The biggest architecture award in the world, the World Architecture Festival (WAF), has announced the shortlist of architectural projects that will be the finalists at this year's festival. This shortlist has been chosen from over 800 entries worldwide, including 495 projects from 333 unique practices from several countries, such as China, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Iran, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, and Japan. WAF will be held for three days, from 29 November until 1 December 2023.
Panda Tower by Shanghai United Design Group Co., Ltd (Photo by World Architecture Festival)
This year's finalists range from major world architects, including Foster + Partners, UNStudio, Grimshaw Architects, MAD Architects, Wilkinson Eyre, Safdie Architects, and Nikken Sekkei. Not only that, other architects and small studios will participate and compete in this festival.
This shortlist consists of the newly completed buildings, the best landscape, and the most inspiring future architectural projects, including 33 categories like housing, culture, religion, sports, etc. From these 33 categories, culture and religion dominate this year's shortlist. One of the chosen projects in culture categories is Bamboo Dome for the G20 Bali Summit, a creation from Biroe Architecture, Oman Across Ages Museum by COX Architecture, Teatra Letni by Flanagan Lawrence, etc.
Bamboo Dome for G20 Bali Summit by Biroe Architecture (Photo by World Architecture Festival)
Apart from these categories, WAF also raised a couple of religious projects that celebrate their religious identity in the building. The religious buildings included in this category come from various religions, such as The Mosque of Light by Dabbagh Architects, New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects, and Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects, which celebrate their religious identity in the buildings. Other categories, such as housing, sports, transportation, hotel, mixed-use, etc., also give the colors of diversity to this festival. Click here to see all the details about the categories.
Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architect (Photo by World Architecture Festival)
The finalists will present their projects to the international judges in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The international judging panel for this year's awards consists of around 140 industry experts spread across 43 countries, which will be represented by Lily Jencks, Nigel Coates, Rafiq Azam, Albert Williamson-Taylor, Tracy Meller, Jason Bruges, Annette Fisher, Roland Schnizer and Issa Diabaté. On the festival's final day, category winners from all 44 category prizes will go head-to-head for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year, and Interior of the Year.
Casa Ward by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect (Photo by World Architecture Festival)
Besides the award program, WAF will welcome the world's leading architects and designers for three days with talk shows, exhibitions, fringe events showcasing leading international practices, the best new projects, and the most pressing live debates.
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