Winners: World Architecture Festival 2019

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COMPILED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring

The winners of the 2019 World Architecture Festival have been announced, including World Building of the Year.

This year, the overall award went to a renovated locomotive shed, namely the LocHal Public Library in Tilburg in The Netherlands, designed by Civic Architects (lead), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside/Petra Blaisse and Mecanoo. The 11 200 m² space is home to not only public libraries and co-working spaces, but a city hall made for events and exhibitions.

Here, in no particular order, are the winner’s from the 2019 Completed Buildings category.

Civic & Community – Gaobu Book House, Hunan Province, China (Condition Lab – School of Architecture CUHK & UAL Studio – School of Architecture and Urban Planning GZU)

Culture – LocHal Public Library, Tilburg, The Netherlands (Civic architects (lead architect), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse)

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Display – Vessel, New York, USA (Heatherwick Studio)

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House – Castle Cove House, NSW, Australia (TERROIR)

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Housing – Cedrus Residential, Tehran, Iran (Nextoffice)

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New & Old – The Bower, London, United Kingdom (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)

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Office – A4+B2 Plot Design, Shenzhen, China (FCHA – Vanke Liuxiandong Design Community)

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Production, Energy & Recycling – The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Craigellachie, United Kingdom (Stirk Harbour + Partners)

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Schools – YM Nursery, Yonago, Japan (HIBINOSEKKEI / Youji no Shiro / KIDS DESIGN LABO)

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Sport – TURÓ DE LA PEIRA’S SPORTS CENTER AND LAYOUT OF THE INTERIOR URBAN BLOCK, Barcelona, Spain (Anna Noguera, Javier Fernandez)

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Transport – MACTAN CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 2, Cebu, Philippines (Integrated Design Associates)

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Health – Bayalpata Regional Hospital, Achham, Nepal (Sharon Davis Design)

Higher Education and Research – KOKUGAKUIN UNIVERSITY Learning Center, Tokyo, Japan (NIKKEN SEKKEI)

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Hotel and Leisure – Lindis Lodge, Omarama, New Zealand (Architecture Workshop)

Mixed Use – Oasis Terraces, Singapore (JAEGER: Serie + Multiply Architects)

Religion – Qasr Al Hosn: Al Musallah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CEBRA)

Shopping  – Coal Drops Yard, London, United Kingdom (Heatherwick Studio)

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Villa – Villa B, Munich, Germany (Powerhouse Company)

To view a list of 2018’s award-winning buildings, click here. For more information, visit