The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an interactive global architectural awards programme, and this year’s award shortlist includes many Middle East entries.
A total of 284 projects were announced in the shortlist of the competition. It received 704 entries from 59 countries. The awards are divided into three sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each includes up to 16 categories.
UAE-based projects which have made it to the shortlist include: the Masdar Institute by Foster + Partners (Completed Buildings – Learning) ; the Sheikh Zayed bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects (Completed Buildings – Transport); Abu Dhabi Intermodal Transit Centre and Carpark by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Future Projects – Commercial);
In Completed Buildings – Sport, Al Shaqab Equestrian Arena by Leigh & Orange Ltd and Qatar Showcase by Arup Associates, both in Qatar have made it to the shortlist.
With Future Projects – Commercial, the list includes: 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Msheireb, Qatar by John McAslan + Partners; Muqarnas Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Saudi Arabia; The ARC Office Building, Abiat Architects, Saudi Arabia; and Wadi Rum Resort, Oppenheim Architectrure + Design, Jordan.
The Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Academic Campus by Perkins+Will in Saudi Arabia has been shortlisted alongside Kuwait University Teaching School, also by Perkins+Will, Kuwait, for Future Projects – Education.
Musheireb – Heart of Doha by mossessian & partners in Qatar and Wafra Living by AGi Architects in Kuwait are in the running for the Future Projects – Residential category.
All projects which have been entered into the competition will be showcased in the WAF gallery for delegates, architects, clients and critics to view.
The event will take place from November 2-4, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.