World Architecture Festival (WAF) Announces the 2022  Special Shortlist

World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the 2022 Special Prize shortlist ahead of this year’s festival, set to take place in Lisbon from 30 November - 2 December. The projects shortlisted for the Special Prizes have been selected from across the greater WAF Awards shortlist in order to shine a light on submissions that exhibit an outstanding use of Engineering, Colour, Natural Light, and Certified Timber, as well as the best Small Project of the Year Prize. This year sees two inaugural new prizes: The Futureglass Prize, supported by Aestech and The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust International Building Beauty Prize, supported by Ballymore.

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The Futureglass Prize, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV, Photo credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

Best Use of Colour Prize

The Best Use of Colour Prize celebrates the creative use of colour in architecture, both inside and out. The eight finalists for the Prize employ bright and bold colours innovatively to catch the eye, to provide a wayfinding tool, or to create joyful spaces for its users. The shortlisted projects are:

  • HONG NGOC PHUC TRUONG MINH GENERAL HOSPITAL by MPN + PARTNERS
  • Holland Casino Venlo by MVSA BV
  • Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Entrepreneurship zone by HONGKONG HUAYI DESIGN CONSULTANTS (S.Z) LTD.
  • The Docks by MEIXNER SCHLÜTER WENDT
  • Harvard University District Energy Facility by Leers Weinzapfel Associates with RMF Engineering (MEP) and Thornton Tomasetti (Structural)
  • SASIPAWAN WISDOM CENTER by Architects 49 Limited
  • John Lewis Elementary School by Perkins Eastman DC
  • Meadowbank Schools by WOODS BAGOT
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Best Use of Colour Prize, Holland Casino Venlo by MVSA Architects, Photo credit: Corné Clemens

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Best Use of Colour Prize, HONG NGOC PHUC TRUONG MINH GENERAL HOSPITAL by MPN + PARTNERS, Photo credit: MF Pictures

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Best Use of Colour Prize, Meadowbank Schools by Woods Bagot, Photo credit: Trevor Mein

Best Use of Natural Light Prize, supported by VELUX

The Best Use of Natural Light Prize, supported by VELUX, recognizes the best use of natural light in completed buildings, in particular to enhance human well-being, performance, and joy. The eight projects shortlisted for this Prize are all public and semi-public spaces, designed to maximize natural daylight in order to engage with their surroundings and to create dynamic spaces for their visitors. The shortlisted projects are:

  • Sara Culture Centre by White Arkitekter AB
  • University of Warwick Faculty of Arts by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Jakoba Mulderhuis by Powerhouse Company
  • Dobra 55: The Modern Languages and Applied Linguisticsbuilding by Kuryłowicz & Associates
  • Pingtan Children Library by Condition_Lab
  • Paddington Elizabeth Line station by Weston Williamson + Partners
  • Agrotopia by van Bergen Kolpa architects + META architectuurbureau
  • Dining Space at DevaDhare by Play Architecture
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Best Use of Natural Light, Dining Space at DevaDhare by Play Architecture, Photo credit: Bharath Ramamrutham, GRAF Media

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Best Use of Natural Light, Pingtan Children Library by Condition_Lab, Photo credit: Sai Zhao

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Best Use of Natural Light, Sara Culture Centre by White Arkitekter AB, Photo credit: Jonas Westling

The Futureglass Prize, supported by Aestech

Including both completed and future projects, The Futureglass Prize, supported by Aestech, is awarded to the project that best demonstrates new ways in which glass and glass technology can be deployed. The finalists for the inaugural Prize range from chameleonic glass-paneled buildings to innovative glass interventions in existing structures, showcasing the breadth of how glass and glass technology can be used in new and inventive ways. The shortlisted projects are:

  • Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV
  • Australia 108 by Fender Katsalidis
  • The Burrell Collection by John McAslan + Partners
  • Biodome Science Museum by KANVA
  • Heper Lighting Factory by Yazgan Design Architecture
  • A2A Headquarters by ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
  • Core Wynwood by Perkins&Will
  • 14A Konstitucijos Avenue by RSHP
  • Agrotopia by van Bergen Kolpa architects + META architectuurbureau
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The Futureglass Prize, 14A Konstitucijos Ave by RSHP, Photo credit: Plomp

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The Futureglass Prize, Biodome Science Museum by KANVA, Photo credit: Marc Cramer

Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

This Prize is supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). A special jury, which includes a PEFC representative, has identified entries which have used certified timber in an innovative, educational, or artistic manner. The eight finalists for the Timber Prize represent a mix of the world’s largest timber buildings and smaller structures that reflect local culture through the use of traditional materials, both embracing how wood can be used to push the envelope of modern construction. The shortlisted projects are:

  • Sara Culture Centre by White Arkitekter AB
  • The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan
  • Paseo Mallorca 15 by OHLAB
  • HAUT Amsterdam by Team V Architecture
  • EDGE Suedkreuz Berlin by TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten
  • Eric Tweedale Stadium by dwp | design worldwide partnership
  • Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront by LUO studio
  • Växjö train station and town hall by Sweco Architects 
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Best Use of Certified Timber, Paseo Mallorca 15 by OHLAB, Photo credit: José Hevia

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Best Use of Certified Timber, The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan, Photo credit: Hufton + Crow

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Best Use of Certified Timber, Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront by LUO studio, Photo credit: Jin Weiqi

Small Project of the Year Prize

The Small Project of the Year Prize is awarded to the best-completed project that is small for its type. These finalist projects represent the ingenuity and craftsmanship of architects designing within restricted parameters.  The Prize celebrates projects small in scale but big on innovation. The shortlisted projects are:

  • Denis Goldberg House of Hope by noero architects
  • Ravenscar House by Patterson Associates
  • The Moving Kitchen by JC Architecture
  • Palanga Goat Shelter by Erginoglu & Calislar Architects
  • The Chamber Church by Büro Ziyu Zhuang
  • Yao-Fang-Men Park Church by SUYI and W2 Architects
  • Kings Langley Cricket Club and Amenities by Eoghan Lewis Architects
  • Dining Space at DevaDhare by Play Architecture
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Small Project, Palanga Goat Shelter by Erginoglu & Calislar Architects, Photo credit: Hasan Çalışlar, PAAF, Metin Çavuş, Dilara Demiralp, Aram Tufan

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Small Project, The Chamber Church by Büro Ziyu Zhuang, Photo credit: Shengliang Su

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Small Project, Yao-Fang-Men Park Church by SUYI and W2 Architects, Photo credit: Chao Shen

Engineering Prize

The esteemed Engineering Prize is awarded by a specialist jury to a project that marries great architecture and engineering to push the envelope in building design. The nine finalist projects showcase the most striking, unique, and sophisticated structures, whose complex engineering enhance the user experience and provide sustainable solutions in an ambitious way. The shortlisted projects are:

  • Expo 2020 Thematic Districts by Hopkins Architects
  • The St. Regis Chicago by Studio Gang
  • Orange Village – Headquarters by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
  • Quay Quarter Tower by 3XN
  • Secure Sanand by Studio SAAR
  • Westfield Mall of the Netherlands by MVSA BV
  • SoFi Stadium by HKS Architects
  • Parkade of the Future by 5468796 Architecture + Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning
  • Paddington Elizabeth Line station by Weston Williamson + Partners
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Engineering Prize, Expo 2020 Thematic Districts by Hopkins Architects, Photo credit: Marc Goodwin

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Engineering Prize, Orange Village - Headquarters by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes, Photo credit: Francois Xavier

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Engineering Prize, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands by MVSA BV, Photo credit: Jon IIsraeli

This year celebrates the inaugural Royal Fine Art Commission Trust International Building Beauty Prize, supported by Ballymore. This Prize will be awarded to a completed building which ‘raises the spirits’ through architecture. Finalists will be announced within the coming weeks. 

Finalists for the Special Prizes will go on to compete live at WAF Lisbon, and the overall winner of each will be revealed at the Gala Dinner. Other prizes to be announced at WAF include The Lisbon Prize, supported by kreon to recognize and celebrate the best building in the city WAF is being held, The Visualisation Prize, supported by Lumion to celebrate this year’s best architectural render, WAFX, celebrating the best of this year’s future projects, and The Architecture Drawing Prize, curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane's Museum and WAF, and supported by Iris Ceramica Group.

About World Architecture Festival (WAF)

World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors will take place at the FIL exhibition centre, Lisbon, on 30 November – 2 December 2022.

WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired.

WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards program in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.

The 2022 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:

  • A thematic conference program (based on the theme: ‘Together’
  • Live judging of finalists' projects
  • Gallery of all award entries
  • Exhibition area
  • Networking and social events, including partner fringe events
  • Gala dinner announcing the overall winners

"INSIDE World Festival of Interiors" runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference program. Delegates have access to both events.

WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.


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