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10 of our favourite creations from the World Architecture Festival 2018 shortlist

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By Amy Saunders | July 24, 2018 | Design

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is back and has a record amount of creative and incredible architectural offerings on show this year.

The WAF will take place from the 28th to the 30th of November 2018 in Amsterdam, where architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category titles which include World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

The top 5 countries entered and shortlisted for the WAF 2018 awards are China, Australia, UK, Turkey, USA and this year, even South Africa has been shortlisted for the Old and New category for Thomas Heatherwick’s conversion of an old grain silo into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: ‘This has been a terrific year for the WAF Awards, reaching our largest entry total to date. This has not resulted in any decrease in quality if anything the opposite. It has been extremely gratifying to review entries from more than 81 different countries and note the way in which architects are absorbing lessons from contemporaries across the world.’

As we await the WAF and its co-located event, the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors to take place, here are 10 of our favourite creations from the World Architecture Festival 2018 shortlist.


Zeitz MOCAA By Heatherwick Studio

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Photo Credit: Iwan Baan


Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions By Liminal Architecture

Location: Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Photo credit: Dianna Snape


Vali-e-asr Mosque By Fluid Motion Architects

Location: Tehran, Iran

Photo credit: Fluid Motion Architects


Village Lounge of Shangcun By SUP Atelier

Location: Jixi, China

Photo credit: Xia Zhi


Peninsula House By Bernardes Arquitetura

Location: Guarujá, Brazil

Photo credit: Fernando Guerra


Cabin Kvitfjell By Lund Hagem Architects

Location: Kvitfjell, Norway

Photo credit: Marc Goodwin


Ullevål tårn By Code Arkitektur

Location: Oslo, Norway

Photo credit: Ivan Brodey


Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle By Alison Brooks Architects

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Photo credit: Alison Brooks Architects


King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) By Zaha Hadid Architects

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Photo credit: Hufton + Crow


Bamboo stalactite By Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Location: Venice, Italy

Photo credit: Sabin Prodan


Featured Image: Patio House by OOAK architects, Karpathos, Greece; Photo credit: Yorgos Kordakis

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