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Gallery: World Architecture Festival names the best buildings of 2017

Gallery: World Architecture Fe...
The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
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World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
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World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
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World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
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World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Director's Special Award (or essentially the runner up prize) went to Marc Koehler Architects' Superlofts Southaven, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The World Interior of the Year Prize went to Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore
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The World Interior of the Year Prize went to Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore
The World Interior of the Year Prize went to Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore
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The World Interior of the Year Prize went to Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore
The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
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The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
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The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture
The Landscape of the Year went to Turenscape for its work call Peasants and their Land: The Recovered Archaeological Landscape of Chengtoushan in Lixian County, China
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The Landscape of the Year went to Turenscape for its work call Peasants and their Land: The Recovered Archaeological Landscape of Chengtoushan in Lixian County, China
The Small Project of the Year Winner was a design from Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase called Streetlight Tagpuro, found in Tacloban, Philippines
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The Small Project of the Year Winner was a design from Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase called Streetlight Tagpuro, found in Tacloban, Philippines
The Small Project of the Year Winner was a design from Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase called Streetlight Tagpuro, found in Tacloban, Philippines
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The Small Project of the Year Winner was a design from Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase called Streetlight Tagpuro, found in Tacloban, Philippines
A highly commended runner-up in the Best Small Project category was  DSDHA by the Alex Monroe Workshop in London, United Kingdom
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A highly commended runner-up in the Best Small Project category was  DSDHA by the Alex Monroe Workshop in London, United Kingdom
A highly commended runner-up in the Best Small Project category was  DSDHA by the Alex Monroe Workshop in London, United Kingdom
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A highly commended runner-up in the Best Small Project category was  DSDHA by the Alex Monroe Workshop in London, United Kingdom
The winner of Best Use of Color went to the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in outback Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
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The winner of Best Use of Color went to the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in outback Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
The winner of Best Use of Color went to the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in outback Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
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The winner of Best Use of Color went to the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in outback Australia, designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
The Iran Special Prize Winner went to the New Wave Architecture design for Pars Hospital in Tehran, Iran
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The Iran Special Prize Winner went to the New Wave Architecture design for Pars Hospital in Tehran, Iran
The Iran Special Prize Winner went to the New Wave Architecture design for Pars Hospital in Tehran, Iran
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The Iran Special Prize Winner went to the New Wave Architecture design for Pars Hospital in Tehran, Iran
The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winner was given to Terrence Zhang for this image of a swimming pool at the New Campus of Tianjin University, China
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The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winner was given to Terrence Zhang for this image of a swimming pool at the New Campus of Tianjin University, China
The winner in the best completed house category was Vo Trong Nghia Architects for Binh House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The winner in the best completed house category was Vo Trong Nghia Architects for Binh House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Runner up in the best completed house category was Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP for Finding Rainbows in Tokyo, Japan
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Runner up in the best completed house category was Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP for Finding Rainbows in Tokyo, Japan
Winner of the Best Production, Energy & Recycling Building was The Farm of 38-30 in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects
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Winner of the Best Production, Energy & Recycling Building was The Farm of 38-30 in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects
Winner of the Best Production, Energy & Recycling Building was The Farm of 38-30 in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects
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Winner of the Best Production, Energy & Recycling Building was The Farm of 38-30 in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects
Best Sports Stadium went to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, designed by HKS
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Best Sports Stadium went to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, designed by HKS
Best Sports Stadium went to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, designed by HKS
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Best Sports Stadium went to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, designed by HKS
The award for Best School went to this East Sydney Early Learning Centre in Sydney, Australia designed by Andrew Burges Architects
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The award for Best School went to this East Sydney Early Learning Centre in Sydney, Australia designed by Andrew Burges Architects
The award for Best School went to this East Sydney Early Learning Centre in Sydney, Australia designed by Andrew Burges Architects
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The award for Best School went to this East Sydney Early Learning Centre in Sydney, Australia designed by Andrew Burges Architects
Winner of Best Future Project went to Pilbrow & Partners for the New Cyprus Archaeological Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus 
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Winner of Best Future Project went to Pilbrow & Partners for the New Cyprus Archaeological Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus 
The best Culture focused building prize went to Heneghan Peng Architects for The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine
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The best Culture focused building prize went to Heneghan Peng Architects for The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine
The best Culture focused building prize went to Heneghan Peng Architects for The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine
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The best Culture focused building prize went to Heneghan Peng Architects for The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine
Best Office Future Project went to Vo Trong Nghia Architects for the Viettel offsite studio in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Best Office Future Project went to Vo Trong Nghia Architects for the Viettel offsite studio in Hanoi, Vietnam
Best Civic Future Project went to edgeARCH for its Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex in Karachi, Pakistan
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Best Civic Future Project went to edgeARCH for its Consulate Building, Staff Housing & School Complex in Karachi, Pakistan
Best Completed Office Building went to Nikken Sekkei for the Co Op Kyosai Plaza in Tokyo, Japan
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Best Completed Office Building went to Nikken Sekkei for the Co Op Kyosai Plaza in Tokyo, Japan
Best Completed Office Building went to Nikken Sekkei for the Co Op Kyosai Plaza in Tokyo, Japan
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Best Completed Office Building went to Nikken Sekkei for the Co Op Kyosai Plaza in Tokyo, Japan
Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
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Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
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Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
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Alison Brooks’ The Smile won the best Completed Display design award
The proposed Sharjah Observatory in Mleiha National Park in United Arab Emirates won the best Experimental Future Project award
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The proposed Sharjah Observatory in Mleiha National Park in United Arab Emirates won the best Experimental Future Project award
The Leisure Led Development - Future Projects Winner was Tabanlioglu Architects with Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey
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The Leisure Led Development - Future Projects Winner was Tabanlioglu Architects with Bodrum Loft, Bodrum, Turkey
The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
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The best Future Project House award went to Monk Mackenzie Architects for the Queenstown House, Queenstown, New Zealand
Best Villa went to Irving Smith Architects for Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand
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Best Villa went to Irving Smith Architects for Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has just awarded this year's prizes to a truly global selection of projects. The winners were selected from a pretty long shortlist comprising 434 projects across 68 different countries, and featured everything from a hospital in Iran to a small earthquake-proof prototype house in China.

"These are big-picture initiatives which concern architects both individually and collectively, and we want WAF to play a part in promoting initiatives which are aimed at making life better," says WAF Programme Director Paul Finch.

To this end, WAF also proposed a manifesto directing architects to the key challenges the world faces over the next decade, including climate, energy and carbon; water; ethics and values; and cultural identity.

The award for World Building of the Year certainly hit the manifesto targets. The Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village took the main prize for its novel technique for cheap rammed earth construction. It was a surprisingly modest choice for a big prize winner but as Finch says, "this building is a demonstration that architecture is just as relevant in the poorest of communities as it is in the richest."

World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China

Take a look through our gallery to see all the big winners, from spectacular concepts to excitingly realized buildings.

Source: World Architecture Festival

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