10 of the world’s most extraordinary new architecture projects

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has unveiled their shortlisted projects for the 2018 awards – and we've picked our ten favourites.

A floating city in Iran, tree houses in Mexico and a giant wind turbine in the centre of New York City have all been shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2018 – the largest architectural awards programme on the planet.

The 2018 awards shortlist features 536 extraordinary projects, ranging from small family homes, to schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure and landscape projects.

This year the WAF Awards saw more participation than ever before, with more than 1000 entries received from projects located in 81 countries across the world. Major world architects are competing against many smaller practices.

The winners will be revealed at the 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam in November, where the shortlisted teams will present their designs to a jury of more than 100 international judges. The chosen finalists will then move on to present to the 2018 Super Jury which will determine the winners of the 2018 World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

Although all the projects bring something new and exciting to the table, there are ten projects that stood out here at Livingetc HQ.

View the full shortlist here.

1. The Shiva Museum in Jaipur, India

This project is by Sanjay Puri Architects.

2. The Floating City in Salmanshahr, Iran

This project is by Kamran Heirati Architects.

3. Helea tower, Puebla, Mexico

This project is by by Bulnes Arquitectos.

4. Tree houses, Acapulco, Mexico

This project is by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos.

5. Wuyi Yuansu hot Springs Resort, Yuansu, China

This project is by CLOU Architects.

6. The Wind Turbine, New York City, USA

Project by Scott Brownrigg with Crown Architecture & Consulting.

7. Tehran World Trade Centre in Tehran, Iran


Project by Fluid Motion Architects.

8. Wuxi Taihu Theatre, Wuxi, China


Project by Steven Chiltern Architects.

9. Troodos Star Observatory, Agridia, Cyprus

Project by Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects.

10. Mosque in Dubai, UAE – by Afsarmanesh Architects

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