World Architecture Festival 2017 – Day Two Winners Announced in Berlin

Gruntuch Ernst Architects_Transformation Chemnitz Central Station, Image Courtesy © Completed Buildings Transport

Bach with Two Roofs by Irving Smith Architects has come top in the Villa - Completed Buildings category. A group of three buildings which provide a second home for a young family, the project is located in a forest clearing overlooking Golden Bay in Western Australia. Two buildings are inhabited: the larger for the family, the smaller for friends or the kids, and the materials used were selected to blend into the surrounding bush and dappled forest light. Judges commended the project for “keeping environmental considerations at heart and the stewardship of one of our depleting resources, the forest.” 

Irving Smith Architects _Bach with Two Roofs, Image Courtesy © Completed Buildings Villa

Today’s fringe activity in the Festival Hall included the presentation of the Architecture Drawing Prize to London-based architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng for his work Momento Mori: a Peckham Hospice Care Home - a hybrid illustration that combines hand-drawn and digital disciplines. The winning entry of the Drawing Prize, created in collaboration with Make Architects, will be exhibited at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London in Spring 2018. 

WAF sees over 2,000 international architects descend upon its venue Arena Berlin this week. Delegates in the German capital can tomorrow see all the category winners present again on the Main Stage, before WAF culminates with the glittering Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony where the winners of the World Building, Interior, Future Project and Landscape of the Year will be announced.

Running alongside WAF is its sister event INSIDE which showcases 2017’s most ground- breaking interiors projects. Visitors to INSIDE will be able to view this year’s best in class interiors nominations from leading practices and designers across four continents. 

All images of today’s winners can be viewed at: 

For more details on how to enter the WAF Awards please visit 

@worldarchfest #WAF2017 

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Notes to Editors

Why get involved in World Architecture Festival?
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.

World Architecture Festival is the largest, annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries. 

The 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises 5 key elements: - The WAF Awards

- A thematic conference programme - An exhibition of Award entries

- Sponsor and exhibitor stands
- A series of networking/social events, as well as WAF fringe activities 

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme. Delegates have access to both events.

WAF and INSIDE are organized by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal. 

Entry information:

Shortlisted entrants will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the three-day Festival, which will take place in Berlin on the 15, 16 and 17 November 2017. On the final day, category winners will present again to ‘super-juries’ of experienced and respected judges, who will decide on the World Landscape, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards. 

WAF Award categories:

  • Civic - Future Projects
  • Commercial Mixed-Use - Future Projects
  • Competition Entries - Future Projects
  • Culture - Future Projects
  • Education - Future Projects
  • Experimental - Future Projects
  • Health - Future Projects
  • House - Future Projects
  • Infrastructure - Future Projects 
  • Leisure-led Development - Future Projects
  • Masterplanning Future - Future Projects
  • Office - Future Projects
  • Residential - Future Projects
  • Civic and Community - Completed Building
  • Culture - Completed Buildings
  • Display - Completed Buildings
  • Health - Completed Buildings
  • Higher Education & Research - Completed Buildings
  • Hotel & Leisure - Completed Buildings
  • House - Completed Buildings
  • Housing - Completed Buildings
  • Landscape
  • Mixed-use - Completed Buildings
  • New & Old - Completed Buildings
  • Office - Completed Buildings
  • Production, Energy & Recycling - Completed Buildings
  • Religion - Completed Buildings
  • School - Completed Buildings
  • Shopping - Completed Buildings
  • Sport - Completed Buildings
  • Transport - Completed Buildings
  •  Villa – Completed Buildings

WAF Manifesto

To celebrate reaching its tenth edition, World Architecture Festival organisers have this year launched the WAFX Manifesto. The Manifesto identifies key challenges which architects will need to address over the next ten years, including climate, energy and carbon; water; ageing and health; re-use; smart city technology; building technology; cultural identity; ethics and values; power and justice; and virtual worlds.

This year, WAF will identify buildings and future projects, entered for its awards programme, which also address the Manifesto issues. Special awards will be made to exemplary projects, which will be exhibited as part of a tenth anniversary exhibition featuring key winners from the past decade. 


WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe, and headline partners ABB Busch-Jaeger and Miele.

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