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:

Shelter on the Edge, Aleppo, Syria, by Design and More International

Shelter on the Edge, Aleppo, Syria, by Design and More International

Lulang International Tourist Town, Nyingchi, China, by CR Institute of Architectural and Urban Design

Lulang International Tourist Town, Nyingchi, China, by CR Institute of Architectural and Urban Design

Atlas Hotel Hoi An, Hoi An, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Atlas Hotel Hoi An, Hoi An, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China, by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China, by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Treetop Experience, Haslev, Denmark, by EFFEKT

Treetop Experience, Haslev, Denmark, by EFFEKT

Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Binh House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Port House, Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects

 

The World Architecture Festival takes place at Arena Berlin from the 15th-17th November 2017.