The World Architecture Festival wrapped up its 2014 contest earlier this month, bestowing awards upon 33 buildings that are making innovative design a priority across the globe. From a community library in China that doubles as a playground to a Danish Maritime Museum to a hyper modern church in Spain, the seventh annual WAF winners are as diverse as there are stunning.
What started as a 400-project short list spanning 50 countries earlier this year, was whittled down to less than a few dozen designs across 27 different categories. In the wake of the massive competition, which took place in Singapore, we are profiling each and every building that received commendation. Behold: A comprehensive look at the year's best architecture -- and a glimpse into the future of design, whether it includes water-balanced and energy efficient imaginings, or buildings known as "bespoke bookends" and "spirals of knowledge."
Let us know your thoughts on the projects in the comments. Spoiler: if you're from the United States and you're hoping to see what architectural wonders lay in store for your country, you will be disappointed. While nations like Vietnam, Australia and the United Kingdom make numerous appearances on this list, you won't find a single American-based design... or, for that matter, hardly any designs in Africa or South America (except Brazil). Here's to next year, folks.
All photos courtesy of the World Architecture Festival.