World Architecture Festival category winners


The nine World Architecture Festival category winners have been announced at the festival in Barcelona.

Here are a couple of photographs for each winner with captions provided by the festival.

Above: House
Klein Bottle House, Rye, Australia
McBride Charles Ryan, Australia

Holiday home shaped like an origami Klein bottle.

The overall winner will be announced in Barcelona tonight.

Above and below: Civic and Community
Emergency Terminal, Zagreb, Croatia
Produkcija 004, Croatia

An eight storey terminal in the heart of Zagreb, with partly translucent walls, provides for Zagreb's emergency medical assistance institute.

Here's a little text from the festival organisers:


The presentation of the WAF Awards took place during global architecture summit the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

Above and below: Culture
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa
Peter Rich Architects, South Africa

Sited at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, with rounded roofs and surfaced in local rubble in order to become part of the landscape.

The WAF Awards form the biggest architectural awards programme in the world and are designed to celebrate and showcase the work of the international architectural community.

The WAF Awards are unique as they involve shortlisted architects presenting their projects live to the public and a star studded international judging panel.

Above and below: Holiday
Restaurant Tusen, Ramundberget, Sweden
Murman Arkitekter ab, Sweden

Restaurant built on the ski slopes near the Helags and Skars mountains with a birch log frontage.

This is the 2nd year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented.

Above and below: Housing
The Met, Bangkok, Thailand
WOHA, Republic of Singapore

This project investigates the opportunities for high-rise living in the tropics, exploring how aspects of low-rise tropical housing can be applied to create outdoor-indoor spaces in the sky, inspired by Thai forms - Thai tiles, textiles and timber panelling.

Last year’s overall winner of World Building of the Year 2008 was Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects.

Above and below: Learning
The Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur, India
Morphogenesis, India

Designed as a low cost environmentally sensitive campus.

Above and below: New and Old
TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, USA
Perkins Eastman, USA (Architect), Choi Ropiha, Australia (Concept Architect), William Fellows/ PKSB (Plaza Architect), Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners (Structural Engineer)

Dramatic red TKTS booth and redevelopment of Father Duffy Square in the iconic Times Square in New York.

Above and below: Office
Unileverhaus, Hamburg, Germany
Behnisch Architekten, Germany

A dynamic new headquarters for the Unilever Germany Company providing an exciting and environmentally responsible office building for staff.

Below: Shopping
Havaianas, São Paulo, Brazil
Isay Weinfeld, Brazil

The iconic brand's first dedicated store in Brazil. which mirrors the laid back approach of the flip flop manufacturer, a simple box design and oversized red logo form the shell of the building.

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  • each one is unique….. WAF rocks !!

  • Naimu

    was there last year, the by far most boring event i ever visited; no kanwal, it does NOT rock ;)
    the good side of the event though, where the bad side being its extreme boringness, is that it gives more space to the non-starchitecture.

  • Bozo

    So many Australians, cool

  • dm

    yes naimu. i was there as well and yours is a matter of perspective.

  • these projects are amazing – especially the black folded image at the top – i want to know more about what it is, where it came from, and how it was built. Does anyone know?

  • One of the crucial issues in contemporary India is that rapid development has inadvertently embraced generic modernism and eccentric novelty. The real task that challenges architects today, is to infuse new forms with the legacy of the past and the spirit of place. Jaipur is a melting pot of Rajput, Mughal and several other cultures