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Which Indo-Pacific Projects Won at WAF 2019?

With China, Hong Kong, Australia and India counted in the top five countries entering the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in 2019, it’s no surprise to see many projects from the Indo-Pacific region winning some of the top gongs. Here we look at all of them.



BY Aleesha Callahan

December 12th, 2019


Done and dusted for another year, WAF 2019 has announced all the winners in its annual, global award showcase. In 2019, Chinese practices submitted the most projects, seeing a 68 per cent rise in entries from 2018. India wasn’t far behind with a 33 per cent rise.

We take a look at the 12 winning projects from across the region.

Mixed Use – Completed Building

Serie + Multiply Architects won this award for its Oasis Terraces project, which serves the public housing residents of Punggol, Singapore through the fusion of a shopping centre, poly-clinic and community amenities all under one roof. The judges say Oasis Terraces, “successfully integrates disparate programmes into a coherent composition, which appears very adaptable to alternative uses.”

Photo by Hufton Crow

Landscape of the Year 2019

Original Design Studio took out the award for Landscape of the Year 2019, as well as taking out Landscape Rural, for its Demonstration Section at Yangpu Riverside Public Space in Shanghai. The project provides a smart solution that the judges say “reconnects the city with the waterfront by reusing the material language of this historic site in an innovative way with excellent details.”

Photo by Su Shengliang Zhan Changheng Zhang Yong

The Best Use of Certified Timber 

Australian studio iredale pedersen hook architects, in collaboration with Advanced Timber Concepts, won The Best Use of Certified Award for its Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre. The judges shared that they “were impressed with the efficient and durable timber detailing, which delivers comfort and affordability for present and future users.”

Photo by Peter Bennetts

Engineering Prize

SUP Atelier won the Engineering Prize for its Swirling Cloud: Bulletin Pavilion for BJFU Garden Festival.

Photo by Su Chen Chun Fang

Higher Education and Research – Completed Building

The Kokugakuin University Learning Centre by Nikken Sekkei took out the Higher Education and Research Buiding award. The project is positioned between a shrine and a residential area right in the heart of Tokyo. Of the project, the jury says, “the new learning centre solves complex urban challenges in a way that looks effortless. The building has a poetic relationship with both city and ancient shrine precinct.”

Image by Nozomu Shimao

Hotel and Leisure – Completed Building 

A luxury lodge in a remote glacial valley of the Southern Alps of New Zealand has taken out the Hotel and Leisure award. Designed by Architecture Workshop, Lindis Lodge is a five-bedroom retreat exposed to extreme climates. The judges described this project as “poetic, inspiring and sensitively considered.”

Photo by Patrick Reynolds

Civic and Community – Completed Building

Serving the 2,500 people of Gaobu Village, the Gaobu Book House designed by Condition Lab – School of Architecture CUHK & UAL Studio – School of Architecture and Urban Planning GZU. The library is located on the Pingtan River in the Hunan Province and the judges say, “Gaobu Book House is totally intertwined with the community; a project that goes well beyond the actual building and demonstrates the excellence of process.”

Photo by Xu Liang Leon

House – Completed Building

Australian studio TERROIR took out the award for a House with its Castle Cove House. The jury shares that “ ‘with the diversity and complexity of space, there is a visual shattering of the boundaries between inside and out.”

Photo by Brett Boardman

Office – Completed Building

FCHA triumphed with its Vanke Liuxiandong Design Community – A4+B2 Plot Design – a project the judges say is, “highly sustainable and transforms the corporate environment into one that welcomes the public.”

Photo by Guanhong Chen

School – Completed Building

The YM Nursery in Yonago, Japan designed by Hibinosekkei + Youji no Shiro + Kids Design Labo has won the School category. The project encourages children to feel at one with nature, as the judges say, “demonstrates huge sensitivity to the experience of young children, from the layout of the building as an open pavilion, to the use of materials such as wood, stone, fire and water,” adding, “the project embraces nature holistically in its concept and detail.

Photo by Studio BAUHAUS

Transport – Completed Building

Integrated Design Associates took out the Transport award for its Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2. The project is an expansion of the second largest airport in the Philippines, the judges described the design as “simple but elegant”, defined by locally sourced materials with consideration for how it could be expanded in the future.

Photo by John Nye

Infrastructure – Future Projects

WilkinsonEyre and Morphis won the ‘Infrastructure – Future Projects’ category for its Shenzen Bay Avenue urban design and masterplan with judges describing the project as an “active urban intervention creating diverse public spaces.”

Render by Wilkinson Eyre and Morphis