World Architecture Festival 2019
Three Baja California Sur hotels have been chosen as finalists for the three day World Architecture Festival 2019 held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Wednesday, December 4 through Friday, December 6, 2019. The World Architecture Festival is an event where professionals of the global industry gather each year to share their expertise, gain inspiration and ideas via the various awards, seminars and networking.
During this prestigious event, international speakers discuss the most critical challenges professionals face as architects, and share how other architects have tackled unique problems from some of the most innovative projects in the world.
A total of three projects from Baja California Sur, were included on the shortlist of qualifying finalists. Two of the architecture finalists are from Cabo San Lucas, while the other is from La Paz; making Mexico the only country with more than one participant from the 543 projects that have made it this far. The short list, which will be presented to more than 100 international juries and delegates of the Festival, will compete to win in each of the existing categories.
The three Baja California Sur participants consist of 1) Solaz Los Cabos by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, in the category of “Completed Buildings: Hotel and Leisure”; 2) Nobu Hotel Los Cabos of WATG and Studio PCH, in Cabo San Lucas, as well as 3) Chablé La Paz by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, the latter in the category of “Future Project: Leisure Led Development”. The award ceremony will announce the winners from each of the 42 festival categories. In addition to the projects in Baja California Sur, Mexico’s other country leading competitors include Casa Cozumel de Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, in Cozumel, Quintana Roo; E Central Building of Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti, in Mexico City and Casa Grand Coral by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos.
“We have been inspired by the innovation levels of this year’s applications, which show the incredible variety of ways in which architects are responding to the global climate and the biodiversity emergencies we face,” said Festival Director Paul Finch.
The World Architecture Festival received more than 1,000 applications for the second consecutive year, from 70 countries. Of which more than 500 will be represented live at the Amsterdam Festival. Some of the categories will include prizes for The ‘Amsterdam Prize’ (Any building in Amsterdam entered into a Completed Building category), The WAFX Award (presented to future projects that identify key challenges that architects will need to address in the coming years), Best Use of Certified Timber Prize (from entries which have used certified timber in an innovative, educational or artistic manner), The Eastman Use of Colour Prize, Small Project of the Year Prize, The Engineering Prize, and Best Use Of Natural Light Prize sponsored by Velux; just to name a few.
Photos by: World Architecture Festival & Miele