World Architecture Festival has announced that eight Hong Kong practices have been shortlisted for the coveted title of World Building of the year 2015
Facing stiff competition from international firms such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron, fifteen of Hong Kong's architecture and design projects are shortlisted for the 2015 prize. Unsurprisingly, a large percentage of these are in the Future Projects category highlighting the innovative nature and forward thinking of Hong Kong's architecture practices.
Future projects that have been shortlisted include the Heart of Yiwu, 'An Urban Living Plaza' by Aedas which is inspired by the Chinese symbol for river; and the Guangzhou Museum competition by TFP Farrells, designed to combine and express the distinct streams of Guangdong culture. Aedas has also been shortlisted for their ‘Project (Re) Plant, Borneo‘, while Benoy is represented by their project ‘Cali City’. A full list of the 2015 finalists can be found here.
Finalist’s from Hong Kong will present their projects alongside their global peers at the Festival in Singapore in November. 'Crits' will be judged by a stellar cast of over 70 industry practitioners including Sou Fujimoto and Kerry Hill, resulting in one project being awarded World Building of the Year 2015. WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: "We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of the submissions from Hong Kong this year. Our international juries are in for a tough time deliberating on the category winners. We look forward to another inspirational event in Singapore this November."