Winners of the 2016 Building of the Year Awards

10:20 - 9 February, 2016

After two weeks of nominations and voting, we are pleased to present the winners of the 2016 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, the results shown here represent the collective intelligence of 55,000 voters, filtering the best architecture from over 3,000 projects featured on ArchDaily during the past year.

As is so often the case with the Building of the Year award, the list of winners represents great diversity. It features two Pritzker Prize winners, Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron (the first practice to ever receive two Building of the Year awards in the same year), but also small, young practices such as Tim Greatrex and Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha. The buildings which garnered these prizes also range in effect: from the tremendous poise demonstrated by projects such as NAP Architects' Ribbon Chapel and MAD's Harbin Opera House to the rustic charms of Terra e Tuma Arquitetos' Vila Matilde House or Sharon Davis Design's Partners In Health Dormitory.

By publishing them on ArchDaily, these exemplary buildings have helped us to impart inspiration and knowledge to architects around the world, furthering our mission. So to everyone who participated by either nominating or voting for a shortlisted project, thank you for being a part of this amazing process, where the voices of architects from all over the world unite to form one strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.

And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

8 Beautiful Historic Buildings In 3D Models, As Selected by Sketchfab

10:00 - 9 February, 2016

At ArchDaily, we've said before how sharing 3D models online has the potential to change architecture for the better, allowing viewers to explore a design for themselves rather than being presented only the most flattering views via photographs. At the forefront of this 3D-sharing revolution is Sketchfab, a platform which allows users to upload their model and view it directly in their browser.

In this new series, ArchDaily is joining forces with with Sketchfab, to present the best architectural models featured on their platform, as selected by staff members at Sketchfab. In this first installment, we're taking a look at some of the best scans of historical buildings - and don't forget, all of these models can be viewed in virtual reality for the maximum architectural experience!

Westmoreland Museum of American Art / Ennead Architects

09:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Aislinn Weidele / Ennead Architects
© Aislinn Weidele / Ennead Architects

© Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht +25

Boston Society of Architects Announce 2015 Design Award Winners

08:00 - 9 February, 2016
© John Horner
© John Horner

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) has announced the winners of the 2015 BSA Design Awards. Awards were presented in eight categories for accomplishments in interior design, campus and urban panning, and unbuilt projects, among others.

The winners of the 2015 BSA Design Awards are:

Clément Blanchet Unveils Shortlisted Pershing Proposal for Réinventer Paris

06:00 - 9 February, 2016
Rendered Exterior. Image Courtesy of cBA
Rendered Exterior. Image Courtesy of cBA

Parisian architect Clément Blanchet of cBA has revealed his shortlisted proposal for the Pershing site in the Réinventer.paris competition. The competition sought designs to revive 23 sites throughout the city of Paris, giving designers the power to rethink and reshape the way Parisians live, work and play. All 23 winning projects were announced last week, with a design by Sou Fujimoto selected for the Pershing plot. 

The overall strategy of the Pershing area involves linking La Défense with the central business district of Greater Paris, utilizing the under-used space between Porte Maillot and the Porte des Ternes next to the Palais des Congrès de Paris. cBA’s proposal involves covering the Parisian ring, creating a metropolitan space next to the convention centre at Pershing Square. The proposal, titled “Re-Invention”, creates urbanity, using the project’s size to reveal and discover the layers of history present in the city. From this history, the city is reborn, creating a new “cultural center of production”.

“In “réinventer paris” I was thinking about reinventing something which has vanished,” said Clément Blanchet.

Buttes Chaumont / Glenn Medioni

05:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Pascal Otlinghaus
© Pascal Otlinghaus

© Pascal Otlinghaus © Pascal Otlinghaus © Pascal Otlinghaus © Pascal Otlinghaus +26

Haworth Tompkins Selected for Robin Hood Gardens Regeneration

04:00 - 9 February, 2016
Soon to be demolished: Robin Hood Gardens. Image © Luke Hayes
Soon to be demolished: Robin Hood Gardens. Image © Luke Hayes

Following the news in 2015 that Alison and Peter Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens was committed to demolition, Stirling-Prize winning practice Haworth Tompkins have been selected to work on the buildings' replacement. Alongside Metropolitan Workshop Architects existing master plan—entitled the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project—the second phase of the regeneration will see the west block razed to make way for approximately 200 homes. The east wing will not be demolished until the third phase of the regeneration begins.

Frederiksvej Kindergarten / COBE

03:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Rasmus Hjortshøj
© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +21

Los Olivos 53 Houses and 58 Garages / Espaciopapel

02:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Elena Almagro
© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro +22

Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

22:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Hallucinate Design Office
© Hallucinate Design Office

Courtesy of Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates © Hallucinate Design Office Courtesy of Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates Courtesy of Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates +23

Mortuary Services Office in Kaohsiung City / C.M. Chao Architect & Planners

20:00 - 8 February, 2016
Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners
Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners
  • Architects

    C.M. Chao Architect & Planners
  • Location

    Qijin 3rd Rd, Qijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 805
  • Design Team

    X.P. Zheng, B.J. Hou, H.W. He, Y.X. Zhong, Z.W. Chen, S.J. Lin
  • Area

    2352.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners

Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners Courtesy of C.M. Chao Architect & Planners +23

Y-House / Tsushima Design Studio

19:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +13

Open Call: "Fear of Columns" Competition

18:00 - 8 February, 2016

In light of the 30th anniversary since the reconstruction of the Barcelona Pavilion The Mies van der Rohe Foundation is calling the competition "Fear of Columns." The competition's purpose is the temporary recreation of the eight columns and two pedestals that presided over the Pavilion in 1929, in the framework of the 30-year anniversary since the reconstruction of this iconic work by the German architect.

Cai Guo Qiang Studio / OMA

17:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA
© Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA

© Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA © Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA © Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA © Brett Beyer, Courtesy of OMA +34

Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion

16:00 - 8 February, 2016
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has chosen Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai to design Melbourne's 2016 MPavilion. Following Amanda Levete's rendition of the unique commission, which closed its doors Sunday after hosting four months of free events, Jain will be the third architect to design the annual MPavilion. 

"I’m honored to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world - and of oneself," commented Jain. 

Sørli School / Filter Arkitekter

15:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Nils Petter Dahle
© Nils Petter Dahle
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sørliveien, 1482 Nittedal, Norway
  • Design Team

    Knut Brandsberg-Dahl, Margit Solibakke Klev,Thomas Lærdal, Danko Balog, Per Olav Pedersen
  • Area

    1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Nils Petter Dahle

© Nils Petter Dahle © Nils Petter Dahle © Nils Petter Dahle © Nils Petter Dahle +28

23 Teams Selected to Reinvent the Future of Paris

14:06 - 8 February, 2016
Hotel particulier (5e) by Perrot & Richard Architects. Image Courtesy of réinventer.paris
Hotel particulier (5e) by Perrot & Richard Architects. Image Courtesy of réinventer.paris

Réinventer.paris has announced the 23 winners chosen to develop architectural projects in Paris, including designs by Sou Fujimoto, David Chipperfield, and DGT ArchitectsRéinventer.paris is an urban initiative launched to give designers the power to rethink and reshape the way that Parisians live, work, and play. Located on various sites chosen by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, each project successfully creates a sense of liveliness and embodies what the future of Paris might be. The call for submissions was answered with ideas about innovation, cutting edge-solutions to environmental problems, and intelligent design.

The SFC Bridge / Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

13:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Andrew Rowatt
© Andrew Rowatt
  • Architects

    Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins, James Khamsi · Office Profile
  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Architect

    Jonathan Berg
  • Design

    Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi (RA AIA)
  • Executive Architects

    Page + Steele/ IBI Group Toronto
  • Principal

    Mansoor Kazerouni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt +19