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AD Interviews: Kim Nielsen of 3XN

04:30 - 5 June, 2019

During the World Architecture Festival 2018, which will be held this year again in Amsterdam, we had the chance to sit down with Kim Nielsen, one of the founders of Denmark-based firm 3XN.

World Architecture Festival announces Jury for its 2019 Awards

08:10 - 21 March, 2019
World Architecture Festival announces Jury for its 2019 Awards , Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced some of the most influential names in international architecture as the members of the jury for its 12th awards programme, which is to be held in Amsterdam from 4-6 December 2019.

World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2019 Launches its Global Awards Programme

04:30 - 8 March, 2019
World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2019 Launches its Global Awards Programme, © Darren Soh. ImageWorld Building of the Year 2018, supported by GROHE: WOHA Architects - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore
© Darren Soh. ImageWorld Building of the Year 2018, supported by GROHE: WOHA Architects - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore

The search has begun for the world’s best building, as the World Architecture Festival launches its annual global awards programme. The 12th edition of the festival will take place in Amsterdam from the 4th to 6th December, where more than 550 architectural and design practices from over 68 countries are expected to compete for category and overall prizes.

Alongside the World Architecture Festival sits its sister festival; INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors. INSIDE is a feast of creativity, inspiration and knowledge for the interiors industry and is now open for awards entries. Comprising the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months, projects can be entered across nine diverse categories.

World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event

12:00 - 29 December, 2018
World Architecture Festival Winner Shares Their Experience of the Event, Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA
Darren Soh. ImageKampung Admiralty / WOHA

A month after the event, the various nominees of 2018's World Architecture Festival have returned to their home cities, leaving the fanfare of the year's event in Amsterdam as a memory. But that's not to say it's not left a lasting impact.

WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore Named 2018 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival

07:00 - 1 December, 2018
WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore Named 2018 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival, WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh
WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh

WOHA's Kampung Admiralty Singapore in Singapore has been named the 2018 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival, concluding this year's three-day event in Amsterdam. The building, which combines dedicated senior-housing facilities with a broad mixed-use program and a lush green roof, was selected from a strikingly broad shortlist that included works from offices such as Sanjay Puri Architects, Koffi & Diabate Architectes, Heatherwick Studio, Spheron Architects, and INNOCAD.

WOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore . Image © Darren Soh Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore Courtesy of World Architecture Festival / WOHA. ImageWOHA - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, Singapore + 16

Win a Free Ticket to the 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam

03:30 - 31 October, 2018
Win a Free Ticket to the 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted for "Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings"
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted for "Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings"

The World Architecture Festival is regarded as one of the most wide-ranging and influential architectural events. This year's event will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre from November 28-30. Bringing global voices in architecture, this year's speakers include keynote presenter Rem Koolhaas, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye, and Li Xiaodong. This year, five lucky ArchDaily readers can win a standard pass to the World Architecture Festival 2018 (worth €1525). Enter the prize draw here.

10 Years of WAF's World Building of the Year

09:00 - 30 October, 2018
Courtesy of Grafton Architects. ImageUniversita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects  Save this picture! via Grafton Architects via Grafton Architects
Courtesy of Grafton Architects. ImageUniversita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects Save this picture! via Grafton Architects via Grafton Architects

 

World Architecture Festival Announces Winners of the 2018 Drawing Prize

05:00 - 18 October, 2018
World Architecture Festival Announces Winners of the 2018 Drawing Prize, American Dream or American Nightmare / Yue Ma. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
American Dream or American Nightmare / Yue Ma. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival, with co-curators Make Architects and the Sir John Soane’s Museum, announced today the winners of their annual Architecture Drawing Prize, established in 2017 to recognize the “continuing importance of hand drawing, whilst also embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings.”

Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam

06:15 - 7 September, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect and founder of the Rotterdam-based firm OMA, has been announced as the closing keynote speaker at the World Architecture Festival. The event will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on from 28-30 November.

Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize'

08:00 - 16 August, 2018
Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize', via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize. First place was awarded to a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) who designed a water management system that "captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks."

World Architecture Festival Calls for Entries for 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize

14:50 - 26 July, 2018
World Architecture Festival Calls for Entries for 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize, Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home by architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng (UK), winner of the 2017 Architecture Drawing Prize.
Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home by architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng (UK), winner of the 2017 Architecture Drawing Prize.

In partnership with Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the call for entries for the second edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize. Launched in 2017, the prize is conceived to celebrate and showcase the significance of drawing as a tool in capturing and communicating architectural ideas.

The Architecture Drawing Prize embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally-produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing. The organisers invite entries of all types and forms: from technical or construction drawings to cutaway or perspective views – and anything in between.

Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2018

15:05 - 26 June, 2018
Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2018

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for their 2018 awards slate, featuring 536 projects ranging from small family homes, to schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure and landscape projects. The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw more participation this year than ever before, with more than 1000 entries received from projects located in 81 countries across the world.

At the 2018 World Architecture Festival in November, the shortlisted teams will be invited to present their designs to a jury of more than 100 international judges, who will determine the best projects within the completed and future project categories. These finalists will then move on to present to the 2018 Super Jury who will determine the winners of for the 2018 World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio. Image credit: Iwan Baan Pálás cinema By dePaor. Image credit: David Grandorge and Peter Maybury Zig Zag Hotel. Image Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Science Loop. Image Courtesy of Donghua Chen & Partners + 36

Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

03:05 - 20 February, 2018
Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

It's time to get your applications ready! Now in its 11th year, the World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from November 28 to 30. Organizers expect nearly 500 architectural practices to compete for prizes in over 30 categories. The event moves to the historic Dutch city following two years in Berlin.

The Festival is the world's largest live architecture awards event--all shortlisted architecture projects are presented in person by the architects to an esteemed panel of judges. And this year, nearly half of the 120 judges are expected to be women. 

Contemporary Concert Halls Have Become Multi-Functional Catalysts for Urban Change

10:30 - 3 December, 2017
Contemporary Concert Halls Have Become Multi-Functional Catalysts for Urban Change, Left and bottom-right: Harpa Concert Hall, image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects; top-right: Philharmonie de Paris, image © Danica O Kus
Left and bottom-right: Harpa Concert Hall, image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects; top-right: Philharmonie de Paris, image © Danica O Kus

In their video series for the November 2017 World Architecture Festival, PLANE—SITE delves into contemporary concert hall design. The five films highlight major themes in today’s musical architecture through an interactive, multimedia panel. Using Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Wroclaw’s National Forum of Music, and the Philharmonie de Paris as examples, the videos show how contemporary concert halls are more technological and multi-functional than ever before, demonstrating how architecture redefines the modern-day musical performance experience.

The series acted as a starting point for a conversation between the WAF audience and panelists, moderated by PLANE—SITE’s Andres Ramirez. Panelists included Michel Cova of dUCKS scéno, Tateo Nakajima of Arup, and Jacob Kurek of Henning Larsen.

Guangming Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project Wins World Building of the Year 2017

17:15 - 17 November, 2017
Guangming Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project Wins World Building of the Year 2017, Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village / The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village / The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village has been named the World Building of the Year for 2017 at the finale gala of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin.

The project becomes the 10th to hold the title of World Building of the Year. Last year, the award was given to Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy.

Due to the "high standard of category winners presented in the first two days of WAF", the super jury has also awarded a Director’s Special Award to Superlofts Houthaven in Amsterdam by Marc Koehler Architects.

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project, Iran Special Prize and Best Use of Colour awards were also announced. Continue after the break to see the winners.

World Architecture Festival Reveals Day 2 Category Winners of their 2017 Awards

15:45 - 16 November, 2017
World Architecture Festival Reveals Day 2 Category Winners of their 2017 Awards, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Day 2 of the 2017 World Architecture Festival is now complete, and with it, 14 more projects have been announced as category winners of the event’s 2017 awards.

The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw its biggest year yet, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world. The finalist projects will be selected live at the festival by a Super Jury made up of jury chair Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects; Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects.

Check out the Day 1 winners here, the full shortlist here, and see the Day 2 winners after the break.

2017 World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Award Winners

12:15 - 16 November, 2017
2017 World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Award Winners, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the Day 1 category winners of their 2017 awards slate. Winners selected among 32 categories over the first two days of the conference will then continue on to compete for the title of the World Building of the Year 2017 to be announced on the final day of the event on Friday.

The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw its biggest year yet, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world. The finalist projects will be selected live at the festival by a Super Jury made up of jury chair Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects; Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects.

You can check out the full shortlist here, and see which built and future projects took home awards after the break.

Fringe Events to Celebrate the City of Berlin at World Architecture Festival 2017

17:05 - 3 November, 2017
Fringe Events to Celebrate the City of Berlin at World Architecture Festival 2017, Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong. Shortlisted for 2017 Arcaid Award. Image © Fabio Mantovani
Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong. Shortlisted for 2017 Arcaid Award. Image © Fabio Mantovani

With the 2017 World Architecture Festival less than two weeks away, the event has shared the program of Fringe events scheduled for attending architects to enjoy. Taking place in Arena Berlin in the German Capital from November 15-17, WAF 2017 will also provide opportunities for architect-led tours and parties throughout the city.

Following the Festival’s theme of ‘Performance,’ events will center on the performative quality of different architectural typologies and themes including housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies.