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Australian practices take over WAF and INSIDE

Australian practices take over WAF and INSIDE


All images courtesy WAF

The 2015 finalists for the World Architecture Festival (WAF), and INSIDE World of Interiors Festival awards have just been announced, with Australian architects well represented in both prestigious international shortlists.

With over 700 entries worldwide from over 45 countries, WAF is a leading international architectural event. Australian designers have been shortlisted for 37 projects at this year’s WAF, featuring in the majority of the 31 categories.

WAF runs from 4 – 6 November at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and will also be featured in the London Festival of Architecture at Westminster University from 24 – 27 June, allowing an exclusive first look at the 2015 finalists.

The Australian WAF finalists are as follows:

Competition Entries – Future Projects

Quay Quarter, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Sydney

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This future design for popular Sydney destination, Circular Quay, will be an innovative landmark featuring a sculptural façade and monolithic indoor vertical garden.

Cairns Cultural Centre, Cox Rayner Architects, Cairns

Education – Future Projects

Baldivis Secondary College, JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Perth

Masterplanning – Future projects

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Cox Rayner Architects. Gold Coast

Residential – Future Projects

Mixed Development Alexandria, Sydney, BKA Architecture, Sydney

– University of Queensland Student Accomodation, nettletontribe, Brisbane –

Display – Completed Buildings

Perth Zoo Orangutan Exhibit Jungle School, iredale pedersen hook architects, Perth


This world-class facility gives visitors an amazing new perspective as they are lifted 2.1 metres above the ground via boardwalk to the 12 tower top orangutans living at Perth Zoo. The $3.6 million project also features misting, sounds and over 2000 new plants to reflect the smells, sights and sounds of a rainforest.

Health – Completed Buildings:

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Conrad Gargett Lyons, Brisbane. Read more about the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital here.

The design of this 359-bed hospital, by Conrad Gargett Lyons, also won the Future Health Project Award at the 2014 Design and Health International Academy Awards. The contemporary and complex design is matched by the considered integration of natural light, open space, and diverse plant life in the project’s landscape architecture.

Surgeons Rooms, fmd architects, Melbourne. Read Peter Davies’ review of the Surgeons Rooms by fmd Architects for (inside) Interior Design Review here.

The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, Cox Rayner Architects in association with Hames Sharley, Brisbane

Walumba Elders Centre, iredale pedersen hook architects, Western Australia

Higher Education and Research – Completed Buildings:

Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology, Denton Corker Marshall, Sydney

Faculty of Engineering by Denton Corker Marshall

Faculty of Engineering by Denton Corker Marshall


This monolithic contribution is a triumph of master planning, activating ground-level and subterranean spaces at the University of Technology, Sydney. Read Claire McCaughan’s review of the Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology for Architectural Review Asia Pacific here.

‘Ngoolark’ Building 34 Student Services, JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Perth

Charles Perkins Centre, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp + Building Studio
 (architects in association), Sydney

John Phillips Library, University of Western Sydney, Allen Jack + Cottier, NSW

Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration, Melbourne. Read John de Manincor’s review of the Melbourne School of Design for Architectural Review Asia Pacific here.

Nan Tien Institute and Cultural Centre, Woods Bagot, Wollongong NSW

Westmead Millennium Institute, BVN, Sydney

House – Completed Buildings:

Premaydena House, Misho + Associates, Hobart

Premaydena House

Premaydena House


Described as a box within a box the visionary coastside Premaydena house, generates a series of elegant living spaces that provide respite from the external elements and opportunities to re-engage with daily rituals.

Davenport/Wilson House, Shane Thompson Architects, Brisbane

Project Zero, BVN, Queensland

Tower House, Andrew Maynard Architects, Melbourne

Mixed Use – Completed Buildings

Casba, Billard Leece Partnership & SJB Architects, Waterloo Sydney

Office – Completed Buildings

8 Chifley Square, Lippmann Partnership/Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, Sydney

8 Chifley Street

8 Chifley Square, Sydney


This new commercial high-rise building provides 23000 square metres of premium grade office space at a prime location within Sydney’s CBD.

Box Office, COX Architecture, Melbourne

Production Energy and Recycling

NextDC Data Centre S1, Greenbox Architecture, Sydney

Sport – Completed Buildings

Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, COX Architecture, Adelaide

Adelaide Oval redevelopment

Adelaide Oval redevelopment


The redeveloped Adelaide Oval creates a cultural and social building for Adelaide that brings sport fans and the community together in the heart of the city. The new landmark embodies the latest in environmentally sustainable design.

Margaret Court Arena, NH Architecture + Populos in Joint Venture, Melbourne. Read ARchitectural Review Asia Pacific’s article on Margaret Court Arena here.

Schools – Completed Buildings

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Middle Girls school, McBride Charles Ryan, Melbourne

PEGS Building by McBride Charles Ryan

PEGS Building by McBride Charles Ryan

Shopping – Completed Buildings

The GPT Group’s Wollongong Central, HDR Rice Daubney, Wollongong NSW

The INSIDE Awards program is run in conjunction with WAF, providing a platform for designers across the globe to showcase their latest interiors. INSIDE shines a spotlight on projects and people who are changing the face of global interiors. Finalists shortlisted across INSIDE’s nine categories are given the opportunity to present their projects in person to an international judging panel of over 20 distinguished designers and editors.

Australian practices have been shortlisted in the following categories:

 Health & Education

Jeffrey Smart Building, University of South Australia, John Wardle Architects in association with Phillips/Pilkington Architects, Adelaide

Jeffrey Smart Building

Jeffrey Smart Building


This building acknowledges and builds upon previous work done on this campus, whilst strengthening the university’s relationship to the city and the urban surrounds. Spaces and experiences shift in orientation and scale, becoming less inwardly focused as they progress up through the building.

Care Implant Dentistry, Luis Pedra Silva of Pedra Silva Architects

Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration, Melbourne. Read John de Manincor’s review of the Melbourne School of Design for Architectural Review Asia Pacific here.


The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, Cox Rayner Architects in association with Hames Sharley, Brisbane


Hotel Hotel Ground Floor Interior, March Studio, Canberra. Read our interview with March Studio’s Rodney Eggleston about the Nishi building entrance here.

Nishi staircase by March Studio. Photo by John Gollings.

Nishi staircase by March Studio. Photo by John Gollings.


The entrance at Nishi, has nailed the art of the first impression. All who enter the building are unavoidably compelled by the ultramodern vortex of timber adorning the entrance. The entrance creates a seamless transition between spaces, with a natural flow through the site encouraged by the strong suggestion of directionality and movement in the linear planks.


ARUP Sydney Office Pilot, BVN, Sydney

ARUP Sydney Office Pilot

ARUP Sydney Office Pilot


Medibank Workplace, HASSELL, Melbourne – http://www.insidefestival.com/webform_submission/1998

Click for the full list of shortlisted projects for WAF, and for INSIDE finalists click here.

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