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World Architecture Festival’s 2019 Building of the Year

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The top gongs have been announced at the 2019 World Architecture Festival, concluding this year's three-day event in Amsterdam.

The category winners were announced at the annual global architecture industry event ahead of the weekend, with a wide range of standout projects topping their highly competitive pools.

This year's top prize was selected from a shortlist comprising winners of 18 separate award categories, spanning residential, public and commercial architecture.

Other category winners included Lindis Lodge, a luxury hotel in New Zealand, the new wooden-arched terminal at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines, and Sydney-based project Castle Cove House by Terroir which was voted the best completed house.

LocHal Public Library, designed by Civic Architects, Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau and Petra Blaisse, was recognised for its versatility by a panel of almost 150 architects, designers and academics.

Last year, the top prize was taken out by Kampung Admiralty, a housing complex for the elderly in Singapore.

Other previous winners include stacked apartment complex The Interlace in Singapore and the Zaha Hadid-designed National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome.


World Building of the Year 2019

LocHal Public Library | Civic architects Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse (Netherlands)

LocHal Public Library | Civic architects Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse (Netherlands)

This project transformed a significant building which had been planned for demolition. It celebrates and exploits local traditions of textile manufacture and it has an environmental strategy aimed at heating and cooling people, not the building.

WAF 2019 jury

Future Project of the Year

THE CONNECTED CITY OBERBILLWERDER, HAMBURG, GERMANY

The Connected City Oberbillwerder ADEPT / KARRES EN BRANDS / Transsolar / Büro Happold / Kraft (Germany)

Grave problems need brave and bold responses! Here is a response of breathtaking competence and imagination. A 'roller coaster' ride to that viable urbanism that has been so elusive. A great scheme that will surely inform those better tomorrows that intelligent design will bring.

WAF 2019 jury

Inside World Interior of the Year

J.C. ARCHITECTURE, JCA LIVING LAB,

JCA Living Lab | J.C. Architecture (Taiwan)

Against the background of rapid development in Taipei, this project has the potential to be a 'prototype' that may help reevaluate the existing stock of Japanese houses.

WAF 2019 jury

Landscape of the Year

ORIGINAL DESIGN STUDIO, DEMONSTRATION SECTION OF YANGPU RIVERSIDE PUBLIC SPACE, SHANGHAI, CHINA

Demonstration Section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space Original |Design Studio (China)

This is a smart solution for several complicated tasks. A design that celebrates the remains of Shanghai's industrial riverside heritage. The scheme reconnects the city with the waterfront by reusing the material language of this historic site in an innovative way with excellent details.

WAF 2019 jury

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