30 May 2018
ISG’s iconic Temperate House restoration project has been shortlisted for the coveted World Architecture Festival (WAF) Building of the Year award.
The world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse at Kew Gardens in London, UK, has been nominated in the New and Old category at this year’s awards.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual celebration of global architecture that sees practices around the world compete for the title of World Building of the Year.
There are 536 architectural works on the shortlist, divided into categories depending on their purpose and whether they are completed or a future project.
The jewel in the Kew Gardens crown reopened to the public in May 2018 after an extensive £41 million, five-year restoration.
Temperate House reopened amid rapturous fanfare, with global media organisations showcasing the historic project and legendary broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, describing the revamped glasshouse as “a breathtakingly beautiful space”.
The statistics tell the story of the effort to restore the space, with 10,000 plants uprooted and replanted, 15,000 panes of glass replaced, 69,000 sections of metal, stone and timber repaired or replaced, and enough scaffolding to stretch the length of the M25 used during the course of the restoration.
For the first time in its 11-year history, WAF will be held in Amsterdam, having been hosted in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin previously.
The event will be held from 28-30 November 2018, when the winners from each category will be announced.
Category winners will then compete to be crowned World Building of the Year, or, if they are still at the conceptual stage, Future Project of the Year.
To take a look at the full shortlist, visit the World Architecture Festival website.