The International Largest Live Architecture Event

The second round of award winners of the 2023 World Architecture Festival have been announced, following Day Two of live presentations at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, in which hundreds of shortlisted projects were presented by practices from around the world. Amongst today’s category award winners of the world’s largest international live-judged architectural event there were six projects from Australia and four projects each from Iran and the United Kingdom.

Category Award Winners: COMPLETED BUILDINGS

Health: Victorian Heart Hospital by Conrad Gargett (now merged with Architectus) + Wardle in Australia

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Completed Buildings - Victorian Heart Hospital by Conrad Gargett (now merged with Architectus) + Wardle
Photo credit: Peter Bennetts

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Completed Buildings - Tergooi MC by Wiegerinck
Photo credit: Your Captain

  • Tergooi MC by Wiegerinck in the Netherlands was also highly commended in the Health category

Religion: Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects in Italy

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Completed Buildings - Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects
Photo credit: Duccio Malagamba

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Completed Buildings - New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects
Photo credit: Rory Gardiner

  • New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects in the United Kingdom was also highly commended in the Religion category

Higher Education & Research: Boola Katitjin by Lyons with Silver Thomas Hanley, Officer Woods, The Fulcrum Agency and Aspect Studios in Australia

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Completed Buildings - Boola Katitjin by Lyons with Silver Thomas Hanley, Officer Woods, The Fulcrum Agency and Aspect Studios
Photo credit: John Gollings

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Completed Buildings - John A. Paulson Center by Davis Brody Bond, KieranTimberlake
Photo credit: Connie Zhou - JBSA

  • John A. Paulson Center by Davis Brody Bond, KieranTimberlake in the United States was also highly commended in the Higher Education & Research category

Hotel & Leisure, sponsored by GROHE: Lanserhof Sylt by ingenhoven associates GmbH in Germany

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Completed Buildings - Lanserhof Sylt by Ingenhoven associates GmbH
Photo credit: HGEsch

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Completed Buildings - Kilyawan Farm Resort by Dominic Galicia Architects
Photo credit: Michael Angelo Reyes

  • Kilyawan Farm Resort by Dominic Galicia Architects in the Philippines and Iron Creek Bay Farm Stay by Misho + Associates in Australia were also highly commended in the Hotel & Leisure category

Mixed-Use: Battersea Power Station Phase Two by WilkinsonEyre in United Kingdom

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Completed Buildings - Battersea Power Station Phase Two by WilkinsonEyre
Photo credit: Peter Landers

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Completed Buildings - Regeneration Project of Shougang Oxygen Factory Southern Area by CCTN Design
Photo credit: CCTN Design

  • Regeneration Project of Shougang Oxygen Factory Southern Area by CCTN Design in China was also highly commended in the Mixed-Use category

Retrofit: Vast Gallery & Artist Residency by Persian Garden Studio in Iran

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Completed Buildings - Vast Gallery & Artist Residency by Persian Garden Studio
Photo credit: DEED STUDIO

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Completed Buildings - Ombu by Foster + Partner
Photo credit: © Nigel Young

  • Ombú by Foster + Partners in Spain was also highly commended in the Retrofit category

Shopping: Shanghai Suhe MixC World by Kokaistudios in China

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Completed Buildings - Shanghai Suhe MixC World by Kokaistudios
Photo credit: Terrence Zhang

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Completed Buildings - Namak Abroud Plaza by FMZD+ MARZ
Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

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Completed Buildings - LIANGZHU BIRLAND by QINGMO Architects
Photo credit: SCHRAN and Arch-Exist Photography

  • Namak Abroud Plaza by FMZD + MARZ in Iran and LIANGZHU BIRLAND by QINGMO Architects in China were also highly commended in the Shopping category

Transport: Elizabeth Line by Grimshaw in the United Kingdom

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Completed Buildings - Elizabeth Line by Grimshaw
Photo credit: Hufton Crow

The judges of the Completed Buildings categories reflected on the considered and beautiful articulation of this year’s projects. Overall, they were impressed with the timeless quality, spatial composition and technical resolutions. Judges felt that many of the winning projects were city-changing with thoughtful responses to historical elements including preservation of found architecture, retrofitting and change of use – all making a significant contribution to their locales.

Category Award Winners: FUTURE PROJECTS

Commercial Mixed-Use: Belgrove House by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in the United Kingdom

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Future Projects - Belgrove House by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Photo credit: AHMM

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Future Projects - Albert Bridge House by Studio Egret West
Photo credit: NBV Studio

  • Albert Bridge House by Studio Egret West in the United Kingdom and Lighthouse at Darling Park by Henning Larsen, Architectus in Australia were also highly commended in the Commercial Mixed-Use category

Culture: Osaka Pavilion by StudioMK27 in Japan

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Future Projects - Osaka Pavilion by Studio MK27
Photo credit: BLACKHAUS STUDIO

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Future Projects - Glenbow Revitalization by DIALOG
Photo credit: DIALOG

  • Glenbow Revitalization by DIALOG in Canada and Al Ain Museum by Dabbagh Architects in United Arab Emirates were also highly commended in the Culture category

Education: Resource Recovery Learning Centre by TERROIR in Australia

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Future Projects - Resource Recovery Learning Centre by TERROIR
Photo credit: TERROIR

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Future Projects - The Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation by Grafton Architects with Modus Studio
Photo credit: Picture Plane

  • The Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation by Grafton Architects with modus studio in United States was also highly commended in the Education category

Experimental: The Probiotic Tower, Cairo by Design and More International in Egypt

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Future Projects - The Probiotic Tower by Design and more international
Photo credit: Karim Mousa - Founder and art director of Mozses

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Future Projects - HydroSKIN - Façade for Urban Rainwater Retention and Evaporative Cooling by Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)
Photo credit: Sven Cichiwicz, University of Stuttgart, Christina Eisenbarth

  • HydroSKIN: Façade for Urban Rainwater Retention and Evaporative Cooling by University of Stuttgart in Germany was also highly commended in the Experimental category

Health: Alexandria Health Centre by Warren and Mahoney in Australia

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Future Projects - Alexandria Health Centre by Warren and Mahoney
Photo credit: Warren and Mahoney

House: DIGGING FOR LIGHT (Ganats villa) by Kalbod Studio in Iran

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Future Projects - DIGGING FOR LIGHT (Ganats villa) by Kalbod Studio
Photo credit: Kalbod Studio

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Future Projects - Nefaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design
Photo credit: Next Office

  • Nefaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design in Iran was also highly commended in the House category

Residential: Kuzeh Valley by FMZD in Iran

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Future Projects - Kuzeh Valley by FMZD
Photo credit: FMZD

Discussing the Future Projects, judges praised the experimental and holistic approach to tomorrow’s environment. This year’s category winners resonated with the jury for their rethinking of architectural approaches, including design and material, to give new meaning to architecture in the modern world. Projects addressed either urgent sustainability challenges, becoming new ‘pedagogical instruments’ and sensitively embedding into the fabric of existing communities.

Category Award Winners: INSIDE – for best Interior

Bars & Restaurants: Sage by Office AIO in China

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Inside - Sage by Office AIO
Photo credit: Wen Studio

Education: Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University by KPMB Architects in the United States

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Inside - Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University by KPMB Architects
Photo credit: Tom Arban

Public Buildings: V&A Photography Centre by Gibson Thornley Architects in United Kingdom

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Inside - V&A Photography Centre by Gibson Thornley Architects
Photo credit: Thomas Adank

Residential (Housing, more than one dwelling), sponsored by Miele: Residence with art museum & depot U40 by TRIMONIS architects in Lithuania

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Inside - Residence with art museum & depot U40 by TRIMONIS architects
Photo credit: Leonas Garbaciauskas

Residential (Single Dwelling): 19 Waterloo Street by SJB in Australia

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Inside - 19 Waterloo Street by SJB
Photo credit: Anson Smart

Retail: Bijou Shop in Tehran Grand Bazaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design in Iran

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Inside - Bijou Shop in Tehran Grand Bazaar by Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design
Photo credit: Parham Taghioff

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Inside - Presented By Riyadh by External Reference Architects
Photo credit: Presented By

  • Presented by Riyadh by External Reference Architects in Saudi Arabia was also highly commended in the Retail category

Temporary/Meanwhile

Eucalyptusdom by SJB in collaboration with Richard Leplastrier AO and Vania Contreras in Australia

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Inside - Eucalyptusdom by SJB in collaboration with Richard Leplastrier AO and Vania Contreras
Photo credit: Zan Wimberly

The judges were impressed by the quality of the presentations across the Inside category winners and highlighted the exemplar qualities of projects for creating ‘magic experiences’ and ‘using local material in a poetic way’. Judges felt that each winning studio had immaculate responses that fulfilled the client’s brief while ensuring consideration of the wider impact on society and the environment.

For more details on the 2023 World Architecture Festival and the Inside Festival of Interiors please visit the websites.

World Architecture Festival (WAF)

World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors will take place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on the 29 November – 1 December 2023. 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 programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.


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