The 2019 World Building of the Year is LocHal, a stunning adaptive-reuse public library project in Tilburg, NL
By Alexander Walter|
Friday, Dec 6, 2019
The 2019 World Architecture Festival has come to a festive close in Amsterdam tonight. After three busy days of project presentations and jury
deliberations, the annual global architecture industry event culminated
in a glamorous gala dinner at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam's former
stock exchange building, where the winners of various category and other
top awards were announced.
The biggest anticipation of the night, of course, was reserved for the 2019 World Building of the Year title which happened to stay within the Netherlands with the selection of LocHal Public Library in Tilburg and its design team Civic architects (lead architect), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse.
"LocHal was a former locomotive hangar dating from 1932, transformed
into a public meeting place and new library typology," explains the
project description. "The library capitalizes the existing structure,
thereby greatly minimizing the amount of new structural elements, while
also providing ample opportunity for interaction and the creation of new
knowledge. The building houses amenities shared by the library, arts
organizations and co-working facilities. In addition to areas for
lectures and public events, the building also has a number of ‘labs’
where visitors can learn new skills."
The jury included Ben van Berkel, Founder and Principal Architect at
UNStudio and Founder of UNSense; Aaron Betsky, President of Frank Lloyd
Wright School of Architecture; Anuradha Mathur, Associate at University
of Pennsylvania Philadelphia; Murat Tabanlioglu, Founding Partner at
Tabanlioglu Architects; and Maria Warner Wong, Design Director at WOW
Architects & Warner Wong Design.
Read on to find out which other projects were selected for WAF Awards in various categories today.