Winners: World Architecture Festival 2017

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COMPILED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring

The winners of this year’s World Architecture Festival, held from 15 – 17 November in Berlin, have finally been announced. After featuring a selection of the shortlisted favourites earlier this year, we were excited to find out who took home the top prizes.

The award for World Building of the Year 2017 went to a post-earthquake reconstructed house project in China, designed by architects at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which made use of traditional techniques that allowed the house to be constructed in an economical, sustainable and safe manner.

Winner: World Building of the Year 2017. Image credit:

Below, in no particular order, are the winners in the Completed Buildings category.

  • House – Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Vo Trong Nghia Architects)

  • Housing – Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Marc Koehler Architects)

  • Production, Energy & Recycling – The Farm of 38-30, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey (Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects)

  • Sport – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, USA (HKS)

  • School – East Sydney Early Learning Centre, Sydney, Australia (Andrew Burges Architects)

  • Civic & Community – Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines (Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase)

  • Culture – The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (Heneghan Peng Architects)

  • Office – Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan (Nikken Sekkei)

  • New & Old –  Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Display – The Smile, London, United Kingdom (Alison Brooks Architects)

  • Transport – Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Chemnitz, Germany (Grüntuch Ernst Architects)

  • Hotel & Leisure – Vegetable Trellis, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Cong Sinh Architects)

  • Shopping – Victoria Gate, Leeds, United Kingdom (ACME)

  • Health – Westbury Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa (Ntsika Architects)

  • Mixed Use – Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)

  • Religion – Bushey Cemetery, Bushey, United Kingdom (Waugh Thistleton Architects)

  • Higher Education & Research – Maersk Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark (C.F. Møller Architects)

  • Villa – Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, New Zealand (Irving Smith Architects)

Two projects in South Africa also received Highly Commended awards, including Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA, designed by Heatherwick Studio, and Sol Plaatje University’s Building C002, designed by Savage + Dodd Architects in Kimberley.

The 2017 Architectural Photography award winners were also announced, including a local image by photographer Adam Letch.

To view a list of 2016’s award-winning buildings, click here. For more information, visit