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Our favourite winners from the World Architecture Festival 2017


Now in its tenth year running, the World Architecture Festival has released its top architecture for 2017. From the extensive list, we've handpicked our favourite five examples of impressive and innovative architecture from the past year.

Best Use of Colour: Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in Australia

Designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Western Australia's Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel was awarded for using colours that are 'sensitive, elegant and well balanced'. The building functions as a long-term accommodation facility for Aboriginal people who are receiving renal dialysis. The simple yet stylish structure provides a safe environment for occupants to live comfortably and independently. Coloured screens complements the colours in the surrounding landscape, creating a calming atmosphere.

Highly Commended: The Pause in Iran

When Ashari Architects began designing The Pause in Shiraz, Iran, they wanted it to showcase the stars in a unique way. Made from large sheets of metal, a brick-laid spiral gives the eye an unobstructed view of the stars above. The structure is designed to eliminate all outside distractions and encourages viewers to focus, relax and meditate in the middle of the city.

House – Completed Buildings: Binh House in Vietnam

world architecture festival With the challenge of creating a green oasis in the bustling and dense environment of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, Vo Trong Nghia Architects made use of sustainable materials to create Binh House. Vertically stacked, the building houses a three-generational family. Glass walls allow the daylight to filter through, while the building is topped off with a dreamy rooftop garden, bringing life to the urban surroundings.

Office – Completed Buildings: Co Op Plaza in Japan

Designed by Nikken Sekkei, the Co Op Plaza in Tokyo, Japan, invites tendrils of plants to curl themselves around the chain-covered facade of the office building. Incorporating greenery into buildings is becoming an increasingly important part of urban planning, as this office block shows.

Display – Completed Buildings: The Smile in London

Created for the London Design Festival, The Smile, designed by British architect Alison Brooks, is a tubular structure made of tulip wood that lifts off the ground at both ends. 'The structure allows for interaction on many levels: the interior both playful and contemplative,' comments Brooks. 'This might be small but it has a big impact.' Judges stated that The Smile is 'a simple and powerful concept that overcomes big technical challenges to deliver a delightful installation'. Visit for the complete list of winners.