On November 15 through 17, 2017 Berlin hosted the World Architecture Festival, the tenth annual festival for the world’s architecture community. Winners were announced in various categories each day, and the final awards ceremony saw the presentation of the main awards: World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year.
We selected three different buildings from the long list of winners that are destined to become new urban landmarks: an ephemeral architectural project, an office building and a residential building addressing the theme of integrating greenery into buildings.
The smile by Alison Brooks Architects, winner in the Display - Completed Buildings Display category, is a temporary installation designed for the 2016 London Design Festival. The judges appreciated this urban landmark’s ability to express a simple concept in a construction of small size but high visual and emotional impact.
The design of the Co-op Kyosai Plaza - Tokyo, an office building by Nikken Sekkei, winner in the Office - Completed Buildings category, was praised for its focus on issues connected with environmental responsibility.
Lastly, the winner in the House - Completed Buildings category, Binh House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, is a new landmark in the city in which the natural element is integrated into the architectural composition.
Images courtesy of World Architecture Festival