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Press release - 2 November 2011

    Architects Atelier Ryo Abe wins World’s Best Culture Building

     at World Architecture Festival Awards 2011

    “the project displays an extraordinary and all too rare sensitivity to place

Shima Kitchen, Japan, designed by Architects Atelier Ryo Abe, Japan, has won the „World‟s

    Best Culture Building‟ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards


    The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture - the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

    Shima Kitchen is a renovation project that has created a venue for arts and dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima, a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan.

    The building was selected by a panel of esteemed architects and designers, beating off competition from a shortlist of 16 entries.

The jury commended the project, saying The project displays an extraordinary and all too

    rare sensitivity to place, engaging on many levels with the community it serves. Employing basic materials to great effect, the beautifully detailed canopy is the key new element. Despite its modest means, the project embodies a formal lyricism, cultural resonance and social sensitivity that made it stand out in what was a very strong overall category.

Speaking at the WAF Awards 2011 Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “The World

    Architecture Festival is the world's largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. Attracting entries from internationally renowned practices to small local architects, the stellar quality of this year‟s designs demonstrates their

    commitment to designing the world‟s most exciting buildings. This year we‟ve attracted

    more entries than ever before, with over 700 submissions from 66 different countries. Our congratulations go to the winners for a truly accomplished project.

    thThis is the 4 year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented, and by the end of the awards 38 WAF Awards will have been announced across the three main sections of Completed Buildings, Structural Design and Future Projects. The Festival culminates with the announcement of the prestigious „World Building of the Year 2011‟ award.

Previous winners include „World Building of the Year 2008‟ - Luigi Bocconi University, Milan,

    designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects; „World Building of the Year 2009‟ -

    Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, and „World Building of the Year 2010‟ - MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st

    Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

    The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world‟s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions,

    architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of „World Building of the Year‟.

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    For further press information on the World Architecture Festival Awards contact: Alexandra King at FTI on +44(0)7730 092 459 or

    Philip Sorensen at FTI on +44 (0)7715 853 807 or

    Joanna Spinks at FTI on +44 (0)7855 084 713 or

Twitter: #waf2011



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