WAFX Prize 2019
The WAFX Award, supported by our WAFX Headline Partner GreenCoat®, heralds the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts, and is awarded to future projects that identify key challenges that architects will need to address in the coming years. Ten innovative designs addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges have won awards ranging from ageing and health to cultural identity and carbon reduction. The overall WAFX winner will be presented with their award at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.
WAFX 2019 Winner and Smart Cities Category Winner: X-Space | Urban Fabric Regeneration, Verform, Dubai, UAE
This concept for an urban regeneration project in Dubai aims to create a new ‘urban living room’, based along a 1km section of the emirate’s main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. The human-scale space is geared towards pedestrians rather than vehicles, and is designed for all cultures to congregate. The urban intervention is a response to the problem of the highway breaking up the fabric of the city. It is designed to give back public realm, along with sustainable green areas, to encourage diversity, integration and tolerance. The project’s aim is to reduce the use of cars, with cycle paths, public transport and light-weight vehicles. The design is across a ground level of open spaces and gardens and an upper level with workplaces, restaurants and a gym, both centred around an indigenous Ghaf tree, symbolic of stability and peace.
WAFX 2019 Category Winners:
Badaevskiy Brewery, Redevelopment
Herzog & de Meuron and APEX project bureau
Pars Medical and Health Center
New Wave Architecture Studio
Bandar Abbas, Iran
MO(O)D A Prototype for an office building
SOS School of Sustainability