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WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

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WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

As we are fastly approaching to the new year, we have compiled the most viewed WA Award-winning projects in 2020. Entirely based on the number of page views, their page view numbers show that our readers highly interested to those projects. 

The 10 projects, starting from 33rd Cycle to 35th Cycle of WA Awards 10+5+X, contains Yazgan Design Architecture's Voronet Lila Hotel from Romania, Srijit Srinivas' the Brickhaus, Keralam from India, Zaha Hadid Architects' Beijing Daxing International Airport from China, which are all the WA Award-winning projects from the 33rd Cycle. 

The projects are listed in Realised, Designed and Student categories, showing a great mix from different backgrounds.  

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Read WAC's most viewed WA Award-winning projects in 2020 (listed by the number of page views):


WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Yazgan Design Architecture

WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: Voronet Lila Hotel in Romania by Yazgan Design Architecture 

Voronet Lila Hotel won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles in Designed category. 

Located on a distinctive hillside with an impressive view in the Voronet district of Suceava, Romania, the studio was inspired by the natural beauty and the distinct texture of the site which were the main sources of inspiration during the design process. 

"The primary design issues stem from the wish to integrate characteristic feature of the Romanian vernacular architecture, which the hipped roof typology comes from, into the project. The hotel consists of 16 suites, social places and a conference hall. 16 suites formed as 8 identical units which sit on a base, social place."

The project received over 120,900 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Tomás Rougier

WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: Embassy Of Czech Republic In Addis Abeba, Ethiopi by Tomás Rougier

Embassy Of Czech Republic In Addis Abeba, Ethiopi won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected democratically, through the ratings of community members in Architecture - Student category. 

"The design of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ethiopia pays homage to its unique natural environment, and the building thus makes it play the main role."

"The complex building recognizes the virtues of the exterior landscape and the presence of nature, which pleasantly welcomes it. The buildings hold a conversation with their surrounding, maximizing its presence and subtly disappearing in this way. The simple and pure shape of the buildings stands out from a distance, while integrating with harmony into the landscape."

The project received over 15,100 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Srijit Srinivas

WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: The Brickhaus, Keralam, India by Srijit Srinivas

The Brickhaus, Keralam, India won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected democratically, through the ratings of community members in Realised category. 

"Located on a long and irregularly narrow site in Trivandrum with its longer side facing west, The Brickhaus, Keralam is designed to be both a place of respite and exhilaration for the Clients – a young family both Doctors, and their two kids."

"The Brickhaus is a story of open and interconnected spaces that challenge the standard assumptions of load bearing brick construction. With the natural variations of brick, polished and exposed concrete, the house is also a celebration of the imperfection of the material and the asymmetry used everywhere. As a result, The Brickhaus naturally evokes a feel of nostalgia of quietly taking the occupants back to days past, and to idyllic memories."

The project received over 8,600 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of C P Kukreja Architects

WA Awards 10+5+X 35th Cycle winner: Central Vista Redevelopment in India by C P Kukreja Architects 

Central Vista Redevelopment won the WA Award in the 35th Cycle, selected both by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles and selected democratically, through the ratings of community members in Designed category. 

"Redevelopment of Central Vista in New Delhi, India is a historically and culturally significant project proposing the redevelopment of over 440 Hectares of prime land. With the site allocated in the heart of the capital city, it is a mega-scale urban development which seeks to uplift and upgrade the requirements of a burgeoning economy."

"The overall master planning integrates elements of harmony, balance and rhythm to ideate a concept which is a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of the present times while leaving ample area for unhindered future expansion."

The project received over 7,900 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Wilson Tan Xern Ee

WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: High Water in Malaysia by Wilson Tan Xern Ee 

High Water won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles in Architecture - Student category.

"The High Water project is a proposal for Malaysia’s Prototype for a flood proof building. High Water contains two cores known as the Eco-Cell, placed as a wet-core for its individual building typology (1. Office tower) (2. Laboratory). 

"The Eco-Cell channels rain water from the sky courtyards and terraces into the middle which creates a loop filtered through bio-filtration from top to bottom where it’s cleaned and harvested for usage. Eco-Cell takes inspiration from the Greek House for its rainwater harvesting openings through the compluvium (opening) and impluvium, it creates a central atrium extending to the sky allows for natural ventilation through stack effect as well as natural lighting which allows for growth of greenery in deep spaces."

The project received over 7,300 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

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WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: Qutb Shahi Interpretation Centre in India by Matra

Qutb Shahi Interpretation Centre won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected both by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles and selected democratically, through the ratings of community members in Designed category. 

"The vision of the proposed interpretation centre/museum is inspired by the experience of the monuments in the Quli Qutb Shahi Archaeological Park and the Golconda Fort, which emote a timeless quality through an interplay of geometry-structure, space-light, material-texture, scale-rhythm, and solid-void."

"The proposal attempts to contemporize this very planning & construction ethos, however reduces the overall weight as well construction time, by making use of presently available materials, precast technologies/techniques and engineering skills."

The project received over 7,100 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Manço Architects

WA Awards 10+5+X 34th Cycle winner: Moulin Rouge Dance School Competition Project in France by Manço Architects

Moulin Rouge Dance School Competition Project won the WA Award in the 34th Cycle, selected by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles in Designed category.

"A thorough examination of the competition program alongside researches conducted on the history of Moulin Rouge and its surroundings have resulted in the decision to design a building that is fundamentally distinct in its design and materials yet referring to the specific context of the project. Accordingly, a contemporary “addition” that will emphasize the original Moulin Rouge by its contrasting characteristics is proposed instead of a mere continuation of the existing architectural pattern."

"From the start, the foremost objective of planning has been the creation of rational and flexible spaces meeting the technical and volumetric requirements of the program for the designated functions."

The project received over 6,600 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image © Jongoh Kim

WA Awards 10+5+X 35th Cycle winner: The Pavilion; Dream of the Butterfly in Korea, South by Kyeongsik Yoon

The Pavilion; Dream of the Butterfly won the WA Award in the 35th Cycle, selected by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles in Realised category.

"Down the Korean peninsula, in the county of Hampyeong, a beloved spring butterfly festival alights upon the hometown of a venerated Daoist philosopher." 

"Concluding a distinguished career at a prominent Korean university, this newly retired professor envisioned a return home and a gathering place for the creation of philosophies and the celebration of the humanities. The resulting architecture is a multi-purpose hall designed to facilitate lectures, seminars, art performances, and social gatherings."

The project received over 6,300 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

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WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: Beijing Daxing International Airport in China by Zaha Hadid Architects

Beijing Daxing International Airport won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles in Realised category.

"Opened in September 2019, Beijing Daxing International Airport is a new airport in the Daxing district 46km south of the city centre (20 minutes by express train). Developed to alleviate congestion at the capital’s existing airport, Beijing Daxing will be a major transport hub for the region with the world’s fastest growing demand for international travel and is fully integrated within the country’s expanding transport network."

"Six flowing forms within the terminal’s vaulted roof reach to the ground to support the structure and bring natural light within, directing all passengers towards the central courtyard. Natural light also enters the terminal via a network of linear skylights that provide an intuitive system of navigation throughout the building, guiding passengers to and from their departure gates. Structural spans of up to 100m create the terminal’s generous public spaces and allow the highest degree of flexibility for any future reconfiguration."

The project received over 5,400 page views.

WAC’s most viewed WA Awards-winning projects in 2020

Image courtesy of Mohsen Kheirmand Parizi

WA Awards 10+5+X 33rd Cycle winner: Islamic Art Museum Of Iran by Mohsen Kheirmand Parizi

Islamic Art Museum Of Iran won the WA Award in the 33rd Cycle, selected both by the votes of Honorary Members and Winners in earlier cycles and selected democratically, through the ratings of community members in Architecture - Student category.

"Islam and Islamic art have had ups and downs. Considering the artistic era of Islam in Iran, we realize that in fact there were several peaks and descents. So this theme is mentioned in the design of the roof of the museum." 

"On the other hand, the weakness of Muslims and their Islamic arts, is created when God's attention to their lives is dimmed. As a result, the culmination of Muslim art is when the source of inspiration for their art is God and his signs.The reference to this topic has been made in the design of the form, with its highest elevation code facing the Qibla."

The project received over 5,300 page views.