World Architecture Festival 2013 day one winners announced
World Architecture Festival 2013: we're reporting on the World Architecture Festival in Singapore this week. Category winners from the first day include a whirlpool-shaped aquarium and a sports college perforated with the shapes of athletes.
Winners in today's categories will compete with the second batch of laureates, which we'll publish tomorrow, for the World Building of the Year prize to be announced on Friday. Last year the award went to Wilkinson Eyre Architects' Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore.
The annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) is taking place at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands hotel and conference centre until 4 October and Dezeen is media partner for the event. The Inside Festival is running alongside WAF and we revealed the day one category winners of the Inside Awards earlier today.
Read on for the list of today's WAF category winners:
House category winner: The Left-Over-Space House, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance
A three-metre-wide caretaker's cottage has been recycled and extended into a private family house for parents and two children by Cox Rayner Architects. "There's a realness and authenticity to the spirit of the house that reflects the owners," said this year's panel of judges.
Housing category winner: 28th Street Apartments, USA, by Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Koning Eizenberg Architecture restored a former YMCA building in Los Angeles and added 25 new residential units in a thin five-storey stucco-clad building beside it. "This project demonstrates architecture as an agent for social transformation," the judges commented. "The architect was able to knit together historical continuity and something very new, something of high architectural value."
Office category winner: Statoil Regional and International Offices, Norway, by a-lab
Five aluminium-clad volumes are stacked up like a pile of horizontal skyscrapers at this office complex outside Oslo by Norwegian studio A-Lab - read more about the project in our previous story. The judges said the building is "a comprehensive and integrated project that merges modular construction and cost effectiveness in a modern Scandanavian way, demonstrating a deep understanding of democratic and social values in the new working environment."
Higher education category winner: University of Exeter: Forum Project, UK, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
World Building of the Year 2012 recipients Wilkinson Eyre have made the shortlist for this year's award, with an undulating canopy bridging the spaces between rectangular buildings at the University of Exeter in England. The judges said: "The project creates hugely uplifting spaces for the students with a delightfully detailed timber gridshell roof."
Display category winner: The Blue Planet, Denmark, by 3XN
Shaped like a whirlpool, this aquarium in Copenhagen by Danish architects 3XN is covered in shimmering aluminium shingles similar to fish scales - read more about the project in our previous story. "It deals successfully with the site and finds opportunity where there is little context. It overcomes significant engineering and technical challenges," were the judges comments.
Religion category winner: Sancaklar Mosque, Turkey, by Emre Arolat Architects
This mosque in an Istanbul suburb sits in a quiet park cut off from the surrounding area by high walls. "The project captured the spiritual essence of a mosque without being referential," said the judges.
Schools category winner: Fontys Sports College, Netherlands, by Mecanoo Architecten
This sports college in Eindhoven by Dutch firm Mecanoo features a black brick exterior with perforations in the shape of athletes - read more about the project in our previous story.
Shopping category winner: Emporia, Sweden, by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
Also triumphing in the Shopping Centres category at the Inside Awards, Swedish studio Wingårdh's Malmö emporium has a gaping golden chasm over its entrance - read more about the project in our previous story. "Malls are generally massive; this one, despite its size, does not impose on its surroundings," the judges concluded.
Future Projects winners
» Health: New Sulaibikhat Medical Center, Kuwait, by AGi Architects
» House: Meditation House, Lebanon, by MZ Architects
» Culture: National Maritime Museum of China, China, by Cox Rayner Architects
» Commercial mixed-use: New Office in Central London, UK, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
» Leisure led: Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore, by Arup Associates, DP Architects
» Office: Selcuk Ecza Headquarters, Turkey, by Tabanlioglu Architects
» Masterplanning: Earls Court Masterplan, UK, by Farrells
» Infrastructure: Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery, Australia, by Cox Rayner Architects
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