Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database

Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.

With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.

This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.

Poli House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Oslo Opera House / Snøhetta

© Snøhetta
© Snøhetta

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Sergio Gomez
© Sergio Gomez

Selgas Cano Architecture Office / Selgas Cano

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Linked Hybrid / Steven Holl Architects

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Quinta Monroy / ELEMENTAL

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

National Tourist Route Trollstigen / Reiulf Ramstad Architects

© Reiulf Ramstad Architects
© Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Nestlé Chocolate Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos

© Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

Denmark Pavilion - Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

House in Leiria / Aires Mateus

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Rolex Learning Center / SANAA

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Paraty House / Marcio Kogan

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum / Kengo Kuma Associates

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Handmade School / Anna Heringer + Eike Roswag

© Kurt Hoerbst
© Kurt Hoerbst

Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects + Solange Fabiao

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Safe Haven Bath House / Tyin Tegnestue

© Pasi Aalto
© Pasi Aalto

Observatory House / Tatiana Bilbao

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta

© diephotodesigner.de
© diephotodesigner.de

Hemeroscopium House / Ensamble Studio

© Ensamble Studio
© Ensamble Studio

London 2012 Velodrome / Hopkins Architects

© Anthony Charlton
© Anthony Charlton

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture 

© André Morin
© André Morin

Teshima Art Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Moses Bridge / Ro&ad Architecten

© RO&AD
© RO&AD

Liyuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

© Li Xiaodong Atelier
© Li Xiaodong Atelier

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Makoko Floating School / NLÉ Architects

© NLÉ
© NLÉ

Zamora Offices / Alberto Campo Baeza

© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

Kuokkala Church / OOPEAA

© Jussi Tianen
© Jussi Tianen

Antinori Winery / Archea Associati

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Market Hall in Ghent / Marié Jose Van-Hee + Robbrecht & Daem

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten

© Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

Besiktas Fish Market Refurbishment / GAD

© Alp Eren
© Alp Eren

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

Centre Pompidou Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Didier Boy De La Tour
© Didier Boy De La Tour

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

© Christian Kerez
© Christian Kerez

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

The Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects

© Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

Fogo National Park Venue / OTO Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Yardhouse / Assemble

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

The Building on the Water / Alvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

© Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

Jianamani Visitor Center / Teaminus

© Teaminus
© Teaminus

Markthal Rotterdam / MVRDV

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

© James and Connor Steinkamp
© James and Connor Steinkamp

Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

© RUF
© RUF

The Whitney Museum of American Art / Renzo Piano Workshop + Cooper Robertson

© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

Partners in Health Dormitory / Sharon Davis Design

© Bruce Engel
© Bruce Engel

Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects

Cite: AD Editorial Team. "Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database" 10 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/783495/editors-choice-50-essential-projects-from-our-database/>