The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the shortlist for its first Wood Excellence award, which will honor a project where wood is an integral part of the design. Out of over 40 projects considered, WAF has selected eight for the shortlist, including a21studio’s “The Tent” and “Salvaged Ring,” as well as DSDHA’s “Alex Monroe Studio” and the University of Hong Kong’s “The Pinch.”
Sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the Wood Excellence award aims to recognize a project that showcases the sustainable benefits and timeless beauty of wood. All projects submitted for a WAF award that feature wood were automatically considered for the Wood Excellence award. “This was a great way to appreciate how a ‘traditional’ material can be used to transform exteriors and interiors in new and unexpected ways,” Paul Finch, the WAF program director said in a press release.
On October 3 the architects selected will have the opportunity to present their projects to the prize judges.
Shortlisted projects, WAF Wood Excellence Award:
- The Tent/ a21studio (Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam)
- Pittwater House/Andrew Burges Architects (Sydney, Australia)
- Earth Wind and Fire/Atelier Arcau (Vannes, France)
- School’t Hofke/UArchitects (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
- Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport/BVN Donovan Hill (Christchurch, New Zealand)
- Salvaged Ring/a21studio (Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam)
- Alex Monroe Studio/DSDHA (London, UK)
- The Pinch/Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (Zhaotong, China)