Lonely Planet Writer

The world's most incredible homes in photos

The World Architecture Festival is the “biggest architectural awards programme,” as they themselves put it. Each year, they collect entries from around the world in a wide variety of categories (from future projects to complete buildings) and then decide on who will bring home the awards. This year, the jury will reconvene in Amsterdam in November — it will be the first time the ceremony will be held in the Netherlands, after having being held in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin.

The jury will have to sort through the more than 1000 entries (coming mostly from China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the United States). For now, the World Architecture Festival has released which entries were shortlisted. If you’re curious, you can see in the gallery the category of completed houses and villas.

The Iron Maiden House in Australia, designed by CPlusC Architectural Workshop. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Iron Maiden House in Australia, designed by CPlusC Architectural Workshop. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Container Home in China, designed by Zhang Hai’ao and engineered by HDD. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Container Home in China, designed by Zhang Hai’ao and engineered by HDD. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The King Bill in Australia, designed by Austin Maynard Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The King Bill in Australia, designed by Austin Maynard Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Peninsula House in Brazil, designed by Bernardes Aquitetura. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Peninsula House in Brazil, designed by Bernardes Aquitetura. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The "House with Two Lives" in Lebanon, designed by Nail Gholam Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The "House with Two Lives" in Lebanon, designed by Nail Gholam Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Fuzeta House in Portugal, designed by Miguel Arruda. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The Fuzeta House in Portugal, designed by Miguel Arruda. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
Captain Kelly’s Cottage on Bruny Island in Australia, designed by John Wardle Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
Captain Kelly’s Cottage on Bruny Island in Australia, designed by John Wardle Architects. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The DNA House in New Zealand, designed by Crosson Architects
The DNA House in New Zealand, designed by Crosson Architects
The "Two-In-One House" in Norway, designed by Reiulf Ramstard Arkitekter. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival
The "Two-In-One House" in Norway, designed by Reiulf Ramstard Arkitekter. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival