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SPU selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival

SPU has been selected as a finalist in World Architectural Festival. Picture: Supplied

MORE accolades are rolling in for the Sol Plaatje University building in Kimberley after the structure was selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival in two categories.

The categories that the local building was selected for are: Higher Education and Research and Best Use of Colour, while it is also in the running for World Building of the Year.

Architecture projects from 68 different countries have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), including a concept for ever-expanding housing in Syria, a plant-covered hotel in Vietnam and a museum in Palestine.

The festival will take place in Berlin in November.

“This year’s shortlist has a hugely diverse geographic range,” said WAF programme director Paul Finch.

“The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques. Colourful architecture makes a strong showing and many of the smaller projects we have shortlisted will punch above their weight.”

Winners will be selected in more than 30 categories and announced during the festival. Completed buildings will go on to battle for the coveted World Building of the Year title, while conceptual projects will compete to be named Future Project of the Year.

These awards will be judged by a jury, including MVRDV director Nathalie de Vries, London architect Ian Ritchie and AIA chief executive Robert Ivy.

Last year’s World Building of the Year was a subterranean museum in Poland with a huge public space on its roof.

Other previous winners include Ole Scheeren’s “vertical village” and Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp’s Auckland Art Gallery.

Other buildings that have been shortlisted in the category Higher Education and Research include the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Gastronomic Campus in Normandy, the Alan Walters Building in Birmingham, Maersk Tower in Copenhagen, Denmark, Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix, the Duke University West Campus in Durham, the Derendorf Campus in Germany, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, the Sibson Building in Canterbury, the University of Chicago, ICISE in Vietnam, and the Mixed-Use Campus at the Hangzhou Normal University in China.

Heather Dodd, from Savage + Dodd Architects, said yesterday that they were delighted that the Sol Plaatje University building had been selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival.

“On a separate note, Savage + Dodd have also entered the completed project into the Africa Architecture Awards in the built category. This is a completion run by St Gobain and can be viewed on the Africaarchitectureawards.com website.

“The Africa Architecture Awards aims to recognise and reward worthy projects from around the continent and to create a broader awareness of the issues and opportunities inherent in the built environment through dialogue, analysis and critique.”

She added that there was a popular vote running where members of the public could vote for projects.