World Architecture Festival 2018: A world of architecture in Amsterdam
An art gallery in a former grain silo, an origami-inspired research centre and a vast conservatory in Australia: These are just a handful of the 536 extraordinary building projects that made it to the shortlist at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF). At the festival – which is to be held at RAI Amsterdam from 28 to 30 November 2018 – the nominees will discover which projects the jury has decided to honour with a WAF Award.
World Architecture Festival: A smörgåsbord of architecture
2018 will mark the eleventh edition of the World Architecture Festival.
This year, the event not only has more participants than ever before, but also more awards to hand out. Depending on the building type and the status of the project, the WAF jurors allocated the over 500 nominations to one of 35 categories. From palaces of culture and health centres to private residences, residential developments and visionary infrastructure projects, all of the works are assigned to a Completed Buildings, Future Projects or Landscape category. Newcomers to the industry and small architecture firms compete with renowned industry icons such as Zaha Hadid.
Berlin passes the baton to Amsterdam – and the Dutch architecture scene runs with it
After festivals in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin, the RAI exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam is this year hosting the international architecture event for the first time. WAF 2018 has seen record numbers of submissions from Dutch teams: Arons en Gelauff Architecten have entered both their Pontsteiger apartments and the luxurious Amsterdam riverside Wiener & Co residences in the Housing – Large Scale category.
Germany hasn’t submitted as many entries this year: With the Off-Grid House Villa F by Christoph Hesse in the village of Titmaringhausen, and the spaceship-like SKF Test Centre in Schweinfurt by Tchoban Voss Architekten, the country has two nominations in the Production, Energy & Recycling category. The Dorotheen Quartier in Stuttgart may bring home a Mixed-use Award for Behnisch Architekten, and the new town hall by Ingenhoven Architects in Freiburg is up for a Civic and Community prize.
Familiar faces hotly tipped for “World Building of the Year”
As has been the case in previous years, completed buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects are hotly tipped to do well at WAF 2018. The new King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Saudi Arabia, which has been placed in the Higher Education & Research category, is just one of the firm’s nominations. The origami-inspired building stands out not only thanks to its unusual modular structure, but also with its cutting-edge technology designed to maximise energy efficiency and sustainability.
The Zeitz MOCAA by Heatherwick Studio made an appearance as a “Future Project” at WAF 2017. Having undergone some extensive conversion work, the former grain silo in Cape Town is now a spectacular cultural centre. As well as being nominated for an award in the New and Old category, the building is also a contender for the top award at the World Architecture Festival. All winners in the Completed Building category are considered for the title of “World Building of the Year”.
World Architecture Festival: Success, sightseeing and socialising
At the end of November, the nominees will find out which projects have won a coveted WAF Award. Amsterdam expects to welcome more than 2000 architects and designers from all over the world during this year’s World Architecture Festival.
In addition to announcing the category winners and the overall winner, the event programme also includes countless conferences and presentations as well as city tours and social events. With all of this on the agenda, the associated three-day Architecture Festival promises to be just as varied as the WAF projects themselves.
Other projects on the WAF 2018 shortlist
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