Architecture

Subterranean Polish museum declared World Building of the Year

Rather than obstruct the nearby Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy was constructed mostly underground
Rather than obstruct the nearby Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy was constructed mostly underground
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Rather than obstruct the nearby Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy was constructed mostly underground
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Rather than obstruct the nearby Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy was constructed mostly underground
The subterranean National Museum in Szczecin features an undulating public square atop it
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The subterranean National Museum in Szczecin features an undulating public square atop it
“This project enriches the city and the life of the city," said the judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield, of the National Museum in Szczecin
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“This project enriches the city and the life of the city," said the judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield, of the National Museum in Szczecin
The National Museum in Szczecin was designed by KWK Promes
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The National Museum in Szczecin was designed by KWK Promes
The Future Project of the Year prize is awarded to the best of the world’s architecture that's not yet completed
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The Future Project of the Year prize is awarded to the best of the world’s architecture that's not yet completed
The Future Project of the Year prize went to South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball
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The Future Project of the Year prize went to South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball
The South Melbourne Primary School will accommodate 525 students
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The South Melbourne Primary School will accommodate 525 students
The South Melbourne Primary School will rise to five stories 
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The South Melbourne Primary School will rise to five stories 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture was awarded the Small Project of the Year prize
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture was awarded the Small Project of the Year prize
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed in Kowloon Bay in 2015
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The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed in Kowloon Bay in 2015
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion has a useable area of roughly 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft)
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The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion has a useable area of roughly 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft)
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion seats 200
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The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion seats 200
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed from 473 large bamboo poles
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The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed from 473 large bamboo poles
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed using Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship techniques
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The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed using Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship techniques
Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus, won the Landscape of the Year prize
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Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus, won the Landscape of the Year prize
The Kopupaka Reserve is a hybrid park, which sees a storm water reserve combined with an urban park, playground and skate park
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The Kopupaka Reserve is a hybrid park, which sees a storm water reserve combined with an urban park, playground and skate park
The Kopupaka Reserve was praised as a successful translation of Maori traditions
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The Kopupaka Reserve was praised as a successful translation of Maori traditions
The Kopupaka Reserve
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The Kopupaka Reserve
Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus, won the Landscape of the Year prize
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Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus, won the Landscape of the Year prize

Poland's National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy has been declared the 2016 World Building of the Year at the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF). Designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, the subterranean museum features an undulating public space atop it. The WAF also declared the winners of several other categories during its three-day event in Berlin.

The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy was constructed very near the Mieczysław Karłowicz Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, itself an important building and the recipient of several awards. Rather than obstruct the view toward the Philharmonic Hall in any way, KWK Promes built the museum partly underground, with a large public space atop that's popular with local skaters.

"This project enriches the city and the life of the city," said the judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield. "It addresses a site with three histories, pre-World War II, wartime destruction, and post-war development, which left a significant gap in the middle of the city.

"This is a piece of topography as well as a museum. To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways."

Future Project of the Year

The South Melbourne Primary School will rise to five stories 
The South Melbourne Primary School will rise to five stories 

The WAF's Future Project of the Year award is given to the best architecture that's not yet completed. This year it went to South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball.

Accommodating 525 students, the new school – dubbed a "vertical school" on account of its five-story height – features an interesting modernist design. It was commended by the WAF judges for the way it connects indoor and outdoor teaching areas and its differentiated learning environments.

Small Project of the Year

The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed from 473 large bamboo poles
The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was constructed from 473 large bamboo poles

The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture has won the Small Project of the Year for its ZCB Bamboo Pavilion. Constructed in Kowloon Bay last year, the bamboo structure has a useable area of roughly 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft) and seats 200.

It was constructed using 473 large bamboo poles, which were bent onsite and hand-tied together with metal wire using a Cantonese bamboo scaffolding craftsmanship technique.

Landscape of the Year

The Kopupaka Reserve was praised as a successful translation of Maori traditions
The Kopupaka Reserve was praised as a successful translation of Maori traditions

Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus, was awarded the Landscape of the Year. Designed as hybrid location which sees a storm water reserve combined with an urban park, playground and skate park, the project was praised as a successful translation of Maori traditions

Source: WAF

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