Arup has been named ‘WAFX Overall Winner’ at this year’s World Architecture Festival awards – winning the accolade for the Rethinking Oil Rigs – Offshore Data Centres concept and picking up two other awards in the category. 

Launched in World Architecture Festival’s 10th year, WAFX celebrates international proposals which embrace cutting-edge design and architecture addressing major world issues. Ranging from tackling the climate emergency to building community resilience. 

The 2023 prize went to Arup for a UK study that rethinks oil rig structures as data centres to give them a new function in the fast-expanding circular economy. The design won the WAFX Award for Re-use and was also shortlisted for a WAF Future Project Award in the Experimental category. 

Elsewhere, Arup picked up a WAFX Award in the Carbon, Climate & Energy category for Taikoo Green Ribbon, a scheme that embodies green design, human experience, ecology and sustainability within a coherent and bold net zero architectural design approach. The project was shortlisted for the Futureglass Prize and WAF Future Project: Office.

The World Architecture Festival 2023 took place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 29 November to 1 December. At the heart of the festival sits a unique awards programme with all finalists presenting their projects live.

We are delighted to be recognised by industry experts and peers for these prestigious awards. They celebrate cutting-edge design and reflect our commitment to delivering innovative solutions for our clients’ most complex challenges.

Nille Juul-Sørensen

Global Architecture Leader, Arup