ABB put architects center stage

2017-12-18 - World Architecture Festival welcomes ABB and Busch-Jaeger as headline partner at 10th anniversary event
As part of its commitment to the architectural community, ABB and Busch-Jaeger, a company of ABB Group, continued its support of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) as headline partner for 2017.

Once a year, the WAF takes place in one of the major cities around the globe to judge, celebrate and review the latest architectural projects and highlight the key players.

ABB and Busch-Jaeger initially supported the event series of the WAF in 2013. After its move from Singapore to Berlin, Germany in 2016, the company decided to become headline partner of the festival.

As part of its ten-year celebrations, WAF 2017 was held at the Arena Berlin from 16 to 18 November. As headline partner, ABB and Busch-Jaeger welcomed leading lights from the world of architecture, under the exciting banner of celebrating the best in the industry and exchanging ideas on current global trends, regional influences and outstanding key projects.

ABB and Busch-Jaeger provided a double deck customized lounge in the festival hall to host the judges and guest speakers that flew in from five continents.

ABB and Busch-Jaeger Judge´s and Speaker Lounge

In collaboration with the Architectural Review (AR), the company also welcomed numerous architects and held a reception at the prominently located ABB and Busch-Jaeger stand to show its respect to the ‘Women in Architecture’ movement.

Being a technology partner to architects also made ABB/Busch-Jaeger the perfect company to support the Future Building of the Year award. The striking bright orange trophy was presented by Katrin Foerster, ABB’s International Key Account Manager Architects and Interior Designers to Michael Heenan, CEO of Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, for the Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia.

Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architects, Japan) and Katrin Foerster (ABB), congratulating Michael Heenan, (CEO of Allen Jack + Cottier Architects, Australia) on winning the trophy for the FUTURE BUILDING OF THE YEAR for the Sydney Fish Markets

Further successful projects were awarded during the event, which culminated with a Gala Dinner at the Postbahnhof in Berlin. Sir Norman Foster was just one of the winners for his outstanding contribution to architecture.

Commenting on the success of the event, Katrin said: “WAF is one of our strongest opportunities to engage with the industry and demonstrate our commitment to working in partnership with architects and interior designers to deliver high quality solutions.

This year, our presence was stronger than ever, from our branded lounge to our innovative stand, receptions and networking events. Having the opportunity to present the trophy for such an outstanding building of the future is a real honour, highlighting how important this sector is to our business.”

Katrin was supported by an international ABB team from Germany, UK, UAE, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.

Next stop for WAF will be Amsterdam in November 2018, when ABB and Busch-Jaeger will once again play the role of headline partner.

The WAF overall winners for 2017 included:

  • World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China
  • INSIDE World Interior of the Year Winner 2017 supported by Miele: Produce.Workshop, Fabricwood, Singapore
  • Future Project of the Year Winner 2017 supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia
  • Landscape of the Year Winner 2017: Turenscape, Peasants and their Land: The Recovered Archaeological Landscape of Chengtoushan, Lixian County, China
  • Contribution to Architecture: Sir Norman Foster
  • Small Project of the Year Winner 2017: Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Jago Boase, Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines
  • Best Use of Colour Winner 2017 supported by Eastman: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel, Fitzroy Crossing, Australia
  • The Merck Crystal Pavilion Winner: Sarath Saitongin, Städelschule Architecture Class, Manifested Shades
  • Mixed Use Completed Buildings, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom; 2017 supported by ABB and Busch-Jaeger

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