June 28, 2018
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards shortlisted seven Woods Bagot projects and two collaborations as finalists for this year’s program. Of the projects done solely by Woods Bagot, three are unbuilt, and four are completed and are located throughout Australia, China, and the U.K. The projects include Younghusband Woolstore Development, Melbourne Innovation Precinct, and Elwood House in Melbourne, Australia; Short Lane and West Hotel—which is included in the organization’s sister program, INSIDE World of Interiors Awards—both in Sydney; St. Mary’s Calne School in Wiltshire, England; and Sunshine Insurance Plaza in Sanya Bay, China.
The two projects that were shortlisted that Woods Bagot collaborated with other firms on include the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and the unbuilt Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility in Christchurch, New Zealand with Warren and Mahoney Architects.
These entries are among 536 other shortlisted projects hailing from 81 countries across 39 prizes and categories.
“Being a multi-project finalist at WAF affirms Woods Bagot’s place on the international stage. It’s immensely gratifying as a global studio to now present these projects to the exceptional talent of our national and international peers,” Principal and Global Design Leader Domenic Alvaro said. WAF is the only architecture event where keynote talks from leading international figures sit alongside live judging presentations from the finalists.
The awards will be judged live at the festival in Amsterdam, from November 28 to 30, by over 130 judges from more than 35 countries.
The firm has also had recent success in the Australian Institute of Architects’ regional design programs recognizing various projects in South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales—some of which are also shortlisted in the WAF Awards. The Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment: East secured the Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, a named award—the highest caliber of the 2018 South Australian Architecture Awards —that will elevate the adaptable 42,000-square-meter project to the National Architecture Awards from the South Australian Architecture Awards.
The Melbourne studio was honored with one award and a commendation from the Victorian Architecture Awards. C.F. Row, a Melbourne housing development built within the original frame of a historical furniture warehouse, won the award for Residential Architecture—Multiple Housing. This will elevate the project to the national awards. The Elwood House received a commendation.
Short Lane, a 22-apartment multifamily complex, in Sydney won an award for “Residential Architecture—Multiple Housing,” in the New South Wales chapter.
Below are the seven projects shortlisted in the 2018 WAF Festival by Woods Bagot.
Younghusband Woolstore Development in Melbourne
This diverse historical warehouse factory built in 1906 will be refurbished over the course of the next five years with careful consideration and respect for its unique attributes. Integrating a mix of education, arts, food, production, co-warehousing, and co-working space, the precinct in Kensington, which spans over two inner-city blocks in the southeastern suburb of Melbourne, will be transformed into a creative, industrial village.
Melbourne Innovation Precinct in Melbourne
The 74,000-square-meter project will inhabit the former site of the Royal Women’s Hospital, a 150-year-old building on the corner of Grattan and Swanston Streets, and located adjacent to the University of Melbourne. Five buildings will be connected along a circular perimeter around a central public space which will anchor the entire location.
Elwood House in Melbourne
The four-story development reflects the local grain and scale of its Melbourne precinct while simultaneously evolving this particular site into a more refined solution for the area. Drawing on the character of the local vernacular, the new multifamily complex transforms the typically low-scale residential language of the city.
Short Lane in Sydney
Located in Sydney’s inner-city neighborhood, Surry Hill, this 2,000-square-meter mixed-use apartment building clad in board-form concrete is an undertaking in providing humans with a connection to nature in a dense, urban setting that lacks greenery.
West Hotel in Sydney
This new boutique hotel located on Sydney’s Sussex Street is a perfect getaway from the bustle of the nearby financial district. Neutral tones, natural materials, and references to nature comprise the contemporary interiors to set a relaxing mood while its forms take inspiration from the glazed, geometric façade for the exterior.
St. Mary’s Calne School in Wiltshire, England
With a vision to design an inspiring academic environment which fosters a love of learning, creativity, debate and scholarship in its pupils, this project is a rich, academic haven. Designed as a stand-alone pavilion, the library is at the heart of the school’s grounds. The building layers from solidity to lightness and from internal to external, creating a sense of arrival and then discovery, culminating in framed views of the orchard beyond.
Sunshine Insurance Plaza in Sanya Bay, China
The 34-story, the mixed-use tower provides a new center for the burgeoning tourist area of Sanya Bay—the second southernmost city of China—and a flagship location for the client. The 105,000-square-meter building is a collaborative project between the firm’s San Francisco and Beijing studios and serves the coastal area with a 270-room luxury hotel and 18 stories of office space.
Projects done in collaboration with other firms.
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Working with ZHA, the Woods Bagot-designed interiors for the 70,000-square-meter Research Center complement the pristine exterior finishes while following the repeated hexagonal shapes chosen for efficiency and connectivity. The building was designed for a non-profit institution focused on independent research of environmental policies and energy use, and products were sustainably sourced and engineered to uphold the organization’s environmental agenda. The overall form was inspired by the shapes found in a butterfly’s wing and reflects the environmentally conscious ethos throughout the design.
Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility, Christchurch, New Zealand
Designed with Warren and Mahoney Architects, the facility emphasizes sustainability and includes amenities for a range of leading research organizations in New Zealand. The goals were to create a place where education, research, technology, and practice professionals will interact and ultimately expand on the economic development of the country.