World Architecture News Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

World Architecture News Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The 102 shortlisted projects in contention for awards across 29 categories come from all over the world, with entries submitted from 16 different countries including Denmark, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Mexico, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Appearing most frequently were entries from practices in China, the UK, Canada, the USA and Australia while the cities with the highest number of projects submitted were London, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing.

This year’s shortlist is as diverse as it is dazzling and includes a state-of-the-art contemporary museum built around a Roman villa, a Shanghai metro station with a wave-like ceiling made up of tens of thousands of aluminium panels (pictured above) and a newly expanded panda research and breeding centre made up of a striking series of elegant pavilions.

Now in its 16th year, the WAN awards recognise the outstanding works of innovative, visionary and imaginative architects worldwide and are considered one of the most prestigious awards schemes globally.

Over the next two months the shortlisted entries will be evaluated by our prestigious team of senior industry judges from across the world. The winners will be announced on November 16.

We are delighted to reveal the WAN 2023 shortlist below: 

Publicly Accessible Buildings

Datong Art Museum, Foster + Partners, 

The Roman Villa Experience, Stonewood Design, 

Shanghai Library East, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, part of Perkins&Will, 

Agile Eden Yunnan Arts Centre, XAA,  

Novartis Pavillon, AMDL CIRCLE, 

Kansas City Museum, International Architects Atelier (IAA), 

Central Plaza, Henry J Lyons

Best Overall Sustainability Architecture

Ombú, Foster + Partners

Forest Pavilion at The Forestias, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited


Museum of the Future, Killa Design


Heritage Lanes 80 Ann Street, Woods Bagot

Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S, Foster + Partners

Shanghai Suhe MixC World, Kokaistudios

83 Pirie, Woods Bagot

Office EDGE Stadium, Atelier PRO architects


Green Solution House 2.0, 3XN GXN


Renovation of the Jinping Lower Primary School, Atelier cnS

Eton Sports & Aquatics Centre, Hopkins Architects

Camping at School | Quzhou Kecheng Jiaogong Kindergarten, LYCS Architecture

York University’s School of Continuing Studies, Perkins&Will

Whittle School and Studios Suzhou, Perkins Eastman

Westlake University (Yungu Campus) Phase I, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)+ Henn GmbH

Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia Mereny Bidi Boodja, i2C Architects


Broadway Youth Center, Wheeler Kearns Architects

Taikang Community Xiang Garden Stage 1, JACKSON TEECE

Hospital Angeles Centro Sur, Balcazar Arquitectos


The Hangzhou Asian Games Baseball and Softball Sports Cultural Center, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)

Agile Eden Yunnan Arts Centre, XAA

OCT Jining Grand Canal Culture & Art Center, CCTN Design

Reconstruction of Beijing Workers’ Stadium, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design

Al Wasl Plaza, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Shooting, Archery & Modern Pentathlon Venue for Hangzhou Asian Games, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)

the TRACK at new balance, Elkus Manfredi Architects


Constantia, MHN Design Union Pty Ltd

Pavilion, MHN Design Union Pty Ltd

One Wall Street, MdeAS Architects

Valley Student Apartment of Jingdezhen Vocational University of Art, Architectural Design & Research Institute of TsingHua University CO.,LTD.

The Fold, Tariq Khayyat design Partners – tkdp

Core 31, CRAFT Arquitectos

The Carlisle, MHN Design Union Pty Ltd


Geneva Airport, Aile Est, RSHP

Shanghai YuYuan Metro Station: An Underground Arcade of Lighting Ripples, XING DESIGN

Luton Direct Air Rail Transit, Arup

Hangzhouxi Railway Station, CCTN Design

Pazhou Ferry Terminal Guangzhou, Jianxiong Xian Architect & Associates

Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal, Elphick Proome Architecture

Multi Use 

Battersea Power Station Phase 2, WilkinsonEyre

Shanshui Firewood Garden, MIX Architecture

Valley, MVRDV

Shaoxing International Convention and Exhibition Center, Shenzhen AUBE Architectural Engineering Design Co.,Ltd

Cardero, Henriquez Partners Architects

Public Realm 

The Panda Pavilions, Atelier Ping Jiang | EID Arch

Te Pāe Christchurch Convention Centre, Woods Bagot in association with Warren and Mahoney

MPavilion 2022, all(zone)

Pet Resource Center, RA-DA

Vanderhoof Cultural Centre, SAHURI + Associates Architecture Inc.

Future Projects – Publicly Accessible Buildings

The Bamboo Leaf, Chongzhou Bamboo Weaving Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall

Fuzhou New Museum and Art Gallery, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)

Retal Mosque, Pace

Beautification of Mubarakiya Souks, Pace

Dawes Road Library, Perkins&Will and Smoke Architecture

Future Projects – Commercial

PENN 2, MdeAS Architects

Huaihai TOD Project, 5+design

ITC Shanghai, Lead8

Future Projects – Education

Metropolis Lyceum, BDP

National Museum of Forest Service History, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Future Projects – Healthcare

Mary Elizabeths Hospital, 3XN and Arkitema

Shenzhen Longgang Elderly and Nursing Home, NICKL & PARTNER ARCHITEKTEN AG

Future Projects – Leisure

The Floating Circle – ShiMao BaoAn Quarry Project – Shenzhen, China, Gala Architects with L22

Buffalo Crossing, Stantec Architecture Ltd. 

Future Projects – Residential

GHETTO, Henriquez Partners Architects

THE OASIS, JZFZ Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Dream LeBreton, Joint venture Perkins&Will and KPMB Architects supported by Two Row Architect

Future Projects – Transport

Elevated Light Rail Track, ZJA

Future Projects – Public Realm

The 6th Department Store Urban Renewal, Benoy Limited

Future Projects – Multi Use

International Convention Centre and Theatres, Zaha Hadid Architects

Amstel Design District, Mecanoo

Mirvish Village, Henriquez Partners Architects

Future Projects – Master Planning

Bailrigg Garden Village, Lancaster


Shanghai Golden Bund Masterplan

House of the Year

Villa BW, Mecanoo

Mews House, Zaha Hadid Architects

Adaptive Reuse – Small

WANGHU RURAL TOURISTS CENTER, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)

All Saints, EPR Architects

Revive the Ruins – Somekh Building Renovation, Somekh Building Renovation by SHISUO Design Office

Adaptive Reuse – Big


Building 12, Perkins&Will

Jiangxi Academy of Painting Art Museum, CCTN Design

Dalian 37 Xiang, United Units Architects

Central Plaza, Henry J Lyons

Affordable Housing

Kaohsiung Social Housing, Mecanoo

Van Sinderen Plaza, GLUCK+


Joyce, Henriquez Partners Architects

Small Spaces

MicroNature, Atelier Ping Jiang | EID Arch

PERMACULTURE FARM, Hangzhou 9M Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

The secular and the sacred——an attic renovation during the COVID lockdown, An attic renovation by SHISUO Design Office


Haixin Bridge, Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT Co., Ltd.


Zhejiang Disability Services & Support Centre, The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)

ZHA-EAA Tents for Refugee and Displaced Communities, Zaha Hadid Architects

Healthy Villages of WuYuan, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.,LTD

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WAN award event manager Jonny Davies: [email protected], +44 7920536592


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