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WAF Awards 2016 winners


The National Museum and Dialogue Centre Przelomy in Szczecin, Poland, has been crowned the World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The scheme, designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, comprises an undulating public square with the museum placed below ground.

The winning Future Project of the Year 2016, which celebrates the best of the world’s architecture that is yet to be completed, is South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball. The school is a new model of vertical school responding to the specific inner-urban context of the developing Fishermans Bend urban renewal area in the city.

Landscape of the Year 2016 was awarded to Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand, by Isthmus. The project is a hybrid park where a storm water reserve has been combined with an urban park, playground and skate park.

The Small Project of the Year was awarded to The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture for its ZCB Bamboo Pavilion project. The public event space was built in the summer of 2015 in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. It is a four-storey-high structure, built from 473 large bamboo poles that are bent onsite to shape the structure and that are hand-tied together with metal wire using techniques based on Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship.

International architecture students have also been recognised at this year’s festival with two awards: The International VELUX Awards and the Student Charrette Competition.

The International VELUX Awards challenges students to explore the theme of daylight in order to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light and life. Two awards were given, the first for Daylight in Buildings, where the winner was “Redistribution of Light” by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon and Yu Min Park, from Republic of Korea, and the second for Daylight Investigations, for “Light for the Blind” by Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiding Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen and Jiawen Li, from China.

On the other hand, eight teams from architecture schools around the globe competed in the annual Student Charrette Competition, where students were able to demonstrate their design talents in front of the world’s leading architects. The School of Planning and Architecture of Bhopal, India, scooped this year’s prize with the ‘Re-envisioning the Silk Route in The Weaving of Heritage of Chanderi’ project.


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