What’s Inspiring Wayne Krygsman
Published on 11/10/2013 Group GSA
In early October I had the opportunity to visit Singapore and attend the 5th World Architecture Festival, held over three days at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
WAF showcased and displayed projects from around the world. Over 1500 architects and students attended to see and critique the architecture. Many speakers gave presentations and presided over seminars and talks.
Notable key-note speakers throughout the event were Moshe Safdie, architect for the Marina Bay Sands, Thomas Heatherwick designer of the London Olympic Cauldron, Wolf Di Prix, Sir Peter Cook and many other internationally recognised architects and designers.
Australians winning awards during judging at WAF included: Kerry Hill Architects for Martin No. 38, Singapore (Housing category); and FJMT for Darling Quarter, Sydney (Office category). Hassell received a commendation in the Housing category for its Common Ground Sydney project.
Three hundred projects were shortlisted for the 2012 awards at the fifth annual WAF, fifty of these were by Australian practices. The festival’s ultimate award, World Building of the Year, was judged by a panel including Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie, Mok Wei Wei, Jürgen Mayer, Yvonne Farrell and Kenzo Tange, and chaired by Neil Denari (NMDA).
The winner of the World Building of the Year 2012 was given to Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten.
I look forward to going next year, as WAF will be held once more in Singapore in early October 2013. Singapore is a great place to visit and see some world-class architecture and design, along with enjoying the local culture and cuisine, and for shopping too.