Ambitious World Architecture Festival Project Shortlist Revealed

The Circle of Good Hope by GLH Architects is a new infrastructure proposal for The Cape Town Foreshore Freeway Precinct, designed to reconnect the city to the sea and its surrounds, and featuring an iconic gateway to enhance the city’s Table Mountain backdrop. Image: GLH Architects

A NUMBER of ambitious projects have been revealed as part of the shortlist for the Future Project Award at the World Architecture Festival.

At 55m-tall, Waitomo Bungy Tower by Ignite features New Zealand’s highest water-touch bungy jump, as well as the tallest and longest dry slide and the tallest timber structure in the country. The bungy tower will be the main attraction of the world-first tourist attraction, Waitomo Sky Garden, offering free-style bungy jumping from the roof. Image: Ignite

This year’s 534-strong shortlist, ranges from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects across 70 countries.

The UK was the third-most represented country on the list, with China and Hong Kong top, and Australia second.

Among the Future Projects Shortlist are the highest water-touching bungy jump in New Zealand; a reimagining of Cape Town’s city bowl; a ribbon-like broadcast tower and visitor centre in Turkey; an ice hockey arena in Russia; and a kinetic bridge, also in New Zealand.

Major world architects shortlisted for this year’s awards include Zaha Hadid Architects, Heatherwick Studio, Bjarke Ingels Group, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw and White Arkitekter, while a number of smaller practices will also take part.

The planned Bandy stadium in Syktyvkar in Komi, Russia, features an ice arena with a 105 x 60m pitch for Russian-hockey matches, speed and figure skating. The arena is set within an aerodynamic envelope that combines a membrane façade and transparent apertures.
Image: SPEECH Architectural Office

World Architecture Festival programme director Paul Finch said: “We have been inspired by the levels of innovation in this year’s entries, that show the incredible range of ways in which architects are responding to the global climate and biodiversity emergencies we face.

“WAF has attracted more than 1,000 entries, for the second year in a row, from 70 countries, and we look forward to more than 500 live presentations at the Festival in Amsterdam, showcasing these exemplar projects from around the world.”

Wynyard Crossing, designed by a multidisciplinary team including Monk Mackenzie architects, is a sculptural, pedestrian bridge, reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a seabird. Designed as a new landmark for Auckland’s urban waterfront, the poetry of the project is the interplay of the two wings as the bridge opens to allow boats to pass beneath.
Image: Monk Mackenzie | BECA | EADON | Athfield


Currently under construction, Çanakkale Antenna, by Powerhouse Company, is a combined visitor centre and multimedia broadcasting tower, located on the outskirts of the Turkish city. The roof of the rich red corten steel ribbon becomes an open-air path through the forest, offering breath-taking views of the Dardanelles.
Image: MIR


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