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UK firms win World Architecture Festival awards

A trio of UK-based practices have bagged four awards at the on-going 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore

Wilkinson Eyre’s University of Exeter Forum Project won the ‘higher education/research project’ gong and its Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing topped the ‘sport’ category.

WAF has been good for the London-based practice which last year walked away with the festival’s most prestigious prize, the World Building of the Year Award which it won with its Gardens by the Bay scheme; two vast shell-shaped cooled conservatory covering a tropical garden (AJ 5 Oct 2012).

Other winners among the 29 award categories were Farrells for its Earl’s Court masterplan and AHMM which took the ‘future projects experimental’ category with its planned White Collar Factory on London’s Old Street roundabout.

This year the event, which was founded by Paul Finch in 2008, is being held in Singapore at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands resort. More than 2,000 people are due to attend the three day festival in which architects present their shortlisted schemes to the super jury and festival guests.

The three day jamboree, which is the largest architectural awards programme in the world, winds up tomorrow after the unveiling of the 2013 World Building of the Year.

For winners in the other 29 categories, click here.

A further UK practice, David Kohn Architects, also bagged a gong at WAF’s sister INSIDE awards that reccognises interior design. The firm’s Carrer Avinyo scheme topped the residential category.

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