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Revealed: shortlist for WAF Wood Excellence Award

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the projects vying for its inaugural Wood Excellence Prize

A spa in Vietnam, a power station in France and an airport terminal in New Zealand are among the eight projects shortlisted from a long-list of more than 40 entries.

DSDHA’s Alex Monroe Studio is the only UK project to make it onto the list.

The shortlist

  • Pittwater House, Australia by Andrew Burges Architects
  • Earth, Wind and Fire, France by Atelier Arcau
  • The Pinch, China, by Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
  • School ‘t Hofke, Netherlands by UArchitects
  • Regional terminal at Christchurch Airport, New Zealand by BVN Donovan Hill with Jasmax
  • Alex Monroe Studio, UK by DSDHA
  • The Tent, Vietnam by a21studio
  • Salvaged Ring, Vietnam by a21studio

Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the prize awards projects where wood has played an integral part.

Paul Finch, programme director, WAF said: ‘This was a great way to appreciate how a ‘traditional’ material can be used to transform exteriors and interiors in new and unexpected ways.’

David Venables, European director, at AHEC added: ‘We were delighted to see so many entries for the Wood Excellence Prize; the response to this new initiative has been great and from a long list of over 40 we have chosen eight great timber projects to go forward for the final judging in Singapore led by renowned architect, Matteo Thun. The Festival is going to provide a new platform for showcasing wood in architecture around the world and we can’t wait to be part of it.’

The scheme’s architects will now present the projects at WAF which is taking place at Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 1 – 3 October.  

The winning project will be announced at the festival’s awards ceremony on 3 October, where the winners of the 27 different awards categories will also be announced.

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