Issue No.165 // 28 October 2008
An education in architecture

WAF super-jury announce Università Luigi Bocconi as World Building of the Year 2008

A jury of architectural royalty have named Università Luigi Bocconi in Milan as World Building of the Year 2008 at the inaugural World Architecture Festival Awards. Barcelona played host to over 2000 visitors to the Centre Convencions International this week and welcomed the crème de la crème of architects to decide upon the winner. WAN were there to report live from the event which saw 722 entries from 63 countries across 17 categories. Following three days of presentations the University, designed by Grafton Architects in Ireland, claimed the title and can now be considered as a benchmark......more

Emblematic cloud design wins at WAF
BMW Welt by Coop Himmelb(l)au wins best of Production at WAF Awards 2008: BMW Welt, literally “the World of BMW”, is a hybrid exhibition and automobile delivery centre designed by Austrian practice Coop Himmelb(l)au. The multi-functional......more

Making a mountain...
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) present an artistic solution to a functional problem: Mountain Dwellings, located in Orestad city offers the best of two worlds: closeness to the hectic city life in the centre of Copenhagen, and the tranquillity of suburban life......more

Exacting a transformation
Foster + Partners breath new life into Smithsonian public space: Saved from the prospective swing of a demolition ball in 1958 by President Eisenhower, the United States Patent Building in Washington DC has since undergone a revitalization into......more

Giant Jenga?
Sou Fujimoto Architects' innovative wooden bungalow in Japan: One of the most talked about projects submitted for the World Architecture Festival Awards was Sou Fujimoto Architects' Final Wooden House which subsequently won the Private......more

Female Intuition
Centre for female well being opens in Burkina Faso Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes, a women's Health Centre in Burkina Faso was created by AIDOS, an organization fighting for Women's Rights in Developing Countries. The CBF was completed in 15......more

Stable structure
70F Architecture’s Sheep stable In Almere, the Netherlands provides more than a home for the much needed sheep: The city of Almere has a sheep population of about 80. The sheep are mobilized to keep the powerful weed “acanthus”......more

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