3 Malaysian projects shortlisted for the ‘World Building of the Year 2017’ award
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) gathers architects and interior professionals for a celebration of visual and design brilliance. Now in its 10th year running, the three-day event will be held in Berlin this November and it will showcase some of the most impressive buildings around. The festival will also see the annoucement of the 'World Building of the Year' award, one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.
Among the shortlisted entries include Zaha Hadid's faceted glass structure for Antwerp's Port Authority, a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City that is built around trees and a plant-covered concrete tower that changes its appearance according to the season in Tokyo's Kyosai Plaza. From Malaysia, The Capers by RT+Q Architects is also shortlisted in the 'Housing' category while the Paragon @ Pan'gaea by Archipedia is in the 'Mixed Use' category and the Populous, KL Sports City, Stage 1 is nominated in the category of 'New and Old'.
This year saw a record number of international entries with architectural practices from 51 different nations and projects based across 68 countries. A strong resonating theme on show is the growing respect for natural surroundings and the use of locally sourced materials.
"This year's shortlist has a hugely diverse geographic range. The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques," said WAF programme director, Paul Finch in a statement.
The winners of the World Building of the Year award will be announced during the World Architecture Festival 2017 that is scheduled to take place from 15-17 November.