Architecture projects spanning across 68 different countries have been nominated for awards at this years World Architecture Festival. Taking place in Berlin for the second time this coming November, this years list is a ‘hugely diverse geographic range’, including leading names such as Zaha Hadid, BIG and Heatherwick Studio, as well as established locals like Stanton Williams and CEBRA. Winners will be selected in more than 30 categories, with completed buildings going on to battle for the coveted World Building of the Year title.
Included in the shortlist are some truly stand out concepts, such as a structure shaped like a giant smile, a moving observation tower, a set of labyrinthine London townhouses, and a spiralling treetop walkway. On a more practical level, also on the list is a concept for ever-expanding housing in Syria, a plant-covered hotel in Vietnam, and a sprawling museum in Palestine.
See a few of our favourite designs below:
The World Architecture Festival takes place at Arena Berlin from the 15th-17th November 2017.