WOHA’s Kampung Admiralty Is World Building Of The Year 2018

The one-stop integrated complex designed for Singapore’s ageing population claimed the title of World Building of the Year at this year’s World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam.

  • Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

  • Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

  • Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

  • Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

BY Asih Jenie

3 December, 2018

Kampung Admiralty, the one-stop integrated housing complex designed to meet the needs of Singapore’s ageing population by WOHA, was crowned World Building of The Year at World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2018 in Amsterdam on Friday. 

This marks the third time an architecture project in Singapore has claimed the highest accolade at WAF, following WAF 2012 win for the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay (designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten) and WAF 2015’s The Interlace (designed by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren). 

Situated in a tight 0.9-hectare site with a height limit of 45 metres, Kampung Admiralty builds upon a layered ‘club’ sandwich’ scheme that expertly stacks a variety of commercial, residential and health spaces topped by generous green terraces with its own built-in water ecosystem. 

Kampung Admiralty won the ‘Mixed Use – Completed Buildings’ category on the second day of the festival before being crowned at the overall winner at the festival’s gala night attended by over 900 architects at the Beurs van Berlage in the centre of Amsterdam.

The winner was selected by a ‘super-jury’ of four venerated representatives of the global architectural community – comprising Li Xiadong (Founder and Professor of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University and Founder of Atelier Tsinghua); Nathalie de Vries (Director and Co-founder of MVRDV); Frederick Cooper Llosa (Founder and Senior Partner – COOPER, GRANA, NICOLINI Arquitectos) and Lesley Lokko (Head of Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg).

“This is a project that does something necessary in an intelligent fashion from the way it connects to transport to its natural ventilation strategy, all benefitting from a decision to layer a series of buildings rather than separating them into separate tall blocks. The jury felt this was a project with potential lessons for cities and countries around the world,” cited the jury. 

Kampung Admiralty is one of the ten category winners and one WAFX award winner representing the Indo-Pacific region. The other winners are:


Shanghai Greenland Centre / Greenland Being Funny, Shanghai, China.

by Nikken Sekkei 

Winner of the ‘Shopping – Completed Buildings’ category


Muku Nursery School, Fuji City, Japan

by Tezuka Architects

Winner of the ‘School – Completed Buildings’ category 


The Street, Matura, India.

by Sanjay Puri Architects 

Winner of the ‘Large Scale Housing – Completed Buildings’ category


Maitland Riverlink, Maitland, Australia

by CHROFI with McGregor Croxall

Winner of the Civic and Community – Completed Buildings’ category


Piano Mill, Stanthorpe, Australia

by Conrad Gargett

Winner of  the ‘Culture – Completed Buildings’ category


The Sunken Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes of Cabetician, Bacolor, Philippines

by BAAD Studio

Winner of the ‘Civic – Future Projects’ category 


Thiruvalluvar, Kanyakumari, India.

by Monk Mackenzie + Novare

Winner of the  ‘Infrastructure – Future Projects’ category 


Taichung Bank Headquarters, Taichung, Taiwan

by Aedas

Winner of the  ‘Commercial Mixed Use – Future Projects’ category


Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility, Christchurch, New Zealand

by Warren and Mahoney Architects with Woods Bagot

Winner of the ‘Education – Future Projects’ category


International House, Sydney, Australia

by Tzannes 

The Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by PEFC


Congratulations to all the Indo-Pacific winners!  

Read more about Kampung Admiralty in Cubes 89: Pursuit of Productivity

See the full list of winners at the WAF website.

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