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Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings
The World Architecture Festival wrapped up its 2014 contest earlier this month, bestowing awards upon 33 buildings that are making innovative design a priority across the globe. From a community library in China that doubles as a playground to a Danish Maritime Museum to a hyper modern church in Spain, the seventh annual WAF winners are as diverse as there are stunning.
What started as a 400-project short list spanning 50 countries earlier this year, was whittled down to less than a few dozen designs across 27 different categories. In the wake of the massive competition, which took place in Singapore, we are profiling each and every building that received commendation. Behold: A comprehensive look at the year's best architecture -- and a glimpse into the future of design, whether it includes water-balanced and energy efficient imaginings, or buildings known as "bespoke bookends" and "spirals of knowledge."
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Office in India: Agashiyan by Sanjay Puri Architects

This will be the highest building in a predominately low-rise neighborhood that has been designed with 95 degree Fahrenheit weather conditions in mind. Note the carefully placed terraces facing mostly north, with a few facing east and west.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Education Building in Vietnam: FPT Technology Building by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The building places a high importance on Vietnam's sustainable future, and is part of a larger plan to convert the entire university into an environmentally conscious institution. Since it's situated in an area prone to frequent energy shortages, the building was imagined to function on minimal generated backup power, using natural light and a "green skin" provided by ample plant life.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best House in Australia: The Olive Grove by Ian Moore Architects

The unique form and tapered steel structure make it so that this home leaves the smallest footprint on its foundation slope. It is physically a perfect 12.3 meters by 12.3 meters, divided into an asymmetrical pinwheel layout.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Culture Building in Brazil: Freedom of The Press Monument

Made by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associates. "The Freedom of the Press Monument is a gesture in glass," A As Architecture writes. "Crystal clear, solid, but as delicate as freedom itself." It is 42,000 square meters in total, located in Praça Central, Brazil.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Commercial Mixed-Use in Iran: Isfahan Dreamland Commercial Center

Designed by Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects. The facade design attempts to reconcile the structure of the city of Isfahan, Iran with a pre-existing commercial building. Hence, Dreamland. "The integration of interior and exterior spaces optimizes human movement and circulation which ultimately rejuvenates the entire commercial area," WAF explains.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Residential Building in India: The Village by Sanjay Puri Architects

The Village is a cascade of apartments that mimics the feel of individual houses nestled diagonally or frontally on a sloping terrain. The building will involve minimal cutting of the land.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Experimental in Italy: Skyfarm

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Arup Associates. If the name didn't tip you off, this is a design proposal for a vertical farm that will be built using the tensegrity principle, incorporating aspects like bamboo for maximum geometric flexibility and open structure plans for maximum light and growth potential.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Shopping in Turkey: Yalikavak Marina Complex

Yalikavak Marina Complex by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects. This haven is intended for middle-upper class consumers in Yalikavak, on the southwestern coast of Turkey. But it sure is beautiful.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Sport Building: Singapore Sports Hub

Singapore Sports Hub by Singapore Sports Hub Design Team. The Sports Hub, dubbed the first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination in Asia, is part of Singapore's 2020 vision for "a sustainable, healthy and expanding population."
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Higher Education and Research in Sweden: Dalarna Media Library

Dalarna Media Library by ADEPT. This university building in Sweden attempts to reinterpret the library as a "spiral of knowledge" that accepts a newer, more dynamic book culture involving activities, experiences and inspiration. Sounds utterly utopian.
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Religious Building in Spain: La Ascension del Senor Church

La Ascension del Senor Church by AGi Architects. This design takes inspiration from Pop Francis himself. "The project aims at strengthening the Parish Center as a meeting and fraternization place, in order to develop spiritual and welfare tasks, enabling the participation of different role players in the neighborhood around a community regeneration objective."
Most Innovative And Stunning Buildings

Best Office: Liberty Place in Australia

Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp. Yes, it's another office building, and yes, it's in Australia. But it has some great building aspects. "In addition to energy efficiency, [the building] has been designed to be water balanced. This means that in a year of typical Sydney rainfall, all the amenity and operational water needs of the building will be met through rain captured on the roof." (Via HuffingtonPost)
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