WAF2016 House Award - OHLAB Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab, House MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

World Architecture Festival 2016: House Award – OHLAB Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab, House MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. All Images: courtesy of WAF.

World Architecture Festival 2016 – A Polish museum, floating farming fields in Shenzen, and the renovation of historic Instanbul State library…  But also Chanel flagshipstore in Amsterdam and Sydney waterfront pavilion. The world’s largest international architectural festival kicked off in Berlin. The completed designs will compete for the World Building of the Year prize, while the un-realised projects will battle for the Future Project of the Year award.


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New and Old Award: Tabanlioglu Architects, Beyazit State Library - Reading Room @Emre_Dörter.

New and Old Award: Tabanlioglu Architects, Beyazit State Library – Reading Room @Emre_Dörter.

Chanel flagship store in Amsterdam by MVRDV brought home the Shopping award. The Dutch studio replaced the brick facade of a former townhouse with a transparent design created by using a pioneering glass technology.

Shopping Award: MVRDV Chanel Flagshipstore in Paris.

Shopping Award: MVRDV Chanel Flagshipstore in Paris.

House of the Year is the “highly inventiveHouse MM by OHLAB/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab. Nestled on a tight sloping site on a hillside in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the white minimalist building features Large windows offering different viewpoints. “Compelling and sophisticated form-making, the project interrogates pertinent issues of energy use and long-term sustainability” said at WAF.

House Award: OHLAB Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab, House MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

House Award: OHLAB Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab, House MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

34Oxford centre for Middle Eastern Studies by Zaha Hadid Architects was conceived as a suspended tunnel floating in space. The poject was bestowed with the Higher Education and Research Award.

Investcorp Building for Oxford University's Middle East Centre at St Antony's College by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Higer Education Award: Investcorp Building for Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The winner of the New and Old category this year is Beyazit State Library in Istanbul, by Tabanlioglu Architects. The project was commended for the “glass boxes for rare books which are elegantly balanced within the historic spaces”, as well as a lighting scheme which enhances the existing historic volumes and spaces without being overwhelming or distracting.

New and Old Award: Tabanlioglu Architects, Beyazit State Library - Sook Shelves @Emre_Dörter.

New and Old Award: Tabanlioglu Architects, Beyazit State Library – Sook Shelves @Emre_Dörter.

Floating Fields by Thomas Chung was the Production, Energy and Recycling winner. The Shenzhen project is formed of open-air shallow rectangular partitions some filled with growing fields. Aquaponic, algae cultivation and water filtering float with ducks while fishes swim along.

Production, Energy and Recylcling Award: Floating Dields by Thomas Chung in Shenzen, China.

Production, Energy and Recylcling Award: Floating Dields by Thomas Chung in Shenzen, China.

Robert Konieczny-KWK Promes won the Culture Architecture award with the National Museum in Szczecin in Poland. “A simple solution and great public space made with only one material, pre-cast concrete”.

Culture Award: National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, by Robert Konieczny.

Culture Award: National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, by Robert Konieczny.

Schulz und Schulz won the Religious architecture award with the Leipzig St Trinitatis Church in Germany. Chrystalline stone wrap a triangular building, a rectilinear bell tower and a large central courtyard.

Religious Award: St. Trinitatis Church in Leipzig, Germany, by Schulz und Schulz.

Religious Award: St. Trinitatis Church in Leipzig, Germany, by Schulz und Schulz.

Conceived as a small city, Malmö Live by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects gained the Mixed-Use category award. The Swedish canal-side complex combines a concert hall, a convention centre and a hotel. Although all of the facilities form a single building, they appear as a cluster of different forms.

Mixed Use Award: Malmö Live by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Sweden.

Mixed Use Award: Malmö Live by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Sweden.

Hotel and leisure resort award went to Aim Architecture’s Fushengyu Hotspring Resort in Mianyang, China. The project wraps a spa center with a glass walkway and timber clad villas plunged into the surrounding vegetation at the foot of a mountain.

Hotel & Leisure Award: Fushengyu Hotspring Resort in Mianyang, China, by Aim Architecture.

Hotel & Leisure Award: Fushengyu Hotspring Resort in Mianyang, China, by Aim Architecture.

The best educational project went to Madrid German school by Grüntuch Ernst Architects. The project includes a kindergarten, a primary school and a secondary school and centers around a courtyard hosting also a 750 auditorium and sport facilities.

School Award: Grüntuch Ernst Architekten, German School Madrid, Spain.

School Award: Grüntuch Ernst Architekten, German School Madrid, Spain.

Aluminium Tip by Babin+Renaud in Paris won the contended Housing category award. The project features a shimmering facade of anodised aluminium, and an other facade that steps back to create balconies.

Housing Award: Babin+Renaud, Aluminium Tip, Paris, France.

Housing Award: Babin+Renaud, Aluminium Tip, Paris, France.

Other awarded projects are the IDIOM’s Salburua Civic Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (Civic and community award) the London Zig Zag Building by Lynch Architects (Office award) and Sydney Waterfront Pavilion by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (Display award).

Office Award: The Zig Zag Building by Lynch Architects in London, UK.

Office Award: The Zig Zag Building by Lynch Architects in London, UK.

Nötkärnan’s private clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden, by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor won the Health award, while Monk Mackenzie Architects brought home the Transport award with the #LightPathAKL in Auckland, New Zealand. The Sport Award went to Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre by by HCMA Architecture and Design in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Display Award: Sydney Waterfront Pavilion by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Australia.

Display Award: Sydney Waterfront Pavilion by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Australia.