The World Architecture Festival 2014 is now in full swing at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and the Day 1 competition winners have been revealed. The international live competition is unique in that it lets anyone apply and have a chance to win. Event attendees can see the competition unfold before their eyes as they watch architecture teams present their projects and then listen to the jury's responses.
The lengthy global shortlist included architects from over 40 countries and over 30 categories. The "super jury" selected 16 award category winners worldwide -- including projects in Vietnam, Iran, Brazil, Turkey, and the UK -- on WAF's opening day.
Once all 33 WAF Awards winners are announced, one project will win the coveted World Building of the Year award on October 3.
This year's "super jury" is led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers, and features Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (USA), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain), and Peter Rich (South Africa).
Check out the Completed Buildings and Future Projects winners below.
Completed Buildings - House: House for Trees, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
"The project pays homage to the original sprawling tropical forests that used to cover large portions of Vietnam, a country now undergoing rapid urbanisation, leaving only 0.25% of its capital, Ho Chi Minh City, covered with greenery. The house is located in Tan Binh District, the most densely populated residential areas in Ho Chi Minh City, where many small houses crowd together, a theme that is resonated throughout the project as the house is designed as an accumulation of small fragments."
Completed Buildings - Housing: The Carve, Norway, by A-Lab
"The Carve is an untraditional high-rise apartment building, part of Oslo’s Barcode Plan. Enveloping a narrow strip of 21m by 105m (with a maximum height regulation of 54m) the white marble and wood panel clad building embodies a mix-use complex totaling 15 stories. The first 8 floors are designated office space, topped off with residential program, in a total of 22,000 square meters. The mixed program is structured compacting the flexible office spaces in an efficient machine and optimizing the views and outdoor spaces of the apartments around a raised, covered garden."
Completed Buildings - Office: Liberty Place, Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
"Liberty Place occupies a prominent site in Sydney’s Central Business Districts, with dual frontages to 161 Castlereagh Street and 242 Pitt Street. Collectively, it is an articulate assemblage of elements (ground plane, street walls, tower elements and landscape). The architectural forms create a dynamic public space and reinvigorate a previously run down mid-city area."
Completed Buildings - Higher Education and Research: Dalarna Media Library, Sweden, by Adept
"Together with an international team ADEPT has designed the library and the surrounding urban spaces as a dynamic meeting place with activities for students, staff and visitors to the Dalarna University. Dalarna Media Library is organised as a ’spiral of knowledge’ identifying a new library culture that stages a wide range of experiences and inspiration."
Completed Buildings - Display: Te Kaitaka 'The Cloak', New Zealand, by Fearon Hay Architects
"Te Kaitaika ‘The Cloak’ has been established in the heart of a growing district around Auckland International Airport, seeking to create a sculptural built form sited on the corner of two recently upgraded streets, one heavily traffic based and one focussed on the pedestrian. The functional brief was simple - a flexible space for hosting events, meetings and introducing the strategy and opportunities behind the developing precinct."
Completed Buildings - Schools: Chobham Academy, United Kingdom, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
"Conceived pre-Olympics and used during the 2012 London Games (as both a gym and a security hub), Chobham Academy continues to work hard as a linchpin educational and civic campus on the eastern edge of one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects. As residential masterplanners of the Stratford City Athletes Village, AHMM was able to influence the project’s site and setting; shifting the land mass to create a high point and centrepiece for London’s East Village."
Completed Buildings - Shopping: Yalikavak Marina Complex, Turkey, by Emre Arolat Architects
"Yalikavak is one of the lagoons on the southwestern coast of Turkey, which is becoming a popular destination for blue voyages along the Turkish Riviera. The project for the extension of the existing marina complex for the use of middle-upper class in Yalikavak has the burden of welcoming a big investment in this area that will also bring its own facilities. The ‘island’ part of Yalıkavak Marina, which is the first phase of the complex, is planned to house retail, restaurants, a beach-pool club, andsanitary and mechanical units for needs of megayachts that will dock in the marina. The main motivation for the design of the ‘island’ was to search for the possibility to reconcile the needs of ‘outcomers’ with the genius loci of Yalikavak as a Mediterranean settlement."
Completed Buildings - Religion: La Ascension del Señor Church, Spain, by AGi architects
"This building proposed by AGi architects means the completion of the Parish Center started now fifteen years ago and its empowerment as focus of community activity for a neighbourhood in which more than 2,500 apartments have been recently built to house around 7,000 people, therefore increasing the existing population to reach a figure close to 20,000 inhabitants."
FUTURE PROJECTS WINNERS
Future Projects - Culture: Freedom of the Press Monument, Brazil, by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associados
"Freedom of The Press is a monument that represents a perennial fight, and the culture of the Brazilian people. The clever use of glass as the main material for the monument is a reflection of freedom – crystal clear, solid yet delicate at the same time. It is composed mainly of two elements; the first a box with translucent structural glass panels supported by tie rods, and metal trusses that form the external image of the building. The second; an underground surrounded by concrete walls where multimedia projections, meetings, exhibitions and ceremonies are held."
Future Projects - Commercial mixed-use: Isfahan Dreamland Commercial Center, Iran, by Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects
"The commission for designing the Isfahan Dreamland Commercial Center was initially defined to find a solution for the façade of the existing structure. The proposed project goes beyond simply designing a façade by responding to the nearby functions and activities, keeping in mind the potential and existence of the built structure, which results in a higher level of interaction between the building and its surroundings while decreasing construction costs."
Future Projects - Health: The Extension of The People's Hospital of Futian, China, by Leigh & Orange
"Envisioned as a ‘hospital within a park’, the extension of The People’s Hospital of Futian in Shenzhen, China endeavours to integrate world-class hospital services, medical research and the surrounding community in the urban park environment."
Future Projects - Leisure-led development: Antakya Museum Hotel, Turkey, by Emre Amrolat Architects
"During an excavation on the project site near St. Pierre Church, archaeological findings inspired the employer to build a museum-hotel on the site, as opposed to a conventional five-star hotel. The dichotomy between the public program of an archaeological park and the private use of the hotel is the major input in the design process of the museum-hotel."
Future Projects - House: The Olive Grove, Australia, by Ian Moore Architects
"Located on a rural property in the Hunter Valley, two hours’ drive north of Sydney, this house is sited on the lower slopes of a steep hillside and is approached from below through an Olive grove. The house’s tapered form and inclined steel structure meet the natural ground line to form the smallest possible footprint for the house on the slope."
Future Projects - Office: Agashiyan, India, by Sanjay Puri Architects
"Situated amidst low rise developments in Ahmedabad, India, the office building is set to become the tallest building in the entire precinct. The rapidly urbanizing city calls for a tall structure to accommodate the increasing population density. Retail spaces are situated at the ground level, with office spaces at every level fragmented with smaller spaces with 3 to 4 level elevated organic streets linking them together."
Future Projects - Infrastructure: Linköping Central Station, Sweden, by Metro Arkitekter (Sweco group)
"The Linköping Central Station urban structure is based on the idea of how streets and movement patterns, are joined, where new meets old over the river. The energy from the two stations is further strengthened by additional bridges both north and south of the main bridge. It brings more urban life in the central area, and merges the north side and the industrial area Cloetta Center with the rest of the urban structure. The planned culture and event passage becomes a reality. The central area around the station has a robust and logical division of neighborhoods, which has a size that when supported by a strong local economy will enable mixed usage, while at the same time being a sufficiently fine mesh."
Future Projects - Masterplanning: North West Cambridge Masterplan, United Kingdom, by AECOM Design & Planning
"North West Cambridge Masterplan was created with the intention of creating a new district and extension to the city, while being centred on a mixed academic and urban community. The project for the University of Cambridge uses design, architecture and planning to advance the institution’s role in leading the future of a knowledge-based economy."
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