The best buildings in the world revealed: LA’s car museum, Brighton’s observation tower and a Japanese pharmacy make the short list for prestigious architecture awards


The world’s biggest architecture awards has been accepting entries for its 2017 competition – and the entries are stunning.

The World Architecture Festival celebrates its tenth edition in Berlin in November and has released highlights from the 924 entries it has received so far for its awards programme, with the shortlist containing projects based across 68 countries and architectural practices from 51 nations.

Some of the eye-catching designs picked out by the judges include a futuristic pharmacy in Japan, a space-aged luminous footbridge in Berlin and the British Airways i360 observation deck in Brighton.

The Smile landmark project in London, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and the Zhuhal Opera House in China have also been commended.

Architects from the UK are most widely represented on the shortlist, closely followed by colleagues in the USA, Australia and Turkey, with entries from Asia up by a third year-on-year.

Scroll down to see some of the Festival’s most notable concepts.

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Shortlisted in the Completed Buildings category, this design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is located on 'Museum Row' of the famed 'Miracle Mile'. Sitting atop the existing structural system like the body of a car mounted to its frame, the steel 'ribbons' evoke a sense of speed and movement, an effect enhanced by their contrast with the monochrome red rainscreen


British Airways i360, Brighton, and the Printemps Haussmann, Paris

British Airways' i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower at 162 metres
Printemps is a renowned department store in Paris. It was founded by Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos on November 3, 1865.  In January of this year, a newly created and 'truly impressive space' that stretches vertically from the lower ground floor right up to the 9th floor was realized


Brommy New Footbridge, Berlin 

This project by Spans Associates in the Future Projects category is a bridge that is apparently seamless, an effect brought about by the clever use of mirrors. The designers say that it's a 'kaleidoscopic experience'This project by Spans Associates in the Future Projects category is a bridge that is apparently seamless, an effect brought about by the clever use of mirrors. The designers say that it’s a ‘kaleidoscopic experience’


The Cutting Edge Pharmacy, Himeji City, Japan 

As pharmacies go, this one, by Matsuya Art Works and KTX archiLAB in the Completed Buildings category, definitely has something of the sci-fi about it. The designers said 'this minimalistic space designed in clean straight lines and enhanced with indirect lighting slits creates the high-tech sharp image that the patient expects from advanced medical care'

The Smile, London 

This quirky structure by Alison Brooks Architects, an entry in the Completed Buildings category, was a hugely successful landmark project for the 2016 London Design Festival. Located in Chelsea College of Art’s historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, it's an example of advanced timber engineering. The pavilion took the form of a four-sided curved timber tube that cantilevered 12 metres in two directions from its centre point


Shelter on the Edge, Aleppo, Syria

A Future Project by Design and More International, this is a modular village designed to relieve pressure on refugee camps. It would include production zones, workshops, shops and even small farms


Zhuhai Opera House, Zhuhai, China 

The Zhuhai Opera House, by CR Institute of Architectural & Urban Design, was entered in the Completed Buildings category. It is built on a 57,680-square-metre plot of reclaimed land on Yeli Island, opposite the city’s main seafront. The larger of its two shells stands 90 metres tall and houses a 1,550-seat concert hall, a lobby, an auditorium and a stage. The smaller rises 60 metres and contains a 500-seat theatre


Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

Designed by architects AL_A, and one of the Completed Buildings entries, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology has over 7,000-square-metres of new public space and is designed so that visitors can walk over, under and through the building. It offers panoramic views of the river and has a cantilevered roof that provides welcome shade

The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, Pambujan, Philippines 

The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica is formed by folding planes that come together as if folded in prayer, say designers WTA Architecture and Design Studio. It added: 'As praying hands or a kneeling figure, this abstract form creates a hopeful seeking mood appropriate to the setting'. The design is an entry in the Completed Building category




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