“In every corner of the world, architects are crafting the future of our built environment. The winners of the 2023 World Architecture Festival exemplify not only innovation but a shared commitment to community, sustainability, and the enduring power of visionary design.”
The inaugural day of the 2023 World Architecture Festival unfolded with a grandeur at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, setting the stage for a celebration of architectural brilliance that spanned the globe. Architects and designers from diverse practices presented their groundbreaking projects, making it a truly international showcase of innovation.
Notable among the winners were MAD Architects, Woods Bagot, and Nextoffice, Studio of Architectural Research & Design, each claiming victory in different categories. The Civic and Community segment saw the Taiwan-Reyhanli Centre for World Citizens in Turkey, designed by Chen-Yu Chiu and Studio Cho, as a standout project, while the Tower Hamlets Town Hall in the United Kingdom earned a highly commendable mention. In the Creative Re-use category, PAVA architects from Thailand secured recognition for their imaginative project, Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn.
The Culture category witnessed the triumph of Ravenscar House in New Zealand, with honourable mentions for projects in Australia and Italy. Displaying architectural ingenuity, the Turrell Pavilion in the Maldives secured the top spot in the Display category.
The House and Villa category, sponsored by GROHE, showcased the excellence of Veil House by 5468796 Architecture in Canada, complemented by a highly commendable mention for Casa Ward in Italy by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect. In the Housing category, sponsored by GROHE, 547 West 47th Street – The West Residential by concrete Amsterdam in the United States stood out, with Ivankhaneh by Dida office in Iran receiving a well-deserved commendation. India took the spotlight in the Office category with the Surat Diamond Bourse by Morphogenesis, while projects in India and the United Kingdom earned commendations.
Recognising achievements in Production, Energy, and Logistics, THE COURTYARD CCR LAB by SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS in India received top honors, joined by the CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR FOREST CONSERVATION by ARCHITECTS 49 with a commendable mention. The School category celebrated the architectural prowess of Huizhen High School in China, with commendations for projects in South Africa. China once again showcased its architectural prowess in the Sport category, with MAD Architects’ Quzhou Stadium claiming the top prize, alongside a commendation for a project in the Philippines. The judges, assessing the Completed Buildings categories, commended the projects for their high quality, emphasising the thoughtful integration of local communities and collaborative efforts with clients. Sustainability was a common theme, with many winners incorporating innovative uses of waste materials and redefining the concept of ‘wasted’ time.
As we celebrate these architectural triumphs, the 2023 World Architecture Festival stands as a testament to the global impact of visionary designs and the architects who bring them to life, shaping the future of our built environment. Heartiest congratulations from ACE Update Magazine to all the winners.