world architecture festival announces 2017 awards shortlist

world architecture festival announces 2017 awards shortlist

this year, the world architecture festival will celebrate its 10th edition with the 2017 awards program receiving more entries than ever before. the awards shortlist is a truly international collection that ranges from floating student accommodation in copenhagen, to a futuristic pharmacy in japan. the diverse list includes architectural practices from more than 50 different nations and projects from 68 countries.

world architecture festival 2017
urban rigger student housing by BIG / see designboom’s full article on the project here
image © urban rigger



all types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 434-strong shortlist, ranging from small family homes, to schools, museums, and large infrastructure and landscape projects. this year’s world architecture festival nominees include some of the field’s biggest names with zaha hadid architects, BIG, neri & hu, allford hall monaghan morris, AL_A, nikken sekkei, rafael vinoly architects, grimshaw, and heatherwick studio all featured.

world architecture festival 2017
suzhou chapel by neri & hu / see designboom’s full article on the project here
image © pedro pegenaute



‘this year’s shortlist has a hugely diverse geographic range,’ says paul finch, WAF program director. ‘the use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques. colorful architecture makes a strong showing and many of the smaller projects we have shortlisted will punch above their weight. we look forward to welcoming shortlisted architects to our tenth edition in berlin this november.

world architecture festival 2017
binh house by VTN architects / see designboom’s full article on the project here
image © hiroyuki oki



presentations of shortlisted designs will be made to more than 100 international judges. the 2017 completed buildings ‘super jury’ which will decide the best of 18 category winners, will be headed by robert ivy, chief executive officer of the american institute of architects and former editor of architectural record; nathalie de vries, director & co-founder of dutch practice MVRDV; ian ritchie, founder of london-based ian ritchie architects; christoph ingenhoven, founder of german practice ingenhoven architects; and wong mun summ, founder director of singapore practice WOHA.


see the shortlist in full here.

world architecture festival 2017
MAAT museum by AL_A / see designboom’s full article on the project here

world architecture festival 2017
pharmacy by KTX archiLAB / see designboom’s full article on the project here
image © KTX archiLA

world architecture festival 2017
port house by zaha hadid architects / see designboom’s full article on the project here
image © hufton + crow



world architecture festival (WAF) is the largest, annual, international, live architectural event. it includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries. WAF is a three-day event for architects and interior design professionals to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired. the 2017 world architecture festival comprises 5 key elements: the WAF awards; a thematic conference programme; an exhibition of award entries; sponsor and exhibitor stands; a series of networking/social events, as well as WAF fringe activities. INSIDE world festival of interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme.






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