Results 2017

On Wednesday 28 February, the WAN Awards championed 37 imaginative and ambitious architectural projects from across the globe at the London Marriott Hotel for the inaugural ceremony.

Despite the unusual weather conditions, we were thrilled to welcome over 200 architects from as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia, America and Brazil.  The impressively grand west end hotel just off London’s Oxford Street provided the perfect backdrop to entertain and inspire our guests, while offering the ideal opportunity for networking and to make new contacts and friends from across the wider architectural community.

The caliber of entries across all categories was as high as ever, with our team of judges selecting the very best of the best to come out on top as overall winners on the night.


Lyons, Nebraska, United States

Firm: Matthew Mazzotta

THE STOREFRONT THEATER is a pioneering social initiative at the intersection of humanity and sustainability in the built environment. It is a unique event space that transforms Main Street into an outdoor theater by using an abandoned freestanding storefront wall in downtown Lyons, Nebraska as its site. The wall is modified with two hydraulic p...

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Firm: T engineering intl

The third Bosphorus bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge) is considered as the future of transportation and commerce for Turkey, linking Europe and Asia.

With a main span of 1’408 m, the bridge is the world longest span for railway bridges, carrying 8 lanes of motorway and 2 lanes of railway on a single level deck.

The bridge i...

Black Door house

Christchurch, New Zealand

Firm: MC Architecture Studio Ltd

The Black Door House stands as an object of art overlooking the ocean. 

Curves and geometric articulation are used to express the surrounding hills and coastline, whilst the organic layout provides different levels of exposure and shelter from the harsh sun and strong winds. Each space has been designed specifically to capture the diffe...

The Palestinian Museum

Birzeit, Palestine

Firm: Heneghan Peng Architects

The Palestinian Museum is a flagship project of Taawon-Welfare Association; a humanitarian organization working to support some of the most marginalized Palestinian families and communities in the West Bank and Gaza, and in the refugee camps and gatherings of Lebanon.

It is the realization of their 20 year old dream; to construct a museum in...

West Village

Chengdu, China

Firm: Jiakun Architects

Location: 1 Basis North Rd, Qingyang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Time: 01/2010 - 01/2015
Building Area: 135,552 m²
Site Area: 41,863 m²
Chief Architect: Liu Jiakun
Team: Yang Lei, JinHongduo, Liu Su, Yang Ying, CaiKefei, Hua Yi, Mao Weixi, Li Jing, Wen Feng, L...

Bahá’í Temple of South America

Santiago, Chile

Firm: Hariri Pontarini Architects

The Bahá’í Temple of South America uses light for its spiritual and design inspiration. Set within the foothills of the Andes bordering the metropolis of Santiago, Chile, it represents the last of eight continental temples commissioned by the Bahá’í Community.

The architectural challenge was to cre...

The Chrysalis Amphitheater

Columbia, United States


Curving metal pleats provide more than asked of an amphitheater project brief, by appealing to the 95% of the time the building is not officially programmed. Beyond providing a home for official scheduled performances, The Chrysalis is a pavilion in the park, an architectural folly, a public work of art and a tree house-- ready to b...

Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station

Goonoo Goonoo, Australia

Firm: Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station emerged from the anticipated adaptive re-use of the property’s historic buildings, est. 1841, for boutique accommodation and multiple function spaces. It has provided an opportunity to re-open the site to the community and welcome a fine-dining clientele to the property. 

The design is strik...

Washington Fruit & Produce Co

Yakima, Washington, United States

Firm: Graham Baba Architects

Agriculture is the dominating influence in Yakima, Washington, where volcanic soil, sunshine, and irrigation from the Yakima River support the area’s fruit orchards. Washington Fruit, family owned and operated since 1916, grows, packs and ships premium fruit products throughout the world. Their facilities occupy 90...

Flight 93 National Memorial

Shanksville, PA, United States

Firm: Paul Murdoch Architects

The Flight 93 National Memorial is a new 2,200-acre national park at the site in Western Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. The park transforms the site, formerly a coalmine, into a designed memorial landscape that commemorates the 40 heroes on Flight 93 who gave their lives thwarting a terrorist atta...

Mandeville Centre

Loreto Toorak, Toorak, Australia

Firm: Architectus

The Mandeville Centre presents an elegant and highly accomplished exercise in architectural fundamentals. Its primary concerns appear to be about the formal determination of the building by its site, the tectonics of material expression and a particular approach to the architectural plan. It is an approach that reminds us of Robin Evans's e...

Copenhagen International School - Nordhavn

Copenhagen, Denmark

Firm: C.F. Møller Architects

CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for Copenhagen International School, which is located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district.

The school is designed to link the school premises with the public sphere in the urban environment, and give the school an open ambience. The promenade outside the school will become a...

Ginza Place

Tokyo, Japan

Firm: Klein Dytham architecture

Ginza Place sits on the most important corner of Ginza, and therefore by extension, Tokyo and Japan. This façade, inspired by traditional Japanese basket weaving, sukashibori, incorporates all of the intricacy of a handwoven object whilst also delivering the eye-catching wow-factor demanded by this iconic corner.


New Prison in Nuuk

Nuuk, Greenland

Firm: FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

For more than 50 years, convicts in Greenland had to serve “a double sentence” – both the actual prison sentence and the fact of being sent far away from their home country, family and culture to prisons in Denmark. The new prison in Nuuk paves the way for entirely new opportunities for the social rehabilitation of the inm...

Hotel Atlantic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Firm: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Hotel Atlantic was designed for a site in Dubai as a unique, contemporary interpretation of a world-class resort destination. The complex provides a unique vision for a technologically-advanced resort that will dazzle visitors while still offering the best in comfort, style, and luxury. The complex’s design is based on a linear co...

The Clusters in the Forest

Elev, Denmark

Firm: FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects

The Clusters in the Forest

The project has its architectural inspiration from the Nordic forest with mos-clad tues and majestic tall trees with large tree tops that filter the light and create a flicker on the forest ground. 

The settlement is arranged as a small village in clusters surrounding a central space - a community. Slip between...


Oslo, Norway


Oslo Central Station was once the gateway to the City from the East. The immediate release into the main city boulevard and promenade towards the Royal Palace in the West had a grandeur and clarity long lost. 

Today’s chaotic situation is resultant of decades of just-behind-time planning, and displays an alarming lack of cohesion ...

Las Salinas

Vina del Mar, Chile

Firm: Sasaki

Las Salinas: An Urban and Ecological Transformation

Las Salinas represents a bold new approach to planning and design in Chile, where the transformation of a brownfield site becomes the catalyst for the urban and ecological regeneration of Viña del Mar. 

Our ambition was to rethink development practices in the city, contri...


Vienna, Germany

Firm: Nickl & Partner Architekten AG

Due to innumerable extensions and conversions, the once clearly organised pavilion hospital became a heterogeneous area of buildings and fragmented residual spaces.

A clear urban structure was developed for the tradition-steeped hospital as part of further consolidation and optimisation. It harmonises with the existing buildings and creates ...

Retreat in the Sahyadris

Pawna, Maharashtra, India

Firm: Khosla Associates

Our picturesque site is located in the Western Ghats perched on the backwaters of a lake and surrounded by the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Our clients asked us to build a 2100 sft single level pavilion to engage with the view and to act as a weekend retreat to escape the frenetic pace of Mumbai life.

We envisioned a single level house spatially su...

North Bank Bridge Park: Reclaiming a Post Industrial Riverfront

Charlestown and Cambridge, MA, United States

Firm: CRJA-IBI Group

The North Bank Bridge Park project reclaims a derelict underbridge space overwhelmed by vestigial industry, highway ramps, and the looming Zakim Bridge and transforms it into a safe, vibrant, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and fun Underbridge Plaza that gently tames its gritty urban character while still honoring it. It is th...

Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre

London, United Kingdom

Firm: C.F. Møller Architects

The Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre is an important new landmark for sustainable and affordable energy for one of London’s major urban development areas, The Greenwich Peninsula, including 15,700 new homes and over 300,000 m² of office space.

Situated in a prominent location at the entrance to the peninsul...

The Market Theatre

Johannesburg, South Africa

Firm: KMH Architects

The Market Theatre founded in Johannesburg in 1976 was constructed out of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market – built in 1913. The Market Theatre’s history is intertwined with the cultural, social and political struggle for freedom in South Africa.

KMH Architects’ design recognised the site’s existing building fa...

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

London + Hampshire

Firm: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt is an award-winning practice formed in 2005 and led by three directors: David Ayre, Matthew Chamberlain and Dominic Gaunt.

We are a progressive, creative and pragmatic architectural studio with a breadth of experience across many sectors including mixed-use, residential, commercial, cultural, commun...

Post-earthquake reconstruction demonstration project of Guangming Village

Zhaotong, China

Firm: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

After the Ludian earthquake in 2014, villagers lost their faith in the local traditional rammed-earth buildings, 90% of which were destroyed during the earthquake. Therefore, most villagers chose to build brick–concrete houses during the reconstruction period. However, the price of building materials rapidly increased and beca...

Garden Village

Berkeley, California, United States

Firm: RAD Urban LLC

Creating high density housing within a relatively small scale residential neighborhood poses many challenges to development, and often results in a delayed approvals process or buildings that appear out of scale with their context. With an understanding of this common problem, and a clear directive from the client for innovative, high d...

Superlofts Houthaven

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Firm: Marc Koehler Architects


Completion Date: May 2016





Superlofts Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marc Koehler Architects

Superlofts is constructed as an Open Building that offers a bare structure with 6m high floors in which homeowners can design and bui...

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort

Liyang, China

Firm: AchterboschZantman Architecten

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort is located in Liyang, China. The resort hides itself in the city’s most beautiful Longtan Forest, which is lying between Tianmu Lake and Nanshan Bamboo. The Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort integrates the four ecological elements: forest, tree houses, hot springs and mountains. The resort is su...

Half-Tree House

Sullivan County, NY, United States

Firm: Jacobschang Architecture

This 360 sf. structure is located on a remote 60 acre, privately owned second-growth forest in Sullivan County, NY. It is sited on a steep, isolated area of the property with no vehicular access, no piped water and no electricity.

From the outset, the project outlined two formidable directives: to design a structure that can ...

Air Garden

Sapporo, Japan

Firm: Ryo Yamada

This piece of art is a passage. It is not the typical passage defined as “a path connecting one point to another” because it does not lead to a tangible destination.

It is part of the Sapporo International Art Festival exhibition titled Sprouting Garden. The origin of the word “Garden” refers to an “enclosed or prot...

One More Room

Morelos, Mexico

Firm: ADG

This project is about extending and improving the houses built between 2004 and 2012, whose original composition has a single bedroom; a housing model allowed and regulated by public policies, which produced more than 820 thousand houses.

In order to reduce overcrowding in houses, the Institute of the National Housing Fund for Worker...

The Judith Poole Sports Hall

Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia

Firm: Allen Jack+Cottier

Allen Jack+Cottier’s (AJ+C) multi-purpose sports and assembly hall and sports field, completed in February 2015 is located at Abbotsleigh Senior School, a private girl’s school based in Wahroonga, 25 kilometres north of Sydney’s downtown area.

In 2010 AJ+C was commissioned by Abbotsleigh to prepare a master plan for...

Oslo Airport

Oslo, Norway

Firm: Nordic - Office of Architecture assisted by NSW architects

A Scandinavian benchmark for sustainable airport design; Oslo Airport is one of the most energy efficient airports in the world. Designed by Nordic — Office of Architecture, it was important to set equally ambitious sustainability targets for its expansion, which comprises a 52.000 m² extension of the departures and arrivals hall...

Shinsegae International

Seoul, South Korea

Firm: Olson Kundig Architects

In designing the fifteen-story headquarters for international luxury clothier Shinsegae International, the design team sought to create an iconic landmark in the heart of Gangnam-gu, one of Seoul’s largest districts. Completed in 2015, the commercial flagship unites more than 500 Shinsegae employees, who were previously spread...

Lightrail Station The Hague

The Hague, Netherlands

Firm: ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects

The new Lightrail Station The Hague, designed by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, is part of the RandstadRail metro line E and is the departure - and end station of the lightrail connection between the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam. The showpiece of the station is the roof of the platforms, which consists of curved glass and stee...

The Picchio Visitors’ Centre and KERA-IKE Rink

Karuizawa, Japan

Firm: Klein Dytham architecture and Studio on Site

The Picchio Ice Rink, at the idyllic Hoshino Resort in Karuizawa, serves a dual purpose. In the summer months, the building is a visitor’s centre at the start of a wild bird trail through the hills; with the coloured accents in the wooden façade catching your eye, like one of the many dragonflies in the area.

In the ...

Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre

Condette, France

Firm: Studio Andrew Todd

The Elizabethan Theatre of the Château d’Hardelot -on the Cote d’Opal near Calais- is France’s first permanent neo-Shakespearean theatre, its first naturally-ventilated complex arts building and the world’s first all-curved, exposed CLT building. It is also France’s first building to use tropical bamboo e...

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