World Architecture Festival announces shortlist

Daniel Libeskind's Reflections at Keppel Bay in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd
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Coop Himmelb(l)au's Busan Cincema Center in South Korea. Photo by Nathan Willock
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Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg's CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario. Photo by Maris Mezulis
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Studio MK27's V4 House in Brazil
Daniel Libeskind's Reflections at Keppel Bay in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd
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Highlights from the 300 buildings vying for the title of World Building of the Year.

The program celebrates a slew of projects from around the globe. This October in Singapore, WAF will hand out more than two dozen accolades to structures deemed the best by a star-studded jury that includes Moshe Safdie and Ben van Berkel. All shortlisted projects – including a handful of Canadian builds – vie for the ultimate prize, World Building of the Year.

In 23 categories highlighting built and future concepts, nominees include Coop Himmelb(l)au‘s monolithic Busan Cinema Center in South Korea; Daniel Libeskind‘s Relections at Keppel Bay housing complex (a super-green project highlighted in Azure’s May 2012 Green Guide); Xten Architecture‘s palatial Hollywood hills home; Sturgess Architecture‘s transit renewal project in Calgary; Li Xiaodong‘s timber-clad Liyuan Libraryjust outside of Beijing; and Studio MK27’s V4 House in Brazil, which recently nabbed an AZ AWARD for best residential interior.

Multiple nominees include Denmark’s 3XN and Istanbul’s Emre Arolat Architects; each received nods for five international projects. As well, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg,Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Perkins + Will were among several firms shortlisted for two projects. 5468796 Architecture, the firm representing Canada at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, also made the cut with two projects in Winnipeg. A completed condo and proposed commercial tower have been shortlisted. (Look for the profile on 5468796 Architecture in our October issue.)

For the entire shortlist, visit worldarchitecturefestival.com.

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