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The 14 Stories Behind the 2016 Building of the Year Award Winners

10:30 - 16 February, 2016

Last week, ArchDaily unveiled the 14 winners of this year’s Building of the Year award. Selected by ArchDaily readers from a pool of over 3,000 candidates, these 14 projects represent the best designs published by ArchDaily in the past year, as determined by an unbiased network of 55,000 voters who took part - each of them a judge in one of the world's most democratic architecture awards.

Representing a diverse field of architects, locations and project types, each design has a very different story about how it came into being, how its design responds to its context, how it fits into an architect's oeuvre, or what it says about the direction which architecture is traveling in. But despite the many different types of story represented, each of the stories behind the Building of the Year winners is a fascinating architectural tale. Here are those 14 stories.

Winners of the 2016 Building of the Year Awards

11:20 - 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!

Community Kitchen of Terras da Costa / ateliermob + Colectivo Warehouse

02:00 - 29 October, 2015
Community Kitchen of Terras da Costa  / ateliermob + Colectivo Warehouse , © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +63

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

23:30 - 23 February, 2015
Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira
  • Architects

  • Location

    2205-102 Alvega, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira +17

Rio de Moinhos Open Air Theatre / ateliermob

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
Rio de Moinhos Open Air Theatre / ateliermob, © Zoraima de Figueiredo
© Zoraima de Figueiredo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Moinhos, Abrantes, Portugal
  • Project Team

    Andreia Salavessa and Tiago Mota Saraiva with Vera João, João Torres, Ana Luísa Cunha, Zofia Józefowicz and Sophia Walk (competition: Carolina Condeço, Nuno Ferreira)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Zoraima de Figueiredo © Zoraima de Figueiredo © Zoraima de Figueiredo © Zoraima de Figueiredo +12

Coffee Shop + Shading Surface / ateliermob

01:00 - 16 November, 2009
Coffee Shop + Shading Surface / ateliermob, © Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sacavém, Portugal
  • Architects

    ateliermob
  • Master Plan Architects

    CMLoures
  • Master Plan Project

    Ana Lúcia Abreu
  • Master Plan Construction

    Alfaro Martins
  • Engineering

    Pereira Pinto, structure; Grade Ribeiro, hydraulics; Campos Carvalho, installations
  • Developer

    Loures City Hall
  • Construction

    Tiago Mota Saraiva, Nuno Carvalho, Andreia Salavessa, Raquel Capelo with Carolina Condeço, Nuno Ferreira and Vera João
  • Contractor

    Abrantina/Grupo Lena
  • Construction Supervision

    TPF Planege
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +30

Flying Walls / ateliermob

14:00 - 2 August, 2009

Children curiosity is the tool for a wider reflexion about different ways and velocities of interact and percept daily spaces, depending on our age, using one Portuguese traditional materiality applied to exterior doors to protect from sun and insects, usually rejected and depreciated by contemporary architecture.

In the context of the Festival des Architectures Vives at Montpellier (18th-21st June), on the theme “Ephémères Curiosités”, ateliermob purposed to reinvent children’s universe on one antique mansion’s courtyard of Montpellier.

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