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ArchDaily's 2017 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

08:55 - 23 January, 2017

2016 was a defining year for ArchDaily. The change and uncertainty around the globe which emerged during the past year allowed us to double down on our mission to provide information, knowledge, and tools to architects, leveling the access to architectural knowledge and enabling a more diverse, equitable profession. As part of this, we now have a renewed focus on data-driven decisions and crowdsourcing architecture's understanding of its own work. The flagship of this crowdsourcing effort has always been our annual Building of the Year awards.

Now, for the 8th consecutive year, we are tasking our readers with the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects that are making an impact in the profession, with ArchDaily's 2017 Building of the Year Awards. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past seven years. Over the next two weeks, your collective intelligence will filter over 3,000 projects down to just 16 stand-outs—the best in each category on ArchDaily.

This is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2017 Building of the Year Awards!

Full rules after the break.

Slack NYC HQ / Snøhetta

17:00 - 23 January, 2017
Slack NYC HQ / Snøhetta, © Michael Grimm
© Michael Grimm

© Michael Grimm © Michael Grimm © Michael Grimm © Michael Grimm +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Design Team

    Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, Vanessa Kassabian, Aaron Dorf, Rikard Jaucis, Craig Dykers
  • Area

    12000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

9 Visions for Lunar Colonies Selected as Winners in Moontopia Competition

16:15 - 23 January, 2017
9 Visions for Lunar Colonies Selected as Winners in Moontopia Competition, Moontopia Competition Winner - TEST LAB. Image Courtesy of Eleven-Magazine.com
Moontopia Competition Winner - TEST LAB. Image Courtesy of Eleven-Magazine.com

Eleven Magazine has announced the winners of the international design competition “Moontopia,” which asked architects to imagine a self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching and space tourism.

From a pool of proposals from hundreds of applicants worldwide, 9 schemes were selected by an expert jury including space-architects, academics and NASA designers as the winners of the competition. Check out the winning projects below.

Rural Health Clinic / SAA arquitectura + territorio

15:00 - 23 January, 2017
Rural Health Clinic / SAA  arquitectura + territorio, © Sergio Araneda
© Sergio Araneda

© Sergio Araneda © Sergio Araneda © Sergio Araneda © Sergio Araneda +16

New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus

14:00 - 23 January, 2017
New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

In this latest photoseries, architectural photographer Danica O. Kus takes her lens inside New York City’s SeaGlass Carousel, designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design with artist George Tsypin. Completed in summer 2015, the 2,575 square foot nautilus-shaped pavilion has become a new attraction within a Piet Oudolf-designed landscape in Battery Park, drawing in visitors with an immersive LED and audio experience inspired by bioluminescent organisms found deep within the ocean.

© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus +15

House Cronos / Moirë arquitectos

13:00 - 23 January, 2017
House Cronos / Moirë arquitectos, © Ramiro Sosa
© Ramiro Sosa

© Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa +35

Watch Steven Holl Take You on A Tour of the Recently Completed 'Ex of IN' House

12:00 - 23 January, 2017
Watch Steven Holl Take You on A Tour of the Recently Completed 'Ex of IN' House

Architecture, I believe, changes your life. It changes the way you can live life – the way you can see, the way you can feel. Like Winston Churchill says, ‘First we shape our buildings, and then they shape us.’ I think this house has that shaping ability.

In this video by directors Spirit of Space, architects Steven Holl & Dimitra Tsachrelia explain the core concepts and exploratory mission driving the architecture of the firm’s recently completed Ex of IN House. Watch as the architects lead you through the home's unique layout and construction, describing how the house “explores a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place - questioning current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice.” 

The Green Embassy / Steffen Impgaard

11:00 - 23 January, 2017
The Green Embassy / Steffen Impgaard, © Kirstine Mengel
© Kirstine Mengel

© Kirstine Mengel © Kirstine Mengel © Kirstine Mengel © Kirstine Mengel +23

Why Do We Love GIFs?

09:30 - 23 January, 2017

via GIPHY

GIFs are hugely popular and are constantly being shared on the Internet by lots of people. Whether it's expressing some feeling that seems unexplainable with words, freaking out over fluffy cats, endless memes or even hypnotic scenes from movies we love (like the above scene from Jacques Tati's "Mon Oncle"). We see the use of this format increasing in Architecture, and one thing is for certain, we love it.

Roberts Pavilion / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

08:30 - 23 January, 2017
Roberts Pavilion / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Fotoworks/Benny Chan
© Fotoworks/Benny Chan

© Fotoworks/Benny Chan © Fotoworks/Benny Chan © Fotoworks/Benny Chan © Fotoworks/Benny Chan +33

How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO

08:00 - 23 January, 2017
How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO, "The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine
"The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine

This article, written by Svetlana Kondratyeva and translated by Olga Baltsatu for Strelka Magazine, examines the most interesting cases of the role of culture in sustainable urban development based on the UNESCO report.

UNESCO published the Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development in the fall of 2016. Two UN events stimulated its creation: a document entitled Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which emphasizes seventeen global goals for future international collaboration, was signed in September of 2015 at the Summit in New York. Habitat III, the conference held once in twenty years and dedicated to housing and sustainable urban development, took place in Ecuador in October of 2016. The question of culture’s role in urban development, and what problems it can solve, was raised at both events. To answer it, UNESCO summarized global experience and included successful cases of landscaping, cultural politics, events, and initiatives from different corners of the world in the report.

EFFEKT's Winning Proposal Converts Abandoned Warehouse Into Cultural Hub

06:00 - 23 January, 2017
EFFEKT's Winning Proposal Converts Abandoned Warehouse Into Cultural Hub, © EFFEKT
© EFFEKT

Copenhagen-based firm EFFEKT has won a competition to design a new Streetmekka in Viborg, Denmark, through the repurposing of an abandoned former windmill factory in the city’s industrial sector. The winning proposal, aims to instill a newfound sense of identity and value into one of the many leftover warehouse buildings, in the form of a new cultural center for street art, sport, and culture. 

The Viborg Municipality and GAME, a Danish street sports NGO, announced that the competition’s purpose was to enable social and cultural change, specifically through empowerment of local youth.

© EFFEKT The skate-bowl. Image © EFFEKT The northern passage - "The Ditch". Image © EFFEKT The central space - "The Street". Image © EFFEKT +16

Santa María de Vilanova de la Barca / AleaOlea architecture & landscape

05:00 - 23 January, 2017
Santa María de Vilanova de la Barca  / AleaOlea architecture & landscape, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +32

Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm

04:00 - 23 January, 2017
Spotlight: Gottfried Böhm, AD Classics: Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
AD Classics: Neviges Mariendom. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The career of Gottfried Böhm (born January 23, 1920) spans from simple to complex and from sacred to secular, but has always maintained a commitment to understanding its surroundings. In 1986, Böhm was awarded the eighth Pritzker Prize for what the jury described as his "uncanny and exhilarating marriage" of architectural elements from past and present. Böhm's unique use of materials, as well as his rejection of historical emulation, have made him an influential force in Germany and abroad.

Vizor / STUDIO11

03:00 - 23 January, 2017
Vizor  / STUDIO11, © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov
© Dmitry Tsyrencshikov

© Dmitry Tsyrencshikov                            © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov                            © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov                            © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov                            +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Minsk, Belarus
  • Architect in Charge

    Maksim Vavinski, Tatiana Kashuro, Alexandr Zhmakin
  • Area

    190.8 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

LESS / AAVP Architecture

02:00 - 23 January, 2017
LESS / AAVP Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris 10th district, France
  • Architect

    AAVP ARCHITECTURE - Vincent Parreira
  • Architect in Charge

    Marie Brodin, Nicolas Fontaine Descambres, Lara Ferrer
  • Area

    5004.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Grown House / FHHH FRIENDS

20:00 - 22 January, 2017
Grown House  / FHHH FRIENDS, © Kyung Roh
© Kyung Roh

© Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh © Kyung Roh +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    FHHH FRIENDS
  • Contractor

    Moowon Construction
  • Area

    98.0 m2
  • Photographs

Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto

16:00 - 22 January, 2017
Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto, OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.
OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has selected firms Morphosis Architects, Teeple Architects, and Two Row Architect to manage the design and execution of the university’s new Creative City Campus (CCC) expansion project.

The project aims to extend and reinvigorate the campus core along McCaul Street in downtown Toronto and will include approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction, in addition to the renovation of 95,000 square feet of existing campus space.