Best Building of the Year
What will be the world’s best building of the year 2016? An happiness center in Bhutan, a silo adjoining chapel in Chile or the Chanel shop in Amsterdam with its enchanting brick facade?
This week the nominees have been announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), the largest architectural awards festival in the world. In November the award ceremony will be in Berlin.
WAF is organized by the British company EMAP Publishing. The aim is to celebrate good architecture and help firms to gain international recognition. WAF also wants to initiate the discussion about architecture. This can help to create better buildings and environments.
There are 343 nominees, divided into 32 categories. Is your office on the shortlist, you may at the festival presenting your plan to a panel of three persons. At the end are awarded four awards: for the best building, future projects, interiors and landscape.
Best Building Nominees
- Value farm, Shenzhen, China
After years of bulldozing for new construction, China has discovered the reuse of materials and buildings. The roof of an old glass factory in Shenzen is transformed to an urban farm. Here, residents can let grow their crops.
- Chanel Shop, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MVRDV awoke the city with a living-shop which radicalizes the idea of a window. From the bricks to the frames and sills, it’s all transparent. Restrictions of the city administration was that 20% should be conventionally cemented. Thatt’s why the glass gradually petrifies upwards.
- Chapel Totihue, Chile
Gonzalo Mardones Arquitecto
Since 1972, the farming community of Totihue used an old silo as their chapel. Due to the earthquake in 2010 and the danger of collapsing, the silo had to be closed. Inspired by a drawing of one of the village children, Gonzalo Mardones restored the silo and expanded it with a modern barn.
- Romsdal Folk Museum, Molden, Norway
Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Since Frank Gehry built the Guggenheim in Bilbao, every city wants an iconic museum. Ramstad shows that you can make a striking building without losing the local identity. Romsdal Folk Museum reflects the surrounding village buildings. The museum has been built of local spruce.
- Bhutan Happiness Centre, Bumthang, Bhutan
1 + 1> 2 architects
Bhutan was the first country in the world to measure the happiness of citizens. Now there is a happiness center where people can meditate, share their experiences and ideas and learn how to be happy. The design revolves harmony in materials, space and building technology.
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- Building with nature to protect the coast of Colombia
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