• World Architecture Festival Reveals 2018 Awards Shortlist

    3 July 2018

    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
    • USA

    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.

    ©Dianna Snape – Australia

    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.

    ©Fernando Guerra – Brazil

    More Top News
    Quality Building Award 2018 Results Released
    (18 June 2018, Hong Kong) The Quality Building Award 2018 (QBA 2018) results have now officially been announced at the QBA 2018 Award Presentation Ceremony, held at the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.QBA was co-founded in 2002 by nine of Hong Kong’s leading property sector institutions and has been jointly organized on a biennial basis since. It has become established as the most [...]
    Changi Airport Terminal 4: A Destination to Experience
    Benoy prides itself on design solutions that are culturally relevant, human-centric and sustainable. The global firm’s primary involvement in the architecture, interior and wayfinding design for Singapore’s new 225,000m² Terminal 4 (T4) at Changi Airport is no different. For the now Dubai-based Neil Kee, Director, who has been engaged in the project since the design process started in [...]
    Retail Asia Expo 2018
      (5 June 2018, Hong Kong) Innovation is transforming the retail industry, and when it comes to their purchases, customers have become more connected and tech-savvy than ever!   In response, Retail Asia Expo is returning from 12 – 14 June 2018 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to help you tackle this fast changing industry. The expo will showcase the latest retail [...]
    E-Commerce Will Change Hong Kong’s Retail Landscape
    (14 May 2018, Hong Kong) The rise of e-commerce is expecting to post significant growth and disrupt the local retail market in next few years. Mum and pop shops, regional and smaller shopping centres are expected to face the direct competition of e-commerce. In order to survive in a fiercely competitive market, landlords and retailers have to embrace new technologies, new tools as well as new [...]
    Architecture Right Now in China. Join us with Build4Asia, 10 May at HKCEC
    Hong Kong’s well-known architecture and construction publication – PRC Magazine is hosting the 4th bi-annual Architecture Forum and networking event at Build4Asia. Speakers will share their insights into industry’s current issues and will join a Panel Discussion after each of the speakers has addressed the Forum. Published to contribute to the dialogue and sharing of ideas in the [...]
    Hong Kong’s most exceptional property industry professionals honoured at RICS Awards HK 2018
    (Hong Kong, 25 March 2018) The annual RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards, Hong Kong recognised the region’s most successful real estate teams and developments in the property sector. Companies and individuals received 36 awards at the seventh annual RICS dinner and presentation ceremony. (按此浏览简体中文版) 2018 marks the 150th anniversary for RICS. The annual [...]
    Finalists Announced for Quality Building Award 2018
    (3 February 2018, Hong Kong) Quality Building Award 2018 (QBA) announces 22 finalists across a range of categories recognising Hong Kong’s high-quality buildings. The finalists will present their projects to the QBA jury panel on 16-17 March 2018 at Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Winners will be announced at the QBA 2018 Award Presentation Ceremony on [...]
    NZ Sotheby’s Realty to Auction Cavalli Beach House Retreat
    For Sale by Auction (if not sold prior),  2pm Thursday 22nd February 2018 Sotheby’s Offices: 295 Parnell Road, Auckland Rarely offered waterfront duo of houses on one title in picturesque Rapaki Bay. Easily accessed, just 40 minute drive north of Kerikeri. A secure electronic gated entry leads you to secluded Rapaki Bay where a safe swimming and boating beach is shared by only [...]
    A Quarter of a Century of Meticulous Craftsmanship
    Plan In are a professional interiors and contracting company driven by obsessive quality control, a focus on the heights of luxury and a desire to raise standards across the board. And, until now, they’ve largely flown under the radar. Plan In Interiors and Contracting are an anomaly in a market where haste and cost are often valued above craft and quality. Over the course of 25 years, Plan [...]