Hayball’s design for a vertical school in Melbourne has beaten an international field to be named the Future Project of the Year at the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

The South Melbourne Primary School concept was also the recipient of the WAF Education – Future Projects category prize announced on 17 November, beating projects from 10 architects from countries all over the world, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Russia, UK, Turkey, Morocco and Bangladesh.

Hayball then bettered this on the final day of WAF by beating the other Future Project category winners to receive the overall accolade for Future Project of the Year.

“It’s an incredible honour to be recognised on a global scale for our work…,” Hayball Director, Richard Leonard, said upon receiving the award.

“In a precinct that is one of Australia’s largest urban renewal areas and expected to swell to 80,000 residents over the next 40 years, future proofing educational facilities is a critical factor in ensuring a suburb can evolve and behave according to the needs of its residents.”

Hayball’s triumphs topped off another successful year for Aussies at WAF and the co-operated Inside Festival of Interiors, with three other Australian firms taking home trophies from the world’s biggest award’s program, including Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Smart Design Studio and Woods Bagot.