WAF Awards (World Architecture Festival)

Global Festival


Attracting large numbers of people, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) is perhaps the largest event of global architecture. It was held for the first time in Barcelona in 2008, and since then, with the rather general objective of “celebrating and sharing architectural excellence,” it has brought hundreds of architects together for three days every year, and given out awards in profusion, through categories that range from small projects to landscape through hotels, health, the house, the office, transport, shopping, religion, and many more. This time, like the last time, the festival took place at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, and 34 awards were announced, headed by the World Building of the Year and the Future Project of the Year. The former was won by The Interlace residential complex in Singapore, a work of OMA and Ole Scheeren (see Arquitectura Viva 180); the latter, by the Vancouver House in Canada, designed by the firm BIG. As for some of the rest, Landscape of the Year went to Yanweizhou Park in China, by Turenscape International; the Small Project Prize, to the Lidingövallen Small Football Stadium in Sweden, by Dinell Johansson; and the prize for Exterior Architecture, to the Ons Incek showroom and sales offices in Turkey, by Yazgan Design Architecture. We should also mention the Sport Architecture Building of the Year award, won by a Spanish work, Athletic Club’s new San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, by ACXT / Idom (see Arquitectura Viva 185).

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