WAF shortlist announced

Thursday 20 Aug 2009

272 shortlisted for WAF Awards 09

A tree top restaurant in New Zealand, a space age high school in Los Angeles, a stunning culture complex in South Korea, an aviary inspired by Gaudi in Geneva, and Wimbledon Centre Court in London, are among the 272 building projects that have made it onto this year’s shortlist for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

The shortlisted projects will compete at this year’s WAF to become World Building of the Year 2009 with architects presenting their schemes live to the public. In a reflection of the current global climate the event is themed around ‘Less Does More’ and will examine the challenges facing architects to produce more value for less cost.

Projects hail from 67 different countries including emerging markets such as Iran, Syria, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Ghana, South Korea, and India, as well as countries such as Canada, Australia, USA, UK, China, Russia and Scandinavia, which all have strong representation on the shortlist.

The WAF Awards will take place during World Architecture Festival, which takes place in Barcelona at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) from 4th to 6th November 2009. A jury of distinguished architects and renowned industry figures from around the world will judge the competition’s 45 Awards. The 15 category winners in the Building of the Year Award will be pitted against each other as a ‘super-jury’ makes the final decision on the World Building of the Year Award on 6th November in Barcelona at the end of the three day event.

In addition to the 15 categories in the World Building of the Year, for buildings completed in the last year, this year’s Awards feature three new sections - Interiors and Fit-out, Structural Design and Future Projects, which celebrates excellence in design for projects still on the drawing board.

See the shortlist HERE

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