All 44 categories competed for the winning titles
The ultimate accolades of were announced as hundreds of delegates from across the world convened at a grand finale Gala Dinner at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. A host of Special Prizes were also announced at the closing event, to celebrate the sixteenth edition of the festival. The announcement follows the final day of WAF, in which prize winners across all 44 categories competed for the winning titles.
World Building of the Year
World Building of the Year supported by GROHE was awarded to Huizhen High School by Approach Design Studio / Zhejiang University of Technology Engineering Design Group in China. Located in Jiangbei District, Ningbo City, Huizhen is a bold exploration of ‘efficiency-first’ campus design where time can be ‘wasted’ seriously. The boarding school campus is a ‘floating forest’ with classrooms hung in each corner of the forest and joined by meandering paths.
World Interior of the Year
World Interior of the Year supported by Miele was awarded to 19 Waterloo Street by SJB in Australia. Originally shortlisted in the Residential (Single Dwelling) Category, the winning interior utilises expanded connections creatively within a limited footprint to create an open and quiet oasis in the city.
Future Project of the Year
Future Project of the Year supported by ABB went to The Probiotic Tower by Design and More International in Egypt. The project was initially selected from the Experimental category. The Probiotic Tower’s central proposition is to repurpose obsolete water towers to positively address climate change as an adaptive system for cities, particularly in the developing world.
Landscape of the Year
Landscape of the Year went to Benjakitti Forest Park: Transforming a Brownfield into an Urban Ecological Sanctuary by TURENSCAPE, Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect in Thailand. The winning Landscape project transforms a former tobacco factory into a resilient living ecosystem, which is now the largest public recreational space in downtown Bangkok.
The Visualisation Prize, supported by Lumion
The Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation by Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in United States
The Futureglass Prize, supported by Aestech
55 Pitt Street by Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects in Australia
Best use of Natural Light, supported by VELUX
See Sea Park by Osamu Morishita Architect and Associates in Japan
International Building Beauty Prize, supported by Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and Ballymore
Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion by Chat Architects in Thailand
The GROHE Water Prize
Micro Colony by UArchitects / Misak Terzibasiyan in Bangladesh
Best Use of Colour
Turrell Pavilion by Studio MK27 in the Maldives
Small Project of the Year
Karuizawa Commongrounds Bookstore by Klein Dytham architecture in Japan
THE WAFX Prize overall winner has also been announced during the live festival. WAFX recognizes projects that best use design and architecture to tackle major world issues, including health, climate change, technology, ethics and values. The winning project was Rethinking Oil Rigs - Offshore Data Centres by Arup in United Kingdom. The project rethinks oil rig structures as data centres giving them a new function in the fast-expanding circular economy.
STUDENT CHARRETTE supported by BROADWAY MALYAN
The student charette was won by BALAY ARAPAAP. An Inclusive Informal Learning Center for the Remote Island of Puro Caoayan by Team C from University of North Philippines.
Hand-drawn Category winner
Grundtvig by Ben Johnson
Digital Category winner
The Archatographic Map of the Incomplete Landscape on Pedra Branca by Eugene Tan
Hybrid Category winner
(Re)membering the See Monster by Eldry John Infante
About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
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.