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The best buildings of 2018 face off in the World Architecture Festival Awards shortlist

The best buildings of 2018 fac...
Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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Zeitz MOCAA, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
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Zeitz MOCAA, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers, in the Lesuire Led Development - Future Project category
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Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers, in the Lesuire Led Development - Future Project category
Zhuhai Opera House, in the Culture - Completed Buildings Category
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Zhuhai Opera House, in the Culture - Completed Buildings Category
Tirpitz Museum, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
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Tirpitz Museum, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
The Piano Mill, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
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The Piano Mill, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
Foro Boca Concert Hall, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
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Foro Boca Concert Hall, in the Culture - Completed Buildings category
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, in the Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings category
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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, in the Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings category
Zhu’s Old Brick Kiln Reuse, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
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Zhu’s Old Brick Kiln Reuse, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
Temperate House Precinct Project, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
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Temperate House Precinct Project, in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category
Australian Embassy Bangkok, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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Australian Embassy Bangkok, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
Freiburg Town Hall, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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Freiburg Town Hall, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
US Embassy in London, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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US Embassy in London, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
Heartbeat @ Bedok, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
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Heartbeat @ Bedok, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in the Display - Completed Buildings category
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Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in the Display - Completed Buildings category
Eco Resort Meijie Garden Valley, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
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Eco Resort Meijie Garden Valley, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
Aqualagon Waterpark, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
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Aqualagon Waterpark, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
krakani lumi, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
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krakani lumi, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
Bendigo Hospital, in the Health - Completed Buildings category
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Bendigo Hospital, in the Health - Completed Buildings category
Hospital AZ Zeno, in the Health - Completed Buildings category
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Hospital AZ Zeno, in the Health - Completed Buildings category
Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
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Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions, in the Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings category
Nora Mosque, in the Civic - Future Project category
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Nora Mosque, in the Civic - Future Project category
Ullevål tårn, in the Housing, Small Scale - Completed Buildings category
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Ullevål tårn, in the Housing, Small Scale - Completed Buildings category
Peel Street, in the Housing, Small Scale - Completed Buildings category
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Peel Street, in the Housing, Small Scale - Completed Buildings category
Commercial Bank Headquarters, in the Commercial Mixed Use - Future Project category
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Commercial Bank Headquarters, in the Commercial Mixed Use - Future Project category
The Ian Potter National Conservatory, in the Culture - Future Project category
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The Ian Potter National Conservatory, in the Culture - Future Project category
Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre, in the Culture - Future Projects category
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Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre, in the Culture - Future Projects category
Gasholders London, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
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Gasholders London, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
Crystal Laputa, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
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Crystal Laputa, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
Fennel, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
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Fennel, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
Huaku Sky Garden, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category 
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Huaku Sky Garden, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category 
520 West 28th, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
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520 West 28th, in the Housing, Large Scale - Completed Buildings category
Marina One Singapore, in the Mixed Use - Completed Buildings category
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Marina One Singapore, in the Mixed Use - Completed Buildings category
Lè Architecture, in the Office - Completed Buildings category
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Lè Architecture, in the Office - Completed Buildings category
Chapel Our Lady of Fátima, in the Religion - Completed Buildings category
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Chapel Our Lady of Fátima, in the Religion - Completed Buildings category
DNA House, in the Villas - Completed Buildings category
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DNA House, in the Villas - Completed Buildings category
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in the Sport - Completed Buildings category
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in the Sport - Completed Buildings category
Helea Tower, in the Residential - Future Project category
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Helea Tower, in the Residential - Future Project category
Turoboseal Tech Headquarter, in the Office - Future Project category
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Turoboseal Tech Headquarter, in the Office - Future Project category
Wuyi Yuansu Hot Spring Resort, in the Leisure Led Development - Future Project category
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Wuyi Yuansu Hot Spring Resort, in the Leisure Led Development - Future Project category
Lusail Stadium & Sportpark, in the Leisure Led Development - Future Project category
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Lusail Stadium & Sportpark, in the Leisure Led Development - Future Project category
Eine Phantastische Kunstwerk, in the Experimental - Future Project category
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Eine Phantastische Kunstwerk, in the Experimental - Future Project category
SkyPod, in the Experimental - Future Project category
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SkyPod, in the Experimental - Future Project category
W350Project, in the Experimental - Future Project category
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W350Project, in the Experimental - Future Project category
Island, in the Experimental Future Project category
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Island, in the Experimental Future Project category

The World Architecture Festival's annuals awards shortlist has just been revealed offering a comprehensive snapshot of the best and brightest design ideas in 2018. The massive global competition spans 39 categories and this year's shortlist features 536 projects from 81 countries around the world.

The winners will be announced in November at the big keynote festival event in Amsterdam, after a jury of over 100 professional judges evaluate all the shortlisted projects. As well as specific category winners, the Awards will task a Super Jury to select winners in three prestigious categories: World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, in the Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings category
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, in the Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings category

"This has been a terrific year for the WAF Awards, reaching our largest entry total to date," says Paul Finch, WAF program director. "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."

US Embassy in London, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category
US Embassy in London, in the Civic and Community - Completed Buildings category

The shortlist includes some high-profile projects including Heatherwick Studio's Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in South Africa, which transformed an old grain silo into a giant art museum, and Bjarke Ingels Group's Tirpitz museum in Denmark, an elegant subterranean museum set next to a World War II-era bunker.

Commercial Bank Headquarters, in the Commercial Mixed Use - Future Project category
Commercial Bank Headquarters, in the Commercial Mixed Use - Future Project category

The Awards also feature extensive future concept categories focusing on yet to be completed projects. Here we come across a stunning array of designs that range from extraordinary experimental buildings, to more pragmatic, but no less mind-boggling, structures.

Take a closer look at our World Architecture Festival Awards gallery to see some of our favorite projects in the shortlist.

Source: WAF

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