Statistically speaking, Australia’s best chance at the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards will be in the House category where five Australian projects have been shortlisted.

Single dwelling projects from Ian Moore, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Robin Williams Architect and Smart Design Studio have been pitted against 12 others from international architects including the Uk’s Henning Stummel Architects, Poland’s Robert Konieczny and Brazil’s Studio Mk27, among others.  

If it were a draw-of-the-hat then Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects (IPHA) would be the most confident leading up to the awards to be announced in November, having two projects shortlisted, both of which are former Sustainability Awards finalists and from Western Australia. But it isn’t, and IPHA’s Nannup Holiday House and CASA31_4 Room House will face strong competition from award winning projects from all over the world, not least Robin Williams Architect’s Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach house in Victoria,  Smart Design Studio’s Indigo Slam, which was recently crowned NSW’s best new residence, and Ian Moore’s McLeod House in Sydney.

Villa Marittima by Robin Williams Architect. Photography by Dean Bradley

Nannup Holiday House by IPHA. Photography by Peter Bennetts 

CASA31_4 Room House by IPHA, Photography by Peter Bennetts

McLeod House by Ian Moore Architects. Photography by Daniel Mayne 

Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio. Photography by Sharrin Rees  


Just over 20 Australian projects have been shortlisted across the board for the 2016 WAFs, which is down from last year’s giant effort of 37, but still strong compared to most countries. The biggest causality for Australia in the 2016 program is in the Higher Education and Research category which has only one shortlisted Australian project compared to eight in 2015. Woods Bagot’s University of Sydney Business School in Sydney will be up against 12 other projects in that category.

Other strengths this year for Australia are the Housing Category and the Office and Mixed Use categories which have three, two and two projects shortlisted respectively.

All types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 343-strong shortlist, with entries ranging from private homes, shops and schools to large commercial developments and ambitious landscape projects.

The architectural practices behind each project will battle it out in live judging sessions to be held at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, 16-18 November. All will be hoping to be crowned winners of one of 32 categories and go on to compete for the ultimate accolades of ‘World Building of the Year’ and ‘Future Project of the Year’.

Shortlisted Australian projects and their competition below:

(All images are courtesy of WAF, unless otherwise stated)


The Waterfront Pavilion, Sydney - Australia, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp


  • Bhutan Happiness Centre, Bumthang - Bhutan, by 1+1>2 Architects
  • Dokk1, Aarhus - Denmark, by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Multi-aged community centre, Poggio Picenze - Italy, by Burnazzi Feltrin Architects
  • Qianhai International Convention Center, Shenzhen - China, by Shenzhen Huahui Design
  • Salburua Civic Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz - Spain, by IDOM
  • Te Oro, Glen Innes - New Zealand, by Archimedia
  • The Library at Willesden Green, London - United Kingdom, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Australian Army Museum of Military Engineering, Holsworthy, Australia by BVN and Conrad Gargett in associationaustralian_army_museum_of_military_engineering_by_bvn.jpg

  • Singapore University of Technology and Design, The Future of Us, Singapore by Advanced Architecture Laboratory
  • Miyahata Jomon Museum, Fukushima, Japan by Furuichi and Associates
  • New Wings at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore by GreenhilLi Architecture + Design
  • CKK "Jordanki", Torun, Poland by Menis Arquitectos
  • Akagane Museum, Niihama City, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • Mu Xin Art Museum, Wuzhen, China by OLI Architecture
  • Len Lye Centre, Taranaki, New Zealand by Patterson Associates
  • Montagora Cultural Centre, Barcelona, Spain by Pere Puig Arquitecte
  • Romsdal Folk Museum, Molde, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Architects
  • Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland by Riegler Riewe Architekten
  • National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Szczecin, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • City Library Bruges, Bruges, Belgium by Studio Farris Architects
  • Writers Theatre, Glencoe, USA by Studio Gang
  • China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, Milan, Italy by Studio Link-Arc
  • MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China by WAA (We Architech Anonymous)
  • Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Plan de Corones, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects


The Waterfront Pavilion, Sydney, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp. Photography by Brett Boardman449_11596.jpg

  • Butterfly Pavilion – Noor Island, Sharjah, UAE by 3deluxe Architecture
  • Office of the Future / Future Foundation Pavillion, Dubai, UAE by Killa Design (with Gensler)
  • Floating, Rizhao, China by Kris Lin International Design
  • Fusion, Xiamen, China by Kris Lin International Design
  • Vietnamese Traditional Food Exhibition, Hanoi City, Vietnam by MIA Design Studio
  • YKK80 Building, Tokyo, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • Airport Pavilion for Hyundi, Sao Paulo, Brazil by Spadoni AA
  • Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp., Antwerp, Belgium by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Inside the CLOUD, Shanghai, China by Team_Bldg


South East Regional Hospital, Bega, Australia by BVNSERH-Bega-projecting-wing-with-accessible-garden-on-right.jpg

  • Hisham A. Alsager Cardiac Center, Al Sabah Medical Campus, Kuwait by AGi architects
  • Medical Rehabilitation Complex of SRC, Malacca, Malaysia by Anuar Aziz Architect
  • South East Regional Hospital, Bega, Australia by BVN
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital, Singapore by CPG Consultants in collaboration with HOK & Studio505
  • Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Manchester, UK by Foster + Partners
  • The New Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark (GAPS), Slagelse, Denmark by Karlsson Architects / VLA
  • New QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, UK by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Nötkärnan, Gothenburg, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor


University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia by Woods Bagotsydneyuniversity.jpg

World Maritime University, Tornhuset, Malmö, Sweden by Terroir & Kim Utzon Architectureworld_maritime_university_tornhuset_by_terroir_pty.png

  • Campus Besos - UPC BcnTech, Barcelona, Spain by Batlle i Roig Architects
  • CFPA - Automotive Technology Center, Barcelona, Spain by Caas Arquitectes
  • Drawing Studio, Poole, UK by CRAB Studio
  • Faculty of Fine Arts, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain by GPY Arquitectos
  • Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, London, UK by Ian Ritchie Architects
  • Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada by KPMB Architects | HCMA Architecture + Design Architects in joint venture
  • Piri Reis Maritime University, Istanbul, Turkey by Kreatif Architects
  • Helmholtz Institute, University of Ulm HIU, Ulm, Germany by Nickl & Partner Architekten
  • Campus Motor, Barcelona, Spain by Pere Puig Arquitecte
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, USA by Studio Gang
  • Investcorp Building for Oxford University's Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, UK by Zaha Hadid Architects


Canberra Airport Hotel, Canberra, Australia by Bates Smartcanberra_airport_hotel_by_bates_smart.jpg

  • Earth Village, Ha Giang, Vietnam by 1+1>2 Architects
  • Fushengyu Hotspring Resort, Mianyang, China by Aim Architecture
  • The Naka Phuket, Phuket by Duangrit Bunnag Architect
  • Nakâra 4* Residential Hotel, Cap d'Agde, France by Jacques Ferrier Architecture
  • Naman Retreat Pure Spa, Danang, Vietnam by MIA Design Studio
  • Zaborin, Hokkaido, Japan by NA Nakayama Architects
  • Le Meridien Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou, China by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
  • Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Hotel, Playa del Carmen by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Baradari, City Palace Jaipur, Jaipur, India by Studio Lotus
  • Nobu Ryokan, Malibu, USA by Studio PCH and Montalba Architects
  • Alila Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia by Urbnarc


McLeod House, Sydney, Australia by Ian Moore Architects


Nannup Holiday House, Nanny, Australia by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects


CASA31_4 Room House, Perth, Australia by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and Caroline Di Costa Architect


Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach, Australia by Robin Williams Architectvilla_marittima_st_andrews_beach_victoria_3941_australia_by_robin_williams_architect.jpg 

Indigo Slam, Sydney, Australia by Smart Design Studioindigo_slam.jpg

  • Field House, Glogow, Poland by Blank Architects
  • The Red House, Auckland, New Zealand by Crosson Architects
  • Tin House, London, UK by Henning Stummel Architects
  • K Valley House, Thames, New Zealand by Herbst Architects
  • House Juniskär, Sundsvall, Sweden by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg Arkitekter
  • HOUSE MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain by OHLAB / Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab
  • Living-Garden House, Izbica, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • Konieczny's Ark, Brenna, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes
  • E-Type House, Auckland, New Zealand by RTA Studio
  • Keeper's House and Lodge, Tipperary, Ireland by Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • Jungle house, São Paulo, Brazil by Studio Mk27
  • 33 Holland Park, Singapore by Studiomilou Architecture


Anadara, Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpanadara_barangaroo_by_francis-jones_morehen_thorp_0.jpg

10 Wylde Street, Sydney, Australia by SJB10_wylde_street_by_sjb.jpg

XV Pacific Games Village, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea by Warren and Mahoney Architectsxv_pacific_games_village_-_papua_new_guinea_by_warren_and_mahoney_architects.jpg

  • Earth Village, Ha Giang, Vietnam by 1+1>2 Architects
  • Waterway Terraces, Singapore by Group8asia and Aedas
  • Mirage by the Lake, Cyberjaya, Malaysia by AK+ Archipedia
  • Biophilic Boarding House, Surabaya, Indonesia by Andyrahman Architect
  • Aluminium Tip, Paris, France by Babin+Renaud Architectes
  • VIA 57 West, New York, USA by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
  • 12 Degrees, Toronto, Canada by Core Architects
  • Kings Gate, London, UK by Lynch Architects
  • R-House, Tainan City, Taiwan by Q-Lab
  • Y:Cube Mitcham, London, UK by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Villa Catuçaba, Catuçaba, São Paulo by Studiomk27
  • SkyVille @ Dawson, Singapore by Woha
  • d'Leedon, Singapore by Zaha Hadid Architects


BCEC on Grey Street, Brisbane, Australia by Cox Rayner Architectsbcec_on_grey_sreet_by_cox_rayner_architects.jpg

New Acton Nishi, Canberra, Australia by Fender Katsalidis Architectsnew_acton_nishi_-_fender_katsalidis_architects.jpg

  • Domaine Ott Winery at Château de Selle, Côtes de Provence, Taradeau, France by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect
  • Corner House, London, UK by DSDHA
  • Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, UK by Foster + Partners
  • The Void, Shinan, South Korea by Hyunjoonyoo Architects
  • Porto Cruise Terminal, Porto, Portugal by Luís Pedro Silva, Arquitecto
  • Apartment Building 'Kurkowa 14' & Office Building 'Dubois 41', Wroclaw, Poland by Maćków Pracownia Projektowa
  • Malmö Live, Malmö, Sweden by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • 131 Sloane Street, London, UK by Stiff + Trevillion
  • One Tower Residence, Ankara, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore by Woha


The Brewery Yard, Sydney, Australia by Tzannesthe_brewery_yard_by_tzannes.jpg

  • Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Triangulo Corona, Naucalpan, Mexico by Arqmov Workshop
  • Academic Wing, Oxford, UK by Berman Guedes Stretton
  • Cattle back Mountain Volunteer House, SiChuan, China by DEEP Architects
  • Live Works, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK by Flanagan Lawrence
  • Montforthaus, Feldkirch, Austria by Hascher Jehle Architektur
  • Skjern River Pump Stations, Skjern, Denmark by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter
  • Re-born from ruins into culture Park, Tectonics of Ten Drum Sugar Factory, Tainan, Taiwan by S. T. Yeh Architect
  • Haveli Dharampura, Delhi, India by Spaces Architects@ka
  • Canada House, London, UK by Stantec
  • The Garden Building, Lincoln College, Oxford, UK by Stanton Williams
  • National Gallery Singapore, Singapore by Studiomilou Singapore and CPG Consultants
  • Beyazit State Library, Istanbul, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Deirdre Dyson Gallery, London, UK by Timothy Hatton Architects
  • Boathouse 4, Portsmouth, UK by Walters & Cohen Architects
  • Niven Road Studio, Singapore by Wow Architects


Transgrid Headquarters, Sydney, Australia by Bates Smarttransgrid_headquarters_by_bates_smart.jpg

Novartis Building, Sydney, Australia by HDRnovartis_by_hdrrice_daubney.jpg

  • Sina Plaza, Beijing, China by Aedas
  • Deg 42, Oslo, Norway by A-lab
  • City Business Centre Timisoara - final ensemble (C-D-E buildings and public space), Timisoara, Romania by Andreescu & Gaivoronschi
  • TransGrid Headquarters, Sydney, Australia by Bates Smart
  • 184 Shepherds Bush Road, London, UK by Collado Collins
  • Omicron Campus, Klaus, Austria by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
  • Hachette Livre Headquarters, Paris, France by Jacques Ferrier Architecture
  • APAC Center, Singapore by The Philips
  • Torre BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico by LegoRogers
  • The Zig Zag Building, London, UK by Lynch Architects
  • The Hiscox Building, York, UK by Make Architects
  • Shinsegae International, Seoul, South Korea by Olson Kundig
  • Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarter, San Salvador, El Salvador by Ruiz Pardo & Nebreda
  • Zorlu Levent Office, Istanbul, Turkey by Tabanlioglu Architects


Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Sports Hall, Sydney, Australia by Allen Jack+Cottierabbotsleigh_multi-purpose_sports_hall_by_allen_jack_cottier.jpg

  • AEP Fitness Centre, Oklahoma City, United States by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • GAME Streetmekka, Esbjerg, Denmark Effekt
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, Canada by HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France by Populous
  • Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico by Populous


Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal, Brisbane, Australia by Cox Rayner Architects in association with Aureconbrisbane_ferry_terminals_flood_renewal_by_cox_rayner_architects-1.jpg

  • Rosa Parks Station (RER E line), Paris, France by Arep
  • Byens Bro, Foot and Cycle Bridge, Odense, Denmark by Gottlieb Paludan Architects
  • Taiwan High Speed Rail Changhua Station, Changhua, Taiwan by Kris Yao | Artech
  • Light Path AKL, Auckland, New Zealand by Monk Mackenzie Architects + LandLab
  • Wehrhahn Line, Düsseldorf, Germany by Netzwerkarchitekten
  • Car Park P1, Hamburg Airport, Hamburg, Germany by Riegler Riewe Architekten
  • CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Station, Chicago, USA by Ross Barney Architects
  • Bridge in Rinkeby, Stockholm, Sweden by Rundquist Arkitekter
  • South Entrance, Helsingborg, Sweden by Tengbom Architects