Today we celebrate the 400th issue of our weekly News Review with a run-down of the top 100 most viewed projects on World Architecture News this year. Topping the list is the shortlist announcement for the 2012 WAN Hotel of the Year Award, closely followed by a news report on Deep Ocean Technology’s Water Discus Hotel in Dubai, where an international collaboration has moved one step closer to realising this futuristic underwater hospitality centre. View the full top 100 for 2012 here.
In compiling our Top 100 thus far in 2012, it soon became clear that tall towers are high up on the list of WAN readers’ favourites with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Dancing Dragons, Atkins’ Ad Astra Tower in Batumi, Georgia and Skidmore, Owings and Merrills’ One World Trade Centre in New York all making the top ten. These established names were joined by the similarly well-recognised Santiago Calatrava and John McAslan as the most popular on WAN along with some more up-and-coming practices such as The Oval Partnership who won this year’s WAN Hotel of the Year Award.
You’ve also been supporting the architecture world’s freshest faces this year, including Pernilla and Asif with their Coca Cola Beatbox Pavilion at the London 2012 Olympic Park, Vietnamese practice Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd, whose Bamboo Wing restaurant in Vinh Phuc was the 50th top viewed project on WAN, and Metro Arquitetos with their transformation of the Nestle Chocolate Factory in Sao Paulo.
Quirky projects also top the tables with our readers, clearly evident from the stunning array of vibrant images in our News in Pictures-style grid. Grant Associates’ Gardens by the Bay in Singapore stands out from the crowd with its leafy fronds grazing the sky opposite Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands, the contentious ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, and Marks Barfield’s concept design for £6.4m walkway through the Amazon Rainforest.
As you can see from our Top 100, WAN features every kind of project from boutique hotels to glittering commercial towers, sunken bridges to tiny country houses and ambitious sporting pavilions to modest adaptive reuse schemes. If you have any projects that you would like to see on WAN, we would love to hear from you. Please send detailed informational text and a selection of high resolution images to our News Editor, Sian Disson at firstname.lastname@example.org