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In pictures: WAF 2014 shortlist revealed

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Buildings by Zaha Hadid, Foster + Partners, OMA, Farrells, and Aedas are in the running to pick up prizes at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF)

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s RIBA Award-winning Manchester School of  Art, Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham, and five schemes by AJ100 big-hitters AHMM, are among the UK-based projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year Award.

The 27 different awards categories cover completed buildings, landscape projects and future schemes, and fr the first time the prestigious accolades feature a small projects category.

The entries to the seventh annual awards have come from more than 50 countries – with a huge increase in those coming from Asia.

Paul Finch, WAF programme director, said: ‘From small structures to industrial complexes, the breadth of projects shortlisted this year reveals the diversity and strength of global architectural design. It also demonstrates the creativity and tenacity of the international architectural community in creating these truly remarkable schemes.’

The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building or Future Project of the Year award, judged by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, which this year is being led by Richard Rogers.  

The 2014 World Architecture Festival is taking place at Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 1 – 3 October.  

Completed projects - the shortlist in full

Civic and community

  • TOKKO Youth Space, UK by AStudio
  • WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, USA by Studio Gang Architects
  • AGL Lakeside Pavilion, Australia by Anthony Nolan, Kennedy Associates
  • The Chapel, Vietnam by Hiep Nguyen
  • Spotlight Youth Space, UK by AStudio


  • Akiha Ward Cultural Center, Japan by Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
  • Danish Maritime Museum, Denmark by BIG
  • OSU Postal Plaza Gallery, USA by Elliott + Associates Architects
  • Bombay Arts Society, India by Sanjay Puri
  • Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Garangula Gallery, Australia by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects
  • Library of Birmingham, UK by Mecanoo
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza, South Korea by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Opera Florence, Italy by ABDR Architetti Associati
  • Lenbachhaus Museum, Germany by Foster + Partners
  • Acoustic Shells, UK by Flanaghan Lawrence


  • Te Kaitaka, New Zealand by Fearon Hay Architects
  • Buk Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA, South Korea by Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens Centre, New Zealand by Patterson Associates Limited
  • Cellular Tessellation, Australia by Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University


  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Australia by HDR Rice Daubney
  • Whyalla Regional Cancer Centre Redevelopment, Australia by Hames Sharley
  • SOCSO Rehabilitation Centre, Malaysia by Anuar Aziz Architect
  • Dandenong Mental Health Facility, Australia by Bates Smart Architects (in association with The Irwin Alsop Group)

Higher education and research

  • Australian PlantBank, Australia by BVN Donovan Hill
  • Medical Science 2, University of Tasmania, Australia by Lyons
  • University of Paris IV-Sorbonne’s Clignancourt Centre, France by GPAA
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building, China by Aedas
  • Aula Medica, Sweden by WingÃ¥rdh Arkitektkontor AB
  • Dalarna Media Library, Sweden by ADEPT
  • Manchester School of Art, UK by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L Anderson Design Center, USA by Marlon Blackwell Architect with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
  • Jockey Club Innovation Tower, China by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • The 82 Bank Learning Centre, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • Deakin University, Burwood Highway Frontage building, Australia, Woods Bagot
  • Library and Learning Centre, University of Economics, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Sustainable Industries Education Centre - Tonsley Tafe, Australia by MPH Architects
  • Departments Of Law And Central Administration,  Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria by CRAB Studio
  • Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, Australia by CRAB Studio
  • Griffith University: Rescuing the Declining Campus, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects

Hotel and leisure

  • Son La Restaurant, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia
  • Langham Place, Guangzhou, China by Aedas
  • DOTS, Vietnam by Group8asia Singapore Pte Ltd
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Japan by Nikken Sekkai
  • Creative Nature - Restaurant and Teahouse at Narada Resort and Spa Qixian Mount, China by Verse Design
  • Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay, China by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd
  • Xi’an Westin Museum Hotel, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Crown Mahogany Room, Australia by Bates Smart
  • KC Grande Resort & Spa-Hill Side, Thailand by Makakrai Suthadarat, FOUNDRY OF SPACE
  • Orchard Spa, UK, De Matos Ryan
  • The Tent, Vietnam by Hiep Nguyen


  • Shams Villa, Iran by Karand Group
  • Ssangdalri House, South Korea by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
  • Narigua House, Mexico by David Pedroza Castañeda
  • Sharifi-Ha House, Iran by Alireza Taghaboni
  • House for Trees, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Binh Thanh House, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Pittwater House, Australia by Andrew Burges Architects
  • Aperture House, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects & Twofold Studio
  • Private Library, Malaysia by Ken Wong, John Ding, Unit One Design Sdn Bhd
  • Abadan Residential Apartment, Iran by Farshad Mehdizadeh
  • Villa Stamerbos, Netherlands by 70F architecture
  • Casa Lapis, Malaysia by Frank Lee Huat Ling
  • Stamp House, Australia by Charles Wright Architects
  • The Overlapping Land/House-Cluny House, Singapore by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Home 2.0, Netherlands by 70F architecture
  • Garden House, UK by De Matos Ryan
  • Moor House by Andrew Maynard Architects


  • Goodwood Residence, Singapore by WOHA
  • The Carve, Norway by A-LAB
  • Magma Towers, Mexico by Gilberto L. Rodríguez
  • Constance Street Public Housing, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects
  • Oxley, Singapore by LAUD Architects
  • Six50 King, Canada by CORE Architects
  • Suhe Center, China by WSP Architects
  • Striped Living, Switzerland by Group8asia Singapore Pte Ltd
  • SCADpad, USA by Christian Sottile
  • SILT, Australia by Liam Proberts
  • NoXX Apartment, Turkey by Cem Sorguc / CM Architecture
  • William Street Quarter, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Seven Crescent, Singapore by MKPL Architects Pte Ltd
  • Dogarilor Apartment Building, Romania by ADN BA
  • Rhombus, Malaysia by John Ding, Ken Wong, Unit One Design
  • Vicem Bodrum Residences, Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

New and old

  • National Design Centre, Singapore by SCDA Architects
  • Office Building, Lithuania by Hackel-Kaape Trimonis Architekten
  • Factory Office Renovation, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Simonsland Textile Fashion Center, Sweden by Peter Janson, Sweco Architects
  • De Rotterdam, Netherlands by OMA
  • Sishane Park, Turkey by SANALarc
  • Sustainable Industries Education Centre - Tonsley Tafe, Australia by MPH Architects
  • Regent Street Block W4, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Rethinking the Split House, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Lenbachhaus Museum, Germany by Foster + Partners
  • Documentary Film Centre, Russia by Dmitry Likin and Oleg Shapiro


  • Grand Front Osaka, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • Massimo Dutti Headquarters, Spain by Batlle I Roig Architects
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China by OMA
  • Vishranthi Office, India by KSM Architecture
  • National Australia Bank, Australia by Woods Bagot
  • Centra Metropark, USA by KPF
  • ASB North Wharf, Australia by BVN Donovan Hill in association with Jasmax
  • 41X, Australian Institute of Architects, Australia by Lyons
  • 348 Sentral, Malaysia by Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn
  • Sandcrawler, Singapore by Aedas
  • Sweco Building, Sweden by Riina Espenberg Flodin, Sweco Architects
  • Liberty Place, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • healthouse @ krokslätt, Sweden by WingÃ¥rdh Arkitekontor AB
  • Swedbank Headquarters, Sweden by 3XN
  • 240 Blackfriars, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Alconbury Incubator, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Selcuk Ecza HQ, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects

Production energy and recycling

  • OSU South Campus Chiller, USA by Ross Barney Architects
  • TSMC Fab 15, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners
  • Earth Wind and Fire, France by Atelier Arcau
  • Sir Samuel Griffith Centre, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects
  • G-Star RAW HQ, Netherlands by OMA
  • Haneda Chronogate, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • Factory on the Earth, Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects and Associates
  • Lune de Sang Sheds, Australia by CHROFI


  • Abraham’s Well, Israel by Eli Armon
  • La Ascensian del Seator Church, Spain by AGi architects
  • Moravian Church Amsterdam ZO, Netherlands by 70F Architecture
  • Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple, Singapore by Czarl Architects
  • Christ Methodist Church, Singapore by K2LD Architects


  • Redevelopment and Expansion of King George V School Performing Arts Block, China by Ronald Lu & Partners
  • School ‘t Hofke, Netherlands by UArchitects: Misak Terzibasiyan and Emile van Vugt
  • Farming Kindergarten, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • William Jones College Preparatory High School, USA by Perkins + Will
  • Chobham Academy, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Branksome Hall Asia Campus, South Korea by MKPL Designs Pte Ltd


  • Center 66, China by Aedas
  • Cultura Bookstore, Brazil by studio mk27
  • Yalikavak Marina Complex, Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects
  • Westgate, Singapore by Benoy Ltd, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd
  • Chengdu IFS, China by Benoy Ltd


  • Hong Kong Velodrome, China by P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd
  • Luanda Multisport Pavilion, Angola by Miguel Berger
  • NTFSH Gymnasium, Taiwan by QLAB
  • Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore by Singapore Sports Hub Design Team
  • WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, USA by Studio Gang
  • The Concrete Cloud, Bayan Club, Malaysia by S.Pin Architect


  • Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, New Zealand by BVN Donovan Hill
  • Scale Lane Bridge, UK by McDowell + Benedetti
  • Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan by Foster + Partners
  • Olympic Park Railway Station, Russia by Studio 44 Architects
  • Skyttelbron, Shuttle Bridge in Lund, Sweden by Rafael Palomo, Sweco Architects


  • offSET Shed House, New Zealand by Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd
  • Dune House, New Zealand by Fearon Hay Architects Ltd
  • Villa Marina, Philippines by Emmanuel A. Miatana
  • Emerald Bluffs House, New Zealand by RTA Studio
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