The World Architecture Festival entered its fifth year this October in Singapore, a celebration of architects, architectural achievements and professionals in the area, 2012 saw nearly three hundred entries from all corners of the world. Entries fell into three categories; completed buildings, landscape and future projects. Below are ten winners from this years awards including the winner of the World Architecture Building of the year.
1.The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
The Hospital in Melbourne won an award in the health category, the Royal Children’s Hospital designed by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart was inspired by the nearby surrounding park. The six storey atrium inspired building contains green spaces including an aquarium, all the rooms in the wards also provide views over the courtyard and gardens. The judges praised the design for “successfully overcoming the stigmas often attached to hospitals.”
2.Tokyo Tsutaya Bookstore
Designed by Klein Dytham Architecture the judges commended the bookstore stating it “proposes a new direction combining retail with social experiences, and integrating online retail with a tactile, physical experience.” The use of the brand logo creates an iconic building without heavily relying on signage, the lattice effect of the letter ‘T’ reflects the logo of the entertainment company Tsutaya subtly but with effect leading the firm to a win for the Best Shopping Centre.
3.Shearers Quarters, North Bruny Island, Tasmania
Set on a working sheep farm and designed by John Wardle Architects the property won the award for the best Villa, with its galvanised iron exterior and timber interior the simplicity and use of materials to sensitively interact with the environment was noted. The villa is used by farm workers and visitors.
4. Bodrum International Airport Terminal
Tabanlioglu Architects managed to lead passengers clearly through the terminal with their accessible designed airport, winning the best building in the Transport Category. The judges noting that the “complexity of the airport brief is resolved with openness and clarity.”
5. Binh Duong School, Vietnam
The building won the award for Best School, the design was undertaken by architects Vo Trong Nghia, the caged balconies allow open air access around the building whilst protecting pupils from adverse weather conditions in the area.
6. London Art and Design College, Central Saint Martins
Closer to home, the capital won the award in the Higher education and Research Category. Designed by Stanton Williams, the project was commended for “showcasing a sensitive relationship between old buildings and new volumes.”
7. Apartments in Montenegro
Designed by Indian firm Sanjay Puri Architects this stack of apartments was inspired by the nearby old town rooftop patterns, the proposed design includes two commercial floors with nine floors of apartments above.
8. Liyuan Library, Beijing, China
Clad in firewood with low level shelves and integral seating the library blends seamlessly into its environment, the locally sourced wooden sticks provide the exterior for the building and the level changes throughout the interior of the library provide innovative spaces for visitors to read. The library was designed by Chinese architects Li Xiaodong.
9. Victoria Tower, Kista, Sweden
Standing tall in Stockholm this iconic building won the award in the Leisure/Hotel Category. Clad entirely in coloured glass it stands out as a colourful prism of light in the city. The architect responsible for the hotel that doubles up as a office and conference venue is Wingardh Arkikektkontor AB, there is also a ground floor restaurant in the building.
10. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
The World Building Winner was Gardens by the Bay, the brainchild of Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. A substantial tropical garden dominated by tree shaped towers and large greenhouses in the shape of shells with a 30 metre man-made waterfall, Gardens by the Bay is the largest project of its kind in the world, with Singapore hoping the gardens will put the area on the map for horticulture and gardening. The design team behind the world class design are in fact British and based in Bath, the judges commended the architecture as “awe inspiring in its scale and form.”
Projects from all over the world were short-listed for the World Building 2012 title, with an influx of entries from countries in Asia this year, but the UK did not fare badly, below are note worthy buildings in England, Scotland and Wales that were also nominated for the award.
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama by BFLS
- The Hive by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Soundforms, London
- Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School and Student Hub
- Roch Castle Retreat, UK by Aedas Ltd
- Dagenham Park Church of England School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- South Glasgow Hospital by Nightingale Associates for Future projects.