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Higher Education & Research Shortlist Category: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd, Humanities & Social Sciences Building Cluster 1 in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Image courtesy of WAF.

Higher Education & Research Shortlist Category: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd, Humanities & Social Sciences Building Cluster 1 in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Image courtesy of WAF.



The World Architecture Festival (WAF) announced its 2021 shortlist highlighting the best buildings and landscapes that have been completed around the world between 2019–2021. Recognized as the world’s most extensive architectural awards program, this year’s shortlist consists of 200 projects selected from 732 entries from 55 countries.

The theme for the 2021 edition of the festival is Resetting the City: Greening, Health, and Urbanism, and the awards attracted submissions across 20 completed buildings and landscape categories; an “increase of 44% in submissions from 2019’s edition of the festival.”

Clockwise: Al Hosn Masterplan by Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi; Eden by Heatherwick Studio; Chinese Culture Exhibition Center by Qingdao Tengyuan Design; Majara Residency by ZAV Architects. Images courtesy of WAF

According to WAF: “The architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes live at WAF in December. Presentations of the shortlisted designs will be made to more than 100 international juries in front of festival delegates. Category winners then compete against each other on the final day of the festival, to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year, and Landscape of the Year.” 

Below is a selection of shortlisted projects from each category arranged in no particular order. 

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY CATEGORY

SHZF Architects, Lingang New City supporting public buildings, Shanghai, China. Image courtesy of WAF.

CULTURE CATEGORY

Durbach Block Jaggers / John Wardle Architects, Phoenix Central Park, Sydney, Australia. Image courtesy of WAF.

DISPLAY CATEGORY

noa* network of architecture, Ötzi Peak 3251m, Schnals, Italy. Image courtesy of WAF.

HEALTH CATEGORY

Kaunitz Yeung Architecture, Puntukurnu AMS Healthcare Hub Newman, Newman, Australia. Image courtesy of WAF.

HIGHER EDUCATION CATEGORY

Weiss/Manfredi, Yale University Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Image courtesy of WAF.

HOTEL AND LEISURE CATEGORY

Guang Zhou Hui Yi Ming Cheng Architectural Design Co.,Ltd, White Deer Plain. Mountain land resort hotel, Xi’an, China. Image courtesy of WAF.

HOUSES & VILLAS (RURAL/NATURE) CATEGORY

PARTISANS, Fold House, Toronto, Canada. Image courtesy of WAF.

HOUSES & VILLAS (URBAN/SUBURBAN) CATEGORY

Tho.A atelier, round house, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Image courtesy of WAF.

HOUSING CATEGORY

ARCHETONIC, AMANI, Puebla, Mexico. Image courtesy of WAF.

MIXED-USE CATEGORY

ingenhoven architects, Kö-Bogen II, Düsseldorf, Germany. Image courtesy of WAF.

NEW & OLD CATEGORY

TEAM_BLDG, THE VILLAGE, Guangzhou, China. Image courtesy of WAF.

OFFICE CATEGORY

3XN, cube berlin, Berlin, Germany. Image © Adam Mork/Courtesy of WAF.

PRODUCTION, ENERGY, RECYCLING

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group D.P.C., COPENHILL / AMAGER BAKKE, Copenhagen, Denmark. Image © Rasmus Hjortshoj/Courtesy of WAF.

RELIGION CATEGORY

Tezuka Architects (Takaharu + Yui Tezuka, Keiji Yabe), Ohno Japan(Hirofumi Ohno), Niijima Chapel, Gunma, Japan. Image courtesy of WAF.

LANDSCAPE: NATURE CONTEXT CATEGORY

ENOTA d.o.o., Koper Central Park, Koper, Slovenia. Image courtesy of WAF.

View more category shortlist projects here. The Festival coordinators share that this year, the WAF will reconvene in Lisbon at the FIL exhibition center, from December 1–3. 

As a media partner with the World Architecture Festival, Archinect and Bustler will keep you up to date about the announcement of the final winning projects in December.




















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