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Three Irish Projects on Shortlist for 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Dlr Lexicon by Carr Cotter & Naessens in Dun Laoghaire, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin by Scott Tallon Walker Architects and the Library and Academic Building for the University of Greenwich in London by heneghan peng architects are all on the shortlist for the 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award.  All three projects are also category winners in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2015.

Grafton Architects won the inaugural World Architecture Award in 2008 for Bocconi University Milan

Ireland is one of 46 countries with entries in the 2015 World Festival of Architecture. The eighth annual World Architecture Festival shortlist consists of 338 projects across 31 categories, ranging from small family homes to large commercial developments and landscape projects. 

A substantial rise in entry numbers mirrors the global economic upturn in development and construction. "The country boasting the largest number of shortlisted projects is Australia, followed by the UK and then Turkey – all of which have seen significant social and economic resurgence in the last few years", say the award organisers. Major world architects shortlisted include Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects,Herzog & de Meuron, OMA/Ole Scheeren, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Rafael Vinoly Architects, BIG, Grimshaw, Heatherwick Studio and Carlos Ott.

Regardless of their practice size and reputation, all shortlisted entrants will this year gain double exposure, having their projects exhibited across two continents. The shortlist can first be seen this week at the new satellite WAF London 24-27 June, before arriving at the annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore this November. All shortlisted practices will be vying to win not only their individual categories, but the ultimate accolade of ‘World Building of the Year 2015’.

WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of submissions 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.” WAF and its sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, are supported by sponsors including Grohe and Akzo Nobel. Media partners include the Architectural Review, the Architects’ Journal, and Dezeen, the leading online design hub. For more information visit https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com and https://www.insidefestival.com

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