LONDON - A Buddhist temple in Singapore, an invisible eco-tourism resort in Turkey, a maritime
museum in Copenhagen and the new masterplan for Gatwick Airport are among the projects
that have today been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards 2014 –
the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.
Taking place at this year’s seventh annual World Architecture Festival, the WAF awards 2014
have attracted entries from more than 50 countries. The festival organisers, i2i Events
Group, received entries from across the globe, from countries such as Costa Rica and
Kuwait, to Japan and Jordan.
The organisers have seen a huge increase in entries from Asian countries, with projects in
China, Malaysia and Vietnam up on last year by 87%, 71% and 140% respectively. The
geographic spread of entries on the shortlist is further complemented by the variety of
projects, from an opera house in Italy, to a variety of health facilities in Australia and a
chapel in Brazil.
Buildings designed by established global practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA,
Foster & Partners, BIG, Woods Bagot, KPF, Farrells, Perkins & Will and Aedas, feature in the
shortlisted entries. Practices will compete across 27 individual award categories, spanning
completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, presenting their shortlisted
designs live to international judging panels and delegates at this year’s festival.
For the first time, this year’s festival will have a separate small projects category as the
judges wished to highlight design skill which had a disproportionate relationship to the
physical size of a project.
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. We’d like to
congratulate the architects responsible as they prepare to present the merits of their
schemes live at the festival in October.”
The 2014 festival is being held in Singapore for the third time, taking place between 1 – 3
October. The winners of each future project and completed building category are put
forward to compete for the coveted World Building or Future Project of the Year award,
presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the
culmination of WAF 2014.
This year’s ‘super jury’ comprises a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers,
led by renowned British architect Lord Richard Rogers. Rogers will be joined on the superjury
by Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (USA), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain) and Peter
Rich (South Africa).
Two additional prizes will be awarded at this year's festival for the first time to reward the
creative use of colour and materials: The Exterior Colour Prize, sponsored by AkzoNobel;
and the Wood Excellence Prize, sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council
The theme for WAF’s main conference sessions in 2014 will be ‘Architects and the City’.
Speakers will examine the contribution architects can make, and the way they affect and are
affected by, politics, infrastructure, planning, communities and technology. Presentations
and panel discussions will feature prominent architects including keynote speeches from
Lord Richard Rogers (UK); Moshe Safdie (Canada) and Rocco Yim (Hong Kong); and
representatives from policy-makers and urban organisations.
World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors
www.insidefestival.com. INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and
also has at its heart a live international awards programme.
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