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Press Kit | no. 661-02

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Unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects as the shortlist is announced for major architectural awards

Barcelona, Spain

World Architecture Festival (WAF)

Shortlist announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards

Barcelona, Spain, 2010-08-15 - 

Soccer City National Stadium in South Africa, A bamboo house in Costa Rica, The Apple Store on the Upper West Side, USA and The Medieval & Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK are among the 236 international projects to feature on this year’s shortlist for the world’s biggest architecture contest - the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. Projects that range from a church in England to a prison in Norway, will go head to head at the Festival, which is designed to celebrate the aspirations and concerns of the international architectural community. Contested in front of a live public delegation as well as a ‘super jury’ of internationally celebrated architects, the projects are set to battle it out for the prestigious accolade of World Building of the Year 2010.


Hallenging elitist perceptions of the architectural industry, an unknown practice holds as much chance of winning the top prize as a household name and this year’s awards have attracted entries from 55 different countries, spanning the globe. Emerging markets such as Kazakhstan are represented alongside countries such as USA, UK, Australia, Germany, and Scandinavia, which all have significant presence on the shortlist. 

Confirmed jurors at the 2010 World Architecture Festival include: Arata Isozaki, Enrique Norton, Manfredi Nicoletti, John Patkau, Sir Peter Cook, Isay Weinfeld and Michael Heenan as well as a number of design critics from the global media. 

Buildings by internationally renowned architects such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Will Alsop at RMJM, and Terry Farrell & Partners (Farrells), as well as smaller practices are represented among the shortlisted projects. The 15 category winners in the Building of the Year Award will go forward to compete in front of a ‘super-jury’, who cast the deciding vote as to which project is crowned World Building of the Year 2010 on 5th November, the grand finale to the three day event. 

Paul Finch, WAF programme director, said: “We are very pleased to have received over 500 entries from 61 different countries. It is also encouraging for the industry to see a great deal of entries from “new” economies, both by local architects and international practices. We look forward to welcoming over 1000 delegates to Barcelona in November.” 

The WAF Awards will be held during World Architecture Festival, which takes place in Barcelona at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) from 3rd to 5th November 2010. 

In addition to the 15 accolades presented for World Building of the Year, this year’s Awards will feature three alternative categories - Interiors and Fit-out, Structural Design and Future Projects, which celebrates excellence in the early stages of the design process. 

A series of keynote addresses, seminars, exhibitions and presentations will run alongside the main awards programme, and every shortlisted project will feature in a grand exhibition during the festival in Barcelona. 

Notes to editors

For further press information on the World Architecture Festival Awards contact Tilly Shirlaw at FD on +44 (0) 207 269 9352 or tilly.shirlaw@fd.com or Joanna Reid on +44 020 269 9348 or Joanna.reid@fd.com 

WAF Award categories include: 

Completed buildings 
Civic and community 
Housing 
Learning
Culture 
Landscaping 
New & old
Display 
Office 
Production
Health 
Shopping 
Sport
Holiday 
Transport 
House

Interiors and fit out 
Offices 
Hotels and casinos 
Health small 
Health large 
Bars and restaurants 
Culture and civic 
Retail small 
Retail large 

Future projects 
Masterplanning 
Landscape 
Infrastructure 
Competition entries 
Residential 
Commercial 
Cultural 
Experimental projects 

Structural Design 
Spans
Towers
Metal
Concrete
Timber
Glass
Tensile
Composites
Masonry

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  1. www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

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Press kit | 661-02 - Press release | Unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects as the shortlist is announced for major architectural awards - World Architecture Festival (WAF) - Competition - Harlequin 1, BSkyB, London, United Kingdom&nbsp;<br><br>Arup Associates, United Kingdom&nbsp;<br>The building at BSkyB’s West London campus sets an international benchmark for sustainable architecture in a broadcasting environment. Described as a ‘factory for creativity’, the architecture of the building dramatically expresses its world leading sustainable technology. - Photo credit: Christian Richters
Harlequin 1, BSkyB, London, United Kingdom 

Arup Associates, United Kingdom 
The building at BSkyB’s West London campus sets an international benchmark for sustainable architecture in a broadcasting environment. Described as a ‘factory for creativity’, the architecture of the building dramatically expresses its world leading sustainable technology.
Photo credit: Christian Richters
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