The  Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studios, was one of the winners of the 2018 World Architecture Festival hosted in Amsterdam. It was amongst the first winners of the festival, along with BIG’s Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers in Le Brassus, Switzerland.

The Zeitz MOCAA is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa and its diaspora. The museum also plays host to international exhibitions, develops supporting educational programs, and has more than 100 galleries for the public to enjoy.

Another South African project was also recognised at the festival: Kate Otten Architects’ design of the Law on Keyes in Johannesburg. This building was “highly commended” in the Office category.

2018 World Architecture Festival winners

New and Old – Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa (Heatherwick Studios)

Civic Use – Maitland Riverlink, Maitland, Australia (CHROFI with McGregor Coxall)


Culture – The Piano Mill, Stanthorpe, Australia (Conrad Garrett)


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Display – Hammershus Visitor Centre, Allinge, Denmark (Arkitema Architects and Professor Christoffer Harlang)


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BESØGSCENTRET VED HAMMERSHUS ER NOMINERET TIL ARKITEKTERNES OSCAR Det nye besøgscenter ved Hammershus på Bornholm er nomineret til Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, som er arkitekternes svar på filmverdenens Oscar. Der er dog stadig lang vej til en ”Oscar”. Efter nomineringen er næste skridt at blive shortlistet, hvorefter en delegation vil komme til Bornholm til foråret og besigtige bygningen, inden vinderen offentliggøres. Flere danske arkitekter såsom Bjarke Ingels har tidligere været nomineret, men ingen danskere har endnu vundet. Vi krydser fingre for, at det sker i 2019. PS. Besøgscentret ved Hammershus er også nomineret til World Festival Award 2019, som er en meget fin international arkitekt-pris, der uddeles ved en konference i Amsterdam. #roheaward #miesvanderrohe #award #design #artitektur #hammershus #visitbornholm #bornholm #krydserfingre

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Health – Hospital AZ Zeno, Knokke, Belgium (Temporary association AAPROG – BOECKX. – B2Ai)


Higher Education and Research – Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle, Oxford, United Kingdom (Alison Brooks Architects)


Hotel and Leisure – Hotel Jakarta, Amsterdam, Netherlands (SeARCH)

Small Scale Housing – Weston Street, London, United Kingdom (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)


Office – C&P Corporate Headquarters, Graz, Austria (INNOCAD Architecture)


Production, Energy and Recycling – Länsisalmi Power Station, Vantaa, Finland (Parviainen Architects)


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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.