• World Architecture Festival 2023 – Day Two Winners of International Architectural Awards Announced

    1 December 2023

    The second round of award winners of the 2023 World Architecture Festival have been announced, following Day Two of live presentations at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, in which hundreds of shortlisted projects were presented by practices from around the world. Amongst today’s category award winners of the world’s largest international live-judged architectural event there were six projects from Australia and four projects each from Iran and the United Kingdom.

    Category Award Winners: COMPLETED BUILDINGS

    Health: Victorian Heart Hospital by Conrad Gargett (now merged with Architectus) + Wardle in Australia

    • Tergooi MC by Wiegerinck in the Netherlands was also highly commended in the Health category

    Religion: Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

    • New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects in the United Kingdom was also highly commended in the Religion category     

    Higher Education & Research: Boola Katitjin by Lyons with Silver Thomas Hanley, Officer Woods, The Fulcrum Agency and Aspect Studios in Australia

    • John A. Paulson Center by Davis Brody Bond, KieranTimberlake in the United States was also highly commended in the Higher Education & Research category   

    Hotel & Leisure, sponsored by GROHE: Lanserhof Sylt by ingenhoven associates GmbH in Germany

    • Kilyawan Farm Resort by Dominic Galicia Architects in the Philippines and Iron Creek Bay Farm Stay by Misho + Associates in Australia were also highly commended in the Hotel & Leisure category

    Mixed-Use: Battersea Power Station Phase Two by WilkinsonEyre in United Kingdom

    • Regeneration Project of Shougang Oxygen Factory Southern Area by CCTN Design in China was also highly commended in the Mixed-Use category

    Retrofit: Vast Gallery & Artist Residency by Persian Garden Studio in Iran

    • Ombú by Foster + Partners in Spain was also highly commended in the Retrofit category

    Shopping: Shanghai Suhe MixC World by Kokaistudios in China

    • Namak Abroud Plaza by FMZD + MARZ in Iran and LIANGZHU BIRLAND by QINGMO Architects in China were also highly commended in the Shopping category

    Transport: Elizabeth Line by Grimshaw in the United Kingdom

    The judges of the Completed Buildings categories reflected on the considered and beautiful articulation of this year’s projects. Overall, they were impressed with the timeless quality, spatial composition and technical resolutions.

    Judges felt that many of the winning projects were city-changing with thoughtful responses to historical elements including preservation of found architecture, retrofitting and change of use – all making a significant contribution to their locales.

    Category Award Winners: FUTURE PROJECTS

    Commercial Mixed-Use: Belgrove House by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in the United Kingdom

    • Albert Bridge House by Studio Egret West in the United Kingdom and Lighthouse at Darling Park by Henning Larsen, Architectus in Australia were also highly commended in the Commercial Mixed-Use category

    Culture: Osaka Pavilion by StudioMK27 in Japan

    • Glenbow Revitalization by DIALOG in Canada and Al Ain Museum by Dabbagh Architects in United Arab Emirates were also highly commended in the Culture category

    Education: Resource Recovery Learning Centre by TERROIR in Australia

    • The Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation by Grafton Architects with modus studio in United States was also highly commended in the Education category

    Experimental: The Probiotic Tower, Cairo by Design and More International in Egypt

    • HydroSKIN: Façade for Urban Rainwater Retention and Evaporative Cooling by University of Stuttgart in Germany was also highly commended in the Experimental category

    Health: Alexandria Health Centre by Warren and Mahoney in Australia

    House: DIGGING FOR LIGHT (Ganats villa) by Kalbod Studio in Iran

    • Nefaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design in Iran was also highly commended in the House category

    Residential: Kuzeh Valley by FMZD in Iran

    Discussing the Future Projects, judges praised the experimental and holistic approach to tomorrow’s environment.  This year’s category winners resonated with the jury for their rethinking of architectural approaches, including design and material, to give new meaning to architecture in the modern world. Projects addressed either urgent sustainability challenges, becoming new ‘pedagogical instruments’ and sensitively embedding into the fabric of existing communities.

    Category Award Winners: INSIDE – for best Interior 

    Bars & Restaurants: Sage by Office AIO in China

    Education: Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University by KPMB Architects in the United States

    Public Buildings: V&A Photography Centre by Gibson Thornley Architects in United Kingdom

    Residential (Housing, more than one dwelling), sponsored by Miele: Residence with art museum & depot U40 by TRIMONIS architects in Lithuania

    Residential (Single Dwelling): 19 Waterloo Street by SJB in Australia

    Retail: Bijou Shop in Tehran Grand Bazaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design in Iran

    • Presented by Riyadh by External Reference Architects in Saudi Arabia was also highly commended in the Retail category

    Temporary/Meanwhile Use: Eucalyptusdom by SJB in collaboration with Richard Leplastrier AO and Vania Contreras in Australia

    The judges were impressed by the quality of the presentations across the Inside category winners and highlighted the exemplar qualities of projects for creating ‘magic experiences’ and ‘using local material in a poetic way’. Judges felt that each winning studio had immaculate responses that fulfilled the client’s brief while ensuring consideration of the wider impact on society and the environment.

    World Architecture Festival Day Three

    Tomorrow, on the final day of the festival, prize winners across all 44 categories winners announced so far will compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, World Interior of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year.
    All the overall winners will be announced at a grand finale Gala Dinner at Marina Bay Sands along with a host of Special Prizes, including the International Building Beauty Prize, on December 1st.
    For more details on the 2023 World Architecture Festival and the Inside Festival of Interiors please visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com and www.insidefestival.com @worldarchfest #INSIDE23 #WAF23


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