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Revealed: shortlists for 2016 WAF Awards

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More than 25 completed projects in the UK have been shortlisted in the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards

Projects in the running include Foster + Partners’ Crossrail Place, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Y:Cube Housing, and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Library at Willesden Green. 

Also hoping to receive a coveted award are CRAB’s bright-bue coloured drawing studio, Zaha Hadid Architects’ scheme at St Anthony’s College in Oxford and a Buddhist retreat in Suffolk by Walters and Cohen. 

The 343-strong international shortlist includes architects from 58 different nations with projects based across 58 countries. 

The shortlists: completed projects

Civic and community 

  • Te Oro, New Zealand by Archimedia
  • Qianhai International Convention Center, China by Shenzhen Huahui Design 
  • Salburua Civic Centre, Spain by Idom
  • The Waterfront Pavilion, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp 
  • The Library at Willesden Green, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Multi-aged community centre, Italy by Burnazzi Feltrin Architects 
  • Dokk1, Denmark by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Bhutan Happiness Centre, Bhutan by 1+1>2 Architects


  • Silesian Museum, Poland by Riegler Riewe Architekten 
  • Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • The Future of Us, Singapore by Advanced Architecture Laboratory, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • New Wings at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore by GreenhilLi architecture + design
  • Writers Theatre, USA by Studio Gang 
  • Australian Army Museum of Military Engineering, Australia by BVN and Conrad Gargett in association
  • China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, Italy by Studio Link-Arc
  • CKK “Jordanki”, Poland by Menis Arquitectos
  • Montagora cultural centre, Spain by Pere Puig Arquitecte
  • Mu Xin Art Museum, China by OLI Architecture
  • Len Lye Centre, New Zealand by Patterson Associates
  • Dokk1, Denmark by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Akagane Museum, Japan by Nikken Sekkei  
  • City Library Bruges, Belgium by Studio Farris Architects
  • National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • Romsdal Folk Museum, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Architects  
  • MOCA Yinchuan, China by waa (we architech anonymous)
  • Miyahata Jomon Museum, Japan by Furuichi and Associates


  • Vietnamese Traditional Food Exhibition, Vietnam by MIA Design Studio
  • Butterfly Pavilion – Noor Island, UAE by 3deluxe architecture
  • Inside the CLOUD, China by TEAM_BLDG
  • YKK80 Building, Japan by Nikken Sekkei  
  • The Waterfront Pavilion, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Floating, China by Kris Lin International Design
  • Fusion, China by Kris Lin International Design
  • Office of the Future / Future Foundation Pavillion, UAE by Killa Design (with Gensler)
  • Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp, Belgium by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Airport Pavilion, Brazil by Spadoni AA


  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital, Singapore by CPG Consultants in collaboration with HOK & studio505
  • Medical Rehabilitation Complex of SRC, Malaysia by Anuar Aziz Architect
  • Hisham A. Alsager Cardiac Center, Kuwait by AGi architect
  • South East Regional Hospital, Australia by BVN
  • Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, UK by Foster + Partners
  • The New Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark (GAPS), Denmark by Karlsson Architects / VLA
  • New QEII Hospital, UK by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Nötkärnan, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor 

Higher Education and Research

  • CFPA - Automotive Technology Center, Spain by Caas Arquitectes 
  • Investcorp Building for Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, UK by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Helmholtz Institute, University of Ulm HIU, Germany by Nickl & Partner Architekten 
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, USA by Studio Gang 
  • Piri Reis Maritime University, Turkey by Kreatif Architects
  • University of Sydney Business School, Australia by Woods Bagot
  • Faculty of Fine Arts, University of La Laguna, Spain by gpy arquitectos
  • Drawing Studio, UK by CRAB Studio
  • Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada by KPMB Architects | HCMA Architecture + Design Architects in joint venture
  • Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, UK by Ian Ritchie Architects
  • Campus Besos - UPC BcnTech, Spain by Batlle i Roig Architects 
  • Campus Motor, Spain by Pere Puig Arquitecte
  • World Maritime University, Tornhuset, Sweden by Terroir & Kim Utzon Architecture

Hotel and Leisure

  • Alila Seminyak, Indonesia by URBNarc 
  • Fushengyu Hotspring Resort, China by Aim Architecture
  • Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Hotel by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Naman Retreat Pure Spa, Vietnam by MIA Design Studio
  • Canberra Airport Hotel, Australia by Bates Smart
  • Nakâra 4* Residential Hotel, France by Jacques Ferrier Architecture
  • Zaborin, Japan by nA Nakayama Architects
  • Le Meridien Zhengzhou, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Baradari, City Palace Jaipur, India by Studio Lotus
  • Nobu Ryokan, USA by Studio PCH and Montalba Architects
  • Earth Village, Vietnam by 1+1>2 Architects
  • The Naka Phuket, Thailand by Duangrit Bunnag Architect 


  • Field House, Poland by Blank Architects
  • Villa Marittima, Australia by Robin Williams Architect
  • Indigo Slam, Australia by Smart Design Studio
  • Tin House, UK by Henning Stummel Architects 
  • 33 Holland Park, Singapore by studioMilou architecture
  • McLeod House, Australia by Ian Moore Architects
  • Keeper’s House and Lodge, Ireland by Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • E-Type House, New Zealand by RTA Studio
  • Nannup Holiday House, Australia by iredale pedersen hook architects
  • Jungle house, Brazil by studio mk27
  • CASA31_4 Room House, Australia by iredale pedersen hook architects and Caroline Di Costa Architect
  • The Red House, New Zealand by Crosson Architects
  • Living-Garden House, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • House Juniskär, Sweden by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg Arkitekter
  • HOUSE MM, Spain by OHLAB / Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab
  • Konieczny’s Ark, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • K Valley House, New Zealand by Herbst Architects


  • d’Leedon, Singapore by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • 10 Wylde Street, Australia by SJB
  • VIA 57 West, USA by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Biophilic Boarding House, Indonesia by Andyrahman Architect
  • R-House, Taiwan by Q-Lab
  • SkyVille @ Dawson, Singapore by Woha
  • Villa Catuçaba, Brazil by studio mk27
  • Anadara, Barangaroo, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Mirage by the Lake, Malaysia by AK+ Archipedia
  • Earth Village, Vietnam by 1+1>2 Architects
  • Kings Gate, UK by Lynch Architects
  • Y:Cube Mitcham, UK by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • XV Pacific Games Village, Papua New Guinea by Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Waterway Terraces, Singapore by Aedas
  • 12 Degrees, Canada by Core Architects 
  • Aluminium Tip, France by Babin + Renaud Architectes


  • 131 Sloane Street, UK by Stiff + Trevillion 
  • Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore by Woha
  • The Void, South Korea by Hyunjoonyoo Architects
  • Domaine Ott Winery at Château de Selle, Côtes de Provence, France by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect
  • Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, UK by Foster + Partners
  • BCEC on Grey Street, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects
  • NewActon Nishi, Australia by Fender Katsalidis Architects
  • Porto Cruise Terminal, Portugal by Luís Pedro Silva Arquitecto
  • One Tower Residence, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Apartment Building ‘Kurkowa 14’ & Office Building ‘Dubois 41’, Poland by Maćków Pracownia Projektowa 
  • Corner House, UK by DSDHA 
  • Malmö Live, Sweden by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

New and Old

  • Boathouse 4, UK by Walters & Cohen Architects
  • Montforthaus, Austria by Hascher Jehle Architektur
  • Royal Court Theatre, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Beyazit State Library, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • National Gallery Singapore by studioMilou Singapore and CPG Consultants
  • Triangulo Corona, Mexico by Arqmov Workshop
  • Haveli Dharampura, India by Spaces Architects@ka
  • Live Works, UK by Flanagan Lawrence
  • Re-born from ruins into culture Park, Tectonics of Ten Drum Sugar Factory, Taiwan by S. T. Yeh Architect
  • The Brewery Yard, Australia by Tzannes
  • Cattle back Mountain Volunteer House, China by dEEP Architects
  • Deirdre Dyson Gallery, UK by Timothy Hatton Architects
  • Academic Wing, UK by Berman Guedes Stretton
  • Canada House, UK by Stantec
  • Niven Road Studio, Singapore by Wow Architects
  • The Garden Building, Lincoln College, UK by Stanton Williams
  • Skjern River Pump Stations, Denmark by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter 


  • TransGrid Headquarters, Australia by Bates Smart
  • Sina Plaza, China by Aedas
  • Novartis Building, Australia by HDR
  • Shinsegae International, South Korea by Olson Kundig
  • The Philips APAC Center, Singapore by Laud Architects
  • Torre BBVA Bancomer, Mexico by LegoRogers
  • The Hiscox Building, UK by Make Architects
  • DEG 42, Norway by A-lab
  • Hachette Livre Headquarters, France by Jacques Ferrier Architecture
  • The Zig Zag Building, UK by Lynch Architects
  • Zorlu Levent Office, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarter by Ruiz Pardo & Nebreda
  • City Business Centre Timisoara - final ensemble ( C-D-E buildings and public space), Romania by Andreescu&Gaivoronschi 
  • OMICRON Campus, Austria by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
  • 184 Shepherds Bush Road, UK by Collado Collins 

Production, Energy and Recycling

  • The Coffee Cathedral. Mexico by Arq.Agr
  • Eurogıda Factory, Turkey by Oney Architecture
  • LA Winery, Turkey by Kreatif Architects
  • Vinero Winery, Turkey by Tekeli Sisa Architects
  • Hellman Logistics, New Zealand by RTA Studio
  • Floating Fields, China by Thomas Chung


  • St. Trinitatis Church, Germany by Schulz und Schulz 
  • Capilla de Totihue, Chile by Gonzalo Mardones Arquitectos
  • Immanuel Chapel, USA by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, UK by Walters & Cohen Architects
  • Amhults Church, Sweden by Sweco Architects
  • Grace Assembly of God Church, Singapore by Laud Architects 


  • Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursey, Japan by Hibinosekkei + Youji no Shiro
  • German School, Spain by Grüntuch Ernst Architects
  • Baan Huay Sarn Yaw - Post Disaster School, Thailand by Vin Varavarn Architects
  • Hardenvoort passive campus for children and youngsters, Belgium by Buro II & Archi+I
  • Plymouth School of Creative Arts, UK by Felden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Tarawera High School, New Zealand by RTA Studio
  • District School Bergedorf, Germany by blauraum 
  • Davenies School, UK by DSDHA


  • Olympia 66, China by Aedas
  • Östermalm’s Temporary Market Hall, Sweden by Tengbom
  • Massimo Dutti, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • The Commons, Thailand by Department of Architecture
  • 61 Oxford Street, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Crystal Houses, The Netherlands by MVRDV


  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais, France by Populous
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Canada by HCMA Architecture + Design
  • GAME Streetmekka, Denmark by Effekt 
  • Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Sports Hall, Australia by Allen Jack+Cottier
  • AEP Fitness Centre, USA by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Mexico by Populous


  • Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects in association with Aurecon
  • CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Station, USA by Ross Barney Architects
  • Taiwan High Speed Rail Changhua Station, Taiwan by Kris Yao | Artech 
  • South Entrance, Sweden by Tengbom Architects
  • #LightPathAKL, New Zealand by Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab
  • Car Park P1, Hamburg Airport, Germany by Riegler Riewe Architekten 
  • Rosa Parks Station (RER E line), France by Arep
  • Wehrhahn Line, Germany by Netzwerkarchitekten
  • Byens Bro, Foot and Cycle Bridge, Denmark by Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Bridge in Rinkeby, Sweden by Rundquist Arkitekter

Landscape - rural projects

  • Bürchen Public Square, Switzerland by Fernando Menis, SLPU
  • Stihl Treetop Walkway, UK by Glenn Howells Architects

Landscape - urban projects

  • Urban farm at the VDNKH, Russia by Wowhaus
  • Fishponds Transformed: Yichang Yunhe Park, China by Turenscape
  • Under the Ficus shade : The Garden at Ad Lib Hotel, Thailand by TROP : terrains + open space
  • Offenbach Harbour, Germany by Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
  • Quilting the terrain: Quzhou Luming Park, China by Turenscape
  • Aga Khan Park, Canada by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
  • The Goods Line, Australia by Aspect Studios with Chrofi
  • Kopupaka Reserve, New Zealand by Isthmus 

Small Projects

  • Multi-aged community centre, Italy by Burnazzi Feltrin Architects 
  • The Book Stop Project, Philippines by WTA Architecture and Design Studio
  • ZCB Bamboo Pavilion, Hong Kong by The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture
  • Vietnamese Traditional Food Exhibition, Vietnam by MIA Design Studio
  • Good Morning Saigon, Vietnam by a21studĩo
  • KODA Walking Concrete, Estonia by Kodasema OÜ
  • The Magoda Project, Tanzania by Ingvartsen Architects
  • Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects in association with Aurecon
  • South Entrance, Sweden by Tengbom

The practices will go on to battle it out in front of an international jury at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November with the hope of being crowned World Building of the Year. 

This year the super-jury includes architect David Chipperfield, Sauerbruch Hutton co-founder Louisa Hutton and the architect behind last year’s overall winner Ole Scheeren. 

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival, said: ‘This is a very exciting year for us, with a record entry and a very high overall standard. Our move to Berlin, after four successful years in Singapore, has not deterred Asian and Australasian practices from entering the awards, and we have seen big increases from Europe and North America. We look forward to meeting the shortlisted architects in Berlin in November.’ 

The World Architecture Festival runs from 16 – 18 November at the Arena Berlin.


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