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World Architecture Festival 2011 Awards shortlist announced

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The AJ can exclusively reveal the 284-strong shortlist of projects competing for prizes at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards

Representing 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.

The finalists include a theatre made of straw in Estonia, a soccer school in Sowetto, a tree hotel in Sweden, a bamboo office in India and a moving gallery in New York.

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 284 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

Wexford County Council headquarters, Ireland by Robin Lee Architecture

Wexford County Council headquarters, Ireland by 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
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
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
Shima Kitchen, Japan, Architects Atelier Ryo Abe
NO99 Straw Theatre, Estonia, Salto AB OÜ
Holburne Museum of Art, United Kingdom, Eric Parry Architects



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
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion, Norway, Snøhetta
Windmill Hill, United Kingdom, Stephen Marshall Architects

Rothschild Foundation, Windmill Hill. Aylesbury, by Stephen Marshall Architects

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Rothschild Foundation, Windmill Hill. Aylesbury, by Stephen Marshall Architects



Rehabilitation centre Groot Klimmendaal, Netherlands, Architectenbureau K van Velsen BV
The Waldron by Henley Halebrown Rorrison, United Kingdom
NCT National Centre for Tumour Diseases, Germany, Behnisch Architekten
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
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
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 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 with Taller A - Mauricio Ceballos
The Apartment House, Singapore, formwerkz architects
Sime Darby Idea House, Malaysia, Broadway Malyan, Alizar Architect
The Windcatcher House, Singapore K2LD Architects Pte
Home Farm, United Kingdom, De Matos Ryan
House for a Family of Five, New Zealand, RTA Studio
Sentosa Cove, Singapore, MKPL Architects Pte
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, 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 Architecture & Design



The Clarendon, United States of America, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Thespian, Poland, Mackow Pracownia Projektowa
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, Rodrigo Carvallo
Magnificent Homes, India, HP Lakhani Associates
Mont Timah, Cluster Housing, Singapore, Republic of, Chan Sau Yan Associates
Orange Grove House, Australia, Fiona Winzar Architects
Duchess Residences, Singapore, MKPL Architects Pte
Gladstonos 22, Cyprus, Theo David Architects
Co-Housing Hoogvliet, Netherlands, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten
Sustainable Dwelings, Paris, France, MCBAD Colomer Dumont
Centre Village, Canada, 5468796 Architecture Inc, Cohlmeyer Architecture
Student Residence, France, LAN Architecture
Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment, Australia, HBO+EMTB



This is not a framed garden, Lebanon, Francis Landscapes Sal. Offshore
Sensational park, Italy, Nabito Architects - Alessandra Faticanti e Roberto Ferlito & Partners
Treelodge, Singapore, Surbana International Consultants Pte
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
Semi-autonomous Sauna, Estonia, Architectural Bureau Pluss



Cocoon, Greece, polyanna paraskeva & associates
Tellus Nursery School, Sweden, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
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
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 Architects
Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates, Foster + Partners
Evelyn Grace Academy, United Kingdom, Zaha Hadid Architects

Evelyn Grace Academy, United Kingdom, Zaha Hadid Architects

Evelyn Grace Academy, United Kingdom, Zaha Hadid Architects


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 and Associated Architects, in association with Richard Rogers Partnership
Harris Street Studios, Australia, Allen Jack+Cottier
Mount Melleray, Ireland, dhbArchitects
Shima Kitchen, Japan, Architects Atelier Ryo Abe
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 Vines, Spain, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Stanislavsky Factory, Russia, John McAslan + Partners
Iron Market, Haiti, John McAslan + PartnersMaboneng 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
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

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
Bank of Chéngdu Headquarter, China, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Nikken Sekkei
Hotel, India, Sanjay Puri Architects
BIOME, India, Sanjay Puri Architects
Philips Lighting Zero Carbon Emission Building, China, Arup Associates
Ecoarea - Better Living, Italy, Alessandro Quadrelli Architetto
Muqarnas Tower, Saudi Arabia, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Echelon Interglobe Headquarters, India, RSP Design Consultants (India) Pvt.
Fusionopolis 4, Singapore, Aedas
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
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
Art Digital Center - capus milla digital, Spain, MCBAD colomer dumont
Royal Court Liverpool, United Kingdom, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Msheireb Cultural Forum, Qatar, John McAslan + Partners
Zhang Da Qian Museum, China, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Miami Pier Museum of Latin American Immigrants, USA, MJZ
Auditorium and Conventions Center in Morro Jable, Spain, Menis Arquitectos
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
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
COFCO Agricultural Eco-valley, China, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
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
The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom, HOK
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
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, 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
Skygate, Lebanon, Francise Landscapes Sal Offshore
Zócalo 11 de Julio, Mexico, 7XA Taller de Arquitectura
Stadi_city, Qatar, Desitecture



Subh griha and new haven,Vashind-Maharashtra, India, Callison
Paddington Crossrail, United Kingdom, Weston Williamson
Atlantic North West, Southampton, UK, Capita Symonds
West Kowloon Cultural District Conceptual Plan, Hong Kong, Rocco Design Architects
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
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 ArchitectsGirassol 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
Orchard Suites, Singapore,MKPL Architects
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 Developments, India, RSP Design Consultants (India) Pvt
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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