Ten innovative designs addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges have won awards from the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

The 2019 WAFX Awards celebrate proposals from across the globe, addressing subjects ranging from ageing and health to cultural identity and carbon reduction.

This year’s category winners include a humane prison design in Belgium which challenges traditional layouts; a ‘horizontal’ skyscraper in the heart of Moscow which re-uses existing buildings; repurposed oil tanks creating a new river-front park in Brooklyn; and a pedestrian-focused ‘urban living room’ for the UAE’s longest road.
The winning schemes will be on display at the World Architectural Festival in Amsterdam, which takes place from 4 to 6th December. The overall 2019 WAFX winner, chosen from the category winners, will be presented at the WAF Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 6 December at the Beurs van Berlage.

The WAFX 2019 Category Prize Winners are:

  • Water and Food joint winners: Ulsoor Lake by Arup and The Tanks at Bushwick Inlet Park by Studio V Architecture
  • Re-use winner: Badaevskij Brewery Redevelopment by Herzog & de Meuron and APEX Project Bureau
  • Smart Cities winner: X-Space | Urban Fabric Regeneration by Verform
  • Cultural Identity winner: City Rail Link Ltd by Jasmax + Grimshaw
  • Ethics and Value winner: The School in a Park by Maisam Architects & Engineers
  • Power and Justice winner: Prison Haren by Cafasso NV with B2Ai / EGM Architecten
  • Ageing and Health winner: Pars Medical and Health Centre by New Wave Architecture Studio
  • Building Technology winner: Skypark Business Centre South by Aravia Design & +FUN
  • Climate, Energy and Carbon winner: MO(O)D A Prototype for an Office Building by SOS School of Sustainability