Each year, more than 2,000 architects from 60 countries around the world gather to attend the World Architecture Festival, which features the largest and most prestigious annual awards ceremony for the industry.
The festival took place October 2nd – 4th at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, which was also once a WAF Award-winning design.
These 29 incredible designs were winners in their respective categories, which included Housing, Villa, and Office. Among the winners are repurposed public spaces, brand-new constructions, and even buildings that have yet to be started. Completed buildings were finished between January 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013. There is no time restriction on buildings in the “future projects” categories.
BEST HOUSE: This Australian house was created when a tiny caretaker's cottage was recycled and expanded to remove unused space.
Winner in House category: 'The Left-Over-Space House' by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia
BEST IN HOUSING: The architects of this Los Angeles apartment complex restored and expanded on what used to be a YMCA in the 1920s.
Winner in Housing category: '28th Street Apartments' by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, USA
BEST OFFICE: This Norwegian building is made up of five layers of offices stacked on top of each other.
Winner in Office category: 'Statoil Regional and International Offices' by A-Lab, Norway
BEST IN HIGHER ED/RESEARCH: This UK building and its piazzas blend into the surrounding hillside, giving students a pleasant open space for studying and relaxation.
Winner in Higher Education & Research category: 'University of Exeter: Forum Project' by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, U.K.
BEST IN DISPLAY: The new home of the Denmark National Aquarium is covered in 33,000 aluminium shingles and looks just like a whirlpool.
BEST IN RELIGION: This cave-like mosque blends into its surrounding Turkish landscape. The main part of the space is located below the canopy seen here.
Winner in Religion category: 'Sancaklar Mosque' by EAA -- Emre Arolat Architects, Turkey
BEST SCHOOL: The ground floor of this athletic complex in the Netherlands is completely transparent, making for an airy and freeing work-out experience.
Winner in Schools category: 'Fontys Sports College' by Mecanoo International, Netherlands
BEST IN SHOPPING: This Swedish building contains offices, housing, and shops and has a publicly accessible roof with grassy hills.
BEST IN CIVIC/COMMUNITY: This miniature village was designed in collaboration with Women for Women International as an effort to rebuild infrastructure and create economic opportunity in Rwanda. The complex includes a demonstration kitchen where women learn to produce and market their own goods.
Winner in Civic & Community category: 'Women's Opportunity Centre' by Sharon Davis Design, Rwanda
BEST VILLA: This Singaporean villa is basically two houses in one, connected to each other by a passageway that looks like a folding camera.
Winner in Villa category: 'Namly House' by Chang Architects, Singapore
BEST IN HEALTH: Located in Chicago, this 386-bed medical complex is the largest LEED Gold-NC certified hospital in the world.
BEST IN ENERGY/RECYCLING: This Singaporean building's veil is able to simultaneously protect occupants from harsh tropical sunlight and provide great view of the park nearby.
Winner in Production, Energy, and Recycling category: 'A Simple Factory Building' by Pencil Office, Singapore
BEST HOTEL: This London hotel's beautiful inner courtyard brings natural light into the rooms and provides guests with a space to relax and socialize.
Winner in Hotel & Leisure: 'Citizen M London Bankside' by Concrete, U.K.
Winner in Sport: 'Splashpoint Leisure Centre' by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, U.K.
BEST IN 'OLD & NEW': This Austrian palace was originally built for a Russian ambassador in the 19th century, but it has been updated to include a modern steel support system and an underground parking garage.
Winner in New & Old category: 'Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky' by Baar-Baarenfels Architekten, Austria
BEST IN TRANSPORT: This updated terminal in Australia was the site of the world's first international shipping service.
Winner in Transport category: 'Sydney Cruise Terminal' by Johnson Pilton Walker Architects, Australia
BEST IN CULTURE: This renovated art gallery in New Zealand, which won the award for World Building of the Year, mimics the surrounding hills and forests.
Winner of World Building of the Year award and in Culture category: 'Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki' by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia, New Zealand
BEST LANDSCAPE: This botanical garden is dedicated to Australian flora and contains some 170,000 plants of 1,700 different species.
Winner in Landscape category: 'The Australian Garden' by Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson, Australia
BEST IN HEALTH (future project): Inner courtyards will bring light into this medical center in Kuwait while still preserving the necessary privacy and security.
Winner in Future Projects -- Health category: 'New Sulaibikhat Medical Center' by AGI Architects, Kuwait
BEST HOUSE (future project): This spiritual site in Lebanon looks like a fallen boulder and will offer fantastic views of the neighbouring forests and seaside.
Winner in Future Projects -- House category: 'Meditation House' by MZ Architects, Lebanon
BEST IN COMMERCIAL/MIXED-USE (future project): A glassed-roof atrium will bring an abundance of light into this retail and office building in the UK.
Winner in Future Projects -- Commercial Mixed Use category: 'New Office in Central London' by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, U.K.
BEST OFFICE (future project): The headquarters for this Turkish pharmaceutical company are made up of seven separate houses connected to each other by gardens or patios.
Winner in Future Projects -- Office category: 'Selcuk Ecza Headquarters' by Tabanlioglu Architects, Turkey
BEST LEISURE DEVELOPMENT (future project): Located on a waterfront site of more than 80 acres, this massive building in Singapore will house a wide range of sporting, entertainment, retail, and leisure facilities.
Winner in Future Projects -- Leisure-Led Development: 'Singapore Sports Hub' by Singapore Sports Hub Design Team, Singapore
BEST IN MASTERPLANNING (future project): This design calls for the creation of a whole new neighbourhood in West London, complete with a sustainable housing community, offices, and a new shopping area.
Winner in Future Projects -- Masterplanning category: 'Earls Court Masterplan' by Farrells, U.K.
BEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE (future project): This new construction will create what architects hope is a flood-proof terminal to replace the one destroyed in Brisbane in 2011.
Winner in the Future Projects -- Infrastructure category: 'Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery' by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia
BEST IN EDUCATION (future project): This project in Denmark combines the construction of a new school district and sports complex with the renovation of historic buildings and plazas.
Winner in the Future Projects -- Education category: 'The Urban School in Elsinore' by EFFEKT & RUBOW, Denmark
BEST IN RESIDENTIAL (future project): The unique design of these townhouses in Thailand allows for natural light and ventilation.
Winner in Future Projects -- Residential category: 'Siamese Blossom' by Somdoon Architects Ltd., Thailand
BEST EXPERIMENTAL BUILDING (future project): With huge windows and wide open spaces, this futuristic office space in the UK takes its inspiration from industrial-era factories.
Winner in Future Project -- Experimental category: 'White Collar Factory' by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, U.K.
FUTURE PROJECT OF THE YEAR: This design, which is made up of five separate halls that flow towards the harbor, won in a design competition for the new National Maritime Museum of China.
Winner of the Future Project of the Year award: 'National Maritime Museum of China' by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia
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