WAF 2018: The Shortlist

World Architecture Festival Awarda 2018.. Chapel Our Lady of Fátima by Plano Humano Arquitectos. Castelo Branco, Portugal. ©João Morgado. World Architecture Festival Awards 2018: Chapel Our Lady of Fátima by Plano Humano Arquitectos. @ Castelo Branco, Portugal. ©João Morgado.

WAF 2018 – A research centre in Riyadh, a village lounge in rural China and a mosque without a minaret in Iran are among the projects shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme which will kick off in Amsterdam on November 28.


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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) By Zaha Hadid Architects @ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. © Hufton + Crow. King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) By Zaha Hadid Architects @ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. © Hufton + Crow.

Major world architects shortlisted include Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, Foster & Partners, BIG, Neri & Hu, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Turenscape, Nikken Sekkei, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Grimshaw, Tabanlioglu Architects, Heatherwick Studio and FJMT. Many smaller practices will also take part to pitch against the big names.

• The full shortlist for this year’s awards can be viewed HERE.

Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio @ Cape Town, South Africa. ©Iwan Baan. Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio @ Cape Town, South Africa. ©Iwan Baan.

Chinese practices submitted the most projects from any country. “This reflects the significant level of ongoing development in East Asia and Oceania, with Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore also ranking highly. Europe most represented countries are UK, Turkey and the Netherlands.” Say at WAF.

Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle by Alison Brooks Architects @ Oxford, United Kingdom. © Alison Brooks Architects. Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle by Alison Brooks Architects @ Oxford, United Kingdom. © Alison Brooks Architects.

The 2018 awards programme received more than 1,000 entries for the first time, with numbers up 20 per cent compared with 2017. Architects and designers generated 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries. All types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 536-strong shortlist, ranging from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects.

Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions by Liminal Architecture @ Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia. © Dianna Snape. Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions by Liminal Architecture @ Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia. © Dianna Snape.

The architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes to then battle against each others for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

Village Lounge of Shangcun by SUP Atelier Location: Jixi, China: Xia Zhi. Village Lounge of Shangcun by SUP Atelier @ Jixi, China: Xia Zhi.

World Architecture Festival Awards 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.

Bamboo stalactite by Vo Trong Nghia Architects @ Venice Biennale, Italy. © Sabin Prodan. Bamboo stalactite by Vo Trong Nghia Architects @ Venice Biennale, Italy. © Sabin Prodan.

All images: courtesy of World Architecture Festival Awards 2018.

Peninsula House by Bernardes Arquitetura @ Guarujá, Brazil. ©Fernando Guerra. Peninsula House by Bernardes Arquitetura @ Guarujá, Brazil. ©Fernando Guerra.

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