In Pictures: Spectacular buildings from Singapore’s World Architecture Festival

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World Architecture Festival opens this week with entries from more than 50 countries

Shortlist announced for 27 categories and grand prizes in the three-day event

Festival is seeing dramatic rise in entries from Asian countries

CNN  — 

Zaha Hadid’s spaceship-like Dongdaemun Design Plaza, an avant-garde new home for Singapore’s oldest Buddhist Temple, and a private bunker sprawling on top of a lake are some of the shortlisted entries competing for architectural honors at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore this week.

Now it its seventh year, the event is the world’s biggest celebration of building design.

Hundreds of firms from more than 50 countries will be presenting and competing across 27 categories (Hotel and Leisure, Education and Display, others) in the three-day event.

Winners in each category will compete for the grand prizes – World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, was the Building of the Year in 2013.

Future Project of the Year 2013 went to the National Maritime Museum of China, designed by Australia-based Cox Rayner Architects.

Two new awards have been added to this year’s program.

The Exterior Color Prize recognizes creative use of color, while the Wood Excellence Prize awards the most exceptional timber project.

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Rise in Asia entries

Participants include well known firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster & Partners, and Aedas.

A surge in entries from Asia marks this year’s event.

Submissions from China, Malaysia and Vietnam are up on last year by 87%, 71% and 140% respectively.

In addition to its prestigious award ceremony, the World Architecture Festival hosts conferences and lectures.

The image gallery above highlights some of the shortlisted projects.

World Architecture Festival, October 1-3, 2014, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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