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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

World Architecture Festival 2013 – a report

By Team IAnD
Photography: Courtesy WAF’13

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October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama…

The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring ‘Value and values’, “to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.”

World Architecture Festival 2013
Future projects house winner Meditation House, Lebanon by MZ Architects

Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.

World Architecture Festival 2013
Future projects leisure-led development winner Singapore Sports Hub by Singapore Sports Hub

Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur ‘72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.

World Architecture Festival 2013
Health winner Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower, USA by Perkins+Wil

A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

World Architecture Festival 2013
Hotel and leisure winner citizenM London Bankside

The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn Architects for World Interior of the Year.

World Architecture Festival 2013
Office winner Statoil Regional and International Offices, Norway by a-lab.

World Architecture Festival 2013
Shopping winner Emporia, Sweden

As part of INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors, an event held in conjunction with the WAF’13 with a concentration on interior projects, shortlisted 59 outstanding interior projects across the 12 award categories, Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops, and Transport.


For the complete list of awardees, do check out: http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/shortlist.cfm?eventYear=2013

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