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The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

09:30 - 16 February, 2017
The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

After two weeks of nominations and voting, last week we announced the 16 winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards. In addition to providing inspiration, information, and tools for architecture lovers from around the world, ArchDaily seeks to offer a platform for the many diverse and global voices in the architecture community. In this year's Building of the Year Awards that range of voices was once again on display, with 75,000 voters from around the world offering their selections to ultimately select 16 winners from over 3,000 published projects.

Behind each of those projects are years of research, design, and labor. In the spirit of the world's most democratic architecture award, we share the stories behind the 16 buildings that won over our global readership with their urban interventions, humanitarianism, playfulness, and grandeur.

Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 9 February, 2017
Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG's first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron's long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico's off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO's organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

Hubba-to / Supermachine Studio

20:00 - 3 October, 2016
 Hubba-to  / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya              © Wison Tungthunya              © Wison Tungthunya              © Wison Tungthunya              +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Onnuch Junction, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Yupadee Suvisith
  • Area

    989.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Architectural Review Announces Winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards

06:00 - 11 January, 2016
The Architectural Review Announces Winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards, 10 Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya
10 Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya

The Architectural Review have selected the winners of the 2015 AR Emerging Architecture Awards, billed as “the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, giving emerging practices invaluable impetus on their trajectory to wider recognition and success.” Previous award winners include Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Sean Godsell, Jurgen Mayer H. and Li Xiaodong.

The award is given to completed projects, with entries consisting of buildings, interiors, landscaping, refurbishment, urban projects, temporary installations, furniture and product design. For its 17th year, the jury was comprised of architects Odile Decq, David Adjaye and Sir Peter Cook, and together they searched for what they referred to as the most “resistant” design.

Read on to see this year’s Emerging Architecture Award winners and a video with the jury on the selection process.

Khao Mo / Sanitas Studio. Image © Wison Tungthunya & Apidon Chaloeypoj Bird’s Nest Atami / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects. Image © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Sayama Forest Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects. Image © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners RE:BUILD / Pilosio Building Peace. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review +22

10Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 8 February, 2015
10Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangsaen Sai 1, Tambon Saen Suk, Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20130, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Khawkam, Kasidis Peuktes and Mint Mintly
  • Client

    Siam Cement Group (SCG)
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Yim Huai Khwang Hostel / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Korakot Meesatien, Kasidis Puektes, Supakorn Sinthutarn and Sujinda Khawkum
  • Client

    Peung & Tem
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Student Activity Center at Bangkok University / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 27 January, 2014
Student Activity Center at Bangkok University / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok University, 9/1 Phaholyothin Road, Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Jetsada Phongwasin, Theerayut Somtua, May Monthakarn, Mix Archawin
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

TUKCOM I.T.mall Sriracha / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 28 February, 2013
TUKCOM I.T.mall Sriracha / Supermachine Studio, Courtesy of Supermachine Studio
Courtesy of Supermachine Studio

Courtesy of Supermachine Studio Courtesy of Supermachine Studio Courtesy of Supermachine Studio Courtesy of Supermachine Studio +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sriracha Thailand
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Santi Sarasuphab, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Kasidis Puektes,Jetsada Phongwasin and Korthong Thongtaem
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm

BU Lounge / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 17 July, 2012
BU Lounge / Supermachine Studio , © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Supermachine Studio (supermachine.wordpress.com) Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Wattikon Kosolkit, Santi Sarasuphab and Supanna Chanpensri
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Superbowl Project / Supermachine Studio

04:00 - 15 May, 2012
Courtesy of Supermachine Studio
Courtesy of Supermachine Studio

The Superbow Project, designed by Supermachine Studio, is a proposal for a sustainable city of its own. Using Nakornsawan, Thailand as a location to implement their vision of a giant hydraulic tool in the network, they place a new ‘Water’ city in between the two rivers to slowly generate a new way of living for Nakornsawan’s people. The city, located by 2 rivers Ping and Nan, is usually flooded every year, but in 2011 the water broke the protecting levee into the city’s center. The whole town of Nakornsawan sank into one meter plus deep water. Therefore, this project aims to build a massive hydraulic tool that is habitable as an extension of the city or as a new city itself that all of people in the old city can move into. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rebirth of Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 8 May, 2012
Rebirth of Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architects

    Supermachine Studio - Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Peechaya Mekasuvanroj, Santi Sarasuphab
  • Constructor

    ST.Classic Co.,Ltd.
  • Client

    Joel Clement/Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

The Base Sales Gallery / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 1 April, 2011
The Base Sales Gallery / Supermachine Studio, © Pitupong Chaowakul
© Pitupong Chaowakul

© Pitupong Chaowakul © Pitupong Chaowakul © Pitupong Chaowakul © Pitupong Chaowakul +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architects

    Supermachine Studio
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Wattikon Kosolkit, Santi Sarasuphab and Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon
  • Client

    Sansiri Public Company Limited
  • Area

    425.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Wyne Sales Gallery / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 23 November, 2010
Wyne Sales Gallery / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architects

    Supermachine Studio
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Nuntawat Tasanasangsoon, Wattikon Kosonkit, Santi Sarasuphab
  • Interior Design

    Design plus Style Co.,Ltd.
  • Landscape Architect

    Sanitas Studio
  • Client

    Sansiri
  • Area

    720.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Ubon House / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 20 September, 2010
Ubon House / Supermachine Studio, © Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon
© Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon

© Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon © Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon © Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon © Jaroonrat Vithoosuwan & Pirak Anurakyawachon +16

Autostella Showroom / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 6 September, 2010
Autostella Showroom / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungtunya
© Wison Tungtunya

© Wison Tungtunya © Wison Tungtunya © Wison Tungtunya © Wison Tungtunya +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Project Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul, Nuntawat Tussanasangsoon, Worawit Hongwiang, Marisa Boratisa
  • Site Area

    1565 m2
  • Area

    496.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs