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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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.
House of the Year is the “highly inventive” House 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.