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Gallery: These 20 amazing designs are up for the World Building of the Year award

Turkey, Japan, Iran, Korean, the UK and Australia are all represented.

jockey-club-innovation-tower-by-zaha-hadid-architects-hong-kong-shortlisted-in-higher-education-and-research Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong (shortlisted in Higher Education and Research).

THE WORLD ARCHITECTURE  Festival is one of the largest architecture events in the world, with attendees from 40 different countries presenting their buildings to be judged as the best of the best.

This year’s festival will be held in Singapore next month. Nearly 300 projects made the official 2014 shortlist, and the architects responsible will each have a chance to make their case to a panel of architecture super-judges in October.

Each of the 27 categories can only have one winner, and only one structure can win the prestigious World Building of the Year award. We picked some of our favorite buildings in the running:

akiha-ward-cultural-center-by-chiaki-arai-urban-and-architecture-design-niigata-japan-shortlisted-in-culture Akiha Ward Cultural Center, Niigata, Japan (shortlisted in Culture).

stamp-house-by-charles-wright-architects-queensland-australia-shortlisted-in-house Stamp House, Queensland, Australia (shortlisted in House)


yalikavak-marina-complex-by-emre-arolat-architects-bodrum-turkey-shortlisted-in-shopping Yalikavak Marina Complex, Bodrum, Turkey (shortlisted in Shopping).


aula-medica-by-wingardh-arkitektkontor-ab-solna-sweden-shortlisted-in-higher-education-and-research Aula Medica, Solna, Sweden (shortlisted in Higher Education and Research)


wat-ananda-metyarama-thai-buddhist-temple-by-czarl-architects-singapore-shortlisted-in-religion Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple, Singapore (shortlisted in Religion)

dongdaemun-design-plaza-by-zaha-hadid-architects-seoul-south-korea-shortlisted-in-culture Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea (shortlisted in Culture).


xian-jiaotong-liverpool-university-administration-information-building-by-aedas-suzhou-china-shortlisted-in-higher-education-and-research Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University Administration Information Building, Suzhou, China (shortlisted in Higher Education and Research)

spotlight-youth-space-by-astudio-london-england-shortlisted-in-civic-and-community Spotlight Youth Space, London, England (shortlisted in Civic and Community).


9-narigua-house-po-architecture-narigua Narigua House, El Jonuco, Mexico (shortlisted in House)


garangula-gallery-by-fender-katsalidis-mirams-architects-new-south-wales-australia-shortlisted-in-culture Garangula Gallery, New South Wales, Australia (shortlisted in Culture).


national-australia-bank-by-woods-bagot-melbourne-australia-shortlisted-in-office National Australia Bank, Melbourne, Australia (shortlisted in Office).


christchurch-botanic-gardens-centre-by-patterson-associates-ltd-christchurch-new-zealand-shortlisted-in-display Botanic Gardens Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand (shortlisted in Display).


bravo-group-pazhou-mixed-use-project-by-aedas-guanzhou-china-shortlisted-in-office Bravo Group Pazhou Mixed use Project, Guanzhou, China (shortlisted in Office).


salvaged-ring-by-a21studio-nha-trang-vietnam-shortlisted-in-small-projects Salvaged Ring, Nha Trang, Vietnam (shortlisted in Small Projects)


danish-maritime-museum-by-big-bjarke-ingels-group-copenhagen-denmark-shortlisted-in-culture Danish Maritime Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (shortlisted in Culture).


abadan-residential-apartment-by-farshad-mehdizadeh-architects-abadan-iran-shortlisted-in-house Abadan Residential Apartment, Abadan, Iran (shortlisted in House).


acoustic-shells-by-flanagan-lawrence-littlehampton-west-sussex-uk-shortlisted-in-small-projects Acoustic Shells, Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK (shortlisted in Small Projects).


oxley-by-laud-architects-inc-singapore-shortlisted-in-housing Oxley, Singapore (shortlisted in Housing).



- Alyson Penn 

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