Heatherwick among winners on day one of World Architecture Festival 2019

Heatherwick among winners on day one of World Architecture Festival 2019

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2019 opened yesterday in Amsterdam, with the first awards announced for winners in a number of categories.Picture1

Heatherwick Studio’s New York sculpture Vessel was recognised in the ‘Display – Completed Buildings’ category for offering a new and innovative way for the general public to engage and create chance encounters.

The ‘Culture – Completed Buildings’ award went to Civic architects, Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau and Petra Blaisse at Inside Outside for their LocHal Public Library in Tilburg, which is described as a new urban living room in an iconic former locomotive shed.

The Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver, designed by HCMA Architecture + Design, triumphed in the ‘Civic – Future Projects’ category. The building contains nine major spaces – including an aquatic centre, ice arena, curling rink, gymnasium, skatepark and dedicates areas for children, youth and retirees – and was commended by judges for its accompanying landscaping.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris won the ‘New and Old – Completed Buildings’ award for The Bower mixed-use commercial development housed in a former collection of 1960s buildings originally built for British Telecom.

In the ‘Leisure Led Developments – Future Projects’ category, Tabanlioglu Architects was the winner with their Tersane Halic – Halic Shipyards project that incorporates marinas, hotels, housing, offices and leisure areas while respecting the typology of old Istanbul.

And the ‘Sport – Completed Buildings’ category was won by Anna Noguera + Javier Fernandez with their Turo de la Peira’s sports centre, which was recognised for its “outstanding use of resources with a sustainable ethos”.

The WAF runs for 4-6 of December, with category winners awarded from the shortlists throughout and overall winners announced on the final day.