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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!

Partners In Health Dormitory / Sharon Davis Design

09:00 - 3 August, 2015
Partners In Health Dormitory / Sharon Davis Design, © Bruce Engel
© Bruce Engel
  • Designers

  • Location

    Rwanda
  • Design /Build

    Sharon Davis Design + Rwanda Village Enterprise
  • SDD Lead Designer and Project Manager

    Bruce Engel
  • SDD Design Team

    Samuel Keller, Yves Twizeyimana, Emmanuel Havugimana, Kenneth Nkusi, Aziz Farid
  • RVE Managing Director

    Brian Halusan
  • RVE Country Director

    Justin Twizere
  • RVE Project Engineer

    Japheth Makale
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Bruce Engel © Bruce Engel © Bruce Engel © Bruce Engel +25

Garrison Treehouse / Sharon Davis Design

09:00 - 26 May, 2015
Garrison Treehouse / Sharon Davis Design, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +38

Davis House / Sharon Davis Design

20:00 - 15 May, 2015
Davis House  / Sharon Davis Design, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +22

Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Women’s Opportunity Center / Sharon Davis Design, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +44

Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda / Sharon Davis Design

01:00 - 8 June, 2013
Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda / Sharon Davis Design, The Women's Opportunity Center © Sharon Davis Design
The Women's Opportunity Center © Sharon Davis Design

Women for Women International (WfWI) is a global NGO that has supported the construction of the Women's Opportunity Center, to be opened shortly, in Kayonza Rwanda.  The Center, design by Sharon Davis Design, is an environmentally friendly, multi-use facility that will become a support mechanism for the education of women and the support and advancement of the community in the region.   The WOC is an element of WfWI's mission to address poverty and the effects of genocide through education and self-empowerment.  The facility is part community gathering space, part education center where women can attain job training and learn new skills, and use services to find employment or start their own businesses.