Words The Kanto Team
Images World Architecture Festival (WAF 2023 Special Prize)
Four projects by ASEAN studios have made their mark in the WAF 2023 Special Prizes categories. Thailand, a seasoned WAF participant, boasts three projects on the shortlist: Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion by previous WAF shortlisted firm CHAT Architects and Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn by PAVA Architects. These projects are contenders for the International Building Beauty Prize and the Small Project of the Year Prize, respectively. Thailand’s all(zone) joins the Special Prize shortlist under the Best Use of Color with their fiery number for the MPavilion in Melbourne. Indonesia’s Bamboo Dome for the G20 Bali Summit by Biroe, meanwhile vies for the Small Project of the Year plum.
Thai architectural prowess shines through with a remarkable 20 shortlist placements by Thai practices at the WAF this year, while Indonesia takes a significant leap in presence with 7 shortlist placements. They stand alongside other ASEAN nations such as Singapore (20 placements by SG firms), The Philippines (which boasts 12 shortlist placements, its highest ever, with one WAFX win in the bag), Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, collectively contributing to the festival’s tapestry of global talent.
The finalists are set to take the stage at Marina Bay Sands on November 31 to December 1, 2023 in Singapore, where they will showcase their brilliance before a distinguished panel of expert judges and peers, including industry luminaries. The climax of this creative competition will unfold at the Gala Dinner, where the ultimate winners of each prize will be unveiled.
These coveted special prizes recognize exceptional contributions to the architectural landscape. Projects that have entered the main WAF awards are automatically eligible for consideration, without any additional fees.
The full shortlist with award descriptions follow. The original release can be found here:
The Futureglass Prize
The Futureglass Prize recognizes projects that showcase innovative use of glass and glass technology.
The Dockside Resort & Marina by Architects’ Studio
585 Kendall by CBT
Wuxi Taihu Bay International Cultural Arts Center by Perkins Eastman/Pfeiffer Studio
Fisher and Paykel Global Headquarters by RTA Studio
55 Pitt Street by Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects
The Forest by Sanjay Puri Architects
Taikoo Green Ribbon by ARUP
International Building Beauty Prize
The International Building Beauty Prize is for buildings that uplift the spirits, with finalists chosen from completed building projects.
Oman Across Ages Museum by COX Architecture
Turrell Pavilion by Studio MK27
Casa Ward by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect
CAPITASPRING by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
Entegra offices in Barcelona by Batlleiroig Arquitectura
Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion by CHAT Architects
The Mosque of Light by Dabbagh Architects
Small Project of the Year
The Small Project prize is open to all completed building projects, as long as they are considered small for their type.
Torch Community by PONE Architecture
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn by PAVA architects
Project Plum Grove: Experimental Restoration in Mui Tsz Lam by School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Karuizawa Commongrounds Bookstore by Klein Dytham architecture
Bamboo Dome for G20 Bali Summit by Biroe
The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp by RTA Studio in association with Bureaux
Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort by Luxury Frontiers
Toagosei Hydrogen station Tokushima by Osamu Morishita Architect and Associates
Best Use of Color
The Best Use of Colour Prize celebrates imaginative color use in architecture, both indoors and outdoors.
Vast Gallery & Artist Residency by Persian Garden Studio
Façade Renewal of the University Road in Huaxiba by JZFZ Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
G39 by ARQMOV WORKSHOP
Iron Creek Bay Farm Stay by Misho + Associates
Turrell Pavilion by Studio MK27
Shanghai YuYuan Metro Station: An Underground Arcade of Lighting Ripples by XING DESIGN
MPavilion 2022 by all(zone)
Learning Community at Quest by KSM Architecture
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