Australians win at 2017 WAF/Inside Awards

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East Sydney Early Learning Centre by Andrew Burges Architects.

East Sydney Early Learning Centre by Andrew Burges Architects. Image: Peter Bennetts

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EY Centre by FJMT.

EY Centre by FJMT. Image: Gareth Hayman

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Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack and Cottier Architects and NH Architecture.

Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack and Cottier Architects and NH Architecture. Image: courtesy WAF

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Cleveland Rooftop by SJB.

Cleveland Rooftop by SJB. Image: Felix Forest

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EY Centre by FJMT. Image:  Gareth Hayman

The winners of the World Architecture Festival Awards and sister interior design awards program the Inside Awards have been announced in Berlin, with a muted showing for Australian projects.

While Australian practices and projects dominated the WAF Awards shortlist, with 43 Australian shortlist entries across 30 categories, three of these have received awards.  

Of these, the East Sydney Early Learning centre by Andrew Burges Architects won the School category in the Completed Buildings section. The win follows the success of the project at the 2017 National Architecture Awards, where it won the Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture.

FJMT’s EY Centre was highly commended in the Office category. The tower won the Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture in the 2017 National Architecture Awards. 

Also among the winners was a design for the relocation of Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack and Cotter Architects and NH Architecture in the Future Projects Masterplanning category.

A consortium led by Danish practice 3XN was announced as the winner of a design competition for the project in June.

Sydney Fish Markets by Allen Jack and Cottier Architects and NH Architecture. Image:  courtesy WAF

Across 30 categories, the awards are divided into broader building, landscape and future project sections. Of the 43 Australian shortlist entires, 30 appeared in the building category, with two shortisted landscape projects and the remainder appearing in the future category.

The awards jury was led by Nathalie de Vries (director and co-founder of MVRDV), Ian Ritchie (founder of Ian Ritchie Architects), Christoph Ingengoven (founder of Ingengoven Architects) and Robert Ivy (Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects). 

Cleveland Rooftop by SJB. Image:  Felix Forest

Australian judges for the WAF Awards included Domenic Alvaro (Woods Bagot), Chris Bosse (LAVA), Cameron Bruhn (Architecture Media), Karl Fender (Fender Katsalidis), Richard Francis-Jones (FJMT), Ronald Hicks (HDR Rice Daubney) and Martin Hook (Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and RMIT University).

The Inside World Festival of Interiors is the sister festival to, and runs concurently with, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and the WAF Awards program. 

A sole Australian project made it to the list of winners in the 2017 Inside Awards – SJB’s Cleveland Rooftop in the Residential category.

World Architecture Festival Awards

Completed Buildings

School – Winner

East Sydney Early Learning Centre – Andrew Burges Architects

Office – Highly Commended

EY Centre – FJMT

Future Projects

Masterplanning – Winner

Sydney Fish Markets – Allen Jack and Cottier Architects and NH Architecture

Inside Awards

Residential Winner  

Cleveland Rooftop – SJB

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