The 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) short-list has recently been announced, this year recognizing 12 Australian projects. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside life critical presentations and judging of over 400 award finalists, global networking, 500 project galleries and an international product exhibition.
The festival is a three-day event for architects and interior design professionals to celebrate, learn, be inspired and exchange ideas. Finalists will be invited to present their projects to juries at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Germany from the 15th to 17th of November this year. The theme this year revolves around ‘performance’ and will feature seminars as well as visits to Berlin’s most notable performance venues (Frank Gehry’s Pierre Goulez Hall, 2017 and Hans Scharoun’s Berlin Philharmonie, 1963).
There are two categories for completed buildings and for buildings that are still in the conceptual stage. Each has its own award; World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year.
Programme director of WAF has stated that this year’s shortlist is hugely diverse, geographically. “The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques,” he said. “Colorful architecture makes a strong showing and many of the smaller projects we have shortlisted will punch above their weight”.
Additionally, world-leading architecture firms including BIG, Heatherwick Studio, Zaha Hadid Architects and Vinoly Architects are all shortlisted this year, along with established local studios including Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Stanton Williams and CEBRA. The list comprises of an amalgamation of radical designs which encompasses a structure shaped giant smile, a moving observation tower, a set of labyrinthine London townhouses, and a spiral-treetop walkway.