Park Legend Kindergarten by Challenge Design © Lujing.

Park Legend Kindergarten by Challenge Design – © Lujing.

WAF 2019 – Amongst the projects shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival 2019 is the Park Legend Kindergarten by Challenge Design and a waterside office building in Heze, China by Larry Wen.

MahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Maxx Nikonov.

MahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Maxx Nikonov.

World Architecture Festival will reconvene in Amsterdam from 4-6 December this year. The final shortlist features a mixed-use tower by Buro Ole Scheeren with a distinctive facade that creates a pixelated illusion, a wedding chapel resembling a cloud floating on water by KTX archiLAB and an abandoned windmill factory turned into a vibrant street sport hub by EFFEKT Architects.

Courtyard No. 1 by Larry Wen © Huang Ligang.

Courtyard No. 1 by Larry Wen © Huang Ligang.

Major world architects shortlisted for this year’s WAF Awards include Zaha Hadid Architects, Heatherwick Studio, Rafael Viñoly Architects and more. Many smaller practices will also take part to pitch against the big names. This year’s 534-strong shortlist, ranges from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects across 70 countries.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre - Photo courtesy of ZHA.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre – Photo courtesy of ZHA.

All the architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes such as Civic & Community, Culture, Religion, Hotel & Leisure and more. Category winners then compete against each other on the final day of the festival, to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

277 Fifth Avenue by Rafael Viñoly Architects © Rafael Viñoly Architects.

277 Fifth Avenue by Rafael Viñoly Architects © Rafael Viñoly Architects.

The 2019 completed buildings ‘Super Jury’ which will decide the World Building of the Year, includes Aaron Betsky, President of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; Anuradha Mathur, Professor at the Landscape Architecture Department School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia; and Maria Warner Wong, Design Director of WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design.

Cloud of Luster by KTX archiLAB © Stirling Elmendorf.

Cloud of Luster by KTX archiLAB © Stirling Elmendorf.

All photos: courtesy of World Architecture Festival – WAF 2019.

GAME Streetmekka Vibrog by EFFEKT Architects © Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST.

GAME Streetmekka Vibrog by EFFEKT Architects © Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST.