World Building of the Year: 2017 shortlist revealed

Architecture projects from 68 different countries have been shortlisted for awards at this year's World Architecture Festival, which will take place in Berlin in November.


img.0 Museum of Art, Architecture and Technlogy, Lisbon, Portugal, by AL_A

World-leading firms including BIG, Heatherwick Studio, Zaha Hadid Architects and Viñoly Architects all have projects on the WAF 2017 awards shortlist, along with established local studios including Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Neri&Hu, Stanton Williams and CEBRA. The shortlist also features radical designs including a structure shaped like a giant smile, a moving observation tower, a set of labyrinthine London townhouses and a spiralling treetop walkway.
"This year's shortlist has a hugely diverse geographic range," said WAF programme director Paul Finch. "The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques. Colourful architecture makes a strong showing and many of the smaller projects we have shortlisted will punch above their weight."
Winners will be selected in more than 30 categories and announced during the festival, which takes place at Arena Berlin from 15-17 November 2017.
Completed buildings will go on to battle for the coveted World Building of the Year title, while conceptual projects will compete to be named Future Project of the Year. These awards will be judged by a super jury, including MVRDV director Nathalie de Vries, London architect Ian Ritchie and AIA chief executive Robert Ivy.
Last year's World Building of the Year was a subterranean museum in Poland with a huge public space on its roof. Other previous winners include Ole Scheeren's "vertical village" and Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp's Auckland Art Gallery.

Here's some of the buildings in the competition:
img.1 Shelter on the Edge, Aleppo, Syria, by Design and More International
img.2 Atlas Hotel Hoi An, Hoi An, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
img.3 The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine, by Heneghan Peng Architects
img.4 Three Views/A House, Tehran, Iran, by New Wave Architecture
img.5 Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China, by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
img.6 Walmer Yard, London, United Kingdom, by Peter Salter Associates
img.7 Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects
img.8 Ginza Place, Tokyo, Japan, by Klein Dytham Architecture and Taisei Corporation
img.9 Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, Hong Kong, China, by Farrells
img.10 Oslo Airport Expansion, Oslo, Norway, by Nordic
img.11 Retreat in the Sahyadris, Pawna, India, by Khosla Associates
img.12 British Airways i360, Brighton, United Kingdom, by Marks Barfield Architects
img.13 Treetop Experience, Haslev, Denmark, by EFFEKT
img.14 Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

You can see the full list here.

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