< World Building of the Year: The World Architecture Festival Awards 2012

World Building of the Year: The World Architecture Festival Awards 2012


Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, has won the World Building of the Year Award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. The project was designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten.

Located in Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is a key project in delivering the Singapore Government’s vision of transforming Singapore into a ‘City in a Garden’. At a total of 101 hectares, the Gardens by the Bay project comprises three distinct waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Sitting in the heart of Bay South Garden, the Cooled Conservatory Complex provides a spectacular, all-weather attraction, comprising a 1.28 hectare cool dry conservatory (the ‘Flower Dome’) and a 0.73 hectare cool moist conservatory (the ‘Cloud Forest’). Each has its own distinct character, but both explore the horticulture of those environments most likely to be affected by climate change.

Picture: Craig Sheppard 2012


The awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Landscape Architecture, and Future Projects (for designs in progress).

Landscape of the Year – Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore – designed by Atelier Dreiseitl


Future Project of the Year – Msheireb – Heart of Doha, Qatar – designed by AECO

Completed projects

Transport: Bodrum International Airport, Turkey – Tabanlioglu Architects

Sport: Fazenda Boa Vista Golf Clubhouse, Brazil – designed by Isay Weinfeld

Schools: Binh Duong School, Vietnam – Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Higher Education & Research: Campus for Central Saint Martins, London – Stanton Williams

Health: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia – Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart

Civic and Community: Salorge / Town Community in Pornic, France – designed by Arcau

Shopping Centres: T-Site, Tokyo, Japan – Klein Dytham Architects

Culture: Liyuan Library, Beijing, China – designed by Li Xiadong Atelier

Picture: Li Xiadong Atelier

House: Stacking Green, Vietnam – designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Hotel and Leisure: Victoria Tower, Sweden, designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

New and Old: Plaza Espana in Adeje, Spain – designed by Menis Arquitectos SLP

Office: Darling Quarter in Sydney, Australia – designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Picture: fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)

Production, Energy and Recycling: Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan – designed by Nikken Sekkei


Future Projects Experimental – Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake Concept Design, Ningbo, China – HASSELL

Future projects Commercial, Leisure-led development – Gunoot Eco Resort, Oman – SSH

Picture: Waleed Shaalan

Future Projects Commercial – Mixed-Use – JST Product Complex in Tsuyama, Japan – Osamu Morishita Architecct & Associates

Villa – Shearer’s Quarters, North Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia – John Wardle Architects

Future projects Residential – Terasa 153, Montenegro – Sanjay Puri Architects

Future Projects House: C3 House, Wanaka, New Zealand – RTA Studio

Future projects Culture: Beijing Artist Village Gallery Product – Aedas Beijing


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