World Architecture Festival 2017 was held recently in Berlin, Germany from 15 to 17th November. This annual festival contains events for the architecture industry and one of the main highlights of the festival is the awards presentation. The festival honors architectural projects across the world in various categories and will select a project to be declared World Building of the Year. Here below is the full list of winners for this year’s World Architecture Festival:
Civic and Community – Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines (Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin)
Display – The Smile, London, United Kingdom (Alison Brooks Architects)
Housing – Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Marc Koehler Architects)
This housing project receives this year’s newly created award; Director’s Special Award.
A new co-housing concept that aims to create a global network of local building co-operatives, judges said the concept is “a game changer – a replicable and transferable model which could extend in terms of scale.”
Culture – The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (Heneghan Peng Architects)
House – Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
New and Old – Post earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
This project is also the winner for World Building Of The Year.
The project was initiated in response to the catastrophic Ludian earthquake in 2014, which destroyed most of the traditional rammed-earth buildings in the village of Guangming. When replacement materials such as brick and concrete proved to be too costly for most of the village’s residents, the architect team developed a new technique of constructing rammed-earth homes that will be more resistant to future seismic activity.
A prototype house built for an elderly couple was completed last year, proving the method could provide a safe, economical, comfortable, and sustainable reconstruction strategy for the village and the wider region of Southwest China.
The judges believed this to be an extraordinary project in terms of the scope of ambition, exemplified in the addressing of profound problems facing ordinary people. They applauded the re-use of traditional material and construction methods but with the addition of new technology – combining ancient wisdom with modern know-how.
The judges were also impressed by the iterative research process which could be re-applied to anywhere in the world affected by seismic problems and low levels of wealth. “The architects succeeded in translating ‘four walls and a roof’ into something which, through architectural commitment, becomes a project that is much more profound,” WAF Programme Director Paul Finch commented. “This building is a demonstration that architecture is just as relevant in the poorest of communities as it is in the richest.”
I am delighted that the juries decided to go for architecture that is really useful and resistant rather than picking those fancy designs. This is a fresh direction.
Office – Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan (Nikken Sekkei)
Production, Energy and Recycling – The Farm of 38 – 30, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey (Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects)
School – East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Sydney, Australia (Andrew Burges Architects)
Sport – US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, United States of America (HKS)
Health – Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa (Ntsika Architects)
Higher Education and Research – Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark (CF Moller Architects)
Hotel and Leisure – Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Cong Sinh Architects)
Mixed Use – Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)
Religion – Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom (Waugh Thistleton Architects)
Shopping – Victoria Gate, Leeds, United Kingdom (ACME)
Transport – Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany (Gruntuch Errnst Architects)
Villa – Bach With Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand (Irving Smith Architects)
Leisure-led Development – Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey (Tabanlioglu Architects)
Competition Entries – New Cyprus Archaeological Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus (Pilbrow & Partners)
Health – Desa Semesta, Bogor, Indonesia (Magi Design Studio)
Experimental – Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design)
Office – Viettel Offsite Studio, Hanoi, Vietnam (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)
Civic – Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex, Karachi, Pakistan (edgeARCH)
Infrastructure – The Bridge, Ras, India (Sanjay Puri Architects)
Commercial Mixed Use – Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom (WilkinsonEyre)
Education – Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios + SHATOTTO Architecture)
Culture – Kulturkorgen – A Basket Full Of Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden (Sweco Architects)
House – Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand (Monk Mackenzie Architects)
Masterplanning – Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia (Allen Jack + Cottier Architects)
Residential – Goksu Residences, Istanbul, Turkey (EAA Emre Arolat Architecture)
My country, Malaysia did have few projects that were able to make it to the finalists. However, none of them succeeds to be listed as winner. It shows that there are a lot to do to improve the architectural field in Malaysia.
(Images and information in this post are from Archdaily)