Australian Design Features Prominently on the World Architecture Festival Shortlist 2017

The World Architecture Festival shortlist has been announced, and 43 Australian entries appear proudly on the winning slate!

The WAF Awards is currently the world’s largest architectural awards program, and this year’s entries exceeded previous participation with a whopping 924 entries of projects located in 68 countries across the globe.

This year, the WAF will be held at the Arena Berlin in Germany, on November 15-17, featuring the theme “performance in architecture.” Those attending will join the global architecture community for three days of learning, sharing, and inspiration as they are treated to an insider’s view of how architectural thoughts are evolving around the world. The WAF is the perfect place to network, revitalise your creativity, and connect with all that’s trending on the international scene.

Here’s a closer look at three of our favourite Australian designs featured on this year’s WAF shortlist:

1. Allen Jack+Cottier and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia


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The Sydney Fish Markets are an iconic site for locals and visitors to Sydney. This striking layout for a new location weaves the outdoor and indoor spaces together elegantly, with plenty of floor space for retail and shaded seating along the wharf. AJ+C and NH Architecture’s reference design was shortlisted in the Leisure-led Developments – Future Projects category.

2. Shane Thompson Architects, 490 Consulting Suites, Spring Hill, Australia

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Located on a major avenue in Brisbane, 490 Consulting Suites is an integrated development that smoothly connects an existing (restored) worker’s cottage with a new, six-level mini-tower. This project is a fantastic, unique solution for adding commercial floor space in the crowded inner city suburbs, while maintaining the 19th century character of the neighbourhood. Shane Thompson Architects’ design was shortlisted in the Completed Buildings – Office category.

3. MHN Design Union, Heritage Traces in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia


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Heritage Traces in Surry Hills was shaped largely by the city of Sydney’s passionate drive to preserve the history of the neighbourhood. This building will replace old warehouse units with a 3-storey development featuring 19 apartments. Recycled bricks from the original site will be incorporated into the walls, and a planned rooftop garden and an interior courtyard will link residents to nature and their community. MHN Design Union’s plan was shortlisted in the Future Projects – Residential category.

You can view the events full shortlist at:  https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2017-shortlist.