The shortlist for the World Building of the Year 2017 awards has been announced
Buildings from 68 countries have been admitted to the shortlist compiled by the World Architecture Forum for the best-designed building of 2017. There are 30 different categories in which these buildings are competing, the most prestigious being the World Building of the Year award. In the past, avant-garde structures like the Auckland Art Gallery and the subterranean National Museum in Szczecin, Poland. The winners of the World Building of the Year 2017 awards will be announced at the 10th edition of the World Architecture Festival to be held in November in Berlin.
Some of the biggest architects in the world are included in the shortlist. These include Zaha Hadid Architects, Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels. There are some intriguing concepts that have cropped up in the selection. These include a renal clinic for indigenous people in Fitzroy Crossing in Australia, a pharmacy in Humeji City in Japan and a chapel in China.
Starchitect Bjarke Ingels has re-purposed shipping containers to create stylish floating carbon neutral affordable homes and the structure titled, Urban Rigger, will compete within the housing category award.
Design and More International have conceived a scalable and environment-friendly housing solution in Aleppo Syria that can be expanded to accommodate growing number of refugees who seek shelter within it.
The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit designed by Heneghan Peng Architects that opened in May this year has made it to the list too. Zaha Hadid Architects’ has designed a novel ferry terminal in Salerno, Italy, where visitors enter on the ground level and rise up via ramps to the upper levels from where they board the ferry.
There are several structures on the list that have elicited polarising reactions. Not least among them is the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA that has an exterior steel wrap shaped like a wave.
There is a strong reference to climate change and the use of sustainable material in construction this year. The chief examples of this are the Atlas Hotel Hoi An in Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects which is a hotel built around plants and trees integrated right into its design and also the strangely shaped structure in London called The Smile built from American tulipwood that is regarded as stronger than concrete. That’s a design we all can get behind.