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World Architecture Festival’s award shortlist

We thought buildings were simply a matter of four walls and a roof, with an assortment of doors and windows thrown in for good measure. How wrong we were.

The following collection of bold curves, stark lines and camera-grabbing spectacles make up just some of those buildings shortlisted for this year's World Architecture Festival awards. The winners of all 29 categories (including Housing, New and Old, and Religion) will be announced over the course of the festival, held in Singapore between 2-4 October.

For a closer look, click on the images below:

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    Heydar Aliyev Centre

    Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

    Location: Azerbaijan

    Award category: Culture

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    L'Avenue Shanghai

    Architect: Leigh & Orange

    Location: China

    Award category: Shopping

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    Fazenda Boa Vista

    Architect: Isay Weinfeld

    Location: Brazil

    Award category: Hotel/Leisure

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    Bethel Assembly of God Church

    Architect: LAUD Architects Pte

    Location: Singapore

    Award category: Religious Buildings

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    The Blue Planet

    Architect: 3XN

    Location: Denmark

    Award category: Display

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    Kontum Indochine Cafe

    Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

    Location: Vietnam

    Award category: Hotel/Leisure

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    Kaap Skil, Maritime & Beachcombers Museum

    Architect: Mecanoo

    Location: Netherlands

    Award category: Culture

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    Emporia

    Architect: Wingardh Arkitktkontor AB

    Location: Sweden

    Award category: Shopping

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    Benson Radiology

    Architect: Tridente Architects

    Location: Austrialia

    Award category: New and Old

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    Al Bahr

    Architect: Aedas Ltd

    Location: UAE

    Award category: Office

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    Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower

    Architect: Perkins+Will

    Location: USA

    Award category: Health

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    Diamond House

    Architect: formwerkz architects

    Location: Singapore

    Award category: House

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    Chesapeake Building 12

    Architect: Elliott + Associates Architects

    Location: USA

    Award category: Office