ACME’s £164 million Victoria Gate development in Leeds city centre was named the world’s best retail scheme on a highly successful day for UK practices at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin
The 26,000m2 ‘reintepretation of the 19th-century arcade’ won the Shopping – Completed Projects category and was described by the judges as having ‘contributed greatly to the urban fabric’ with its ‘beautiful interior spaces’.
It joined a swathe of big project wins for British firms, including WilkinsonEyre’s Battersea Power Station plans in the Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects category, and AHMM’s ‘internally complex’ Westminster Bridge Road scheme, which bagged the Mixed-Use – Completed Projects category.
Meanwhile, Waugh Thistleton’s Bushey Cemetery scheme was named best completed religious building. The jury said the high-quality, rammed earth project was ‘the most complete’ of all the finalists with regard to ‘landscaping, light, arrival and departure’.
And, in the Education –- Future Projects category, the proposed new Aga Khan Academy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Shatotto, won top prize.
Elsewhere, highly commended schemes included Zaha Hadid Architects’ Salerno Maritime Terminal in Italy in the Transport – Completed Buildings category and two projects for the Culture – Future Projects prize: Heatherwick Studio’s Zeitz MOCAA in South Africa, and Wright & Wright’s Lambeth Palace Library in London.
All the categories winners will now have to present for a second time in front of the WAF Super Jury with the overall victor being crowned best building in the world later today (17 November).
World Architecture Festival 2017 - Day Two Category Winners
Education - Future Projects Winner: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and SHATOTTO architecture, Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Education - Future Projects Highly Commended: Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel Academy Educational Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
Residential - Future Projects Winner supported by GROHE: EAA Emre Arolat Architecture, Göksu Residences, Istanbul, Turkey
Residential - Future Projects Highly Commended supported by GROHE: Modern Office of Design + Architecture, Village, Calgary, Canada
Commercial Mixed Use - Future Projects Winner supported by Miele: WilkinsonEyre, Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom
Transport - Completed Buildings Winner: Grüntuch Ernst Architects, Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany
Transport - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Zaha Hadid Architects, Salerno Maritime Terminal, Salerno, Italy
Masterplanning - Future Projects Winner: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia
Masterplanning - Future Projects Highly Commended: O2 Design Atelier, One Heart Foundation - Orphanage & Children Eco-Village, Kakamega, Kenya
Hotel & Leisure - Completed Buildings Winner supported by GROHE: Cong Sinh Architects, Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Shopping - Completed Buildings Winner: ACME, Victoria Gate, Leeds, United Kingdom
Shopping - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Nikken Sekkei, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Health - Completed Buildings Winner: Ntsika Architects, Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa
Health - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Nickl & Partner Architekten, Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Vienna, Austria
House - Future Projects Winner: Monk Mackenzie Architects, Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
Mixed Use - Completed Buildings Winner supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Mixed Use - Completed Buildings Highly Commended supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Stu/D/O Architects, Naiipa Art Complex, Bangkok, Thailand
Religion - Completed Buildings Winner: Waugh Thistleton Architects, Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom
Religion - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Fearon Hay Architects, Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland, New Zealand
Higher Education & Research - Completed Buildings Winner: C.F. Møller Architects, Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark
Higher Education & Research - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: Savage + Dodd Architects, Sol Plaatje University - Building C002, Kimberley, South Africa
Culture - Future Projects Winner: Sweco Architects, Kulturkorgen - A Basket Full of Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
Culture - Future Projects Highly Commended: Wright & Wright Architects, Lambeth Palace Library, London, United Kingdom
Culture - Future Projects Highly Commended: Heatherwick Studio, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Villa - Completed Buildings Winner: Irving Smith Architects, Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand
Villa - Completed Buildings Highly Commended: EMC Arquitectura, Casa Escondida, La Libertad, El Salvador