World Architecture Festival moves to Berlin for 2016 edition

The world’s largest annual international architecture event will take place in Berlin, Germany after being held in Singapore for four years.

Returning for its ninth edition, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) returns to its European roots and will be housed in Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.

WAF and its co-located sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors will welcome over 2,000 of the world’s leading architects and designers to the city for three days of conference programmes, awards, exhibitions and fringe events.

WAF programme director Paul Finch commented:

‘After four happy years in Singapore we are delighted to be moving to Berlin for our 2016 Festival. This is a city with an extraordinary history, and one which has been a breeding ground for architectural ideas, historical and contemporary. We look forward to staging our first Festival in Europe since 2011, and to welcoming architects from across the world to our ninth edition.’

Entries for the WAF Awards 2016 edition are now open with submission deadline on 19th May. Attracting entries from over 60 countries, shortlisted projects compete across 30 categories and all present live at the Festival in Berlin.

The first members of this year’s ‘super-jury’ have been announced: David Chipperfield, Luisa Hutton and Professor Frédéric Migayrou. The esteemed panel of venerated architects will decide on the Festival’s ultimate prize – The World Building of the Year.

The 2015 WAF awards were claimed by some of the world’s biggest architects as well as emerging talent with the World Building of the Year going to OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren for The Interlace and Bjarke Ingels Group receiving the Future Project of the Year for Vancouver House.

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) will run from 16-18 November 2016.