WAF Awards 2023- world’s best new buildings revealed. The tranquil mosque in Dubai, the tree-filled tower in Singapore, and the panda breeding research center in Chengdu, China, have been recognized as three of the greatest new structures in the world.
The eye-catching buildings are just some of the roughly 250 finished projects that have been shortlisted for this year's World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. The awards, which will culminate in the announcement of the "World Building of the Year" in December, are being given out by the World Architecture Festival.
The architecture of the buildings will be evaluated using 18 different criteria, covering residential, commercial, and cultural architecture. The winners of each category will then compete against one another for the coveted overall prize.
In addition, further awards will be awarded to acknowledge the finest work in interior design, projected future projects, and landscape architecture. At the World Aviation Festival (WAF) that is being hosted in Singapore at the end of November, the awards will be assessed in real time by a panel of experts that consists of 140 people.
Other significant structures on the shortlist include the recently built Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Holocaust Museum in Melbourne, Australia, and new national stadiums in both Cambodia and Senegal.
Continue scrolling to see a selection of this year’s nominees.
Cox Architecture was considered for the role of architect for the Oman Across Ages Museum, a brand-new cultural institution that would be located in the historic city of Nizwa in the Sultanate of Oman.
According to the designers at Chat Architects, the Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion, which was constructed in a fishing town in Thailand, is both a fully operational oyster farm and a destination for eco-tourism.
Angsila Oyster Scaffolding Pavilion
A new location for the charitable organization Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been established in the 11-story Panda Tower in Chengdu, China, which was designed by Shanghai United Design Group Co., Ltd.
The Mosque of Light in Dubai, which was designed by Dabbagh Architects and situated in the United Arab Emirates, was one of the finalists in the category of religious structures.
Architectural firm with headquarters in Bangkok All (zone) has been chosen for the final round of the temporary MPavilion competition. As part of the initiative, a new architect is hired year to design and construct a pavilion at the location in Melbourne, which is located in Australia.
This hydrogen station in Tokushima prefecture, Japan, was a candidate for the architectural firm of Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates.
Osamu Morishita Architect
One of the two ideas that were chosen as finalists by the Brazilian company Studio MK27 was the timber Turrell Pavilion, which is located in the Maldives.
In Hangzhou, China, the curving E-sports complex was designed by the Central-South Architectural Design Institute.
The temporary Bamboo Dome was designed by an Indonesian company called Biroe and created in Bali by local craftsmen and artisans in advance of the G20 conference that took place on the island in the previous year.
In a press statement, WAF’s program director Paul Finch said this year’s shortlist was:
a reminder in a world experiencing numerous crises that architects continue to address both everyday and unusual challenges with skill and imagination.- Paul Finch, WAF’s program director