World Architecture Festival 2013, from October 2 – 4 in Singapore.

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the architecture industry. It was first held in 2008 as a “festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe.” In the first four years the festival was held in Barcelona and since 2012 in Singapore. Several hundred projects entered in the competition for the awards and more than 200 of these are shortlisted for live presentation at the festival. All the presentations of the entries are collected in the World Buildings Directory. This year, the festival was held at Marina Bay sands, a very iconic destination in Singapore from October 2 – 4, 2013.


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“From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award” – Paul Finch, Director of the WAF.

The winners in respective categories had been announced:

Buildings Category Winners:

House – The Left-Over-Space House (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance


Housing – 28th Street Apartments (USA), Koning Eizenberg Architecture


Office – Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway) A-Lab


Higher Education and Research – University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects


Display – The Blue Planet (Denmark), 3XN


Religion – Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey), EAA – Emre Arolat Architects


Schools – Fontys Sports College (Netherlands) Mecanoo International


Shopping – Emporia (Sweden), Wingardh Arkitektkontor


Civic and Community – Women’s Opportunity Centre (Rwanda), Sharon Davis Design


Villa – Namly House (Singapore), CHANG Architects


Health – Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower (Chicago), Perkins+Will


Production, Energy and Recycling – A Simple Factory Building (Singapore), Pencil Office


Hotel and Leisure – Citizen M London Bankside (UK), Concrete


Sport – Splashpoint Leisure Centre (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects


New and Old – Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky (Austria), Baar-Baarenfels Architekten


Transport – Sydney Cruise Terminal (Australia), Johnson Pilton Walker Architects


Culture – Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

(This building took the award of World Building By The Year, hence claiming the overall title.)


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Since this project stands out among all the other winning works, it deserves another image;


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Future Projects Winners:

Health – New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) AGi Architects


House – Meditation House (Lebanon), MZ Architects


Commercial Mixed Use – New Office in Central London (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Office – Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey), Tabanlioglu Architects


Leisure-Led Development – Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore), Singapore Sports Hub Design Team (DP Architects and Arup associates)


Masterplanning – Earls Court Masterplan (UK) Farrells


Infrastructure – Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects


Education – The Urban School In Elsinore (Denmark), EFFEKT, Rubow


Competition Entries – National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Rayner Architects

Cultural – National Maritime Museum of China (China), by Cox Rayner Architects


Residential – Siamese Blossom (Thailand), Somdoon Architects Ltd


Experimental – White Collar Factory (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Hah…a lot of stunning architectural images to please your eyes. For full article, kindly refer to the following source: , which explains on each winning projects in detail.

None of a design project in my country, Malaysia managed to win at least a single category in this 2013 World Architecture Festival. This shows that the country is lacking in ‘architectural development and creativity’. From its inception in 2008 till now, there appears to have almost no Malaysian presence in the festival at all except that the hosting nation is near to my country (jSingapore just situated below Malaysia), and that one of the key judges for this year’s awards selection is Ken Yeang, a Malaysian architect known to be the “world’s leading green skyscraper architect”.

Now I wish I could be part of this festival in near future!

(All images in this post that are not accompanied with direct referencing are from the following source:


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