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WAF 2011 Awards shortlist announced

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The 284-strong shortlist of projects competing for prizes at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards has been unveiled

Representing over 59 different countries, the shortlist was selected from a record-breaking number of entries to the international awards which celebrate excellence in global architectural design.

With each of the shortlisted projects now vying for the coveted World Building of the Year prize, finalists have to wait until the festival in November to learn who will pick up the awards.

Paul Finch, WAF programme director, said: ‘The WAF Awards celebrate architectural excellence the world over and allow architects to showcase their talent and their unique responses to the ever-changing economic climate.

‘There is now an increasing need for innovative approaches to architecture, inspiring architects and designers to think in new ways about buildings. It’s encouraging that the quality of this year’s entries is the highest we’ve ever seen and we look forward to seeing which projects both the judges select as the winners.’

The Open Buildings People’s Choice Award

New for WAF 2011 is the introduction of the Open Buildings People’s Choice Award which is being supported by openbuildings.com. The Open Buildings People’s Choice Award provides architecture and design enthusiasts with an opportunity to express their opinions and is the first major award where the public and not just industry insiders vote for the building they think deserves to win. The public can compare their choices to the opinions of some of the world’s most regarded architects to determine the winner of Open Buildings People’s Choice Award.

To view the shortlisted projects, cast your vote and provide comments, visit: http://openbuildings.com/peoples_choice/waf/browse. Votes can be cast by selecting the Facebook ‘like’ icon on the project page or by downloading the Open Building mobile app from iTunes.  The closing date for casting votes in the Open Buildings People’s Choice Award is October 28, 2011, when the top three projects will be debated and the final winner announced live at WAF in November.

The WAF super jury, headed by Michael Sorkin who is principal of Michael Sorkin Studio New York, will cast their vote at the festival’s finale to decide which of the 281 shortlisted projects is crowned World Building of the Year 2011.

The festival – which is now in its fourth year – takes place from 2 to 4 November in Barcelona. A €200 discount on tickets is available before 23 September.

The full shortlist

Completed buildings

Civic and community

Sunset Chapel, Mexico, Bunker Arquitectura

Suoi Re Multi-Functional Community House, Vietnam, 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC.

EL LASSO COMMUNITY CENTRE, Spain, Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos

Construction Engineering DisciplinaryOrganization of Qazvin, Iran, nextoffice, daya studio, next office

Beit halochem rehabilitation center, Israel, kimmel eshkolot architects

Sõmeru Community Centre, Estonia, Salto AB OÜ

Football Training Centre / Soweto, South Africa, RUFproject

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, Australia, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Durham Region Courthouse, Canada, WZMH Architects

Tripoli Congress Center, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Tabanlioglu Architects

Bayside Police Station, Australia, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Wexford County Council Headquarters, Robin Lee Architecture, Ireland, Claire Curtice Publicists, Robin Lee Architecture



HARPA Reykjavik Concert and Congress Centre, Iceland, Henning Larsen Architects

Raif Dinckok Yalova Cultural Center, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

Sperone Westwater, United States of America, Foster + Partners

Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Japan, Sou Fujimoto Architects

Windmill Hill, United Kingdom, Stephen Marshall Architects LLP

Holburne Museum of Art, United Kingdom, Eric Parry Architects

Soumaya Museum, Mexico, FREE / Fernando Romero

MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy, Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects and Urban Planners

Hoki Museum, Japan, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico, Arditti+RDT/arquitectos

Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Japan, Frank la Riviere Architects inc, dd/t Arch, molo design

Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 3XN

Guangzhou Opera House, China, Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute

OMS Stage, Canada, 5468796 Architecture Inc., 5468796 Architecture


NO99 Straw Theatre, Estonia, Salto AB OÜ



Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Japan, Frank la Riviere Architects inc, dd/t Arch, molo design

Pavilion, Lille Museum of Modern Art, France, 2hD Architects/ Nottingham Trent University, 2hD Architects

Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, United States of America, Marlon Blackwell Architect

Naturum Vattenriket, Sweden, White arkitekter AB

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, New Zealand, Architecture Workshop

Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre, Australia, DesignInc

Windmill Hill, United Kingdom, Stephen Marshall Architects LLP

Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion, Norway, Snøhetta,, Snohetta, Snøhetta



rehabilitation centre Groot Klimmendaal, Netherlands, Architectenbureau K van Velsen BV

The Waldron by Henley Halebrown Rorrison, United Kingdom, Claire Curtice Publicists, Henley Halebrown Rorrison


Elefante Blanco, Ecuador, Limermench

Liverpool Hospital Clinical Service Block 2 (CSB2), Australia, Rice Daubney

Butaro Hospital, Rwanda, MASS Design Group



W London - Leicester Square, United Kingdom, jestico + Whiles

Crown Metropol, Australia, Bates Smart, Bates Smart Pty Ltd

Bella Sky, Denmark, 3XN

Hilton Windhoek ENP, Namibia, Wasserfall Munting Architects, Martin Kruger Associates Urban Architecture

Intercontinental Sanya Resort, China, WOHA

Aman New Delhi, India, Kerry Hill Architects Pte Ltd

SandCastle, Greece, polyanna paraskeva & associates

Square Nine Hotel, Serbia and Montenegro, Isay Weinfeld

Fasano Las Piedras, Uruguay, Isay Weinfeld

Raas, India, The Lotus Praxis Initiative, Lotus Design Services, Praxis Inc

Tree Hotel, Sweden, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Grace Santorini Hotel, Greece, Divercity & Mplusm, Divercity, Mplusm

Saffire, Australia, Circa Architecture, Circa Morris-Nunn Walker

CZP Chalet Zermatt Peak, Switzerland, MLS Architekten AG

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, New Zealand, Architecture Workshop

Glass Loggia House, Australia, Allen Jack+Cottier, Allen Jack+Cottier Architects, Belinda Koopman



Alemanys 5, Spain, Anna Noguera, arquitecta

Strelein Warehouse, Australia, ian moore architects

Cliff House, India, Khosla Associates

cobogo house, Brazil, Studio MK27

Dalrymple Pavillion, South Africa, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens

Terra Nova House, Brazil, Isay Weinfeld

Chimney House, Netherlands, Onix

Private Residence, Jordan, Faris and Faris Architects, Faris & Faris architects

Soccer Villa, Mexico, FREE / Fernando Romero, FREE - Fernando Romero with Taller A - Mauricio Ceballos

The Apartment House, Singapore, Republic of, formwerkz architects

Sime Darby Idea House, Malaysia, Broadway Malyan, Alizar Architect, Broadway Malyan Pte Ltd

The Windcatcher House, Singapore, Republic of, K2LD Architects Pte Ltd

Home Farm, United Kingdom, De Matos Ryan

House for a Family of Five, New Zealand, RTA Studio

Sentosa Cove, Singapore, Republic of, MKPL Architects Pte Ltd

The Secret House, Kuwait, AGi Architects

InBetween House, Japan, Koji Tsutsui & Associates

Teixiera House, Australia, Brian Meyerson Architects

Black House in Nomme, Estonia, EA Reng, Architect Martin Aunin / EA Reng

Punta house, Brazil, Studio MK27

Small House, Australia, Domenic Alvaro

Maximum Garden House, Singapore, Republic of, formwerkz architects

25 Loader Street, South Africa, Kotlowitz Marais Architects

A house awaiting death, Japan, EASTERN design office

Villa Woodnotes - Snow White, Finland, Helin & Co Architects

Villa Krona, Finland, Helin & Co Architects

Ilma Grove, Australia, Andrew Maynard Architects

Bondi Penthouse, Australia, Brian Meyerson Architects

“ZODCHESTVO” HOUSE, Russia, ITHAKA, ITHAKA Architecture & Design Ltd.



The Clarendon, United States of America, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Thespian, Poland, Mackow Pracownia Projektowa, MACKOW PRACOWNIA PROJEKTOWA Sp. z o.o.

12-15 Regent Street, Australia, Tony Owen Partners

8 House, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels Group

HMAS Creswell Griffiths House, Australia, BVN Architecture

LA DIFERENCIA, Mexico, ALBERTO RIMOCH S.C., Alberto Rimoch, Rodrigo Carvallo

Magnificent Homes, India, H. P. LAKHANI ASSOCIATES, H.P. Lakhani Associates

Mont Timah, Cluster Housing, Singapore, Republic of, Chan Sau Yan Associates

Orange Grove House, Australia, Fiona Winzar Architects

Duchess Residences, Singapore, Republic of, MKPL Architects Pte Ltd

GLADSTONOS 22, Cyprus, Theo David Architects, Theo. David Architects

Co-Housing Hoogvliet, Netherlands, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten


Centre Village, Canada, 5468796 Architecture Inc., 5468796 Architecture, Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd.

Student Residence, France, LAN Architecture

Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment, Australia, HBO+EMTB



this is not a framed garden., Lebanon, FRANCIS LANDSCAPES OFFSHORE

Sensational park, Italy, Nabito Architects - Alessandra Faticanti e Roberto Ferlito - & partners


MUMA - Monash University Museum of Art, Australia, Kerstin Thompson Architects

A Mother River Recovered—The Sanlihe Greenway, China, Turenscape

PUBLIC SPACES HAFENCITY, Germany, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Miralles Tagliabbue EMBT, Miralles Tagliiabue EMBT, Mirallles Tagliabue EMBT

Semi-autonomous Sauna, Estonia, Architectural Bureau Pluss



Cocoon, Greece, polyanna paraskeva & associates

Tellus Nursery School, Sweden, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Evelyn Grace Academy, United Kingdom, Zaha Hadid Architects

The King’s School, United Kingdom, ORMS Architecture Design

Arts and Media Centre at The Doon School, India, Khosla Associates

PEGS Junior Boys School: Years 5 & 6 Building, Australia, McBride Charles Ryan

Workshops of the Marcel Sembat high school, France, Archi5

Sra Pou vocational school, Cambodia, Architects Rudanko Kankkunen

Deakin University, Building I Lecture Theatre, Australia, Woods Bagot

Kuggen, Sweden, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Trades North TAFE, Australia, JCY Architects and Urban Designers, JCY Architects & Urban Designers

Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom, Stanton Williams

Rikkyo University Niiza Campus, Japan, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Ravensbourne, United Kingdom, AZPA

City of Westminster College, United Kingdom, schmidt hammer lassen architects

SEGAI Research Centre, Spain, GPY Arquitectos

Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, United States of America, Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC

Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates, Foster + Partners


New and old

Restoration and reuse of the old church of the Annunziata as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy, Tstudio, T-studio

PUZZLE PIECE, Spain, Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos

Snape Maltings, United Kingdom, Haworth Tompkins

Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment, Australia, NH Architecture

Leisure & Comercial Centre Las Arenas, Spain, Alonso, Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados, Alonso, Balaguer and Associated Architects, in association with Richard Rogers Partnership

Harris Street Studios, Australia, Allen Jack+Cottier, Allen Jack+Cottier Architects

Mount Melleray, Ireland, dhbArchitects


Alemanys 5, Spain, Anna Noguera, arquitecta

Morse and Stiles Colleges, United States of America, KieranTimberlake

The Grebovka Pavilion, Czech Republic, SGL Projekt s.r.o.

Rubem Braga Elevator Complex, Brazil, JBMC Arquitetura & Urbanismo Ltda, JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

PLAZA RICARD VIÑES, Spain, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Stanislavsky Factory, Russia, John McAslan + Partners

Iron Market, Haiti, John McAslan + Partners

Maboneng Phase 1- Arts on Main and Main street Life, South Africa, Daffonchio and associates architects, Daffonchio and Associates



Daniel Swarovski Corporation, Switzerland, ingenhoven architects international gmbh & co. kg, ingenhoven architects international gmbh & co. kg Düsseldorf, Zweigniederlassung Männedorf

Media-ICT, Spain, Cloud 9


Heron Tower, United Kingdom, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Angel Building, United Kingdom, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Ecosciences Precinct, Australia, HASSELL

Coca-Cola Spain Headquarters, Spain, DL+A, De Lapuerta + Asensio SLP

Offices for Bührmann & Partners Consulting Engineers, Namibia, Wasserfall Munting Architects

Bamboo Symphony, India, Manasram Architects, Manasaram Architects

Hans Klotz Limited Company, Italy, monovolume architecture+design

2 Offices/2 Brothers, Iran, arshstudio, Arsh Design Studio-Rambod R. Eilkhani, Pantea Eslami, Alireza Sherafati, Nashid Nabian

Hollow Core Headquarter, Taiwan, Stonehenge Architects International

The Crystal, Denmark, schmidt hammer lassen architects

studio sc, Brazil, Studio MK27


Production, energy and recycling

Printing Press, Kuwait, Dar SSH International Engineering Consultants, Dar SSH International

Advanced Forming Research Centre, United Kingdom, Hypostyle Architects

Hydroelectric Power Station Winnebach, Italy, monovolume architecture+design


CFER - Business and Recovery Training Centre, Canada, Régis Côté et associés, Demers Pelletier Architectes

In addition - Wine Cellars Schreckbichl, Italy, bergmeisterwolf architekten

Bodegas Portia, Faustino Winery, Spain, Foster + Partners



Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment, Australia, NH Architecture

E5 Shopping Mall, Turkey, Tabanlioglu Architects

iSQUARE, Hong Kong, Rocco Design Architects Ltd

Paseo Acoxpa, Mexico, Grupo Arquitech

Central Park, Indonesia, DP Architects Pte Ltd

Digicel Experience Store, Haiti, Weston Williamson

Decameron, Brazil, Studio MK27



Noor-e-Mobin’s sport hall, Iran, Fundamental Experience Architecture(F.E.A)

Sports Hall ‘On the hill’, Poland, Mackow Pracownia Projektowa, MACKOW

Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre, Australia, Allen Jack+Cottier

The Stork Nest Farm, Czech Republic, SGL Projekt s.r.o.

Qatar Showcase, Qatar, Arup Associates

Al Shaqab Equestrian Arena, Qatar, Leigh & Orange Ltd


Silverstone Wing, United Kingdom, POPULOUS

Tacoronte Municipal Swimming Pool, Spain, GPY Arquitectos


Structural design

CVJETNI, Croatia, Con AR

University of Wales, Newport  City Centre Campus, United Kingdom, BDP

Flagship Store, Pudong, Shanghai, China, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre, Australia, DesignInc

A Gathering Bridge: The Long Sleeve Skywalk, China, Turenscape

New Zealand’s Landmark Timber Structural Demonstration Building: NMIT Arts and Media Building, New Zealand, Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd

Ecoarea - Better Living, Italy, Alessandro Quadrelli Architetto

Strata SE1, United Kingdom, BFLS (Bogle, Flanagan, Lawrence, Silver)

8 Spruce Street - Beekman Tower, United States of America, Gehry Partners, LLP



Parkview Green, China, Integrated Design Associates Limited

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, United Arab Emirates, Zaha Hadid Architects

Kurilpa Bridge, Australia, Cox Architecture, Cox Rayner Architects

Multi-Storey Car Park, United Kingdom, Hypostyle Architects

Guangzhou South Railway Station, China, TFP Farrells Ltd

Malmö Central Station, Sweden, Metro Arkitekter

Rotterdam Traffic Control Centre, Netherlands, Broekbakema


Future projects


Wadi Rum Resort, Jordan, Oppenheim Architectrure + Design

Antakya Hotel, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

London Wall Place, United Kingdom, Make

5 Broadgate, United Kingdom, Make

Medicalpark Ulus Hospital, Turkey, Zoom TPU, Tumay Mimarlik

5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Msheireb, Qatar, John McAslan + Partners

Taipei Nangang Office Tower, Taiwan, Taiwan, Aedas Limited

Bank of Chéngdu Headquarter, China, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

D  HOTEL, India, Sanjay Puri Architects, SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS PVT. LTD.

BIOME, India, Sanjay Puri Architects, SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS PVT. LTD.

Philips Lighting Zero Carbon Emission Building, China, Arup Associates

Ecoarea - Better Living, Italy, Alessandro Quadrelli Architetto

Muqarnas Tower, Saudi Arabia, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

ECHELON  INTERGLOBE HEADQUATERS, India, RSP Design Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Fusionopolis 4, Singapore, Singapore, Republic of, Aedas Limited

The ARC Office Building, Saudi Arabia, Abiat Architects


Competition entries

Catalinas Tower, Argentina, Isay Weinfeld

Place Lalla Yeddouna, Morocco, mossessian & partners

Competition for Comic and Animation Museum and Plaza, China, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Sports City Stadium, Saudi Arabia, POPULOUS

Tallinn Town Hall, Estonia, Bjarke Ingels Group, Allianss Arhitektid OÜ

Glacier Discovery Walk, Canada, Sturgess Architecture

Multifuncional Building “Rossi Sud Complex”, Italy, DRA&U, DRA&U srl

Camo-Density or: How I learned to love living in a hedge, Canada, RUFproject



Sancak Mosque, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

Mountain Eco Resort, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Haptic Architects, AU Studio

Desert Retreat, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, AU Studio, Haptic Architects


Royal Court Liverpool, United Kingdom, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Msheireb Cultural Forum, Qatar, John McAslan + Partners

Zhang Da Qian Museum, China, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Miralles Taglianue EMBT

Miami Pier Museum of Latin American Immigrants, United States of America, MJZ


Atlantis “Eco-Philia”, Korea South, Samoo Architects & Engineers

Port Arthur Resort, Australia, Circa Architecture



International Competition for the New Campus of Fudan University School of Management, China, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Miralles Taglliabue EMBT

Kuwait University Teaching School, Kuwait, Perkins+Will, Perkins+Will, New York

METU Student Center, Turkey, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Academic Campus, Saudi Arabia, Perkins+Will

Women’s Opportunity Center, Rwanda, Sharon Davis Design


Wadi Rum Resort, Jordan, Oppenheim Architectrure + Design


Inhabitable Sculpture, Portugal, Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

The Tower of Nests, China, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB



South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Australia, Woods Bagot

Medicalpark Ulus Hospital, Turkey, Zoom TPU, Tumay Mimarlik


Binh Chanh Pediatric Hospital, Vietnam, VK, 2050 A+P, Nhat My

Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Centre, Kenya, Perkins+Will, Triad Architects

National Heart Centre, Singapore, Republic of, ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

Vedanta Cancer Hospital & Research Center, India, MALIK ARCHITECTURE

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, Australia, Rice Daubney

Lakeside Spa and Boutique Hotel, Russia, McAdam Architects



Abu Dhabi Intermodal Transit Centre and Carpark, United Arab Emirates, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Metro stations, France, Atelier Zündel Cristea

Little India Mrt Station, Singapore, Republic of, Architects 61 Pte Ltd



Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, United States of America, Weiss/Manfredi

Park Supermarket, Netherlands, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten

Valencia Parque Central, Spain, Borgos Pieper

Shoreline Walk, Lebanon,

The Shoal, United Kingdom, Studio Egret West Limited


Zócalo 11 de Julio, Mexico, 7XA Taller de Arquitectura

Stadi_city, Qatar, Desitecture



Subh griha and new haven,Vashind-Maharashtra, India, Callison L L C

Paddington Crossrail, United Kingdom, Weston Williamson

Atlantic North West, Southampton, UK, United Kingdom, Capita Symonds

West Kowloon Cultural District Conceptual Plan, Hong Kong, Rocco Design Architects Ltd

Candlestick Point / Hunters Point Shipyard, United States of America, IBI Group

Begin with an Ecological Infrastructure:The Wulijie Eco-City, China, Turenscape

Tianjin Eco-city Plot 8 &17, PRC, China, Aedas Limited

Women’s Opportunity Center, Rwanda, Sharon Davis Design



Park Hill, Sheffield, UK, United Kingdom, Hawkins\Brown, Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West

Vicem Residences, Turkey, EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

Girassol Building, Brazil, Isay Weinfeld

Musheireb - Heart of Doha, Qatar, mossessian & partners

35th Street Housing Complex, Turkey, Teget Architecture

Quarza, Malaysia, Broadway Malyan

PALMYRA, Mauritius, Sanjay Puri Architects, SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS PVT. LTD.

Orchard Suites, Singapore, Republic of, MKPL Architects Pte Ltd

CARGO XXL, Slovenia, City Studio d.o.o.

72 Collective Housing Units, France, LAN Architecture

Wafra Living, Kuwait, AGi Architects

G Plus Residences, Turkey, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

Rope Factory Lofts, Turkey, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

CHINTELS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, India, RSP Design Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd.

The Case Study Biotope Housing, United States of America, Koji Tsutsui & Associates

Staff and Doctor’s Housing for Vedanta Cancer Hospital & Research Center, India, MALIK ARCHITECTURE

L-and reserve, Portugal, Studio MK27, studiomk27

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