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LocHal in the Netherlands which was the winner of World Building of The Year was praised by the judges for its ‘strong, sustainable approach’

India At The World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) held in Amsterdam this year, is an annual festival and awards function committed to excellence in architecture and the development industry.

LocHal in the Netherlands which was the winner of World Building of The Year was praised by the judges for its ‘strong, sustainable approach’

 

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) held in Amsterdam this year, is an annual festival and awards function committed to excellence in architecture and the development industry.

It is the only event where around 550 shortlisted architects present their projects live in crit-rooms to a judging panel. Several categories honour winners, but the crowning glory is the award for the World Building of the Year title.

Charged Voids was the ‘highly commended’ Indian entry at WAF in the Completed Buildings Housing category

This year the World Building of the Year went to LocHal Public Library in the Netherlands, designed by Civic Architects, Braaksma and Roos Architectenbureau and Petra Blaisse. Commended for its adaptability by a committee of almost 150 architects, designers and academics, LocHal is a locomotive hangar from 1932 that has been converted into a public space, now housing a library, arts organisations and coworking facilities.

This wooden-arched airport terminal in the Philippines, by Integrated Design Associates, won the awards’ transport category

From hundreds of initial entries a shortlist was created comprising of winners in 18 separate award categories, spanning residential, public and commercial architecture.

Finalists included Lindis Lodge, a ‘wavy’ luxury hotel in New Zealand and the curved wooden arch terminal at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines.

Studio Link-Arc’s pavilion for children, called Lokadhatu (The World), was named Small Project of the Year, while Future Project of the Year, an honour acknowledging upcoming or proposed buildings was awarded to Oberbillwerder, The Connected City in Hamburg, Germany.

Another ‘highly commended’ entry at WAF in the Completed Buildings Office section was Studio Lotus with Krushi Bhawan in Bhubaneshwar

One of our winners was ROCKWOOL Student Charrette Winner: AMSA, Bridging the Disharmony – A case of Fishing Community, Penthakata Village in Puri, Odisha, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India, while ‘highly commended’ in the Completed Buildings (housing) category was a student hostel for Chandigarh group of colleges in Mohali, India. Done by the Architectural firm, Charged Voids, it emphasised the quality of living spaces.

Another ‘highly commended’ entry in the Completed Buildings Office section was Studio Lotus with Krushi Bhawan in Bhubaneshwar, India. Built as an institutional space for the State Government department, Krushi Bhawan now houses a learning centre, a library, an auditorium, training rooms, a garden and public plaza, while offices have been placed on the upper floors. The design team worked together with local consultants and craftsmen, purposefully using local materials and integrating regional craft in a contemporary environment.

Lindis Lodge, by Architecture Workshop, is an undulating luxury lodge on New Zealand’s South Island

Architect Sanjay Puri, one of the two jury members from India, the other being Sonali Rastogi from Morphogenesis, explained that the top three criteria for judging was contextually, path-breaking aspects of the project, and sustainability.

Thirteen Indian projects made it to the final list, four of which were entries in the Future Projects category, while the remaining were in Completed Project category.

Three of Sanjay Puri and Associates’ projects, two in the Future Projects category and one in the Completed Projects category made it to the final list, along with Bangalore based Shibanee and Kamal Architects (SKA) who also had three projects, all in the Completed Projects category – Think Design, Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership’ and The Magic Faraway Tree.

Indian entries interested in WAF 2020 which will take place in Lisbon can register now. Be the first to know when early bird award entries and delegate tickets are on sale.

Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj

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