SAWA, the Kabeldistrict and Fenix I have been selected as finalists for the World Architecture Festival! In December, Mei architects and planners will present the three projects to the expert jury in Lisbon. The projects are selected in different categories, and a winning project will be awarded in each category.
During the festival, the Kabeldistrict, an urban development plan for the repurposing of the old cable factory in Delft, will compete against 15 other finalists in the category ‘Master Planning – Future Projects‘. All-timber residential building SAWA is in the category ‘Experimental – Future Projects‘ with seven other candidates. And Fenix I, a transformed dockyard warehouse, has been selected with twenty projects in the category ‘New and Old – Completed Buildings‘.
Rain of prizes
Despite the fact that SAWA and Kabeldistrict are still in the design phase, the innovative designs of both projects are already gaining international interest. Earlier this year, the Kabeldistrict won the first prize of the Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards in the Urban Design Concept category. SAWA has already won four other awards.
Regarding Fenix I, this nomination follows a large series of awards; since its completion in 2019, the building has won no less than eleven architecture prizes and has been nominated another seven times. Judges are lastingly impressed by the special construction that has preserved the historical heritage, while making room for a new mixed program – giving the district a positive impulse.
The World Architecture Festival is the largest live, inclusive and interactive architecture award program in the world. The festival attracts thousands of registrations every year (in the categories Completed Building, Future Project, and Interior) and is a unique meeting place for architects, clients, and suppliers. This is the first time the festival takes place in Lisbon, from December 1 to 3, 2021.