The World Architecture Festival came to a close earlier this month. Held this year in Berlin, the WAF annually celebrates the very best of the architecture and design industry with its own prestigious, highly competitive awards. Selected from hundreds of applicants, the following buildings were honored in their respective categories for achievements in design innovation. These are just a few of our favorites; for a full list of winners, click here.
World Building of the Year 2016
Robert Konieczny – KWK Promes: National Museum in Szczecin, Dialogue Centre Przełomy (Szczecin, Poland)
Perhaps the most coveted prize, the World Building Of The Year 2016 award went to this underground museum. The firm of KWK Promes designed this project to honour the city’s pre-war and post-war history. It was conceived as a subterranean structure in order to maintain the integrity of the city square as a public, memorialized space; the site on which the museum is built was subject to air raids during WWII and militia attacks in 1970. The recessed design also allows for unobstructed views of the adjacent Philharmonic Hall.
INSIDE World Interior of the Year Winner 2016
AN Design: Black Cant System – Heike fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China)
This concept store, designed for local fashion label Heike, made use of the structure’s pre-existing bones: concrete beams and pillars provide a blunt, edgy backdrop for this boutique. Described by its designers as a “black shell”, this retail space simultaneously serves as an exhibition space for the shop’s garments, which hang along the glass walls like artwork in a gallery.
Future Project of the Year Winner 2016
Hayball: South Melbourne Primary School (Melbourne, Australia)
Not yet an existing structure, this design concept for a primary school in Melbourne won in a category that honors projects to come. Judges described the structure as “an innovative and inspiring vertical campus…We believe it will be a great learning environment in a highly dense new development area.” The concept also took home the prize in the Education – Future Projects category.
Hotels & Leisure – Completed Buildings
Aim Architecture: Fushengyu Hotspring Resort (Mianyang, China)
This luxury spa resort is nestled at the foot of a remote mountain range and is constructed around the region’s natural hot springs. “From the commencement of our project it was clear that this stunning scenery would be a strong influence on the design concept,” says the firm. The building’s materials were chosen for their presence in nature; many of the walls are composed of stained timber and clay mixed with pebbles.
House – Future Projects
5468796 Architecture: Arthur Residence (Regina, Canada)
This project, designed by Winnipeg-based firm 5468796 Architecture, was conceived as a “secret garden.” Designed for a couple from South Africa, its concept is that of a private sanctuary; its first floor offers views of the modest lot’s garden, and the second floor is an airy retreat that overlooks the tree canopy. According to the firm, space and light form the essence of this house, a structure that, when built, will be simple but not strictly minimal.