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WAF day two winners: Zaha Hadid's Oxford College among victors

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ smooth, silver college building for Oxford University has scooped one of the five built category on the second day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin

The Investcorp Building for Oxford University Middle East Centre was named the best higher education & research building in the world by the jury at the huge, annual international architectural event.

The judges said: ’Zaha Hadid expressed an architecture and form that allows the interior of the spaces to enjoy the view of the urban setting while cladding the building in a material that say ‘I am the future’”.

There was also an award for London-based Amos Goldreich Architecture working with Jacobs Yaniv Architects in the Future Projects: health category - one of seven accolades handed out yesterday (17 November) for yet-to-be-built schemes.

The architects’ proposed Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Israel was praised by the judging panel as a ’socially driven, responsive design’ which demonstrated an ’invitingly open and considered interface between interior and exterior spaces.’

HHealth: future projects. Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

Health: future projects. Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

Health: future projects. Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

Other winners in the built categories were Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor’s ‘sensitive design’ for the Nötkärnan private health clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden, which was handed the award for the best healthcare building.

The centre for city’s Somali community was hailed as ’clear, elegant solution that brings nature directly into the healing environment’ while its ‘clever façade manipulation gives an illusion of depth’.

Health - Completed Building: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, Nötkärnan, Gothenburg, Sweden

Health - Completed Building: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, Nötkärnan, Gothenburg, Sweden

Health - Completed Building: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, Nötkärnan, Gothenburg, Sweden

A conversion of an unused former highway offramp to complete Auckland’s inner city cycle network by Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab’s #LightPathAKL won the transport category.  The jury described the project as a ‘brilliant, fun intervention [demonstrating] how human intercession into a car dominated environment offers a catalytic public space for cycling and walking’.

Transport - Completed Buildings: Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab, #LightPathAKL, Auckland, New Zealand

Transport - Completed Buildings: Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab, #LightPathAKL, Auckland, New Zealand

Transport - Completed Buildings: Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab, #LightPathAKL, Auckland, New Zealand

St Trinitatis Church in Leipzig, Germany, was awarded best religious building of the year. The project by Schulz und Schulz was described by the judging panel as ‘an ingenious strategy centred around an open and engaging public space – a true urban church’.

Religion - Completed Buildings: Schulz und Schulz, St.Trinitatis Church, Leipzig, Germany

Religion - Completed Buildings: Schulz und Schulz, St.Trinitatis Church, Leipzig, Germany

Religion - Completed Buildings: Schulz und Schulz, St.Trinitatis Church, Leipzig, Germany

Dutch architects MVRDV were victorious in the shopping category with the Crystal Houses project - a transparent new façade for the Chanel store on Amsterdam’s upmarket shopping street, PC Hooftstraat. Judges praised the architects for demonstrating ’such invention and bravado by using cast glass blocks that build their own crystalline wall with the memory and reference of the traditional shop unit in the High Street’.

Shopping - Completed Buildings: MVRDV, Crystal Houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shopping - Completed Buildings: MVRDV, Crystal Houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shopping - Completed Buildings: MVRDV, Crystal Houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

HCMA Architecture + Design triumphed in the sport category for its Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, Canada.The judges said the project’s design ’combined structural efficiency with an iconic silhouette’ and commended its wooden roof structure for ‘keeping clear of technical installation, allowing a very precise understanding of the overall space’.

Sport - Completed Buildings: HCMA Architecture + Design, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada

SSport - Completed Buildings: HCMA Architecture + Design, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada

Sport - Completed Buildings: HCMA Architecture + Design, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada

Meanwhile Aim Architecture’s Fushengyu Hotspring Resort in Mianyang, China won the hotel and leisure category. According to the judges, the project created ’an unfolding sequence of atmosphere and experiences’ with its choice of materials helping to ’unite the differently designed elements’ and give it the identity and feel of a village.

Future Projects winners:

Leisure Led Development Future Projects: Oppenheim Architecture, Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse, Aqaba, Jordan
Competition Entries - Future Projects: Aedas, Chengdu City Music Hall, Chengdu, China
Health Future Projects: Amos Goldreich Architecture and Jacobs Yaniv Architects, Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Israel, Near Tel Aviv, Israel
Residential - Future Projects: Design and More International, Uptown, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Culture - Future Projects: Boogertman + Partners Architects, Wangari Muta Maathai House, Nairobi, Kenya
Commercial Mixed-Use Future Projects: Woha, Kampung Admiralty, Singapore
Education - Future Projects: Hayball, South Melbourne Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
Masterplanning - Future Projects: Arkitema Architects, Naerheden - suburb of the future, Copenhagen, Denmark
House - Future Projects: 5468796 Architecture, Arthur Residence, Regina, Canada

House - Future Projects: 5468796 Architecture, Arthur Residence, Regina, Canada

House - Future Projects: 5468796 Architecture, Arthur Residence, Regina, Canada

House - Future Projects: 5468796 Architecture, Arthur Residence, Regina, Canada

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