Our projects “La Ascensión del Señor” Church, in Spain, and Cardiac Research & Rehabilitation Center, currently under construction in Kuwait, have been shortlisted among several works submitted from more than 50 countries tocompete at the current edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, that is being held in Singapore, taking place between 1-3 October.
In this way, our religious architecture project “La Ascensión del Señor” Church,also finalist at 2014 Architizer A+ Awards – Religious Building category, will compete against four projects from Israel, Netherlands and Singapore for a WAF award in the Completed Buildings Religion category. On the other hand, AGi architects’ health architecture project Cardiac Research & Rehabilitation Centerwill compete in the Future Projects Health category against two other shortlisted projects from Singapore and China.
AGi architects, an international design firm based in Spain and Kuwait,will present their projects to a panel of WAF judges between the 1st and 2nd of October. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building or Future Project of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2014.
The design firm has already won three WAF awards in the Future Projects section in the 2013, 2011 and 2010 Festival editions.
Religious Architecture Project: “La Ascensión del Señor” Church
This building proposed by AGi architects means the completion of the Parish Center started now fifteen years ago and its empowerment as focus of community activity for a neighborhood in which more than 2,500 apartments have been recently built to house around 7,000 people, therefore increasing the existing population to reach a figure close to 20,000 inhabitants.
The project aims at strengthening the Parish Center as a meeting and fraternization place, in order to develop spiritual and welfare tasks, enabling the participation of different role players in the neighborhood around a community regeneration objective. The project is also extremely sensitive to the current economic circumstances, so we have resorted to materials and construction techniques chosen by economical saving and sustainability premises.
The spatial scheme of the building is structured through three different qualifying voids: the large central courtyard and other two smaller scale courtyards.
Health Architecture Project: Cardiac Research & Rehabilitation Center
The new Kuwait Cardiac Research and Rehabilitation Center is a heart disease specialized center. The base unit of the hospital typological scheme is a module, which connects each consult room with two exam rooms, giving public access from one side and private from the other. These modules are combined with interior courtyards, which provide with natural light and ventilation to all the rooms and waiting areas.
The building appears as a closed volume for all the façades except for the one facing the sea, in which the Rehabilitation center is located.
World Architecture Festival
World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe.
This year’s ‘super jury’ comprises a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Lord Richard Rogers. Rogers will be joined on the superjury by Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (USA), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain) and Peter Rich (South Africa).
The theme for WAF’s main conference sessions in 2014 will be ‘Architects and the City’. Speakers will examine the contribution architects can make, and the way they affect and are affected by, politics, infrastructure, planning, communities and technology.
The 2014 festival is being held in Singapore for the third time, taking place between 1-3 October.