World Architecture Festival Shortlists Harvard DEF and Jumping Fish Energy Park
Harvard University District Energy Facility and Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park each have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

The new 56,000 sf District Energy Facility (DEF) sets the stage for a state-of-the-art, cost effective, and sustainable utility generation and distribution system for Harvard’s Allston campus that also makes a significant contribution to the urban design of the campus.

The building’s compact cubic form with rounded corners allows for maximum flexibility of future development around it while maintaining a singular bold and refined presence. A wrapper of anodized aluminum metal fins forms a screen around the facility, with petal-like elements set at varying degrees of openness to reveal or conceal the various equipment areas within. The exterior fins are most open at the structure’s corner entry, and most closed on its service sides. On the public faces of the building, the fins are raised to engage the community through technology on display.

See press release for Harvard District Energy Facility here:


On the southwest coast, Kaohsiung, Taiwan must expand its power plant to enable replacement of nuclear power on the island. The site for the new Regional Power Plant and Ecological Park is in an area below sea level within a system of dikes. It is set within a surrounding watery seaside wetlands landscape primarily devoted to fish-farming in a context that is relentlessly flat. The site design for the Ecological Energy Park aims to unite natural and industrial scale systems by providing a variety of spaces and programs for visitors to enjoy while also creating critical habitat for native flora and fauna.

See press release for Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park here: