World Architecture Festival 2016: Our Top 10 Winners

World Architecture Festival 2016: Our Top 10 Winners

The World Architecture Festival 2016 is over and some of the world’s most innovative architecture has been revealed. Taking place in Berlin over 16th-18th November 2016, the festival celebrates the work of Architects and Interior Designers all over the globe and is the only festival that combines awards, conferences and networking with architectural knowledge and inspiration.

A total of 65 countries took part in the festival providing a snapshot of current architectural trends all over the world. Over 100 architectural experts spoke at the festival, including Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects. Overall, there were over 350 award finalists and 32 categories including completed and future projects. But, what can we take away from this year’s finalists?

We have picked some of our favourite architecture amongst the winners of 2016 and here they are:

10. Monk Mackenzie Architects (Auckland, New Zealand) took first place in the Transport category for their #LightPathAKL. The path provides a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists with its pink resin and aggregated surface as well as 300 LED lighting boxes along the edge of the path.

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  1. Lynch Architects The Zig Zag building in London, was winner of the Office category. The office block was designed to replace its predecessor which was built in the 1950s. The Westminster based building is made up of colonnade entrances and grid-framed windows. Each of the building’s terraces are planted with trees and flowers, which provides workers with a tranquil space to take a break from work.

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  1. The winner of the Display category was Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp’s Waterfront Pavilion in Sydney, Australia. The pavilion houses an exhibition space for naval artefacts and boats. The walls, made from aluminium panels, are staggered to create a rippling effect.

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  1. Winner of the Leisure Led Development Future Projects, is Oppenheim Architecture’s Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse in Jordan. The development of this project began in 2008 and is expected to take over 12 years. There are three phases to the construction, the first phase is expected to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the structure will cover 4,300,000 m2 of commercial and residential space.

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  1. Aim Architecture took first place in the Hotels & Leisure category with their Fushengyu Hotspring Resort, situated in the hilltop of Luo Fu Shan, China. The project has been carefully designed from the architecture, landscape and interiors, and is 300Mu with 70,000 m2 built surface.

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  1. The Chanel “Crystal Houses” flagship store in the Netherlands, received a makeover by MVRDV and was awarded first place in the Shopping category. The design consists of glass bricks, glass windows, frames and architraves. The unique glass design enables the building to have an updated design whilst still preserving the historical structure.

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  1. The award for Experimental Future Projects, went to Spark Architects’ innovative Beach Hut design which will be based in Singapore. With many of the world’s oceans being increasingly filled with discarded plastic, Spark Architects intend to create a need for these waste materials by creating the Beach Hut’s outer shells out of disused plastic. The interior fans and LED lighting are powered by a thin film Photo-voltaic situated at the top of the hut. They are self-sustainable and naturally ventilated.

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  1. Winner of the Production, Energy and Recycling category went to Thomas Chung’s Floating Fields, Shenzhen, China. In an attempt to bring back Agriculture to Shenzhen, the huge floating field is formed of plant-filled boxes which create a new ecosystem in a former flour mill.

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  1. On day two of the Festival, Andrew Bromberg at Aedas won the Competition Entries (Future Projects) category for the design of Chengdu City Music Hall in China. The structure will be 30,000 m2 and will contain a music hall, Opera house, theatre, as well as an arts training centre and hotel to cater for the growing number of tourists.

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1. Taking first place and winning World Building of the Year is Polish Architect Robert Konieczny who has designed The National Museum in Szczecin. The Museum is sunken and provides a huge public space on the roof. It is made out of just one material: pre-cast concrete.  David Chipperfield, chairman of the judging panel said “This is a piece of topography as well as a museum. To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways”.

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It appears that a reoccurring theme from this year’s winners is sustainability and nature. Architects seem to be preserving historical buildings, looking after the environment and creating space instead of filling it. They are also being inspired by nature and preserving the environment, by using recycled materials, building ecosystems and incorporating nature and landscapes into the design of their buildings. We look forward to seeing how these architectural trends will develop over the next year.

 

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