Australian practices win at WAF

November 4, 2010

Cox Rayner Architects, BVN Architecture and WOHA awarded at the 2010 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

Projects by Cox Rayner Architects, BVN Architecture and WOHA have been awarded at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

The World Architecture Festival Awards recognise excellence in international architecture, including both completed and future projects. The third year of the Awards received over 500 entries from 61 countries and Programme Director Paul Finch said, “The geographical range and quality of this year’s designs were exceptionally high, with a great deal of entries from ‘new’ economies, both by local architects and international practices.”

The Helix Bridge in Singapore, designed by Cox Rayner Architects, won the World’s Best Transport Building. The judges praised the unique weaving structure of The Helix Bridge, saying: “The structure, which is derived from its ability to curve in plan and section due to its helical form, will become an important addition to the pedestrian experience in Singapore both in daytime and at night. The scale for the pedestrian is very important with viewing pods integrated in the solution, providing opportunities for informal gatherings.”

BVN Architecture was awarded World’s Best Health Building for the Brain and Mind Research Institute – Youth Mental Health Building in Sydney. The project, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney, was unanimously selected from a shortlist of six entries for its “simplicity of design, response to site and brief, approach to external appearance and materials, and carefully considered internal spaces”.

Singapore-based practice WOHA won in the Holiday category for the ["Alila Villas":] in Bali. The judges were impressed with the environmental considerations in the project, which used only recycled timber, and the high quality of the design.

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