Last week, Berlin was visited by some of the greatest talents the architecture world has ever seen. The world’s largest architectural awards program, The World Architecture Festival, consisted of 343 projects from 58 countries around the world. The theme this year focuses on “Housing for Everyone” – a concept that presents a challenge to those in the architecture field whose services cater to the wealthy few.

From a reflective tunnel suspended in space to a Golf Academy inspired by the natural dune-scapes of the surrounding desert, we’ve selected 6 of our favourite winning entries that reflect the progressive state of architecture around the globe today.

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The Waterfront Pavilion, Australia, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

The Waterfront Pavilion in Sydney, Anchored to the South wharf of the Darling Harbour, won the “Display” category for completed buildings. Built to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy, The Waterfall Pavilion provides an exhibition space for boats and other naval artefacts.

It has a futuristic design, with staggered walls that create a rippling effect – and clad with aluminium panels both inside and out.

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OHLAB, Spain, Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab

This house on the Spanish island of Mallorca was designed by Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab. Its design is simple yet intriguing – four white blocks oriented towards different viewpoints.

With white walls and large windows that offer beautiful views, such as the living room that overlooks the sea, this masterpiece is a minimalist’s heaven.

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Investcorp Building, Zaha Hadid Architects

Conceived by Zaha Hadid Architects as a reflective tunnel suspended in space,this new facility for the University of Oxford looks almost invisible – blending into its surroundings.

The building, which won the category for Higher Education & Research, was designed to look contemporary but at the same time matching the scale and massing of existing buildings on the historic campus – from the Victorian-era convent and library, to the 1970s Brutalist-style Hilda Besse building.

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Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, WOHA Architects

One of two Singaporean buildings to win an award at the World Architecture Festival is Kampung Admiralty by WOHA Architects. Winning an award under “Commercial Mixed-Use” for future projects, the building is Singapore’s first integrated public development that brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof.

WOHA Architects fuses lush greenery with the design of the building to promote wellness and healing – joining Singapore’s range of eco-friendly buildings.

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Fushengyu Hotspring Resort, China, Aim Architecture

The luxury hot spring resort is built on the hilltop of Luo Fu Shan, in Sichuan Province. The selection of a different number of natural building finishes allows these buildings to fuse with each other and the surrounding landscape – with the help of full glass panels used in its interior.

Combining nature with luxury and contemporary architecture, Aim Architecture won the award for this building under “Hotels & Leisure”.

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Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse, Jordan, Oppenheim Architecture

Still in development, the Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse in Jordan was inspired by the natural dune-scapes of the surrounding desert and ancient Bedouin traditions.

This future project by Oppenheim Architecture won the category of “Leisure Led Development” and is part of an overall Ayla development which will eventually encompass residential, hotel, and commercial space – all centred around a Greg Norman designed USPG tournament rated golf course, Jordan’s first.

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Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.