Launch Slideshow

World Architecture Festival

World Architecture Festival

  • World Housing Building of the Year

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    8 House
    Copenhagen

    Overlooking the Copenhagen Canal, the 645,000-square-foot, bow-shaped 8 House includes apartments, townhouses, and penthouses, in addition to retail space.

  • World Landscape Project of the Year

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    A Mother River Recovered: The Sanlihe Greenway
    Qian’an City

    This 8.3-mile ecological corridor diverts water from the Luan River through the City of Qian’an. As part of the project, Chinese landscape architecture firm Turenscape replaced sewage pipes that discharged into the Sanlihe River with a passive, natural-infiltration system.

  • World Villa of the Year

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    InBetween House
    Nagano

    This Koji Tstsui Architect & Associates–designed mountain house, located an hour northwest of Tokyo, comprises five smaller pitched-roof cottages built from local larch timber.

  • World Transport Building of the Year

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    Kurilpa Bridge
    Brisbane

    Kurilpa Bridge, a $63 million pedestrian and bicyclist bridge spanning the Brisbane River, is based on “tensegrity,” the term coined by Richard Buckminster Fuller to describe the principle of balanced compressive and tensile forces.

  • World Building of the Year

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    Media-ICT
    Barcelona

    The use of District Cooling, a photovoltaic roof, dynamic sun filters, and smart sensors reduced the Media-ICT building’s carbon emissions by 95 percent.

  • World Display Building of the Year

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    Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion
    Hjerkinn

    Located on the fringes of Norway’s Dovrefjell National Park, the 969-square-foot Reindeer Centre Pavilion is girded by a raw steel frame. Its curving walls are made of 10-square-inch pine beams assembled by Norwegian shipbuilders.

  • World Health Building of the Year

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    Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal
    Arnhem

    The golden-brown anodized façade of the Groot Klimmendaal rehab center blends into the surrounding forest. Light wells bring daylight into the heart of the 98-foot-wide structure.

  • World Learning Building of the Year

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    Sainsbury Laboratory
    Cambridge

    The 118,403-square-foot Sainsbury Laboratory is located in the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden.

  • Future Project of the Year: Landscape

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    Shoreline Walk
    Beirut

    The Shoreline Walk is a tree-lined pedestrian promenade designed to link the old and new parts of Beirut, and to revitalize the city’s coastline, part of which became a landfill during the 1975–1991 Lebanese Civil War.

  • Small House Winner

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    Small House
    Sydney
    Domenic Alvaro

    At 453 square feet, Sydney’s Small House—a three-story residence with a rooftop garden terrace—has a ground floor no bigger than a typical suburban garage.

  • World Sport Building of the Year

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    Speedskating Stadium Inzell: Max Aicher Arena

    Through the continuous glass façade of the Speedskating Stadium Inzell, athletes and spectators can enjoy sweeping views of the Bavarian Alps.

  • Future Project of the Year: Experimental

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    The Tower of Nests
    Shanghai
    Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

    Designed for downtown Shanghai, this skyscraper would provide a space where humans, squirrels, birds, and bees could coexist. The building’s skin is to be composed of straw, wicker, clay, and stone, among other materials.

Media-ICT Barcelona, a mixed-use office building designed by Spanish architectural firm Cloud 9, has been named Best Building at the 2011 World Architectural Festival, held from Nov. 2 – 4 in the Catalonian capital. The building bested over 700 entries from 59 countries. Judges for the festival included Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, dean of the University of Michigan’s Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Will Alsop, the London-based artist and architect; and Julie Eizenberg, AIA, a founding principal of Santa Monica, Calif.–based Koning Eizenberg Architecture. The festival, billed as the world’s largest live architectural awards program, recognized structures in more than two dozen categories, among them the World House of the Year, the World Sport Building of the Year, and several Future Projects of the Year. View the slideshow on the left to see our selection of the winning designs.