Ferretti, Los Angeles, USA, Sybarite, United Kingdom
New flagship fashion store in Los Angeles for Alberta Ferretti to provide a sophisticated and simple palette to form the backdrop for the collection featuring a bespoke magnetic display system

Bodil Binner Goldsmith Shop and Studio, Copenhagen, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Denmark
Design of new shop interior for goldsmith Bodil Binner, creating visual links between the manufacturing and exhibition of Bodil Binner’s contemporary jewellery so that customers can observe the creative processes behind the making of every piece

Corian Super-Surfaces Showroom, Milano, Italy, Amanda Levete Architects, United Kingdom
Created for the Milan Design Week 2009 to demonstrate Corian® Super Surfaces material for multiple contexts
Livraria da Villa (Cidade Jardim), São Paulo, Brazil, Isay Weinfeld, Brazil

Developed to enhance products and merchandising to allow customers to comfortably experience products and features pivoting window-shelf-doors

Location: Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Architecture Awards

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WAF Awards Shortlist 2009 Part 2

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WAF Awards 2008 : 2008

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